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No voice in the wilderness: Robert Millman is a hero.
His stance against Clear Channel is in the great American
tradition of peaceful dissent and his voice on issues
affecting our society is clearly protected by the 1st
amendment. He sets a great example for all us Americans
in this modern age of socio/political regression. Let's
get active and let Mr. Millman's actions be the catalyst
for the progressive movement so badly needed right now.
Richard in Michigan
Subject: The FBI's big glitch
When you or I buy something that doesn't work, we ask
for a refund or for repairs to make it work. We don't
just throw it out and start shopping for a different
one. The government doesn't seem to understand this
basic practice of prudent management.
The FBI's revamped custom computer system doesn't work.
They plan to scrap it and start shopping for a different
one among commercially available programs.
The FBI said on Thursday (1/13/05) it may have to
scrap a new $170 million computer program designed
to allow agents to share information instantly and
fix a main problem identified after the Sept. 11 attacks.
The software is already outdated and inadequate, with
the bureau able to use only about one-tenth of the
program, an FBI official said on condition of anonymity.
may have to scrap new computer program (Reuters)
The FBI has known since June that the program was
faulty. Did they fire the obviously incompetent contractor?
Ask for their money back? Of course not. They just kept
tweaking the program.
Federal Computer Week and CNN both reported in late
June that the FBI's case management system had been
delayed again and would not be deployed by the end of
the year. It was then more than a year behind schedule.
Would you tolerate this from a contractor or vendor?
Neither would I.
The Virtual Case File software system is being developed
by Science Applications International Corp., the same
company that has a Pentagon contract to, in effect,
rebuild Iraq's mass media, including television stations,
radio stations and newspapers. SAIC runs the "Voice
of the New Iraq," the radio station established
in April 2003 at Umm Qasr that is funded by the U.S.
The Center for Public Integrity reports: "Just
how the company is going about the task of rebuilding
Iraq's media and the overall cost remains a mystery,
however. The Pentagon has steadfastly refused to release
any specific information on SAIC's media reconstruction
work, which has been dubbed the Iraqi Media Network.
What little information that has leaked out about the
SAIC effort has come mainly from disgruntled employees
and press freedom advocates, who have charged the company
has bungled the job badly."
Bungling appears to be their specialty.
In another Iraq contract, "Since February 2003,
SAIC has been in charge of the Iraqi Reconstruction
and Development Council, a Pentagon-sanctioned group
made up of Iraqis that is effectively functioning as
the country's temporary government." (Center for
And we all know what a good job they're doing.
Here are some of SAIC's government ties:
David Kay, the former U.N. weapons inspector who was
hired by the CIA to track down weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq, is a former vice president of SAIC. Kay left
SAIC, where he oversaw homeland security and counterterrorism
work, in October 2002.
Christopher "Ryan" Henry left a senior position
at SAIC in February 2003 to become principal deputy
undersecretary of Defense for policy. In that role,
Henry provides advice and assistance to Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other top Pentagon officials
on national security policy, military strategy and defense
policy. At SAIC, he was vice president for strategic
assessment and development.
Executive vice president for Federal Business and director
Duane P. Andrews served as assistant secretary of Defense
from 1989 to 1993, when he joined SAIC.
From October 2001 to July 2002, board member W.A. Downing
served as deputy assistant director for international
counter-terrorism initiatives on the National Security
Council, where he advised President Bush on terrorism
and homeland security issues. Downing retired from the
United States Army with the rank of general in 1996
and joined SAIC as a part-time employee in March of
that year as an adviser on a wide variety of matters,
including the company's long-term strategy for domestic
and international business development.
From 1993 to 1997, board member Anita K. Jones was director
of Defense Research and Engineering for the Pentagon.
Bobby Ray Inman resigned from SAIC's board in October
2003 after reaching the company's mandatory retirement
age of 72. He had served on the board since 1982, when
he retired as an admiral in the U.S. Navy. While on
active duty, Inman served as director of the National
Security Agency and deputy director of Central Intelligence.
The CPI says "His primary activity since 1990 has
been investing in start-up technology companies..."
Sullivan Haave Associates Inc., a subcontractor to SAIC,
was founded by Carol A. Haave, currently the deputy
assistant secretary of defense for security and information
Dan Rather said Thursday night taxpayers will have
to bear the cost. Why? If SAIC isn't going to take a
loss on a job they couldn't do, why doesn't it come
out of the FBI budget? They're the people who bungled
The Senate Judiciary Committee appears to be the oversight
body. Here are their addresses:
House Judiciary: http://judiciary.house.gov/CommitteeMembership.aspx
The FBI site doesn't yield an email address for FBI
director Robert Mueller, but this form for reporting
criminal cases seems appropriate. Goodness knows SAIC's
behavior has been criminal.
Let's let our elected representatives know what we think
of these wasteful, derelict, conservatives.
Sophie Annan Jensen
[BuzzFlash Note: See also Matt Carmody's contributor
piece about SAIC
and the Justice Department.]
