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Subject: What "accountability moment"?
We had an accountability moment, and that's
called the 2004 elections," Mr. Bush said
in an interview with The Washington Post for Sunday's
editions. "The American people listened to
different assessments made about what was taking
place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates,
and chose me. -- GW BUSH January 16, 2005
What "accountability moment"? Bellicose
Bluster v. Nuanced Cop-out? The Democratic nominee
wouldn't admit his own culpability when pressed
Yes, I would have voted for the authority.
I believe it was the right authority for a president
to have. -- JF KERRY August 13, 2004
Subject: Beyond Orwellian...beyond rational
I just read that Bush has -- imperially, as befitting
someone who's staging an extravagant wartime coronation
three days from now -- proclaimed himself absolved from
and above any further questioning/investigations of
his Iraq fiasco. As his spokespuppets said in
their press release, Bush believes that "the public
ratified his approach toward Iraq." From the horse's
(ass) mouth itself: "We had an accountability
moment, and that's called the 2004 elections."
Meanwhile, back on the least liberal website I can think
of -- AOL, where Bush ran slightly ahead of Kerry throughout
the pre-election surveys -- a poll (latest tally at
6:22 a.m. Monday) asking "Do you support the president's
Iraq policy" indicates that, out of a total of 112,048
respondents, 67% DISAPPROVED; 33% approved. Does
that sound like a mandate? I know spin is in,
but my head spins just trying to figure out how this
take can be rationalized. (Oh, I forgot:
reality is out, along with facts and logic. These malevolent
idiots create their own reality. That's what power means.)
Of course, that must also mean that the public ratified
Watergate (and its ramifications) when they elected
Nixon in 1972. And, by extension, we all ratified
Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky, et
al., when we re-elected him in 1996. But why should
we be surprised? When the definition of torture
can be narrowed to the point of nearly total improbability,
it's easy to proclaim that "this administration does
not support torture." When lies can be twisted
into semblances of truth -- where is the mainstream
press when we really NEED them? -- and fear is incorporated
into every message this administration delivers (e.g.,
Social Security is in crisis, the prospect of gay couples
marrying is a lethal threat to YOUR marriage, more terrorist
attacks justify a beefed-up version of the "Patriot"
act, predicating further erosions of our civil liberties).
If there's anyone with an I.Q. above a potato's (or
Dubya's), he/she would see that the dismantling of the
safety nets and our public education system, and
the creation of a permanent socio-economic structure
of rulers/peasants -- brainwashed, passive peasants,
at that -- isn't merely the "collateral damage" of an
economy in administration-induced crisis -- it's the
core of the neocons' plan for the nation of their dreams.
And, for the rest of us, the nation of our worst nightmares.
Barb in Athens, GA
(Blue soul in Red state)
Subject: Must read article on Social Security
Here is the defining article on the true nature
of Social Security. As a journalist, it is your
job to read this article.
Question of Numbers: The Conservative New Deal,
By Roger Lowenstein (NY Times Magazine)
The reality is Bush's privatize plan would not
"save" or "protect" Social
Security. His plan would instead pull the table
out from under the program and force the United
States to abandon or drastically cut the program.
His "plan" is to undercut the program
and thus destroy it. His plan is to bankrupt America
through fiscally reckless tax cuts, which go overwhelmingly
to the richest Americans, and thus destroy our
current system. Bush's plan is to pound the middle
class back into the 19th century, which was a
time of rich robber-barons, corrupt corporations
and the poor masses. In the preface of John Dean's
book, "Worse than Watergate," is this
Equally worthy of attention is their hidden
agenda to end federal entitlement programs by
running up budget-busting deficits while hiking
military spending, which is bleeding the federal
treasury and will ultimately result in there simply
being no money available to pay for social programs
after this administration is gone. These, of course,
are programs - such as Social Security and Medicare
- that they dare not eliminate.
So now it becomes clear the reason for the massive
Bush tax cuts, which disproportionately go to
the super rich.
Subject: Social Security This Week's Looming Phony
This is a copy of the letter I sent to CBS after listening
to Russert badger a Democratic Congressman on what terrible
shape Social Security is in.
Dear Tim Russert,
I just happened to catch your interview on Sunday
with Rahm Emanuel on Meet the Press.
That was a really fine interview on Social Security.
The big question that was missing on Social Security
was how does GE feel about Social Security? Just from
your questions I think I know. The piggy bank is riding
through town and everyone should get some. How's GE
doing? They pay a faux (pun intended) regular guy
pretty well don't they? I think the White House would
be very proud of you, which certainly, in this day
and age of newsman as stenographer, is good for your
career. How come we don't have a show about how we
can't stay in Iraq because of the looming fiscal crisis
the debt from that adventure has caused? Christ, they've
got a printing press for Iraq, printing up inflated
money? What's GE's position on which is the greater
crisis, Social Security, that pays a little less benefits
in forty years, or the mountains of uninsured? What's
their position on outsourcing? I think the company
has done pretty well with that.
(A liberal who doesn't believe a word the liberal media
says. You say liberal media I say crony capitalism)
P.S. Stay away from the so called news and you will
be better informed than if you actually listen to this
P.S.S. How's big Russ doing? I bet he's just a regular
guy whose son turned out to be just another company
Subject: Poll: Dean for DNC
BTW, the suggestion in this article that Dean is not
a "mainstream Democrat" is asinine. He was
supported by Al Gore and the SEIU, and if they're not
in the mainstream of our party, who the hell is?
The big issue, recognized by progressives and moderates
alike, is the need to compete in all 50 states which
everyone except the blind realize means running liberal
candidates in Mass. and conservative candidates in Georgia.
The point is to start winning at every level, and I
believe Dean is the guy to help us do it. His liability--a
big mouth--is an asset as party chairman.
I don't support Dean for president because a presidential
campaign is not a science experiment and we should run
known quantities with experience and high name recognition
(i.e., Kerry or Gore, both of whom came damn close).
But Dean is the ideal person to build a party that can
take back the Congress and win in 2008.
Howard Dean Leads DNC Chairman Race (The National
San Jose, CA
Subject: Social Security
I was sitting here thinking of how, if you don't define the
Rethugs first, they will define you. I've heard they have now
started the ads running on television about how Social Security
needs "fixing." How about this for an ad........
Pictures and sound of pResident Shrub going on about the 'crises'
of Soc Sec, and underneath the picture or next to it, a graph
showing the 'real' Soc Sec, and a voice over that says........
"PEOPLE LIE, NUMBERS DON'T"!
Sounds good to me...just wondering.
A Loyal BuzzFan Forever!
Subject: Re: End
to search for WMD seals doubts about pre-emption (USAToday/Yahoo)
After all the evidence incriminating the Iraq war as unjustified
and illegal, it is truly amazing that the American people have
reelected a regime which used the same propaganda tactics as the
Nazi regime in Germany used to proceed its naked aggression and
bring about WW2. It is erroneously referred to as an intelligence
failure instead of pure propaganda. The UN weapons inspectors
had done their job, weren't allowed to confirm the fact that WMD
were nonexistent, and the CIA had no proof of any. There was no
Subject: A Grand Scheme About to Unfold
The republicans have always had a track record for opposing social/domestic
They screamed repercussions of horror over FDR’s plan for Social
Security [SS] in the mid-thirties. None of the horrors came to
pass. As far as other programs that helped US citizens, it suffices
to say, that the republicans could be counted on to line up and
poo-poo the ideas. FDR designed the SS funds to be placed in a
lock-box. Yes, you heard me right...a lock-box, as in Al [lock-box]
Gore. Through the years, our purveyors of "fingers in the
till" politicians manipulated the SS funds, but it continues
to be solvent for many years to come. Imagine this national pension
plan if the purveyors had kept their fingers out of the till,
as FDR designed. And the chief manipulator is squatting in the
White House as I write.
Back to the republican air of having distaste for all social/domestic
programs, and imagine a well-rehearsed plan to erase as many of
them as they can in the next four years. Think about Bush cutting
back the Education Department; a nutrition program for women,
infants and children; Head Start; and home ownership, job-training,
medical research and science programs all face cuts in 2006. Also
slated for cuts are the Environmental Protection Agency, the National
Science Foundation, Small Business Administration, Transportation
Dept., Social Security Admin., Interior Dept. and the Army Corps
of Engineers. But hurray for Bush for upping monies to Veterans.
