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Subject: So long Hubble, So long future
The Bushmen have decided to scrap the Hubble
telescope. It figures. It's a symptom of a lack
of leadership. Science is very inconvenient
for Republicans, in fact right wingers and even
just businessmen in general. They like to control
all outcomes, but science does not work that
way. In science, you choose the topic and follow
the outcome where it goes. Science often comes
up with inconvenient facts, like “the universe
is 13 billion years old,” or “people are evolved
from other forms of life.” The Hubble had the
misfortune to deliver evidence that supports
lots of inconvenient science, so it had to go.
There are many other inconvenient results of
science, including global warming, the ongoing
need for ecological diversity, pollution kills,
tobacco causes cancer and capital punishment
is no deterrent. On each of these, we find the
right wanting more research. It is not enough
that almost all of the research on most of these
topics is in agreement. They will not be budged
from their bias. So the issue of evidence is
not the issue. The right starts with its mind
made up and wants to pick through unrelated
findings from questionable studies to build
a case for their pre-existing conclusions. Case
in point: Intelligent Design.
The US population is too somnolent to see through
the baloney. And it is getting deeper and deeper
into not looking for information, just buying
into propaganda. Very few will cry for the Hubble.
Or any other science program, for that matter.
Americans are offered no vision of a positive
future. Why do research? All we have to look
forward to is continuous war, continuous imposition
of more regressive taxation and the race for
the economic bottom driven by outsourcing. No
wonder people see Armageddon in this Bush term.
Who would know the difference?
I think the DNC failing to offer us a positive
vision is why we watched the 2nd elevation of
Bush this week. People could be shown something
bigger than war, something more uplifting than
fear, something more valuable than oil. We need
to see defeating terrorism from the path of
building a world fair for all. We cannot impose
freedom. That is an oxymoron from a moron. And
we cannot support every two-bit dictator who
will “oppose terrorism.” There are no despots
who support freedom. Right or left, all dictators
smell the same.
We need to say that there is more to do than
be a spectator watching the race. The world
does not come back to the same place every two
miles. We went to the moon because most Americans
wanted to. We were motivated. Now we have to
go to the people of the earth. I think Americans
want to do that, too. It is hard work, harder
than taking 40% vacations. And we don’t know
it all yet. So it takes open minds and a lot
less “Whatever.” It took nearly universal commitment
to build this country, from Plymouth Rock to
Philadelphia to Gettysburg to Selma to Tranquility
Base, and so many others. This job is bigger,
but we like things supersized. And it will take
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Subject: The Speech
I listened, with trepidation, to mad king George's
inaugural address. To me The Speech issued veiled
threats to the world that "freedom"
was for everyone and we would assist in bringing
freedom to anybody in the world who was, in
our opinion, downtrodden. Force may be necessary.
I listened to similar nonsense many years ago.
The theme then was "lebensraum"--living
room for certain aryans in Europe. For others
there would be camps similar to "Gitmo"
and other places in Iraq. The camps had impressive
entrances with a message "Arbeit machst
Frei." Another madman with a toothbrush
moustache was the orator.
Isn't there anyone in Congress who can see the
seeds of national destruction being sowed by
mad king george and his neofascist regime? Are
there not a brave few who will institute impeachment
proceedings against the madman and his gang
for crimes against humanity?
God Save America - and the world!
A. Leslie Palmer
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Subject: Bush Bankrupt in Church Today
CBS Evening News had classic video of Bush in church today coming
up empty when they passed the plate. Bush snickered to Laura out of
the corner of his mouth...Cheney slipped some money into the offering
plate to save his boss...then Bush 41 handed W a $20 bill, which Bush
dropped into the plate. Laura then handed Cheney back his money while
41 looked on grimly. What a fucking shame for all of us.
Subject: Re your editorial about the "rhetorical inauguration
I think you missed the entire point of the Inoculation Address. It
was far more than mere rhetoric. In saying again and again that the
US will provide "liberty" and "democracy" throughout
the Middle East and the world beyond, Bush was saying that the guiding
principles of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) were no
longer the kooky product of a backroom deal hatched by Scoop Jackson
and the Straussian neocon zealots. It's not a kooky plan anymore. It
has now been elevated to the bottom line of the US foreign policy. Get
it? This is not rhetorical. It is far more sinister. This is the ultimate
threat of imperialism. And the press (and BuzzFlash) have apparently
swallowed it as being little more than the excesses in prelude to a
tasteless series of overly extravagant parties. I can't believe you
missed Bush's real message. There was only one message. It was quite
Subject: Price of Oil (as sent to News Hour/PBS, and others)
In Friday's segment on the effects of the high price of oil--who wins
and who loses, you did not mention the oil corporations (Exxon/Mobil/BP/Chevron/Texaco/,
etc.). Will you tell us about their record profits in the next segment
or will they be censored?
Will you tell us that Condi Rice was on the Board of Chevron/Texaco
and had an oil tanker named after her?
Will you tell us what business Dick Cheney has been in his whole life?
Ditto GWB? Ditto GHWB? Ditto his father?
Does Iraq have the second largest oil reserves or (as some say) the
largest? Is this just a coincidence, or did it factor into our Operation
Iraqi Liberation? Even if one was
to wildly argue that this is not true, it cannot be denied that this
is the perception in the entire world--the importance of which cannot
I remember in the 1992 campaign, every single Republican argued that
if Clinton were elected, the price of gas at the pump would double.
Their reason was that Clinton proposed a five cent gas tax. Clinton
was elected and seven years later I was paying precisely the same at
the pump as I was before. Compare that to the price at pump over the
last four years. Will you say this on your show?