Subject: A problem with Social Security in 40 years away when
George Bush is bankruptying
We have a crisis with the deficits now and George Bush is being
successful at confusing everyone about the threat in 40 years.
The US is like a plane flying across the country. The Social
Security problem (which may or may not actually exist) is a
mountain that's 1000 miles away. The plane is unfortunately
running out of gas because they are burning way too much fuel
and if they don't do something about it now we won't get anywhere
near the mountain that we can fly around.
Don't let Bush use his magic to distract the people from the
problem he's created with his tax cut.
Subject: Crisis in Texas
More and more states with Repub governors are experiencing a
fiscal crisis. Texas is one of them. Bush left Texas with a
$10 billion deficit. Also, the Bush administration has done
nothing to mend the broken border with Mexico, even encouraging
millions of more illegal aliens to enter this country.
There is no homeland security. Laws have been enacted, but
neither the executive nor legislative branch is willing to apply
them. Meanwhile, illegal immigration is destroying this country.
Before long, wages will be at third world levels. The following
are excerpts from The Dallas Morning News.
Throwing children off health rolls. Battling over congressional
districts. Failing to solve the school-funding crisis. Strong
leadership has been in short supply in Austin the last two years....
School districts across Texas are running short of cash.
They're ditching language classes, postponing buildings and
reducing staff. No wonder a judge recently ruled that Texas
doesn't provide its students a good education....
Mending the safety net
Pick the most horrific disaster story: Texas has the highest
percentage of children without health insurance. It has too
few caseworkers to rescue children from abusive homes. Its
protective program for the elderly has left seniors in squalor.
Some remedies cost money, such as restoring eligible children
to Texas' health insurance program. But it doesn't cost much
to require caseworkers to run a criminal background check on
legal guardians for seniors....
Despite several fixes, Texas' workers compensation system
remains a crap shoot. Injured workers get shortchanged. Doctors
are scared to death of lawsuits. And businesses feel like
the system gouges them....
(Note: When Bush was governor, he attempted to put
the worker's compensation fund into the general fund.)
Thanks for reprinting Ted Kennedy's speech 1/13 on recreating
a Progressive Democratic Party. I hadn't seen it anywhere else.
I agree with him, and I appreciate the opportunity (and reminder!)
to recommit to the values that are important to me. NOW I'll
buy a book through you guys!
Subject: Bush morals, to paraphrase Churchill on the Royal
To paraphrase Winston Churchill on the traditions of the Royal
Navy, "I can give you the morals of the Bush administration
in 3 words: Greed, Bigotry and Torture."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Hi Buzz and Buzzers,
Haven't written in a long time. I even had to stop reading for
a little while because I was just too depressed after the "election."
But of course I'm hooked again and reading Buzz every day, and
I promise a donation is forthcoming. Anyway, in the article
below from the New York Times, the headline just jumped out
and bit me on the nose - or should I say smacked me in the face.
Retirement Is Worth Risk, Cheney Says (NY Times)
Oh really Dick? Whose risk? Are you at risk? No, I didn't think
so. Is anyone you know at risk? No, didn't think so. So I guess
you think OUR risk is worth it. Fun to put people at risk, isn't
He's a lying, satanic bastard. Just another great idea that
Dick and cronies can get rich off of. I swear, this guy could
suck money out of a rock. And let's talk about chutzpah - using
FDR to push their dismantling of Social Security. I can't take
the irony anymore. FDR is rolling in his grave.
Hope everyone's well and holding up.
Glad you're around, Buzz
Barbara in NYC
[BuzzFlash Note: Using FDR this way is like using Vietnam to
hurt Kerry, but help Bush, in the election, don't you think?
And it kinda worked.]
Subject: Progress for America
For more information on Progress for America, which one of your
correspondents mentions, see:
This makes it clear that this "Astroturf" organization
has clear links with the Bush administration.
Keep up the good work.
LA, CA, USA
Subject: How Much More Will It Take To Convince You?
Whenever you have the misfortune of dealing with a Republi-Nut
supporter of Shrubya, toss this morsel at them.
Here you have a guy who wins his first term under very dubious
circumstances, creates a massive deficit with his tax cuts,
half-asses and seldom supports education, cuts the budgets
of a number of governmental programs in order pay for said
tax cuts, rolls back over 200 environmental regulations, totally
messes up Medicare, wants to privatize Social Security, promises
to unite the country and yet systematically sets out to create
and widen the issues that divide us, refuses to admit to mistakes,
essentially doesn't have the balls to face his critics, and
to top it all off, he's committed us to a war with a half-ass
plan to win the war and the peace, all the while having committed
us to the war with a half-assed excuse.
Now, you tell me, just exactly how am I supposed to support
With everything I just mentioned, how the hell can you support
Subject: Terrifying! NewAmericanCentury.org
Absolutely terrifying website.
It's the Bush & Company plan for world domination. What's
terrifying is the date. 1997.
Look at the signatories under "Statement of Principles."
Then do a search using the term: New American Century Jeb Bush
Read about their need for an event that is the equivalent of
another "Pearl Harbor" to achieve their ends.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: The web search failed when we tried it. We
share your horror of the NAC.]