But he plans on cutting them back to 2004 levels in 2006. How
does one accomplish all of this? Well, you start an unwinnable
war, keep Americans in fear of terrorists, develop a sham Home
Security Dept., and tell citizens the country has to sacrifice
in the face of danger. Thus the people do Bush's bidding out of
fear and the democrats go along and compromise the beneficial
programs for Americans. In my judgement, it is all part of a revengeful
and master plan to take the US government back to pre-FDR and
eliminate/cut back all democrat backed legislation for the people
that happened in-between. Why? Because they can. The republicans
have been chomping at the bit for years about government truly
benefiting the people through their taxes.
Subject: Centrist Democrats
re the DLC. Yes, we Democrats must get back to our roots:
education, jobs, equality, and advocacy of human rights for all.
These are the real strengths of the Democratic Party; and they
have been too long ignored by the DLC. Even though you did not
say it specifically, I sense a placing of blame on John Kerry.
It was not John Kerry's fault, the election was stolen. To those
who whine and say Kerry was a "bad candidate," I say
Horse crap. He was the best candidate since the original JFK.
My Democratic roots go back to my work as a canvasser/poll-watcher
for McGovern in 1972, so my credentials are unassailable. I agree
we must get back to our roots. Just remember: Kerry was not the
Dr. James Ackman
Proud card carrying member of DNC
Subject: Soc Sec trustees to spread Bush propaganda
The Social Security administration is breaking the law by using
part of the Social Security trust fund to finance a covert propaganda
campaign designed to destroy Social Security. The media has to
step up to the plate and not let the White House turn the Social
Security Administration into another arm of the White House propaganda
machine, which is spewing nothing but hate and lies designed to
divide the American people.
Don't use my Social Security trust fund on Bush propaganda. This
money is set aside to pay Social Security benefits. It is not
to be used to push propaganda from the GOP-controlled Congress
and White House.
This is important. This government financed propaganda machine
has to be stopped. Otherwise we could be looking at a repeat of
1930s Germany prior to World War 2.
I can't stress this enough - the media has a very important job
to do in a democracy. This job is to make sure propaganda and
double-speak don't become the standard operating method of our
Security Agency Is Enlisted to Push Its Own Revision (Robert
Subject: I don't feel guilty, but sad and mad reading this (My
comments are at the end.)
It's Official: My Brother Died in Vain
Why My Brother Died; After two years, the government has called
off its fruitless hunt for WMD.
This week, the White House announced, with little fanfare,
that the two-year search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
had finally ended, and it acknowledged that no such weapons existed
there at the time of the U.S. invasion in 2003.
For many, this may be a story of only passing interest. But
for me and my family, it resonates with profound depth.
My brother was Sgt. Sherwood Baker. He was a member of the
Pennsylvania National Guard deployed a year ago with his unit
out of Wilkes-Barre. He said goodbye to his wife and his 9-year-old
son, boarded a bus and went to Ft. Dix, N.J., to be hastily retrained.
His seven years of Guard training as a forward observer was practically
worthless because he would not face combat. All he needed to do
was learn how to not die.
He received a crash course in convoy security, including practice
in running over cardboard cutouts of children. We bought him a
GPS unit and walkie-talkies because he wasn't supplied with them.
In Iraq, Sherwood was assigned to the Iraq Survey Group and joined
the search for weapons of mass destruction.
David Kay, who led the group until January 2004, had already
stated that they did not exist. Former United Nations weapons
inspector Hans Blix had expressed serious doubts about their presence
during prewar inspections. In fact, a cadre of former U.N. inspectors
and U.S. generals had been saying for years that Iraq posed no
threat to our country. On April 26, 2004, the Iraq Survey Group,
at the behest of the stubborn administration sitting safely in
office buildings in Washington, was still on its fruitless but
dangerous search. My brother stood atop his Humvee, securing the
perimeter in front of a suspect building in Baghdad. But as soldiers
entered the building, it exploded; the official cause is still
not known. Sherwood was struck by debris in the back of his head
and neck, and he was killed.
Since that day, my family and I have lived with the grief of
losing a loved one. We have struggled to explain his death to
his son. We have gazed at the shards of life scattered at our
feet, in wonder of its fragility, in perpetual catharsis with
I have moved from frustration to disappointment to anger.
And now I have arrived at a place not of understanding but of
hope — blind hope that this will change.
The Iraq Survey Group's final report, which was filed in October
but revealed only on Wednesday, confirmed what we knew all along.
And as my mother cried in the kitchen, the nation barely blinked.
I am left now with a single word seared into my consciousness:
accountability. The chance to hold our administration's feet to
that flame has passed. But what of our citizenry? We are the ones
who truly failed. We shut down our ability to think critically,
to listen, to converse and to act. We are to blame.
Even with every prewar assumption having been proved false,
today more than 130,000 U.S. soldiers are trying to stay alive
in a foreign desert with no clear mission at hand.
At home, the sidelines are overcrowded with patriots. These
Americans cower from the fight they instigated in Iraq. In a time
of war and record budget deficits, many are loath to even pay
their taxes. In the end, however, it is not their family members
who are at risk, and they do not sit up at night pleading with
fate to spare them.
Change is vital. We must remind ourselves that the war with
Iraq was not a mistake but rather a flagrant abuse of power by
our leaders — and a case of shameful negligence by the rest of
us for letting it happen. The consequence is more than a quagmire.
The consequence is the death of our national treasure — our soldiers.
I did what I could, did you. I did what I knew I would have to
in order to keep from feeling the same guilt I felt after Vietnam,
when I could have done more. I faced the cold and the cold shoulders
of fellow Oklahomans who called us every kind of name there is at
the corner of Shartel and NW 23. I wasn't there every week, but
as many as I could. If I had the money I would have been more places.
I knew I could not sit back and say nothing because the guilt would
be overwhelming. I feel sad and I feel mad at every person who voted
for the re-election of this demagogue who claims God is leading
him on a quest to kill. People are willing to allow this man to
kill their children for whatever reason he can't prove. He rushed
war because he knew there were no reasons for it, except his own
family vendetta and hunger for more wealth and power.
I have a near uncontrollable sense of rage. If you are a person,
35 or under, who voted for Bush, don't tell me. I have managed to
control myself for as long as I intend to. You can feel safe because
the only weapon I have is words and you are going to get them. You
should be fighting in your war, regardless of the reason you voted
for Bush. I don't care if the only reason is that you refuse to
allow gays to marry or that you are anti-choice. YOU ARE PRO-WAR
because you voted for it.
One of the saddest results is that he used God to do it. It is one
of the reasons I don't attend church any more. I could not sit still
in a sermon and allow anyone to pray for this war-mongering dilettante
when you need to pray for his victims, which include every one of
us and especially the kids fighting.
I hate this war and I hate this administration who claims to support
the troops, but cut their benefits. Be prepared, I just read something
I hope is not true, but it probably is : there are a lot more
US deaths and casualties than what they are telling us because many
families are questioning why their loved one is not on the casualty
College age Bush fans should be feeling unmanageable guilt if they
haven't signed up. Uncle George needs you. Remember do not look
at your commander-in-chief if you march in his parade, it's forbidden.
Subject: If no WMD, why are Iraqi scientists in jail?
Hello, All. "Riverbend" has raised a good question
in her posting of the 15th. I've written to my Senators, and to
a Representative, sending the letter below. I hope others will add
their efforts by writing to Congress.
Hello, Senators and Representative Inslee,
There is an Iraqi woman blogger (Riverbend) who has a good question
in her posting from 15 January at Baghdad Burning.
The question is: Why, if there are no weapons of mass destruction
or any evidence of active programs in such weapons, are so many
Iraqi scientists held in prison?
This seems like a continuation and extension of a whole series
of actions based on misinformation, misunderstanding and misdirection.
To the extent scientists are held without charge by our Quislings,
I suppose we can claim this matter is one of Iraqi "sovereignty."
If these persons are held without charge by the U.S. and covered
by the Geneva Conventions of 1949, it seems to me that it is
long past time to free them.
The broader issues of illegal confinement, torture and other
violations of law with larger numbers of people obscure attention
to the matter of imprisonment of civilians, such as the scientists,
and officials of the former Iraqi government, such as Mr. Tarik
Aziz, who are held without a basis in reality.