Why is it that every time the news gives the highest pump price in the
U.S. (usually Hawaii or San Fran), it is always lower than anywhere
within 100 miles of where I currently live (San Luis Obispo County,
Arroyo Grande, CA
Subject: More US jobs lost (Christian Science Monitor)
In a new wave of layoff developments:
Wachovia Corp., the banking giant, said it plans to eliminate up to
4,000 jobs by the end of 2007. Wachovia seeks to trim operating expenses
by at least $400 million a year.
Deutsche Bank declined to confirm a published report that it plans
another 2,000 to 4,000 layoffs. But a spokesman said details of its
new restructuring plan will be announced Feb. 3. In November, the
company said 1,920 employees would lose their jobs.
T-Mobile, the cell phone subsidiary of Germany's Deutsche Telekom,
announced 2,200 layoffs between now and the end of next year.
And so the dissembling of our economy continues.
What more can I say ... except — sorry, I can’t put that in print.
Did anyone else appreciate the irony of the following line from
W's speech on Thursday? "Democratic reformers facing repression, prison,
or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders
of your free country."
The story about the Vietnam Vet dying from the cold...did not surprise
me. All Bush is
doing, to try to make ends meet and make sure his rich friends get their
tax cuts, is
shave veterans' benefits...there will be much more!
Subject: Abe Lincoln and the PEOPLE
Anyone who has ever heard a recording of Lincoln’s voice knows that
when he said “of the people, by the people, for the people,” he said
it as “of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, for the PEOPLE” in a shrill voice
with GREAT emphasis on PEOPLE and not “OF the people, BY the people,
FOR the people” as we always hear this phrase said today. Almost all
our Senators and Representatives seem to spend their time OFing, BYing,
and FORing while they forget about the PEOPLE. Instead of doing their
jobs for the PEOPLE, they look around at each other, guess if they will
prevail and if not, guess what will please the king and his court, and
try to please the king, each other and the lobbyists.
OUR Constitution is pretty straightforward when it comes to job descriptions.
If they would just read their job descriptions and then do their best
to take care of the PEOPLE, we could have a government envisioned by
our forefathers and studied by all our school children. Actually, some
of the politicians, including our President, have discovered they don’t
even need the PEOPLE to get elected. Money and cheating are all it takes.
Any Senators who approve Gonzales and Rice haven’t read their job descriptions
lately, if ever. And Rice and Gonzales have clearly made up their own
job descriptions and the President’s job description.
By the way, the President did NOT swear to uphold the Constitution when
he was inaugurated. He swore only that he would be President. Are we
sure he has even been inaugurated, or did he just throw a big party
and declare world domination?
Medicine Park, OK
Bush's privatization of social security scheme is deja-vu all over
again. Let's see...borrow trillions to cover current benefits to allow
young workers to buy stocks with their social security contributions.
It sounds like buying stocks on the 'margin' like they did in the 1920's.
As you remember, this led to the crash and the first great depression.
It is basically burrowing money to gamble on the stock market!! It's
not deja-vu, it's deja-moo... I think I've heard this bullshit before.
Please, somebody save us from this lunatic.
Subject: What if we can't stop them? What if voting doesn't work?
I think you should seriously begin considering what you are going
to do if voting doesn't work any more.
1. We don't have a free press. Propaganda means people don't have any
facts on which to base decisions. That whole WMD in Iraq crap was a
total lie, top to bottom, and the mainstream media didn't cover it.
Still hasn't. Still hasn't dissected WHY we were lied to. Never will.
If something that screwed up doesn't get covered, people don't have
enough accurate information to vote.
2. Voting technology is hosed. Those Diebold machines really are very
screwed up. 4000 votes appearing out of the blue, machines that only
store 3000 votes placed in locations where 7000 folks will try to use
them to vote . . . no paper trail.
3. An inability to pick candidates because of the super tuesday "gauntlet"
which means small easily influenced states with small media zones control
the candidates the WHOLE country has to vote for . . . .
So what is BuzzFlash going to do if voting doesn't work anymore? What
if we continue this march to fascism and you can't stop that march by
voting? Is it time for you to start telling people to march on their
election boards? Ask people who understand how voting technologies get
selected and how elections get run and candidates get chosen to tell
us what to do to make SURE voting actually works. We have less than
2 years to the next election . . .
Subject: "THE LIMO"
BTW...Did you all see Bush in his "HUMVEE LIMO" which has
all of the armor of a tank... even with a bomb proof floor (everything
that our soldiers want and need to have on theirs). Well, the funny
part of this,is...that even with all of that protection...the WUSS had
the FBI agents in a jogging mode...when he sped up past the protestors.
Isn't he a brave "cowboy? And I use that term very loosely believe
Subject: Business is business
First, daddy Powell resigns from the Bush administration and now sonny
boy throws in the towel. Me smells a lucrative Washington consulting
business about to be born...Powell and Powell, $$$ Inc.
Colonel Tom Parker, before Elvis, once hawked a cure-all tonic named
Hadicall...made a fortune and learned how to fool the people with false
hope for a greater future. Karl Rove must've had an apprenticeship with
Colonel Parker, judging by his own "Elvis"...George W Bullsh.
What a crock of hyperbole and glorified rhetoric that inaugural speech!
But I guarantee the sales of snake oil will hit a new high in Bullsh
Land this new year. "Jus'a wanna be...your teddy bear..."