Subject: US says Orwellian world in 15 years. We're off to
a good start !
(see 4th bullet pt about midway thru the article)
In a new report the The National Intelligence Council proposed
four hypothetical scenarios of what the world will look like
in 2020, including: A "cycle of fear" scenario in
which aggressive responses to terror threats lead to increasingly
intrusive security measures, "possibly introducing an Orwellian
The NIC coordinates the production of intelligence reports that
combine the views of all 15 of the nation's intelligence agencies.
It is housed inside the CIA, although operates independently.
India, China will be economic giants (USA Today/Yahoo)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: A sinking ship!
Sirs, one article after another. One abuse after another. Just
how much does it take to see a sinking, stinking ship? How many
more abuses?? If the Bush administration had a mascot, it would
be a skunk! Just how strong does the stench of corruption in
one White House have to become, before action is taken???
Subject: Jan 20...celebrate what????
January 20, 2005, Inauguration Day. Wear black. Here are just
a few reasons why.
How will you "celebrate" this Inauguration Day? Here's
an idea about how we as a nation can honor those who deserve
to be honored: our troops. Read on, and if you feel moved to
do so, pass this on to others.
As a nation we all experienced the unbelievable horror of 9/11
and its aftermath. We were never more united than at that point,
and we never had more of the world's understanding, sympathy,
and support. We stood behind George W. Bush when we thought
he was waging war on terrorists who threatened our country.
We stood behind him as our nation fought the Taliban in Afghanistan.
And the world stood with us.
Then so very suddenly we were also going to war in Iraq. And
at least half our nation, plus most of the world, believed this
invasion to be significantly ill-timed and a misstep.
Now don't get me wrong. I am not, and never was, a fan of Saddam
Hussein. ...He's in prison now awaiting trial. But our children
are still dying in Iraq at a rate that gets higher each and
every day, and there's no compelling evidence that this will
end or can end.
Many of us don't feel like celebrating four more years of leadership
guided by arrogance.
Many of us are horrified at counts from Iraq, rising daily,
of our dead or wounded sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers,
fathers, or friends. Those who went bravely into battle, not
for a political agenda, but because of duty, honor, and to protect
the men and women who fought beside them.
These are the ones we should choose to honor, and many of us
do honor them privately each and every day.
But when should we honor them publicly?
When should we stand together in our grief over our dead and
Let's make a public statement that we support and grieve for
our troops. Let's do it on a day when George W. Bush will be
trying his best to make us believe that he had a mandate to
send our loved ones to Iraq to fight an ill-planned and self
serving vendetta: Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20, 2005.
As a nation we need to ask the hard questions.
What's your solution, George? Do we kill all the "insurgents,"
even though estimates from current Iraqi leaders indicate the
"insurgents" at this point outnumber the occupying
forces on the ground? Do we indefinitely detain those we don't
quite know what to do with? Do we now stay as protectors long
after the election until even the moderate Iraqis decide they
are tired of us and start to attack us? And as we kill them,
aren't we creating a brand new generation of enemies in their
Why can't we seem to find the guy who really IS responsible
for attacking our country? Where is Osama bin Laden? We can
find Saddam in a hole, but the man we went after is still able
to produce and release videos?
WMD's...our reason for going to war in Iraq...no where to be
found. In fact, the search for them is now officially ended,
almost two years after this was used as the justification for
war. Men and women are dying because of faulty intelligence?
Or perhaps there was a rush to believe what Bush needed to believe
in order to avenge his father? Another country, also with oil,
borders Iraq and DOES have WMD's...are they next?
And what about the impact of all this on our American economy?
Our national debt is staggering, and it will only get larger
as we are forced to pour more and more money into the war in
Iraq... the war of our own creation. Ironically, at the same
time, war is good for some big business, so lots of corporations
are profiting...was this part of the game plan?
Okay, yes, I'm plenty ticked off. I simply don't feel like celebrating
four more years of THIS.
Back to the reason for this email: As of today, there are 1357
American victims, 1357 American families who are suffering the
loss of a loved one, and well over 10,000 wounded, some missing
legs, some missing arms, some blind, all of them with scars,
visible or not.
for the current body count.)
We're not fools. George W. Bush started something, but he didn't
anticipate the results. NOW we know that pulling our troops
out would be tantamount to creating a bloody civil war in a
very unstable country. We can only continue down the path that
leads to more dead, more wounded.
If you lived through Vietnam, you know that the parallels are
frightening. You also know that more Americans have already
died in Iraq than in the first fours years of the horrific Vietnam
So here's the idea.
On Inauguration Day, 2005, choose to honor those who really
deserve it: the men and women who have died, and those who are
destined to die, in our armed forces in service to their Commander
Wear a black armband, or dress in black. It's a simple statement,
and it's a public statement. Show those around you that you
support the troops and grieve for them, and that you choose
to honor them rather than to celebrate the inauguration of the
man who sent them to their, in our views, unnecessary deaths.