How long does this Administration get a free pass on abuses
of power and commission of acts defined as War Crimes in both
international and U.S. laws?
John F. Williford
Subject: Idiot's Guide to Fallujah
You might remember iraq-war.ru from the invasion days. Apparently
it turned out to be a Russian disinfo site, or some say, it was
a way for the Russ military to pass info to Saddam's Army in the
guise of "reports." So it's always to be taken with
a grain of salt. That said...
...what 300,000 [Fallujan souls] equates to. Population numbers
from 1990 show these cities in the United States to have a population
close to 300,000. Miami, FL 358,548 Fresno, CA 354,202; Toledo,
OH 332,943; Buffalo, NY 328,123; Wichita, KS 304,011; Santa
Ana, CA 293,742; Mesa, AZ 288,091; Colorado Springs, CO; 281,140;
Tampa, FL 280,015; Newark, NJ 275,221; St. Paul, MN 272,235;
Louisville, KY 269,063; Anaheim, CA 266,406; Birmingham, AL
265,968; Arlington, TX 261,721; Norfolk, VA 261,229; Las Vegas,
Subject: Soc Sec: one more big lie
Conservatives in Congress are already peeling off from the president's
still unspecified plan to kill Social Security. Their argument:
The system is solvent; benefit cuts will hurt seniors; and the
country cannot afford to add $2 trillion in debt given the current
strain on the nation's finances. Weekly Standard editor William
Kristol [proBush rightwing writer] stated that Republicans are
"bewildered why this is such a White House priority. Rep.
Rob Simmons (R-CT) stated, "Why stir up a political hornet's
nest . . . when there is no urgency?" Conservatives are right
to challenge the motivation behind the president's scheme to dismantle
the nation's most successful social program.
Privatization will not make Social Security solvent.The big lie
behind the president's non-plan is that privatization will somehow
shore up the Social Security trust fund and ensure future benefits.
But private accounts will only speed up the financial problems
and the system while exponentially expanding budget deficits that
will threaten the overall economy.
Privatization is merely an ideological scheme to secure more voters
and political contributions from Wall Street. The president's
top advisors, including Karl Rove and Ken Mehlman, admit the privatization
plan is a political ploy to turn FDR's most enduring legacy into
a GOP voter and money machine. They have no intention of fixing
Social Security for the long term. They are out to dismantle guaranteed
benefits in retirement by luring younger voters into the false
notion that the stock market will answer all their retirement
needs. Wall St. investment bankers, already huge donors to the
president, are estimated to reap hundreds of billions of dollars
in profits from the scheme.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: how sad
I saw a show about Hitler the other night, I watched the crowd
as they almost worshiped him, in their eyes he could do no wrong.
They loved him! I thought of George Bush. How sad.
Subject: Don't let down your guard
You write: Bush
Still In Office Countdown. It's dependable this time.
No, it's not.
Porter Goss is scaling back anti-terrorism at CIA, while the Bushist
House is trying to formalize the dissolution of Congress in case
of a "national emergency." When the Bushists scale back
anti-terrorism, it is -- as in 2001 -- because they want attacks
to happen so they can grab power.
They don't need to conspire in attacks, they merely conspire not
to defend against them.
We'll be lucky to make it to 2009 with even the form of our government
If we do keep the form, then Bush can hand the reins to his brother,
John Ellis Bush, but are you going to like this very much? Is
it a source of hope and comfort for you? Remember, Bushists can
steal elections without suffering any consequences. Democrats
can win but they won't stick up for their victories, out of fear
of Bushist retaliation.
Notice the fact that the prisoner was captured by bounty hunters
and sold, yes, sold, to the4 USA. Does the average American know
this? That we are buying prisoners?
returns from Guantanamo (Aljazeera)
Subject: Help Boxer cook Rice!
Senator Barbara Boxer intends to ask Condoleezza Rice some tough
questions at her Senate confirmation hearing in the coming days
-- questions the American people deserve to have answered:
* Why did the United States go to war in Iraq based on misleading
-- if not false and fraudulent -- evidence?
* Why did we divert valuable resources and intelligence personnel
to Iraq, taking them away from Afghanistan and the pursuit of
Osama bin Laden?
* Why did Dr. Rice mislead the American people into thinking there
was a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaida before September
If you agree that we must hold Condoleezza Rice accountable for
her decisions, I urge you to stand with Senator Boxer, myself,
and millions of Americans.
Sign Senator Boxer's petition at the link below, so she can take
your voice with her to the committee room and the floor of the
Senate in the pursuit of the truth from Condoleezza Rice.
A BuzzFlash Reader
I am a democrat from the blue state--South Dakota. I am one of
45%. I feel that there are a number of reasons Kerry did not win.
One basic reason is apathy and ignorance. Only those people who
go beyond the local news--radio, tv, newspapers--seem to understand
what the real problems are in this country. Because of republican
monopoly of most of the news channels, we only had several hours
of convention coverage. CNN provided the most coverage, and we
would like to have heard all the speeches, and not CNN's viewpoint,
one way or the other. The audience has ears, eyes and a mind and
can make up their own mind as the subject matter.
The major networks are licensed as a public service agency, and
they should black out all other channels and force the public
to see what our leaders want us to know.
So most people follow the Pied Piper, NRA, fundamental churches
etc., with no real investigation and intelligent thought going
into their reason for voting.
A senior Republican from our fair state stated that he was working
hard to get Bush elected...so that the women in Afghanistan could
vote. It took between 40-50 years for the suffrage movement in
the United States to get their voting rights.
Perhaps the strongest voices during the last few years, have been
our democratic candidates. Too bad there was not enough coverage.
Kobe and Peterson and Jackson were more important stories?
We have a lot of thinking, caring democrats out here in red country.
We have only 2 electoral votes, so we are not considered that
Wounded Knee, S.Dak.
Subject: WMDs found at last
Now it can be told: Saddam hired traitorous American trial lawyers
to plant all his WMDs in the Social Security system, and that
is why it's going to explode into a crisis any minute now. Really.
Any minute. It's imminent. Sort of. Honestly.
PS Have Democrats considered fund raising by selling the Death
Valley Ski Resort to interested Republicans?
Subject: Guess we need to call congress again
I guess we need to lead the congress people by the nose, apparently
they can't think for themselves. They need to be TOLD WHAT TO
DO ON EVERY ISSUE, and until they are, they sit on their hands.
Jesus! what are you going to do with that kind of congressional
representation?? Do they need 24/7 babysitting? (From the ap article:)
"local members of Congress said they had received few to
no calls from constituents upset about the inauguration expense."
Inaugural party cost draws wrath (AP/Daily News)
Another lousy story from AP. No numbers, no research. Nothing
but opinion. Oh yes, let's fix this with calls to our representatives.
Calls, e-mail, letters, raise hell. Can we get the word out that
this is not okay? Oh yes, here is a much better article discussing
the costs and plans:
tight security this time around (Scripps Howard News Service)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Just have patience?
"On a complicated matter such as removing a dictator from
power and trying to help achieve democracy, sometimes the unexpected
will happen, both good and bad," he said. "I am realistic
about how quickly a society that has been dominated by a tyrant
can become a democracy ... I am more patient than some."
I don't think Bush has a clue as to how fraught with irony his
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: WSJ editor conflict of interest
In addition to making stuff up about two lefty bloggers, McGurn
failed to disclose his genuine conflict of interest. Not only
is he a liar, he is also a hypocrite. He probably fits in well
with the Bush crowd when he serves on that board with Armstrong
Williams and writes GOP speeches that no doubt are also full of
lies and hypocrisy. Par for the course.
of interest questions arise at paper which disparaged liberal
Subject: US Military To Be Between Scylla and Charybdis . . .
Regarding this article on Truthout
Superiors Unlikely to Face Charges (LA Times/Truthout)
I've always felt that when a person is in "charge"
of other people and gives the directives and the training of those
people . . . then the "buck" or responsibility is in
the lap of those in charge . . . but what we see everywhere today
in corporations and in the Bush government . . . people who have
to carry out their directives are also the ones punished. (What
about Bush's Memo regarding abuse?) I've heard it repeated that
those in the armed services, if given an order that is against
regulations, they can refuse it. Poppycock. Is there anyone who
thinks a soldier on a battlefield can get away with this without
Personally, anyone who has never served in any kind of war or
anyone who does not have any friends or families in the military
should not be able to lie this Country into a war without consequences.