Subject: Condoleezza Rice
Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not
pull it out, and strike it, merely to show that you have one. --
Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)
I thought of this advice to Lord Chesterfield's son when I watched
Condoleezza Rice being interviewed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
the other day. Because if anyone comes off as a pedant, Ms. Rice surely
She can truly articulate the English language, hence why I believe many
people, including her own colleagues, believe she is immensely qualified
to be Secretary of State. To me, it is rather she dazzles all of us
with bulls**. I've never seen anyone who can dance around a question
as she does. She is absolutely brilliant in that regard.
But qualified to make ponderous decisions with earth-shaking ramifications?
No way! She has already demonstrated she was asleep at the watch prior
to 9/11, and we all know what happened to her responsibilities to secure
the peace in Iraq.
This lady lacks good judgment and wisdom. As a matter of fact, she can
be downright scary. Senator Boxer pointed out her striking out language
which would have supported humane treatment to prisoners of war, and
her initial response to the tsunami disaster further showed her lack
of compassion. She is far better suited to be at the head of a classroom
where her true credentials belong.
Subject: Boob Jones
pal, Bob Jones says Catholicism a "false religion system"
It has always been a psychological quirk to hate anything you fear.
Jones is a clear example of this malady.
Subject: The "free and democratic" Iraqi election
Eight days to the Iraqi elections:
1 Candidate for Prime Minister, or President, or King, or simply Puppet,
Mr. Allawi (he doesn't go out much, and when, yes, with half the US
army guarding him, but hey, if nobody is running against you, and you
already have a job guarantee from the Bush Administration, your chances
of winning are pretty good... It's a good bet Mr. Allawi will announce
that he has been given a "mandate" to carry out "his"
programs for Iraq. Could it be that these plans include making sure
the oil legally belongs to the US and a huge blood bath of "insurgents"
which will make the Saddam murders look like kids' stuff?
So far, and apparently right up to the election, none of the candidates
for the Parliament have been outed...the list of names has not been
made public, not to mention any plans these "candidates" have
for the future of Iraq. Will this list be made public on election day,
or will the voters just have to take their chances and put an X next
to a blank space? (Not that they'll have the slightest idea of who the
people are and what they stand for or intend to do...no matter, the
Bushies know, trust them).
No international observers will be at these elections... "it is
too dangerous," the public is told, no one can keep them secure.
The voters, on the other hand will have to take their chances in terms
of security. Democracy is not free, after all.
Journalists can go to polling places "at their own risk" according
to journalist Caroline Hawley at BBC. So it is quite probable that most
journalists will remain in their securely guarded hotel rooms behind
the green line, and the Bush Admin. representatives will tell them what
to report, presumably they will give them the cassettes of the film
footage which they can show, and the report they should print. (Will
the few journalists who do decide to take their chances and go to polling
places have "unfortunate accidents"? Oh those insurgents!)
And on the 31st of January, the Bush Administration (along with puppy
dog Tony Blair and the Brits), represented by Allawi, a man with a rather
murky history including murder, and clearly (ex?) CIA, will have a "mandate"
to run a now democratic Iraq. The Parliament will be made up of a number
of nameless persons who will remain anonymous for "their own security,"
and Bush will make a speech about the wonder of bringing democracy to
the Middle East. The Republicans will cheer, the Democrats will cheer
Would Adolf not be proud of his friend Prescott's grandson George W???
And of the fact that the USA is going down the route of Fascism and
keeping his tactics and memory alive and well?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Daily kos recently asked for a Democratic message that could be
articulated in under 30 words. Well, how about this one?
"Individual freedom, community responsibility. Stay out of people's
bedrooms and thoughts. Come together to educate kids, protect one another.
Work to keep everyone safe and healthy."
Subject: Roman Law
Mr. Bush is strong in a pungent sort of way. Incidentally, do people
who didn't "vote" for Mr. Bush still get to participate in
Subject: NY Times fails to publish NION (Not In Our Name) statement
We had planned for the new Not In Our Name statement of conscience to
run on Friday, January 21, in The New York Times. We had a contract
and a confirmation number. This ad was to be our answer to the inauguration,
and it was timed to appear in the middle of the inauguration news coverage.
The ad did not run. The advertising department were themselves deeply
surprised by this, and have not been able to explain what happened.
In fact, we were told that, to their knowledge, this had never happened
before. At the same time, the Times lead editorial said that this should
be a time of legitimacy and acceptance for the President -- and that
this was especially something that the opposition has to come to terms
It is unacceptable that we do not yet know why something that "has
never happened before" happened -- a full page paid ad, accepted
and slotted in, did not run. This is especially so when the content
of the ad, the need to resist the course that this administration has
set, is so important to the people of this country and the world.
There needs to be an investigation of what went wrong and why. If it
was just an honest mistake, we expect that the Times itself would want
to know why in order to prevent it from occurring again.
The Times has given us a new ad reservation number and assured us that
the ad will now run on this Sunday. However, there is the danger of
it being buried in the back of the first section. This would be another
way of marginalizing and rendering relatively invisible the voices of
conscience and dissent. We urge signers and supporters of the statement
to e-mail the Times to demand that the ad run in the Sunday Week in
Review section (where there will be summation of the inauguration) or
in the first 10 pages of the first section.
Send to the President and General Manager of the Times at firstname.lastname@example.org
and to the advertising department at email@example.com.
We also urge people to write letters to the Times in response to their
editorial and requesting that your letter run on Monday. It would
make a huge difference in making up the loss of the statement not running
today, if people would quote or reference the
Not In Our Name statement as part of their answer to the Times.