If enough people do this, the message will be covered by the
local and national news media, and the message will get to the
White House on the very day that George W. Bush will be trying
his best to believe he has a mandate. He doesn't.
If you feel so moved, pass this on to others.
Subject: Coined term
The term "porno-puritan" is much more descriptive,
I think. You guys are welcome to use it. ;O)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Not looking at Bush
(Sounds like a good idea to me!) But seriously, maybe the reason
the peons aren't supposed to look directly at our Great Leader
is because, like the sun, he might blind them with his glory.
With one party calling the shots, and given the Bush arrogance
and his inability not to admit Failure, particularly in Iraq,
I highly doubt things will change. It very well could get worse.
It is beyond me how one President gets away with so many mistakes,
lies, and poor planning. For all those cheering at the inauguration,
my response is do I laugh or do I cry, when I contemplate Gore
Vidal's fitting quote, "Half of the American People never
read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes
it is the same half!" OOOOOPS!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Ann Veneman
Could you consider reposting info on Ann Veneman, the Ag Sec.
who Kofi is going to appoint head of UNICEF? I was shocked by
this. Also, do you know how it came that Bush got to nominate
3 people from which he chose? I liked Carol Bellamy. If Ann
had to step down for "health reasons" then shouldn't
that same reason prevent her from being head of such UNICEF?
There's something very fishy about this appointment, esp. regarding
food to the world's poor (ADM, etc.), it seems to me, very fishy
(like all Bush actions).
[BuzzFlash Note: Disinfopedia
has a lengthy entry on Ann Veneman.]
Subject: Fun With Numbers (Corrected)
Say the Iraq war cost is at $150 Billion.
Since this war was not defensive and totally optional it is
If Bush is responsible, then Bush’s supporters are as responsible
as he is for this war.
According to the 2004 popular vote 60,700,000 people voted for
$150,000,000,000/60,700,000 = $2,471 per Bush Voter
The bill for every Bush voter would be $2,471 for their war.
Would they have voted for Bush if they had to pay $2,741 up
front to do so?
I don’t think so.
Subject: Soc Sec surplus invested in safest place on earth
The whole purpose of increasing Social Security taxes in 1983
was to build up a trust fund to handle the baby boomers' retirement.
Obviously putting this nest egg in a box or a mattress was stupid.
So we invested the surplus in the safest investment on earth
-- United States government bonds. To finance the baby boomer
retirement, we will need to start cashing in "our"
bonds beginning in 2018.
Keep in mind these are the same exact bonds we sell to China
or any other private investor. Just because the money is invested
from a huge pool of US taxpayers, doesn't mean the government
can or will default on these bonds.
What we need now is a relatively minor adjustment to the Social
Security system. Any adjustment will be minor, way less drastic
than what happened in 1983. In fact if they raise the cap on
which taxes can be collected to $125,000/$150,000 instead of
$90,000, this might take care of the shortfall forty or fifty
years from now - problem gone. Plus if they raise the cap, it
would probably only affect the top 10% of earners in the USA.
The bottom 90% would not pay one extra cent in taxes. Seeing
as how 33% of Bush tax cuts went to the top 1% (with an average
income of $1.2 million), I think these rich people can handle
the minor adjustment. Seeing as how 70% of Bush tax cuts went
to the upper 20% of earners, I think they can easily give back
a small portion of their tax cuts ("rollback" is what
Kerry said), to totally save the most successful social program
in the history of the United States.
Now we can spend time on runaway medical costs (Medicare) and
really solve long-term fiscal problems.
The problem for Bush is he doesn't want to tackle runaway medical
costs because the medical and insurance companies are making
huge profits with the current system. And these industries are
paying Bush and other Republicans huge campaign contributions
to further their agenda, which is huge profits with the middle
class paying the bill. So Bush pretends like Social Security
is the problem, so he can protect the medical industry cash-cow.
It is all about money with Bush.
Subject: Jonah Goldberg
I would be willing to bet Jonah Goldberg is on the White House
payroll. Read his columns and you will find nothing but Bush
propaganda. Thanks for all you do.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: A pretty good guess... His own bio
at the National Review Online touts his National Enterprise
Institute ties; and it says his wife is Ashcroft's chief speechwriter.]
Subject: Crisis or Hype?
President Bush stated last week at a "Town Hall" meeting
on Social Security, which was held at the White House, that
the program was in such dire circumstances that it would soon
go "flat, bust, bankrupt."
The Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan agency for
fiscal matters in the Congress, recently projected that Social
Security was solvent through at least the year 2052 and after
that date payroll taxes would still be sufficient to cover 81-percent
of benefit claims. This is a much different story of "gloom
and doom" than the one being told to, and -- unfortunately,
believed by -- a large portion of future claimants. It somehow
reminds me of the assurance given us regarding Weapons of Mass
Destruction (WMD) which, at the time we were assured, required
immediate, drastic action or the sky would fall. For many, many
years we will be paying the high cost of that rush to judgment.