We have seen what happened when a group refused an order because
they were going to be sent out on a mission without proper equipment
and they felt it was a death mission for them. We have seen what
happens when a serviceman refuses to go back to Iraq after he
served his time there and the government lied to him about his
time served. Those who refused were quickly brought under control
. . . at least it's not in the news. The other military man is
back in Iraq. Personally, I think he should have been escorted
back to Iraq by Bush.
In my opinion, especially in a war such as the one in Vietnam
and this one . . . because they are wars that are not protecting
the US at all . . . illegal wars . . . and they become very dangerous
within the military itself and I believe when a war is illegal
that all types of infractions are committed within such a war.
And, the enemy sometimes will wear the same uniform as our soldiers.
It is a tragedy to put soldiers in these types of situations
where they have to follow orders and if they don't . . . well,
I wonder how many are dead because of that. This is an invasion
. . . a criminal act . . . everything else that is criminal within
this war will be considered a small part of it . . . in other
words, when criminals are committing war . . . people who can
carry out an invasion aren't going to worry about soldiers not
carrying out orders . . . they either will or they will suffer
I really don't think people understand and it's my belief that
many soldiers will be too afraid to ever talk about it . . . and
that is, they are between the Iraqis and our government . . .
Scylla and Charybdis. They are not considered worthy by either
group. Bush gave freedom awards or some such nonsense to those
responsible in helping him bring on this illegal invasion that
has killed so many people. I personally am insulted when Bush
pulls these stupid (and he knows it) in-our-face-stunts because
he can. The abusers stay on top in corporations or in the military
when there are no checks and balances in a country.
And, the Bush administration has stayed on top, because our
so-called "Centrist" Democrats in Congress (DLC) want
to please Bush more than they want to please the Democratic base.
Could it be that they too, don't want to upset the psychotic wrath
of the Bush administration? We see this wrath every time the GOP
does not get their way. And, as I have said before . . . the decisions
made by the Bush administration hurts two groups only . . . American
citizens and the World.
"It takes two wings to fly" . . . This was used by
the Democrats in the presidential election of 1992 and this is
a quote from that time by Jesse Jackson: "I have deep concerns
about the ticket. It takes two wings to fly and here you have
two of the same wing." New York Times.
Of course, Jesse Jackson was talking about the vice-president
spot and the presidential ticket, but the truth is . . . it could
be said today that the Democrats in Congress must still feel that
it takes two wings to fly and that they are a wing of the Bush
administration because they keep helping Bush to keep flying.
The only people flying with the same wing are those in DC. The
rest of us look on in sick-at-heart dismay, with the knowledge
of many deaths, and a country in disarray and still the two wings
keep flying, causing our military and our country to be caught
between the actions of two out of control monsters . . . War and
Just a thought,
Subject: Weapons of Mass Destruction
I am from Lexington, Ky. At a city [Richmond, KY] near here is
a large stockpile of Weapons of Mass Destruction, a million pounds
of mustard gas, sarin, and VX gases. To get the story on this
I wish you would read the editorial that appeared in today's [1-16-05]
Lexington Herald Leader. Budget cuts made by George W Bush are
the total cause of this.
I am a democrat and I have always said that George W Bush, the
republicans, and the mainstream news media do not give a damn
about this country and the people no matter what party they belong
to. If you read this editorial you can see that the state of Kentucky
and the whole country for that matter could be in grave danger
if these weapons got into the wrong hands.
Just to give you an idea who is writing this, I am a veteran
of the Korean war, I enlisted in the army June of 1950 and served
17 months in Korea during the war, but I was lucky. Two of my
close friends who enlisted with me were not lucky as both of them
were shot and killed in action. I have had to live with that ever
since that happened.
On this editorial I am going to make as many copies as it takes
to send out to newspapers and television stations around the country
as well as to members of the congress and senate. I would like
for those people from the 9/11 attacks who supported Bush to know
that the state of Kentucky is far more unsafe than it has ever
In closing let me say that I read your web page each and every
day and I am available if you should need anything from me but
I do want to get the word out about these weapons of mass destruction.
WMD IN MADISON CO. (Lexington Herald Leader)
Subject: Disgust with Democratic Party
I agree with so many other progressive Mailbag contributors lately
regarding disgust with the Democratic Party. I was all afire over
the Dean candidacy even though he was quite a moderate when he
started on the campaign trail. I think some of the other Democratic
presidential candidates (e.g. Kucinich, Sharpton) and his supporters
may have influenced his ultimate progressive stances. I was always
impressed with his opposition to the Iraq Invasion and his courage
to speak out against this and other Bush policies.
When Dean lost in Iowa and when Kerry eventually became the Democratic
nominee, I felt that "the fix" was in. The Washington
power brokers got their nominee. We would have a pro-war Bonesman
running against a pro-war Bonesman. Nevertheless, I worked for
the election of Kerry, as did so many other progressives. Was
the November election in Ohio a fraud? Maybe. Probably. I have
to admire the Green candidate, David Cobb, for putting up the
post-election fight that Kerry should have. Where do I go from
here? I don't ever want to vote again for a second-rate, corporate
candidate like Kerry. Ralph Nader said it: There are few differences
between the Democratic and Republican parties these days.
I will wait and see who is selected to be the head of the DNC
in February. If it is Dean, I will stay in the Democratic Party
as long as Dean remains true to progressive principles. If it
is not Dean, I am going to take a long, hard look at the Green
Party. I want to start voting my hopes, not my fears. There will
be NO reason for me to stay in the Democratic Party. A Democratic
Party that is Republican-lite does not represent a second party
but just an adjunct of the Repugs. The Green Party could become
a real second party if enough progressives like myself join it.
I am anxiously awaiting the DNC results in February.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Just Frustrated
I wanted to submit the following thoughts.
It seems that George Bush is far and away the worst president
in the history of America. Go no further than his support of torture
and his totally irresponsible and completely immoral war in Iraq.
Throw in the mind-boggling pace that he spends tax dollars and
the cronyism underlying just about every step in the path of his
administration. It all makes me sick to my stomach.
He seems to be much like the spoiled rich kid who pulled the
legs and wings off flies for kicks. No sense that others have
rights; and absolutely no sense that it takes hard work for most
people to just make ends meet. Can someone please explain for
me exactly how this person wound up running our country? What
is good about him?
Some fools say, "but he's a respectable Christian."
My understanding is that Hitler too was a Christian. I have no
interest in being a Christian and I have no patience for Christians
or people of any other persuasion pushing their wares. Certainly
religion espoused by government is shown nowhere as a shining
example of success. Whoever said that "religion is the opiate
of the masses" was right. That opiate seems to manifest as
widespread denial and gullibility. It must have some sort of evolutionary
Or does it? Come on people. We live on a relatively small planet
in one of many thousands of solar systems in an expansive galaxy,
part of an unimaginably large universe. We're lucky to be just
so far, but not too far, from the source of energy that drives
our natural systems. We should be thankful to witness the miracle
of life on Earth. No question about that. But, we don't need ancient
myths and old wives' tales to live a moral existence.
I laughed when I saw the Georgia people putting stickers on high
school biology texts stating that 'Evolution is just a theory...."
I wonder how they'd feel if biologists put stickers in their bibles
informing that "ideas herein are just one version of a multitude
of stories that attempt to describe the facts of life and things."
Our country's, Founding Fathers were right when they set up
the wall between church and state. Why is that wall being torn
down? It seems that we ought to rethink many of the steps presently
being taken by our government. Perhaps we reconvene a constitutional
convention where we examine the historic documents that are the
foundation of our country. We can use things like the U.S. Constitution
and the Bill of Rights to compare against our present behaviour.
If we're off track we can correct our course and bring back democracy
with liberty and justice for all. For our kids' sake, I hope we
Las Vegas, NV
Subject: Expect the unexpected
As we stare down the muzzle of Bush's imminent inaugural, perhaps
we can glean some comfort from a comment of the president's during
his Sunday interview with The Washington Post: "On a complicated
matter such as removing a dictator from power and trying to achieve
democracy," he noted, "sometimes the unexpected will
happen, both good and bad."