I would like to extend an invitation to all of you residents
of the United States of Canada to actually join us here in Canada. You
might have to learn to say "Eh" instead of "y'all." We need more like-minded
individuals to overthrow the "Bush followers" here. You wouldn't have
to leave your wonderful homes, just separate. If indeed you live in
the land of the free, all that would take would be some organization
and a majority vote. I doubt, though, that it would be bloodless or
possible. It's a thought, though!
Subject: Crush Rush!
I read recently how a station in Brattleboro, VT dumped Rush and replaced
it with Air America and even some ClearChannel stations will soon be
Forwarded to BuzzFlash from
Responding with substance to the right-wing fever dreams of Bill
O'Reilly constitutes a classic case of throwing good discourse after
bad. Nonetheless: Hitler and Stalin were profoundly averse to civil
liberties, one of many reasons why both are so infamous. They would
not have joined the ACLU, and would probably have imprisoned or executed
all members that they could get their hands on. As a matter of fact,
their loathing for the ACLU and its principles probably places them
much closer in spirit to George W. Bush, John Ashcroft, and Electrode
A BuzzFlash Reader
You are not helping the cause of nonviolence when you insult,
with cheap shots, people for their physical characteristics: 'This Week's
BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite: Condoleezza Rice. You could fit a Caraway Seed
and Karl Rove's Heart Through the Gap in Rice's Front Teeth and Have
Enough Room Left to Squeeze Through Her "Integrity."'
Subject: Sweat shops
People in power need to admit there is more to the economy than Wall
Street. The economy is only doing well for the elite at the expense
of most of us. Creating more survival wage jobs is not a sign of a
robust economy. Some American sweat shops are air conditioned. Wal-Mart
comes to mind.
Dave in WV
how much did bush's armored limo cost? it is bomb-proof, even from
underneath. what would it cost to send some to the real soldiers in
SUbject: They love me, THEY LOVE ME NOT!
In these trying times one would have thought George Bush would be
sending a message of hope and renewal throughout the world. We also
would have believed George Bush would have lived up to a promise of
liberty and justice in our own country, especially since he has worn
religion on his sleeve and touted moral values.
Bush’s actions and implementation of his one way policies prove the
exact opposite. If an understatement was to be made, it would have
to be George Bush is ethically confused, but given Bush-rove political
machinations, a more accurate description is Bush and his NeoCon Administration
has a predilection for too much power, coupled with an arrogant attitude
that has lost our nation the world’s respect and cooperation.
After Bush’s Inaugural speech most headlines across the world and
many in the United States believe Bush devalues life, and fosters
disrespect for any person or country that does not agree with him,
his policies, or with his drive for preeminence around the world.
Of course there will always be the general media lapdogs whose praise
reaches to the sky, about as high as the money that they contribute
Picture this scene in your mind! George Bush walks across a meadow
and stops to pick up a daisy. Slowly he pulls each petal off saying,"They
love me, and they love me not!!" The last petal concludes "they
love him not," so he throws it on the ground, and crushes it
with his heel!
by any other name.....Bob Novak
In this article Moonie mouthpiece Tony Blankley is trying to accuse
Seymour Hersh of espionage. Actually sounds as if he is REALLY describing
Bob Novak. Double standards are always a bitch.
18 United States Code section 794, subsection (b) prohibits anyone
"in time of war, with intent that the same shall be communicated
to the enemy [from publishing] any information with respect to the
movement, numbers, or disposition of any of the Armed Forces ...
of the United States ... or supposed plans or conduct of any ...
military operations ... or any other information relating to the
public defense, which might be useful to the enemy ... [this crime
is punishable] by death or by imprisonment for any term of years
or for life."
Subsection (a) of that statute prohibits anyone "with ...
reason to believe that it is to be used to the injury of the United
States or to the advantage of a foreign nation, communicates ... to
any representative, officer, agent, employee, subject, or citizen
thereof, either directly or indirectly, any information relating to
the national defense, shall be punished by death or by imprisonment
for any term of years or for life."
Subject: What Will They Say now
When Bill Clinton tried to do something about Osama, the right screamed
"wag the dog."
When Al Gore talked about a social security lockbox, the right laughed
and made fun. Lockbox? Ha ha ha.
When the left said there is no definitive intelligence of WMDs, the
right called us commies.
When the left said we are going to war on lies and deceit, the right
called us traitors.
What will the right say now that the hunt for WMDs has been called
off? Oh, nothing as usual.
What will the right say now that there are rumblings about the U.S.
and other allies pulling out of Iraq? If we actually do pull out,
I can't wait to hear the spin. I just know it won't be, "geeze,
the left was correct this whole time."
Subject: Novak, Kennedy and Dean
Watching Capital Gang this afternoon (Sat.), Bob Novak shows more
and more he is just a hate-filled megaphone for the GOP. I love how
he talks about his "friend" Teddy Kennedy being a hateful
person. Talk about not being able to see the forest. Novak quoted
a poll that shows only 20% of "Rank and File" Democrats
want Howard Dean to lead the Democratic Party.
Hey Bob, I have news for you. The rank and file Democrats are the
reason why the Democrats will never win another election. Those rank
and file Democrats should be called what they are. Republicans. Until
the Democrats start acting like Democrats and until they get the guts
to believe the term liberal is a positive label, they will always
Howard Dean speaks his mind, doesn't pull punches and calls the Republicans
the liars they are. In my book, that is exactly what the Democrats
need to start rebuilding a liberal, progressive party. Truth be told,
I would like to see Dean, who is pretty moderate, move the party even
further to the left. And to the rank and file Democrats, you just
keep plodding along, let the Republicans run roughshod over you and
keep losing elections. You at least have those three things perfected.