And now we learn -- mistakenly and belatedly -- that the WMDs
never actually existed, and the crisis was based on faulty intelligence
and the resulting haste to correct the problem before we really
knew what was the true situation and what were the better ways
to solve it. Haste makes waste? Always has and always will.
The problems facing Social Security's future should be addressed,
and hopefully solved, with diligent thought and action from
both sides of the political aisle -- before the year 2052. But
there is no need to rush into the "solution" of privatization
which offers no assurance it will not end up being more beneficial
to Wall Street than the retirees, just as the quick-fix of the
medical prescription bill for seniors will ultimately end up
helping the pharmaceutical and HMO industries collectively more
than it helps the seniors' needs.
I have not seen anything suggesting what will happen, and who
will bear the financial responsibility, if the retiree's private
investment account turns up "flat, bust, bankrupt,"
because its assets were invested in another Enron-like fiasco.
Do we tell everyone who lost their investment, "Tough luck!"?
I sincerely hope not. I have trust we will always take care
of those in need. But I see no necessity of subjecting the entire
country to the possible financial liability of a retirement
plan which is based on a crap shoot.
Subject: Agency Running Social Security to Push Change (as
sent to NY Times)
Reacting to your informative piece entitled "Agency Running
Social Security to Push Change," "No one ever got
in trouble by underestimating the intelligence of the American
people." This seems to be the underlying premise of the
Paradoxically, after spending most of the last century trying
to convince the American public that the federal government
is terrible and untrustworthy, the Right Wing now benefits from
an incredible reservoir of trust. Americans will believe anything
their President puts forth as truth. The percentages of those
who feel the Social Security System is in crisis are similar
to those who initially believed Saddam Hussein was responsible
for 9-11, and in possession of massive stores of weapons of
If the media and cowed politicians give Mr. Bush a pass on the
matter of Social Security, as they did with Iraq, then the ideologically
driven desire of the Right Wing to destroy Social Security will
be realized -- the dream of Conservatives for as long as I can
remember. "Hopefully, it will just wither on the vine."
Please continue to show backbone and rationality in defending
an excellent social contract that serves the needs of millions
of Americans at miniscule administrative cost. The Social Security
System is not broken, and doesn't need to be fixed.
Surely there must be some limit to the credulity and stupidity
of the American public, and one can only hope in this instance
Mr. Bush has crossed that line.
Security Agency Is Enlisted to Push Its Own Revision (NY
John F. Williford
Bush is using the same technique as he did for the build up
to invading Iraq. Remember the case for WMD's? There isn't any
Social Security crisis, at least not for the next 40 years.
The GOP has been trying to dismantle S.S. since its birth over
60 years ago.
Security Push to Tap the GOP Faithful; "use Bush's campaign-honed
techniques of mass repetition, never deviating from the script
and using the politics of fear to build support" 1/15
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Hiding in Plain View: The GOP Conspiracy to Steal
It can be summed in the words crafted in Section 30 Line 19
of a bill that was pushed through the Fl. Legislature at the
request Of Governor John Ellis "Jeb" Bush: "A
manual recount may not be conducted of undervotes on touch screen
What possible innocent explanation for passing this clause
in a bill laughingly labeled "Electoral Reform" Legislation.
The fix was in. The Tin Foil Hat "Kooks" (myself included)
were right. The undervotes were going to Brother Bush - and
no one was to know. After all, who reads Section 30, line 19
of a bill passed by the Florida Legislature?
Furthermore these machines just happened to contain a flaw
making a recount impossible. My what a coincidence!
Voting Machines Have Recount Flaw (NewsMax.com)
The fix was in with regard to the issuance, maintenance and
counting of absentee ballots. Another "reform" clause
would facilitate a Grand Florida Tradition: Casting Ghost Absentee
votes. No witness or notarized documentation of ballots required
for the '04 Election.
Of course, the unstated policy of debauched Fl. election officials
was to only count the absentee ballots of Bush voters.
The Democratic absentee ballots were to be "lost."
And lost they were - without a squeak of protest from the purported
victim of this chicanery, John F. Kerry. The fix was in indeed.
Subject: Nancy Pelosi
You have recently quoted Nancy Pelosi as follows:
"Having admitted the error of his words, the President must
admit the error of his ways."
From the January 14 issue of the National Catholic Reporter (subscription
required), in an article authored by Stephen Zunes, a Professor
of Politics at the University of San Francisco, under the following
Pelosi is surprising ally of GOP (Stephen Zunes/National
Back in December 2002, as antiwar activists and independent
strategic analysts were arguing that the evidence strongly
suggested that Iraq had rid itself of its chemical and biological
weapons some years earlier, Pelosi declared on NBC's "Meet
the Press" that "Saddam Hussein certainly has chemical
and biological weapons. There's no question about that."