Let's hope, as the bands strike up and the trigger is pulled,
that the unexpected will happen here in our own home-grown dictatorship:
folks will wake up and collectively usher the boy wonder permanently
from the world's stage. Sit down, George, and wipe that smirk
off your face.
Subject: Editorial Comment
To be frank I've always considered myself a moderate Republican
until this current administration. I totally agree with your
recent editorial that the Democrats are missing the boat by
not taking on the corporate corruption, corporate cronyism and
corporate welfare head on. Enron's Ken Lay is the poster boy and
is still living the good life. Lou Dobbs on CNN has done a wonderful
job of discussing many of these issues that Americans from both
Red and Blue states would agree on.
The Democrats were always the party that stood up for working
American citizens (from the laborer to the most highly educated
researcher). They were the populist party, not the elitist party
that the Repubs and talking heads like Rush have painted them
into. Frankly they have themselves to blame as they became totally
immersed in issues like political correctness, affirmative action,
gay marriage, choice, and feminism. While these issues were important
(and they have come a long way), the Democrats forgot about their
traditional base and core constituency (American workers and retirees).
Many Democrats still worry more about the PCness of calling undocumented
immigrants "illegal immigrants" than they worry about
the damage they do to the American worker in the form of cutting
jobs and wages. It only muddies the water when Ted Kennedy says
he is for the American worker yet supports illegal immigration.
And I don't believe Bush when he says that illegals do jobs Americans
won't do. They just do them a lot cheaper and that's what he and
his business supporters want.
Democrats need to make themselves an advocate for the American
worker and retiree. They need to work at making US corporate interests
responsible to their workers, shareholders and the community first
and the greedy interests of the executive office last. This administration
has consistently sided with the Business Roundtable and opposed
strengthening the SEC, accounting rules and shareholder interests.
The Bush administration has made divisiveness an art form (so
as to divide and conquer) and I expect it will so divide the younger
citizens against the older in the social security fight.
The Democrats need to get in this fight by making it a class issue
with the many millions of workers and common folk on one side
and the greedy US and multi-national business interests on the
other. It's an issue that is a natural fit and one that the USA
needs to have on the front burner as business interests have predominated
for 25 years. We are all familiar with the numerous examples of
somewhat ruthless and greedy practices of CEOs that are greedily
padding their own pockets and pensions, while ripping off millions
of US workers, shareholders, outsourcing jobs, and hiring illegal
immigrant workers instead of Americans.
BTW I find your web site informative and interesting.
Subject: What's on Bush's schedule for February?
I have been saying to my husband for a while that something is
up with Bush pushing the January 30th vote in Iraq so rigidly
(besides his sclerotic brain). I was trying to figure out if a)
it was another way to show Bush is a "man of resolve"
prior to the election; and/or b) was just the way the Neocons
all repeat their robotic platitudes to help construct their pseudo-reality,
which the media then repeats like bobbleheads?
Probably both are true to a certain extent. But maybe that's
not the whole purpose of it. I suspected they had some kind of
big plan to do something soon after the so-called Iraqi election
but didn't know what. I just recently realized that they have
Iran sort of surrounded by American military--I don't know how
I didn't notice this earlier. With all these festering conspiracy
notions in my mind, I found Seymour Hersh's article on the reconnaissance
missions over Iran very interesting. A lot of people have speculated
that Bush is going to "do" Syria or Iran during this
term, so this idea certainly did not originate with me. But how
are they going to do it really? Are they going to invade Iran
or simply bomb it to smithereens? How many more tens or hundreds
of thousands of people are they going to kill and maim for the
sake of their corporate imperialism?
Banality of Evil: We are All Torturers Now - Thank you BuzzFlash!
Thank you for writing "The Banality of Evil: We are All Torturers
I have added link to your article here: http://www.dataoptions.com/informed.htm#Torture
I saw a headline today saying something like "public is hopeful
in Bush second term" --- A sign of lunacy is believing that
things will be different this time around even when things are
done exactly the same way over and over ...
I want everyone to know that I, Aimee L. Walker, do not endorse
the policies of the George W. Bush administration. History is
being recorded. The whole world is watching.
BuzzFlash.com, please keep on writing and keeping your valuable
information online. You are providing a very powerful service.
Not all Americans are on the same page and many are so very misinformed.
Aimee L. Walker
Friday Harbor, WA
Subject: re: We
all all torturers
I am so 100% behind what you say that any Senator who votes for
Gonzales is voting for America to be listed as a rogue nation
that endorses torture.
"It is being done in OUR name as Americans. The Statue of
Liberty must be weeping in shame and horror. We are."
This Thursday I am wearing a shirt with the decal of a picture
I have attached with this email.
I call it the DAS BOOT OF W…CONTINUATION OF THE NAZI REGIME BUT
NOW IN AMERICA.
Subject: What is good for the goose is good for the gander!
CBS/AP) President Bush says his re-election proves Americans
agree with his decision to invade Iraq, and that as a result,
there's no need to hold any administration officials accountable
for mistakes made in planning for the war, or its aftermath
Voters Ratified Iraq Policy (CBS/AP)
If this is true, then why did a Republican Congress continue
to prosecute and impeach President William Jefferson Clinton after
he decisively won a second term?
Nancy Lynn Nagy
TN--Home of the last duly elected President: The Honorable Al
[BuzzFlash Note: And where in the article is the quote from any
opposing viewpoint, or a challenging question from the "reporter"?]
Subject: The press finds Bin Laden. Why can't Bush?
"Asked why bin Laden was not been captured yet, the president
responded, "Because he's hiding." (GW Bush/CNN)
I have often wondered how the U.S. press always has available
at their beck and call a seemingly well kept, healthy looking
and "young" Bin Laden who is supposedly hiding so deeply
in a cave that even the CIA can't find him!!?
Nancy Lynn Nagy (TN --Home of the REAL President!)
Subject: Safer from terrorism?
When citing Bush’s high rating for keeping our country safe from
terrorists, the pundits quickly point out that under Bush we have
not had an attack in this country since 9/11/01 – over 3 years
ago. Time and again I see this reference as to how Bush has given
comfort and security to all the soccer moms and so, because of
this, many voters rewarded Bush a second term in office.
Somehow, the pundits and the Bushies conveniently forgot that,
except for the Cole bombing, which happened outside of this country,
this country went 7 years under the Clinton Administration without
being attacked by terrorists.
The point is we're no safer under Bush than we were under Clinton,
so why continue to use that yardstick and heap credit on Bush?
Charles F. Siford
Dear BuzzFlash Readers:
Over the weekend, and this morning, I have seen more and more
in the press about our "being in Iran to scope out nuclear
US Planning for possible attack on Iran (CNN)
Inan Traynor, The Guardian, same subject. It was also mentioned
on Washington Journal this morning, when they read the snippet
about this from one of the papers they read from.
Of course, Mr. Bartlett from the White House is trying to lessen
the impact by stating, "report is riddled with inaccuracies"...but
then, this is the week of the big parties, and heaven knows, we
shouldn't take our eyes off THAT......
Now, one would think, if Bush and company would want to sound
less suspect, they would just come out and say that they believe
that Iran is a danger to the world...oh wait, they already did
that, and it kind of 'blew up' in their (our) face......
Mustn't have that again....didn't work out the first time, but
then, they could always be trying to 'get it right'.........
Mary in Indiana
Subject: The Bush Dynasty!
To John Q. Public, It's official! The Washington Post today shows
the "FAMILY" at the 60th wedding anniversary party we
taxpayers footed for the BUSHIT'S. Headlines said, the NEW DYNASTY,
along with mention of the KENNEDYS, the ROOSEVELTS. There is a
big difference. The next occupant was in the picture. JEB BUSH!
Another big difference is the SUPREME COURT INSTALLED THIS FAMILY,
AND DIEBOLD MADE SURE THEY STAYED! Just call me psychic!
Roosevelts, Kennedys, and Now the Bushes: Second Term Firmly Establishes
a Dynasty and Eases Sting of 1992 Loss (Washington Post)
Carolina in Md.