Subject: Making A Statement
How do we effect change in this country? We voted, but we see how
that turned out. We write letters to the editors, read commentaries,
turn our back on the president if we can get close enough etc. But
the only people who notice and seem to care are ourselves. It seems
as though about half of the people that voted in this country have
no say whatsoever in this present administration. I have an idea.
We need to pick out a large corporate institution and boycott their
services. I think we should focus on Walmart, a corporate disease
that is spreading across the United States. First of all their name
starts with the letter "W," which is symbolic. It pays its
employees substandard wages, usually without any benefits. It has
run most of the mom and pop stores out of business and when they're
the only store left for the average American, they can charge whatever
they want. Walmart is one of the companies that used the "dead
janitors" insurance policy until it was exposed in the New York
Times. This was the practice of covering their lowest paid employees
with life insurance and giving the benefits to top management when
the employee died.
Almost half of us who voted in this country voted against Bush and
I assure you he will do nothing for us. He won't even do much for
those who voted for him unless they're mega rich or are large corporations.
You see Bush actually works for big business, that's how how he got
to be president. So what better way is there to have your voice heard
than to stop shopping at one of George Bush's employers. So come on
America, wean yourself off Walmart and put pressure on "W"
Poor White Man
You guys are great. I laughed when I read about fitting things through
Rice's front teeth. But it's below us. Take it down. After that, I
visit BuzzFlash twice a day. Y'all are great Americans. Don't ever
stop. (And I absolutely love all the other jokes in your headlines--it's
just the teeth one gave me a guilty pleasure, regardless of how appropriate
it may in fact be.) I still love you guys.
Subject: Condoleezza Rice Confirmation
Dear Mr. King,
Thank you for your attack on Barbara Boxer!
I made a gentleman's bet with a number of my colleagues that the Bush
administration had some conservative black journalist waiting in the
wings ready to scream racism when the Democrats that do not think
Rice has done a good job question her.
How did you do it? Well, you appear to have studied Karl Rove's brilliant
bait and switch tactics and you gave it your best shot. You truncated
Boxer's remarks and segued right into some caricaturist's racist drawing
and a loud mouth talk show host's racist comments. Then you lumped
all three together. Then you go on to claim you have problems with
the administration's Iraq policy?
Ms. Rice's qualifications are being questioned by millions of intelligent
Americans who have reviewed her performance and believe she has failed
miserably. Are we all racists? Is Reverend Jackson a racist? Is Senator
Kerry a racist?
There are many women of color that are not smiling about Condi's appointment.
Most of those women don't see Condoleezza as Bush's puppet. They see
her as a woman fully capable of making life and death decisions. But
those decisions were driven by ideology and not fact and have resulted
in untold death and destruction. For some of those women, the loss
includes those they love to the war in Iraq.
So, you did a great job and when future generations look back and
ask: How could Americans have been stupid enough to elect and ratify
an administration bent on the destruction of our country? We will
answer by pulling up your opinion piece and we will show them how
a cadre of groveling black journalists screamed racism when they should
have been objectively looking at the record and observing the lies
and errors that mark Ms. Rice's career.
Thanks for making me a winner.
the Crass Remarks About Rice? (Washington Post)
I support and love BuzzFlash. However, I think this week’s hypocrite
headline is not good. Condi’s brief egregious record beckons ridicule.
I am disappointed that your focus was on the gap in her trap rather
than what’s coming out of it. I realize it’s only the headline. I'm
sure in the article you skewer her based on her record. But you led
with the base and easy. I didn’t want to click for the article.
Love your work! I think that it's important to publish a list of
all the Senators and Representatives from the House who voted to give
Bush authorization to go into Iraq. People like Hillary Clinton need
to know that there may be consequences for the way they voted. We
also need to support those who had the courage and integrity to vote
[BuzzFlash Note: Good idea! Here's the link to the vote. http://www.senate.gov/legislative...00237.]
This is my first time writing to you - I want to thank you for bringing
me news I can trust. It is sad when tv's "journalists" care
more about ratings and entertainment and kissing Bushie's ass than
doing their jobs.
I have been a pretty rabid Bush-loather since the beginning. 2000
was the first year I was old enough to vote for a president. Of course,
I voted for Gore, and watched in confusion as the mess unfolded, angry
at Bush's subversion of our democratic process. Then came what I can
only call hatred, when my boyfriend was sent to Iraq to fight a war
he didn't believe in. In the weeks before he left, I watched him come
undone, knowing just a little, after his time in Kosovo and Afghanistan,
what he was heading into. I don't know if I can ever forgive the "commander
and chief" for the fear I heard in his voice when my boyfriend
found out he was going.
I have been saddened and distraught by the images of dead innocents
and the wounds of our soldiers [thank you for the info from New England
Journal of Medicine - everyone in America should see this]. But yesterday,
the pain in my heart over this quagmire and my anger with the propaganda
mill formerly known as the White House - yesterday these feelings
reached new levels when I saw the photograph of the young Iraqi girl
crying, covered in her parents' blood. That single image is the most
convincing argument for ending this occupation.
This is what I have to say to anyone who voted for Bush: I hope you
sleep well at night, tucked in under your lies, you warmongers, you
homophobes, you false prophets, you weak-minded sheep - because the
tears of anguish in that little girl's eyes, the scars on the bodies
and minds of our soldiers and the Iraqi people - your blood-stained
hands are responsible. You. This is what you voted for and it will
be your decadent legacy.
A BuzzFlash Reader in Nebraska
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Subject: Social Security Reform or Welfare for Wall Street?
George Bush's Social Security plan has two certain elements at this
point, it will cost a bundle in borrowed money and it will produce
windfall profits for Wall Street money managers.