In expressing such certitude, Pelosi not only seriously compromised
her integrity, she also played a key role in undercutting
the then-growing anti-war movement. After it became apparent
that administration claims about Iraq's alleged military threat
were false, the Democrats were unable to attack the Republicans
for misleading the American public because their Congressional
leader had also falsely claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
As recently as this past September, despite a CIA report that
Islamist terrorist Abu Musab al-Zaqarwi - who allegedly has
ties to al-Qaeda - had not received sanctuary or any other
support from the former Iraqi regime, Pelosi claimed that
under Saddam Hussein, "the al-Zarqawi terror network
used Baghdad as a base of operations to coordinate the movement
of people, money and supplies.". . .
Historically, opposition leaders in Congress have helped expose
the lies and counterproductive policies of the incumbent administration.
To her party's detriment, Pelosi has decided instead to
defend them. As long as people like Nancy Pelosi remain in
leadership, the Democrats are destined to remain in the minority.
Pardon the length of the quotes, but as I said, subscription
is required. All emphases are mine.
If one admits that one erred, forgiveness usually follows. Obdurate
reliance on false information is not to be forgiven. A "mea
culpa" from Ms. Pelosi, who in many ways is an admirable
lady, would be most welcome. To hell with Bush. Were he to apologize,
it would give new meaning to the tears shed by the repentant
Jesús B. Ochoa
El Paso, Texas
Subject: The real threat
I guess this will receive little if any popular media coverage.
This week in Britain the venerable Law Lords (Supreme Court?)
shot down Blair's attempts to erode the Human Rights Act, and
DREW A LINE that we''re all aware of but hadn't quite been able
to express in simple, 'legal' language.
Well, here's the phrase Lord Hoffmann used in this historic
judgement, which I fully expect to see on stickers and t-shirts
across the English-speaking world. "The real threat to
the life of the nation, in the sense of a people living in accordance
with its traditional laws and political values, comes not from
terrorism but from laws such as these."
Ridiculing the government's determination to suspend the Human
Rights Act in order to imprison foreign terror suspects without
trial as "the real threat to the life of the nation,"
the reverent Law Lords, by an 8-to-1 majority, drew a line which
leaves the Government little option but to rethink its key policy
"This case calls into question the very existence of an
ancient liberty of which this country has until now been very
proud: freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention." --
In response to government arguments that the anti-terrorism
Act was necessary to protect the 'life of the nation', Lord
Hoffmann said: "The real threat to the life of the nation
comes not from terrorism but from laws such as these. That is
the true measure of what terrorism may achieve. It is for Parliament
to decide whether to give the terrorists such a victory."
I Suggest the slogan as: "The real threat to your freedom
comes - not from terrorism - but from oppressive laws."
One small step on the road back to constitutional liberty and
justice. Time to push hard for the next step.
Feinstein Enables Bush Administration, AGAIN, While Boxer Plans
to Take on Rice's Penchant for Lying and Failure 1/15...
It's not Diane enabling Bush, it's Condi sending a message
to Cheney. Diane's the consummate backroom dealer and I hear
they're having some degree of success popping Condi loose from
the neocons... get her ear, you get GWB's ear, such as it is...
every bit helps.
Subject: Baba Wawa, ABC 20/20
I watched Barbara Walters interview the Bushes on Friday night.
I was so pissed off that I sent the following email to ABC News
To 20/20, ABC-TV,
I viewed 20/20 last night, watching Barbara Walters ask questions
of Mr. and Mrs. Bush. I have worded it in that odd way because
that's exactly what it was. It certainly wasn't "journalism."
Journalism involves asking questions, getting responses, and
following up on what the interviewee has said, especially
when the response is clearly inaccurate or enters into an
area of controversy. In the case of last night, Ms. Walters
would ask questions, wait for the end of a response, and then
go on to the next question regardless of the response.
In one of the most egregious examples, Ms. Walters asked Laura
Bush about the difficulty of seeing wounded veterans or dealing
with families who lost a loved one. Mrs. Bush, in her response,
stated that we all have to remember 911. WHAT!!!!!!
It has been long known, and Mr. Bush has so stated, that 911
and Iraq are not connected. Yet here is Barbara Walters on
a nationally acclaimed "news" show, in prime time,
allowing an important national figure who is standing next
to the President of the United States, to make an unchallenged
direct link between 911 and Iraq.
This was just one example of a program filled with the softest,
puffiest form of journalism on the planet. Ms. Walters certainly
didn't lose her "access" to the White House with
last night's show. Her Bush interview merely served to help
with the Bush propaganda juggernaut. ABC-"NEWS"
should be receiving at least $240,000 from the Bush Administration
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is
not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
to the American public. -- Theodore Roosevelt, May 7, 1918
IF Charles Darwin, a naturalist, and author of the theory of
evolution were alive today, he would be astonished. Today scientists
readily accept Darwinian evolution to explain how a species'
successful adaptation to its environment promotes its further
growth and development. But now, they are theorizing - can evolution
generate variations that will have just the opposite effect,
namely to reduce in importance a species' role and function,
ultimately leading to its extinction?
Case in point, the scientists cite the response of media journalists
to CBS's coverage of Bush's "service" in the Texas
Air National Guard, and point to an apparent spontaneous loss
of bone structure and nerve tissue along a journalist's spinal
I don't think you have to be a scientist, or even familiar with
Darwin's brilliant theories, to see that many American journalists
have lost both their backbone and their nerve and are de-evolving
and becoming increasingly unable to "stand tall" to
demand Bush give truthful answers.