Subject: Social Security plan would cut benefits 75%
Hidden in the jumble of nonsense about Social Security's fake
crisis, is this devastating little tidbit. Bush wants to tie future
benefits to inflation and not wages. If this exact same type formula
were enacted in 1940, it would mean today's average benefit from
Social Security would be $300 and not $1,200.
Keep this in mind when listening to Bush. Like a common carnival
huckster, Bush is all smoke and mirrors. When his legislation
is finally brought before congress, there will be thousands of
little time-bombs that devastate the middle class.
The real answer to any Social Security weakness is to raise the
cap on which wages are subject to tax. Keep in mind 80% of Americans
earn less than the current cap of $90,000, so 80% of Americans
would not pay one penny more in taxes. Seeing as how 33% of Bush
tax cuts went to the upper 1% (earning 1.2 million per year, or
$576 per hour), and 70% of Bush tax cuts went to the upper 20%,
I think these people can afford to have their exorbitant tax cuts
rolled-back to shore-up the most successful program in the history
of the world.
The answer to any slight weakness in Social Security is to have
the more well off citizens pay their fair share. Bush's answer
is to cut benefits, which will devastate poor and middle class.
Bush plan is to balance the budget right on the back of the working
man, while he funnels more and more money to his rich buddies
through fiscally irresponsible tax cuts that predominantly benefit
the super rich.
There is a policy choice that unites Social Security's critics
-- from Goldwater to Reagan to Bush -- which is that the program
should be balanced by shaving benefits rather than by raising
taxes. They favor smaller government, so shrinking Social Security
(rather than increasing its financing) serves their broader
aim. Indeed, though the public continues to oppose cutting benefits,
Bush has ruled out any solution that involves a tax hike.
Reagan said the program had morphed from the humble insurance
plan formulated by F.D.R. (for whom he voted four times) into
a swollen caricature of government excess. The first Social
Security recipient, a legal secretary in Vermont named Ida Fuller,
started with a benefit of $22.54 a month. Today's retirees obviously
do better (even after adjusting for inflation). Nonetheless,
according to Lawrence Thompson, who was the Social Security
acting commissioner in the 90's, the retiree program is not
really more ''generous'' now than it was in the past. Like other
pension systems, Social Security was designed to replace a fixed
portion of a retiree's previous earnings. For a single person
with average earnings, initial benefits were intended to replace
about 40 percent of income. They are still pegged to 40 percent
Since wages generally rise faster than inflation, retirees
in each generation get more in real dollars than those in previous
ones. Contemporary critics, like Kasich and the Bush council,
would slow the rate of future increases by linking benefits
only to inflation. Though this would save a lot of money, its
effect on retirees should be understood.
Seniors now get an initial benefit that is tied to a fixed
portion of their pre-retirement wages. If the index was changed,
their pensions would be pegged to a fixed portion of a previous
generation's income. If this standard had been in force since
the beginning, retirees today would be living like those in
the 1940's -- like Ida Fuller, which would mean $300 a month
in today's dollars, as opposed to roughly $1,200 a month. "
Question of Numbers (Lowenstein/NY Times Magazine)
Now that Bush claims that the election was a ratification of all
the blunders he made in Iraq -- eliminating the need to own up
to any of them -- the Senate needs to apply his insidious reasoning
to the confirmation of Gonzales. Clearly, in Bush-think, confirming
Gonzales will be a ratification of his policy approving torture
for detainees in Iraq and Guantanamo. After they vote to confirm,
the Senate should be prepared to hear Bush claim that, given this
ratification, torture will continue as official U.S. policy. This
is, of course, because the rules don't apply where Al Qaeda is
concerned -- ignoring that the vast majority of those detained
and tortured at Abu Ghraib were guilty of nothing.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: what comes next?
Bush truly does think that because he won this election...he has
approval to do anything
he wants. And, I would guess that when the election is over in
Iraq...Chaos will reign. But,
hey, he will already be off on another attack...Iran looks like
the next one. He says and
many of his cohorts say...that Iran has a nuclear bomb...yeeeehaaaawwww!
It will never en,..so long as a Bush is involved.
Subject: "The Coronation of the Torturer King"
Dear BuzzFlashers -
The "Banality of Evil" editorial posted on Jan 17 prompts
me to say that we should all write to our senators, Republicans
and Democrats alike, and ask them to vote against the confirmation
of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General. It is likely, of course,
that the majority will vote for Gonzales under the general excuse
that the President should get to pick his own team. But senators
of good sense who are morally outraged at the practices of torture
so smoothly condoned and justified by Gonzales as well as others
like Lindsay Graham who spoke eloquently on the practical need
to protect our own troops from the threat of being tortured themselves
should be willing to go on the record as not supporting this nomination.
I daresay that there is at least one BuzzFlash reader from each
state, so every Senator should get at least one letter. I will
write Kerry and Kennedy immediately myself.
Subject: Gonzales nomination
Here is the text of the letter I just emailed to my Senators on
the Gonzales nomination.
Dear Senators Kerry and Kennedy,
Please vote against the nomination of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney
General of the United States.
While his personal story is appealing his actual accomplishments
for a graduate of Harvard Law School are not impressive.
The serious and important reason to go on the record against
this nomination is that Gonzales was the willing servant of
President Bush in coming up with legal rationalizations for
the use of torture against prisoners captured in the "war
on terrorism." While legal hairsplitting may be used to
claim that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to certain categories
of prisoners, the use of torture and abuse of any sort by any
agents of the United States is abhorrent. And Senator Lindsay
Graham pointed out why it was dangerous to our own troops and
citizens to cede the high moral ground on this issue to anyone.
We understand that it is likely that Gonzales will be confirmed
by the Senate. But every Senator who believes torture is wrong
and that the President is never above the law (Gonzales said,
"I'll get back to you on that") should go on record
as opposing this nomination. (There's not even any short-term
advantage to be gained by currying favor with the administration
by not taking the morally correct position.)
Colleen J G Clark
Subject: Bush in Showcase Theater . . .
Regarding your article from The Smirking Chimp . . . when Bush
was talking in a town hall meeting to a group about his raid on
Social Security, I saw two things in this article that tells me
his inanity is far greater than even I gave him credit for, and
at the same time, his off-the-cuff remarks many times remind me
of old movies and I really think that since Bush is against reading
. . . he actually gets all of his ideas about our world while
watching TV and old films . . . the following quotes from the
In outlining his plan to rob the Social Security trust fund
to reward wealthy Wall Street campaign contributors with billions
in new fees and investment funds, Bush said that "a personal
savings account will compound over time and grow over time; a
personal savings account can't be used to bet on the lottery,
or a dice game, or the track."
So Bush thinks all African Americans -- or "negroes,"
as his kind calls them in private, if not to their faces -- waste
their money on dice games and the betting tracks, huh?
tells 'negroes' not to spend money on dice games as he parties
on like it's 1929 (smirkingchimp.com)
First, everyone would have a "savings account" that
they didn't have to touch if they made more money than they needed
in order to make a living and to raise their families, or if they
could even find a job in Bush's America. If they made their money
in the same way that Bush made his money, we would all have giant
Secondly, something I have learned while living in the South is
that the worst kind of deep-seated racism in people will show
its ugly face in comments of casual conversation and the person
talking hasn't a clue what is really coming out of his or her
mouth, the racism is so inbred, i.e., Bush's comments about how
Blacks spend their money. Caucasian Americans shouldn't feel slighted
by this open admission of stereotypical racist attitude because
Bush really looks down on all Americans other than his "loyal
base," even the poor people who live in the so-called red
states . . . how much of a break in life does Bush give you .
. . or maybe in an unknowingly, masochistic way, you people don't
feel that you need any breaks in life.
If I were ever to take any advice from anyone . . . it certainly
wouldn't be from a person like Bush, who has never, ever done
anything positive on his own and he has lived up to that record
as a resident in the White House for this country. Ignorance always
talks down to people. Here he is talking to people about how he
is going to give them savings accounts. This from someone who
has given Americans the largest debt in US history. This from
someone who thinks 40 million is okay to spend on one big party
for "his" celebration. This from someone who lied the
US into a war that has killed more than 100,000 people.
In a perfect world, or even a sane one, people would wonder why
is this person not being charged for treason against the United
States of America and then billed for all of those White House
accounting mistakes . . . such as throwing out the surplus that
this administration had just four years ago . . . then there is
the "small" matter of billions of missing money in Iraq
and the US that no one in this administration seems too worried
about finding it. Instead, they just ask members of our Congress
for more money and, just as unbelievable . . . without any accountability
or excuses given to Congress . . . they get it.