Wall Street may have been feeling a little left out in the Bush Administration's
love fest with special interests. Sure George’s policies have raised
the price of oil and reduced the environmental costs for the Oil industry
in a big way, resulting in their record profits lately, but what has
George done for Wall Street rather than reducing their tax brackets?
Sure, thousands of dollars in reduced taxes for wealthy money managers
is something, but that's not enough for corporate insiders like these.
It's true the Bush Administration has done the absolute minimum it
could get away with in controlling corporations after Enron and WorldCom,
but that is only helping by inaction, not the kind of pro-active boost
that power players like Wall Street expect from a Republican administration.
But Wall Street patiently waited around and in Bush's second term
they are expecting their reward. And Boy, Howdy, what a reward it
Billions of dollars that were tied up in social security accounts
might be freed up for all kinds of stock shenanigans under the Bush
plan. Billions of dollars from many neophyte stock holders, just begging
to be churned, pumped and dumped. But best of all, billions of dollars
that can be milked for a yearly fee, even if the owner does nothing
but hold on to some investment for the whole year.
It may be debatable how much these fees will affect the retirement
yields of the average social security patron, but we can be CERTAIN
it will be doing wonders to boost the early retirement crowds on Wall
Street. There hasn't been this kind of sucker money put into play
since the Savings and Loan debacle. Neil Bush is probably setting
up his Silverado Social Security Investment firm right now...
Subject: Rice's caraway seed gap
That's the best headline yet. Bravo and more please.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Do you think the Godfather of America's Political Family Mafia meant
his son's sinister rhetoric or George's hostile, preemptive, evil,
aggressive, commander-in-thief, hyperpredatory leadership? This is
a precious time for writers.
(God) father said Saturday: "People want to read a lot into
it — that this means new aggression or newly assertive military forces,"
former President Bush told reporters during an informal visit to the
White House briefing room. (AP)
Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will
come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship
to restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal
privileges to others: The Constitution of this Republic should make
a special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.
-- Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Dead or alive?
I see on CNN Headline News the White House is trying to explain what
Busxh meant in his inaugural speech. So why not just ask the speech
writer who wrote the speech what it meant? Bush just read it. If someone
had asked him after the speech what it meant, he would not have had
a clue. By the way, what happened to "Bush says what he means
and means what he says"? Also, didn't Bush say he would get osama
dead or alive? :)
Just asking. :):)
I'm sure I'm not the first person to notice that Rumsfeld's Strategic
Support Branch can be shortened to the initials "SS." Probably
According to Dr. Dobson's criteria, Bush is gay! See book cover
in link below. URL: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obido...
Subject: social security
These people who want to end social security are so stupid and short
sighted. They feel that social security eats into the profits of the
businesses that have to pay their share. They think it hinders our
productivity. But have they thought about what happens when women
or men drop out of the workforce to take care of elderly relatives?
Have they considered what happens to a family's buying power when
they have to support more people per family? And have they thought
about what happens to the country when family income is stretched
so far that fewer of our children go to college? All of these things
will slowly erode the wealth of the nation. Right now they think we
have our present standard from being a wealthy nation, but later on
they will understand that social security and medicare and college
loans and union wages got us here.
a really disappointed american
Why isn't it clear to everyone that the spreading of Democracy that
Bush claims to be crusading for is not only hypocritical, but is indeed
a monstrous lie?
I even read folks from all over the world giving Bush the benefit
of the doubt. Some even call him "Ambitious." Most, however,
believe that Bush can't tell the world how to run its affairs. Furthermore,
the "successful disaster" that is Iraq should rather make
the neo-cons think twice before endeavoring another regime change.
No one gets it. Bush is not about Freedom. Bush is not for "regime
change" or "spreading Democracy" at all. Bush is an
Oil man. And Oil men hate democracy in countries that produce oil.
It's bad for business. A democracy in the Middle-East will earn Chinese
and Europeans investors and raise the possibility that 'horror! -
Arab will be producing some other things than oil. An Arab nation
producing cars and DVD players is Dick and Bush's worst nightmare.
This is why Dick Cheney is placing Iran on top of his troubling country
list, because Iran is on the verge of becoming a democracy once again.
The Islamic republic is set to hold presidential elections in June
and even Iranian
women will be free to stand for the presidency. Already - and
this may shock some - eleven women are among the religious hardliners
in their Parliament. On the other hand, how much women do we have
representing us in the congress?
But that's not all, the Mullahs are old and the Iranian population
is young and highly educated. Also, people who confuse the Iranian
level of education with the Afghani must visit our universities to
witness something strange: Most Iranian exchanged students are found
in Physics labs. Iranians see themselves as "modern' nowadays.
That's why they seek atomic energy and the bomb as well. Arabs consider
Persians like Christians see the Jews; they are jealous of their organizational
skills and know them to be fierce business people. However, despite
this tradition of hate, Arabs will willingly follow the Iranian example
in a hurry if this country becomes fully democratic, which is about
to happen soon. Watch for a revolution all over the Muslim world,
not a Muslim revolution but a democratic revolution. That is exactly
what Israel and the US fear the most: How to tell a Muslim nation
becoming fully democratic that they can't have the bomb?
The young Iranians want Democracy. They must be helped, but Bush won't.
Dick Cheney will toss a wrench on any attempt of an Iranian Democratization.