How else might one explain, for example, why journalists from
major media organizations have failed to recognize the testimony
of Marion Carr Knox, who was then secretary to Lt. Col. Jerry
Killian, Bush's commanding officer? Ms. Knox is a bona fide
eye witness to the events that occurred. She appeared before
a national prime-time TV audience confirming that the content
of the memos did reflect the feelings of Lt. Col. Killian at
the time and accurately portrayed events that were taking place
in connection with then-Lt. Bush's Texas Air National Guard
service. Now she is being both ignored and discredited.
Could the American journalist, once the bulwark of our Democracy,
be heading for extinction, quickly de-evolving, and soon to
be replaced entirely by a new species such as Bushus SuckUpiensis,
or MotorMouthus ORiellyensus?
Harold S. Kramer
Subject: This is rich - Pentagon TV!
Now on the Dish network around NY, channel 9405 has started
"Pentagon TV" -- aka 24-7 military propaganda. Probably
to balance out "Democracy Now TV"...
We can't wait for Discovery Flight to change over to Discovery
Military either, that'll fix that pesky Palast & them!
[BuzzFlash Note: Here it is...http://pentagonchannel.feedroom.com/iframeset.jsp?ord=206942.]
Subject: commentary on HIV prevention
I sincerely hope these Dem.'s aren't holding their breath waiting
for a response from this administration. They would look like
Smurfs by now.
In the gay community here in Philadelphia we tracked the effect
that public safe sex workshops had on our gay youth, and new
infections in our community, based on the data collected from
the group that indicated on their HIV test request form, which
is otherwise confidential and anonymous, they were gay, and
within the age group we were looking at. From the late 80's,
until this administration seized power, the number of new infections
dropped dramatically, clearly demonstrating that safer sex techniques
work. Since the wall that divides church and state in America
has gone the way of the Berlin wall, those decreased numbers
began to flourish at an obscenely accelerated rate
The CDC (Centers For Disease Control) has reported that last
year the number of new infections has risen to its highest level
ever. That alone should clearly indicate that the very notion
that our youth will embrace an abstinence only stance is about
as likely as a red carpet welcoming for Dubya, from France.
Didn't this administration learn anything from the "flowers"
that would be greeting our "liberating soldiers" in
Iraq debacle? I'll bet many of those soldiers would beg to differ,
if they were still alive. I had many friends who likewise would
also beg to differ on this issue.
If the Rabid right is so intent on an abstinence only policy
for public education, and disregards all of the proven scientific
evidence that shows education is still the most effective weapon
against the spread of AIDS, and after becoming fully aware that
safer sex works yet still ignore the many tools that have been
laid out in front of them, then they truly deserve whatever
heartache AIDS brings to them personally, because they chose
to ignore the facts.
It reminds me of the story often heard around churches about
a flood, a man on his roof, and he says God will rescue him
to every lifeboat that offered to help him, and he remained
on his roof waiting for God to help him, so he drowned, and
came face to face with God and asked him why he didn't help
him. God said, "I did, didn't you see the lifeboats?"
I personally like owning a gun, however I would never give my
teenage kids an assault rifle, they have to learn how to use
a gun, like I did. Same difference.
I also wouldn't give an underage kid with no driving experience
the keys to my car, yet how many accidents are reported on the
news involving just the same crowd? How many logical comparisons
can be made, and the facts debated until this morally challenged
group of NeoCon fanatics finally gets the message? With the
slutty behavior we all read about in the New York Post regarding
Dubya's daughters' latest drunken antics, and the too-many-to-count
indiscretions committed by some of those same NeoCons pushing
this abstinence only policy, my guess is probably not too long?
This year alone we have had the highest number of new infections
since the disease started. In a country as advanced as we are
"allegedly," how can this be? I can only speak for
myself, but in my experience as someone living with HIV/AIDS
for the last twenty plus years as I have, all of my nephews,
and nieces, know the facts, as do their friends, I made sure
of that because it was the responsible and loving thing to do.
In my own personal opinion there is no excuse for any parent,
teacher, or government to respond in any other way. I can sleep
at night knowing I don't have blood on my hands. Can the NeoCons
withholding the facts from the next generation say the same
It is too bad we don't have condoms that prevent the spread
of fanaticism. You would think, at least I do, that the war,
the Tsunami, the genocide in Sudan, the attack on America 9-11,
and the fact that Americans have literally turned against each
other ALA brother against brother, that all of this chaos would
be interpreted by those inclined to believe in God, that we
are following the wrong path, and we had better get on the right
path, or forever hold your peace. I don't mean learn fanatic
apocalyptic evangelist tactics as the right path, either, look
at Jim and Tammy Faye to see how well that path turns out.