Hail to Bush the Chief who through his humility and moral leadership
will bring America to her knees with the whole world watching.
Now that's showmanship.
Just a thought,
After hearing of the attempt to put stickers saying, "Evolution
is just a theory" on biology textbooks, I thought why not put
stickers on biology books saying, "Creationism is not even a
theory, just a myth."
Some computer-wise people could probably print up a lot of
these on stickers (I don't know how). Also, why not print
up thousands of stickers of the PRC flag with Walmart on it saying,
"If you love Communist China, you will love Walmart"?
Your faithful reader,
Subject: Trial balloon?
A friend has advanced an analysis of Jim Baker's saying that
the US should get out of Iraq. I'm running it by you although
you may have already heard it.
The analysis is that the Bushies have had this recommendation
advanced as a means to feel out the public reaction. It the
reaction is deemed adequately favorable the strategy would be
to replace a significant portion of US troops with mercenaries
who would keep the oil fields protected and controlled for 20
or so years until they are sucked dry by western companies and
interests. The rest of Iraq would be allowed to go to hell.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush's Wars
Well mad king George has managed to generally screw up Iraq and
I now hear rumbles of an attack on Iran. Let Freedom Ring! We
are about to achieve democracy in another state thru military
action. Won't be long before he attempts to democratise the good
ole USA! Next the World - shades of Hitler!
A. Leslie Palmer
Subject: 20 January 2005
This Thursday, 20 Jan 2005, is a day that will live in infamy.
Pamela of the Poconos
Midterm elections have RNC anxious (Washington
This sounds like more of Rove's machinations. Define early
and often. Pretend they've got a problem or are vulnerable
(remember Jeb was going to be vulnerable in 2002? Right).
But I especially like the Wisc Rep stating Wisconsin had a terrible
problem with illegals voting in the presidential election.
But the point is they're already focused on the 2006 elections,
and Dems are still squabbling amongst themselves. Shall
I pull my hair out now or wait until after the Dems lose by overwhelming
margins the next time? Goddam, the idiots at the DNC piss
Subject: Bush daughters
First--thank you for all the information you make available---information
that would never be found in the Columbus Dispatch.
My question is--Why aren't the Bush daughters joining the National
Guard so they can go to Iraq and "fight for freedom"?????
Subject: Consequences of Uninformed Voting
The ascent of George W. Bush to the exalted position he enjoys
today is testimony to the triumph of propaganda over reason. Through
the skillful use of indoctrination techniques, otherwise intelligent
people have been brainwashed to believe: that a draft-dodging
spoiled brat who has blundered into a deadly quagmire is more
deserving of trust and respect than a decorated military hero
who is documented as having risked his life to save those under
his command, that America's interests are better served by a my-way-or-the-highway
approach to domestic and international issues than one that employs
diplomacy to everyone's advantage, that an inarticulate, crude
blockhead who lives in a childish world of black-and-white is
better equipped to advance the cause of peace than a multilingual,
cultured scholar who recognizes the full spectrum of options available
for making decisions.
Now we will suffer the consequences of our collective naivete.
To some degree each of the following results is likely over the
next several years.
We can expect the downward spiral of wages to accelerate as good-paying
jobs are moved offshore.
We can expect privatization to result in the collapse of the Social
Security System that has served us well for 70 years and with
minor adjustments will remain fiscally sound forever.
We can expect serious financial difficulties as other countries
continue to lose confidence in our fiscal responsibility and refuse
to finance the out-of-control debt resulting from the reduction
and elimination of taxes on the most affluent among us.
We can expect the continued erosion of civil liberties as the
government increasingly regards people as enemies of the state
to be tortured and held incommunicado indefinitely without trial.
We can expect our country to continue its policy of starting morally
unjustifiable wars to assert our world supremacy, perhaps even
resorting to nuclear weapons as an economical alternative to troop
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas warned, "As nightfall
does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances
there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.
And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change
in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims
of the darkness."
Robert R. Regl
[BuzzFlash Note: Ahh, twilight...it used to be our favorite time
of day. Thanks for your insights.]
Subject: Democracy doesn't exist in America anymore
It really doesn't matter who the Democrats choose to head the
DNC. It will be a waste of time and effort. As long as the media
is controlled by Republicans and their, so-called, conservative
right-wing supporters, and as long as elections are held using
easily manipulated voting machines to rig the vote, there can
be no democracy in America.
The Republicans are destroying democracy in the name of freedom
and the timid Democrats are either stepping aside or backing down
and letting them get away with it. What are the Democrats afraid
of? Are they somehow being blackmailed into allowing the blatant
destruction of everything America stands for?
There was a time when I and others innocently believed that U.S.
government actions would always benefit and serve all its citizens.
The Kennedy assassination changed that naive perception. When
people commented, "What difference does it make who killed
President Kennedy? That happened a long time ago." I would
answer "but the people who committed the crime are still
out there planning God knows what!"
Well, now we know what "they" are planning. By creating
a system where the wealthy and powerful are the ruling class and
the uninformed population becomes poorer, less educated and unhealthier,
the plan is well under way to do away with democracy in America
and replace it with an elitist form of government (ie plutocracy).
No one seems able to stop the direction in which we are headed.
It hurts to see what our great nation is becoming. However, because
BuzzFlash and others are willing to keep us informed, at least
there are many of us who are aware of what is happening. I only
hope and pray something can be done before it is too late.
Thank you BuzzFlash for being there!
Linda in NC
Rage, Rage and outrage at the hubris of the bushies to spend $40,000,000
on inaugural parties and balls while our soldiers are dying in
Iraq, prisoners are being tortured, tsunami survivors are coping
with the death of over 150,000 people and trying to get their
lives back to some semblance of order. Not to mention the hungry
and the homeless right here in our own very rich country. To say
nothing of frightening retirees by threatening to privatize Social
Security; I was around before SS was put into effect and do not
want to go back to those times, I have worked hard to be independent.
Oh, and did I mention public schools that have done away with
art program, language programs and any other program that the
"powers that be" can exclude?
Where will we be in another four years with this present administration
Red Bank NJ
Subject: mailbag 1/17/05
In response to a couple of things brought up in the mailbag...to
those of you who are
worried about the Democrats' lack of guts...Ted Kennedy is trying...at
last! But, he cannot
do it alone...he has to have some help. I am sick to death of
them, too...they are letting
Bush get away with everything. We have waited almost too long...even
Kennedy who is
screaming mad now...they should have started way back after the
Trade Center incident.
Everyone then just wanted to be a nice guy...and make the country
know that they were
patriotic Americans...that was the beginning of the end!!!
In response to John Faroili...the AARP organization ran at least
two full-page ads in our
paper...the St. Louis Post Dispatch...denouncing the Bush plan
for privatizing social Security, then it disappeared. I have no
idea what other papers may have been the recipient of those ads,
but, they ran here.
Ted Kennedy...said on the news tonight...that the democrats would
not sit by and see
Social Security dismantled...we will have to wait and see. I think
he is truly trying, but
he cannot do it alone!
Subject: Re: Let Bush be Reagan
Rooting for Bush to flop in his second term should give liberals
at least some twinges of conscience. The obvious ways that Bush
could fail in the next four years--thousands more American soldiers
dead, a theocratic Iraq, another terrorist attack on U.S. soil--would
be catastrophic for the nation as well as for the occupant of
the nation's highest office. Is there a patriotic way to root
for your president to fail?
A BuzzFlash Reader
More Taxpayer-funded GOP Propaganda
Reality: The calendar does not mention that Ronald Reagan, in
his 1966 campaign to become governor of California, endorsed repeal
of California's Fair Housing Act, saying, "If an individual
wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or
renting his house, it is his right to do so."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Inauguration day protest graphic
As a sign of protest on inauguration day, I plan on putting this
graphic in my car window (the upside-down flag is the international
signal of distress.) Considering the mess Bush has made in four
short years, I believe America is under attack by the radical
right wing. Bush is on a mission to destroy the middle class and
bankrupt the country. I think it is possible for democrats to
take back both houses of congress in 2006, thus assuring President
Bush gets impeached for war crimes, corruption, lying under oath,
or many other crimes.