You can bet the farm on this. Attacking Iran is the only way to prevent
the Middle-East to modernize, and to keep Iran as the best practical
enemy we have. (Read Orwell's "1984," or Harold Bloom's
"Lucifer Principle" on the need to have an enemy.) When,
'not if,' the US will attack the Persian people, the very patriotic
young Iranians will rally around the Mullahs, since they claim America
to be THE evil for so long, and will have their point easily proven
by our attack. Then Iran will go back to his middle age, destroyed
and governed by reinforced Muslim fundamentalists. And Bush and Cheney
finally will sleep tight, reassured of a world that stays the way
Big Fan of your work.
Subject: Attn.: Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International
Dear Mr. Zakaria,
The subtitle of your recent article about the Bush inauguration was
world’s a stage: His ideals are soaring, but now Bush must live and
lead by his own code."
Where did you get the idea that Bush "must" live up to his
What exactly do you think this administration could not get away with?
What would they have to do to be stopped - eat Christian babies on
live TV in front of a "Praise Satan" banner while urinating
on the flag? Would that do it?
Maybe your headline would be "Democrats Criticize Bush for Religious
Appearance." Or "Controversial Picture Has Liberals Upset
Consider what the administration has done so far:
• Won in problematic, error-ridden elections, which are not being
seriously questioned in the national dialogue.
• Failed to make any detectable effort to defend the nation before
and on 9/11, despite warnings.
• Revealed bizarrely senseless "incompetence" in management
of our security and economy, without any hint of real consequence
• Turned a record surplus into a staggering deficit.
• Destroyed opposing candidates with mere childish two-word jeers
• Failed to make meaningful attempts to capture the mastermind of
the 9/11 attack, even saying that bin Laden is not really a concern
(Bush press conference, March of 2002).
• Failed to accomplish meaningful measures to defend obvious security
risks like chemical plants since 9/11, even after 60 Minutes showed
the nation they could stroll into a plant and walk around freely.
• Deliberately deceived the US public into supporting an irrational,
unnecessary pre-emptive war.
• Reaped enormous profits for preferred corporate allies like Halliburton.
• Weakened regulation of favored industries, resulting in more mercury
poisoning for citizens, and more profits for corporations.
• Rewarded corporations via additional tax cuts for moving jobs overseas
instead of keeping them here.
• Violated US and international law by allowing the torture of minor
prisoners, people who had not been charged, after the Red Cross found
that most were detained "by mistake."
• Continued to allow torture without scrutiny after knowledge of
it has been publicized.
• Killed unknown thousands of Iraqi citizens, without even bothering
to count them or apologize to their families.
• Failed to defeat or even contain a small, unorganized, rag-tag
insurgency despite a vastly superior force and the best military equipment
in the world.
• Failed to supply water and electricity to most Iraqis after nearly
two years of occupation, despite millions paid to contractors to do
• Motivated the Muslim world to hate us even more, inspiring more
attacks and more support for them, therefore dramatically increasing
the threat to Americans.
• Declared American agents exempt from war crimes prosecution. Failed
to properly prosecute the war operations, with fewer troops than needed
and deficient protection for combat troops. Failed to fund the VA,
and allowed some returning veterans to become homeless.
That list could go on much longer. If that is not enough to remove
the Bush administration from power, and not enough for the media to
even allow the suggestion of doing so, what is?
Has the Bush administration been held accountable for any of that,
or has anyone been fired for their part in any specific "mistakes"?
No. It is very clear that the Bush administration can do whatever
it wants with impunity.
Millions of Americans, however, know why and how they have done it:
Newsweek and other media sources are a large part of the reason, because
you do not inform the American people accurately about what is happening.
You imply that criticisms are merely matters of opinion, and such
issues are subject to personal whim.
Americans do not know what Iraq is truly experiencing, nor the reality
in Afghanistan, nor how our troops are treated, nor the fact that
our laws have been skirted, dismissed or simply violated by the Executive
Branch many times. This is because people like you choose not to tell
them those things in a factual context.
The American people are also to blame - the administration has been
able to accomplish horrible things because the people have allowed
them to continue, despite enough publicly published evidence to warrant
But Bush supporters simply do not care whether he does what he says,
or whether his plans achieve good results, or whether he violates
the Constitution or Geneva Convention, or whether failure is punished
or rewarded, or whether our own troops are killed and maimed in vain.
They don't care about rising poverty, about citizens detained without
charge or evidence, or about seeing protesters hauled away in handcuffs
or confined to fenced in "free speech zones." They don't
care that they are being deceived, or what the important facts are.
Neither does Newsweek, apparently. I'm sure you feel a little guilty,
but you're expecting profits from the next 9/11 type attack, I'm sure.
Nothing like a massive profit windfall to compensate for the loss
of America's people and its founding ideals.
So I ask you - what the hell makes you imply that Bush has to live
up to anything he says? What makes you think the administration has
the slightest concern about consequences for their actions? They already
know there aren't any, and the media industry makes sure of it.
Thanks largely to the profitable, cowardly media industry, the President
and his administration are no longer accountable to an informed public.
Ten bucks says you give more coverage to Spongebob's sexual identity
than you do to the plight of our soldiers over the next week. If you
dare to publicly ask why the torture is still being allowed to continue,
or bother to point out the fact that it is, I'll be surprised - unless
it would somehow make GE more money.
Any government relies on the consent of the people - that's your gift
to the Bush administration; the minds of the people, manipulated by
selective reporting. As far as I'm concerned, the administration and
the complicit, complacent media have committed treason against the
Constitution. You must be stopped if the America of freedom and democratic
ideals is to survive.
This has happened before in history, and you should consider that
what the neo-cons and the media are doing is never successful. The
people eventually exact an angry revenge on those who seize and abuse
power. There is not enough Prozac to numb all of us to our own interests.