Enough is enough already. We have already paid too high a price
for indulging, and tolerating this self serving, self absorbed
administration's many colossal failures at making workable policy,
at this point we can't afford to lose even more. If the election
results were to be believed, and accurate, and untampered with,
which everyone I know believes this election was rigged, then
at least half of the country has only themselves to blame for
what comes out of this, as they say "you asked for it,
now like it." God help us all.
David R. Anselm, Jr.
[BuzzFlash Note: We like your analogies. AIDS education is
indeed, like drivers' education, a sensible way of taking care
of our children and helping to keep them safe.]
Subject: Violence is in the air....starting at the top
Today I participated in a march for justice on Martin Luther
King's birthday in the town of Columbus, Georgia. It was quite
appropriate that this march occurred on King's birthday. In
Columbus, a young black man (Kenneth Walker) was shot to death
by a white officer who said that he made a mistake...his gun
fired accidentally and 2 bullets hit the head of the young man
whose car shouldn't have been stopped at all! The officer has
served no time for this dastardly deed (mistake?).
In the black community we term this: "Driving while black."
A young woman and child are without a husband and a father.
A mother and father (both teachers) have lost a son. Jesse Jackson,
Dr. Joseph Lowery, and Judge Greg Mathis were a few of the many
speakers at this march. But one of the most significant statements
that I heard was when Rev. Jackson mentioned that the violence
that we are experiencing starts at the top! He said that we
are "living in a season of state-sanctioned violence in
our nation." Today it's Iraq and Columbus, Ga., tomorrow
it might be your town or family member. People, we must "make
it plain" that we won't condone this type of violent mentality.
Bush/Cheney/Rove/Wolfowitz will have us living in a Nazi type
situation, if we don't stop them now. As they used to chant
in the sixties, we'd better give peace a chance, while we can.
Dee in Atlanta
Subject: Bush Says Election Ratified Iraq Policy - Waffle Fatigue
Says Election Ratified Iraq Policy (Washington Post)
So, Bush says a 'clear mandate' equates with half of the accountability
for his policies? Hmmm...
Subject: "centrist" democrats?
Why won't the so-called centrist Democrats make exposing and
prosecuting crony capitalism part of their agenda?
says, "They don't know what they're doing." I
have a different slant on it. Democrats are compromised, if
not to the same extent Republicans are.
My home state senator, Joe (stock options are good for everyone)
Lieberman, is a perfect example. He accepted the financial support
of Silicon Valley dot-com billionaires in exchange for blessing
every fly-by-night industry concept.
Tax breaks? You got it, guys. Regulation of the Internet? No
way. Looking the other way at stock swindles? Sure! Privacy
questions? We'll look at those some other time. Good old Joe
lost his leverage when the dot-com bubble burst, but he still
insists stock options benefit the little guy in the face of
mountains of contrary evidence.
Remember the savings and loan scandal? Why wasn't anyone punished
for that? Because it was a bi-partisan deal, involving among
others Republican war hero John McCain and Democratic icon John
Glenn. The solution? Ignore it.
I'm afraid what's needed here is a third party, folks, dedicated
to clean government and a one-way ticket out of Washington for
every lobbyist. You are not going to get that from centrist
Democrats...they're part of the problem, so they can't be part
of the solution.
Robert Lockwood Mills (author/historian)
"The Greatest Story Never Told," FreePress 12/20/04
"The Real Reason Bush Wants to Privatize Social Security,"
Where's the AARP on the proposed changes to social security?
I would think they would be running ads on TV informing its
members of the pros and *cons* of the issues. Would you consider
an article on the leadership of this organization and its lack
of interest in issues pertaining to its members? I have heard
its director once worked for Newt Gingrich.
Subject: Re: Diane Feinstein and Zell Miller
should get married-one and the same. I really HATE the Democrats
-they are WEAK and INEPT - and never seem to learn from their
mistakes. I don't think Howard Dean has a snowball's chance
in hell of getting elected to the DNC..they will pick an old
'establishment' crony once again and fall flat on their face
subsequently. NADER is right, both parties are the same, Lieberman
is yet another Republican in Dem clothes as is that old ex mayor
of NY Koch...another butt kisser.....
Subject: LOVE YOUR SITE!!!
I have just discovered your site through a mention of it in
another blog site. It is absolutely fantastic and I spent all
of last evening reading all I have missed.
I am from Toronto, Ontario, but have lived and died this past
election of yours. I could go on and on about my feelings and
thoughts on Bush and what he is doing, but you say it all too
well. Please know that there are MANY Canadians who are 100%
behind you. So many of us feel the pain and sorrow of the lives
destroyed by this senseless war, the damage to world peace,
and his destruction of the environment. There is nothing more
pitiful than listening (or reading, as I can't stand to watch
him on TV or hear his voice) to his comments...it is impossible
to even follow what he is saying or trying to say. How sad that
Americans re-elected this idiot. I continually return to the
piece written by E. L. Doctorow that appeared in the East Hampton
Star on 09/09/04 entitled "The Unfeeling President"
- it is so articulate and pretty much says it all.
By E.L. Doctorow, The Unfeeling President (East Hampton
Thank you so much!