Mike in Seattle
click for full sized image
Subject: A Hearing In The Ethers!
A Hearing is being held in the Ethers to see if the accused George
W. Bush should be held over for trial. Like George Bush’s ruling
majority Republican Party, only one side will be represented,
that will be the Prosecution. The Prosecution has stated there
literally isn't a Defense for Mr. Bush's "misdeeds!"
There are many defense attorneys presenting their comments in
this ethereal hearing. Some are alive…some are the dearly departed!
Should the accused, George W. Bush, be held over for trial...the
jury will be the American people? The distinguished journalist
Edward R. Murrow is presiding, all rise!
"This is the ethereal" [not "London," as he
said when in his popular broadcast]. The Court will hear an opening
statement now, and then the charges will be read.
Ralph Waldo Emerson; "For what are they in their high conceit,
when man in the 'bush' with God may meet! Heartily know when half-gods
go the Gods arrive!"
During the term of George Bush and his Administration, they have
taken a hiatus from the truth as they continue to thwart the American
public’s right to know by closing much freedom of information
that President Clinton had opened. One of the most recent charges
is trying to seal the records of the ISG, the Iraq Survey Group,
and not revealing the cost of the WMD investigation, which has
been closed. Billions of dollars have been thrown away, as this
embarrassing justification for starting the Iraq War has been
negated, when no WMDS had been found. WMDS was the first, but
not the only one of the shifting justifications used as an excuse
for war. It is also noted that pre-war information was bungled
and members of Team Bush ignored the obvious information and warnings
that led to the 9/11 attack. Furthermore, they stymied the 9/11
investigation until the pressure was on the "Wanted Dead
or Alive," Osama Bin Laden is very much alive, and terrorism
has been on the rise. Iraq has become a quagmire, but Mr. Bush
still is saying we are making progress, but proof of the opposite
is readily available every day and downplayed by the media. Two
statements made by George Bush contradict each other. On September
13th, George Bush said, "The most important thing is for
the U.S. to find Osama Bin Laden. It is our number one priority
and we will not rest until we find him." That was in 2001.
In 2002, March 13th, Bush announced, "I don't know where
he is [Osama] I just don't spend that much time on him really,
to be honest with you…I truly am not that concerned about him."
We have seen Osama Bin Laden, al-Zarqawi and cohorts flaunting
their escape and activity in the face of the world! Though the
truth is avoided by George W. Bush, the Administration, most of
the military and a slew of retired Generals, occasionally a few
will speak of the QUAGMIRE in Iraq. Anticipating trouble, the
spin is on about the elections not having as much significance
as they had hoped, and we will be facing the same situation after
the election. Meanwhile, though we seldom hear it, the death count
hovers in the 1400 area. Bush doesn't go to funerals, not showing
the coffins are covered up by the government's "respect"
for the military families [a few got by the rule recently] and
The Iraq war reports are becoming more scarce! This is suspected
to be laid at the door Bush, and of large contributors, that support
Bush and rule most of the networks! There is doubt we will ever
know what Bush, or members of his Administration knew before 9/11
as the blame is consistently put elsewhere, and the Administration,
Bush, in particular, never admits failure or making mistakes.
We do know ample information was given to them that was overlooked
and ignored. Richard Clarke’s testimony to the 9/11 Commission
raised many questions, not sufficiently answered, and covered
up, or lied about by some like, Condi Rice! "On and on it
goes and where it stops no one knows!"
Now that the end of the search for WMDS is over, why are attempts
being made to seal records of the Iraq Survey Group so the true
cost of this futile investigation will not be known? It is the
taxpayer who paid!
Other charges listed are:
What happened to the money Congress specifically approved for
Afghanistan, and how much money was diverted to Iraq? Why has
this question never been sufficiently answered?
Why did the Republicans vote down an investigation in which Richard
Foster was threatened with "severe consequences for insubordination."
Foster wanted to reveal the true cost of the Healthcare of $550
billion to the Democrat's inquiries. The amount given by Bush
in the budget was misrepresented at $400 billion!
"Confucius," approach the bench with your question.
Why does the American public seem more concerned with drug-testing
of their athletes, as an example to the youth and to preserve
the integrity of the game yet, does not seem to inquire about
the integrity of their President, especially with all the mounting
evidence against the truthfulness of himself and his Cabinet?
I have warned them long ago, "Without an acquaintance with
the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to
be established!" "You may repeat that statement aloud
for the record, as it goes to the character of Mr. Bush!
George Bush promised to get to the bottom of the CIA Outing of
Valerie Plame. This long overdue investigation has not come to
a conclusion. It seems as if attention is being diverted away
from the Bush Cabinet, to reporters, [But not Robert Novak?] timing,
or everyone else, but the highly suspected members of the Administration
who were out for revenge against Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
Who told Ahmed Chalabi what? The once highly paid fair-haired
boy of the Administration is not so popular anymore.
Who else besides Armstrong Williams has been paid to promote
Will the truth of Bush dealings at Harken Energy ever be honestly
revealed? Bush was a stockholder, director, and consultant of
the company. Bush was warned about "insider trading,"
before the Harken loss. That warning note was revealed to the
SEC after the investigation ended Bush sold $848,000 of shares,
before Harken filed its quarterly report of a $23 million loss.
Why did Bush wait eight months past the legal deadline to report
the stock sale? Of course the whole time this debacle occurred,
Poppy Bush was the President, Poppy’s friend headed the SEC, and
even the General Counsel previously had been an attorney for the
Bush family. How did they get away with this, and why didn't anyone,
especially the media ask the hard questions? Martha Stewart was
sent to jail for much less of a crime! Bush was never fully exonerated
by the SEC!
The presiding judge, Edward R. Murrow, interrupted, and said,
"To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable
we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful!"
Matters of half-truths and cover-ups have been applied to our
environment. The Healthy Forests Initiative's name is ludicrous
in its claim to protect out forests. Senator Joseph Lieberman
had a more apt name when he sarcastically called it, "The
No Tree Left Behind Plan!" It destroys other Policy Acts
other presidents have enacted. It is not necessary to cut down
healthy trees as it is to remove shrubs or other underbrush and
kiss the logging industry on the lips! Even wildlife is affected
by this irresponsible policy!
The "Clean Air Initiative" is another one, where former
precautions have been weakened by diminishing regulations directed
by all the "foxes" in charge of the "hen house!"
Global warming has been [accelerated] by George Bush. He would
not participate in the Kyoto Protocol effort of the world to help
solve the greenhouse gas problem. Bush backed off his promise
about carbon dioxide emissions regulations, embarrassing Christine
Todd Whitman, who went out on a limb to the world with a promise
to help. He ignores the fact we are responsible for about one-third
of this problem. In a recent effort to make headway, the world
asked again, only to be put off with a vague promise of a "meeting"
in the future!
Stem Cell Research is a vital interest to the future health of
our nation and the world. President Bush's blockade and half-truths
of this research on the ground of "moral values" has
been disputed by many, including the family of President Ronald
By Bush standards, only stem cell lines that exist currently should
be used. His consultations with his hand-picked scientists are
questionable and many other experts in the field do not agree
with those conclusions. At every turn Bush appears to disregard
the health and welfare of the world for his own beliefs and political
The actions of this "Compassionate Conservative" are
highly suspect, and have cost the United States untold loss of
respect in world opinion!
Are there any more charges against the accused? There are many
more, even though we are holding this hearing in the ethers, we
do not want to be here for all Eternity listing them! There has
been more than enough evidence presented. The recommendation is
for the accused, George W. Bush, to be held over for trial by
the American jury! As we turn this action over to the people,
we must recognize the facts of continuous dishonesty should not
be ignored or taken lightly whether the evidence presented is
recent or in the past. The whole picture must be considered and
even now more infractions of deceit and misrepresentation are
being committed by the accused. Nothing less than our Democracy
is being threatened, and grim consequences await future generations
unless action is taken now! Thomas Jefferson is recognized once
I would like to leave the Citizens of the United States with one
more admonition, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance!"
As Presiding Judge, I, Edward R. Murrow conclude, and address
Mr. Bush in absentia as I say, "You have been weighed, you
have been measured and you have been found wanting!"