You in the media have rejected our most sacred principles in favor
of profit (from defense contracts in GE/NBC's case), and I hope you
will pay dearly for that choice, so that the lesson is preserved for
the future. What is happening now is exactly how empires rise and
Subject: Why John Kerry Could Not Come Forward 1/23/05
No one could be more bitterly disappointed then I am about what happened
during the 2004 election and its aftermath. The corruption and fraudulent
result of this election are beyond the doubt of any reasonable person
in possession of the facts. I, too, at first, couldn't understand
why John Kerry did not come forward and fight as I thought he should.
It seemed simple enough to me at the time. Like so many others, I
felt betrayed. It was only after further consideration of all the
information available, listening to statements made by people who
knew him and were in contact with him throughout, did I realize Kerry
was working fiercely behind the scenes but could not possibly come
forward with the evidence at hand; then or now.
There was simply no place to appeal the factual, but mostly circumstantial
and statistical, evidence we had that was not a Republican power base;
the White House, the Congress, the same Supreme Court that appointed
Bush, highly partisan officials and judiciary, a consolidated corporate
owned media that has orchestrated the most stunning suppression of
information and dissemination of propaganda ever experienced in the
history of the country, a divided America; approximately half of which
is represented by ardent, usually self-righteous and often delusional,
Bush supporters; a solid core of whom believes he was appointed by
The evidence that was utterly convincing to us would never have been
accepted by such an openly hostile array of power. For every expert
Kerry brought forward to tell the truth, they would have brought forward
ten "experts" to twist the truth into a lie. Obviously those
in power are past masters at manipulating information in this way.
They are utterly free of ethics or morality and have no restraints.
This administration breaks state, federal and Constitutional law on
a daily basis and is accountable to no one. That is why Kenneth Blackwell,
among many others, felt free to be so blatantly arrogant in Ohio.
They have effectively placed themselves above the law. We could not
produce, and Kerry did not have, the "smoking gun" he needed
to come forward and prevail in such an environment.
If he had come forward under the present circumstances, those in power
would have eviscerated Kerry and the Democratic party by controlling
the entire dialogue. We would have heard "loony liberals,"
"conspiracy nuts," "sore losers" and accusations
of manipulating information. Every assertion Kerry could have made
would have been rebutted by misrepresentation of the facts, further
confusing the public, character assassination and much more flooding
from every radio station, tv network and newspaper, in addition to
a continuing suppression of factual information. Deflecting responsibility,
facts and truth by accusing others of their own deeds is the order
of the day for these people. The backlash to Kerry's attempt to expose
the fraud would have made him, and us, look like fools and solidified
not only the hard right but the moderate right to support the Bush
administration even more fervently than they do now and set them against
any version of election reform, appointment challenge or the protection
of any programs we support.
There is a profound psychological element involved in the way the
Bush administration manipulates public opinion, particularly when
appealing to the uninformed or the politically and religiously ideological.
It projects their fantasies for them because they (Rove/Cheney/Bush)
know what it is the public "wants" to believe; creating
a delusional world of nationalism where an aggressive imperialist
attack upon another country is disguised as a "war against terrorism,"
the use of our valiant troops, leading them to death and destruction
in the service of greed and a lust for power, is defined as a "war
of liberation"; reasonable protest against such despicable behavior
becomes "anti-American"; filthy air becomes "Clear
Skies legislation," "spreading democracy" means the
establishment of torture, creating an American gulag and serious consideration
of using "death squads" in Iraq; gutting social security
benefits is presented as "privatization," spreading and
supporting tyranny, killing more than 100,000 innocent men, women
and children in Iraq becomes "freedom on the march" and
on and on.
If John Kerry had come forward, the government and media would have
provided these delusional people with the means to deny what they
did not want to know and the judiciary would have backed them up the
same way it has in Ohio. Fact and reason will not lead you into delusion
nor will they bring you out of it. Bush aids have said publicly they
don't have to respond to fact-based reality; they can make up their
own; which is exactly what they have done. The problems that rational,
informed and patriotic Americans face today go far beyond election
reform. To us, two and two equals four and it is very difficult to
grasp the fact that others can add two and two and somehow come up
with three. They simply do not respond to what we see clearly as undeniable
fact. They deny fact all the time; every day.
Even when presented with overwhelming evidence, facts, testimony and
well reasoned arguments there are tens of millions, possibly hundreds
of millions, of people quite capable of dismissing it all to maintain
the parameters of the illusions they have created or have been created
for them. These people would never have responded to what we (or John
Kerry) had to say about election fraud because the Bush administration
and media would have provided them with all the "reasons"
they needed to maintain their illusions. They would swallow any well
crafted lie that supported their point of view in order to avoid facing
the reality and responsibility of it all; the necessity of reframing
the structure of their beliefs. This willful ignorance is a fundamental
problem we need to resolve and is actually a root cause of the successful
media suppression and manipulation of information; even of the election
fraud itself. Too many Americans are absent the desire or ability
to see what is apparent, even obvious, to those whose world view is
based upon fact and reason.
Moreover, I don't believe Bill Clinton would have supported Kerry
in challenging this administration, a circumstance which would have
served to further undermine Kerry's position, because he is intent
upon Hillary running in 2008. He certainly knows as well as I do,
leaving Bush in place now only strengthens Hillary's position later.
Clinton recognizes, no matter the extent of current public illusions
or the public's desire to hold them, eventually, reality will catch
up. Bush and company will ultimately trip over their own hubris, which
is invariably the case in such administrations, and the Clintons will
be ready when they do.
I think We The People are the ones who fell asleep at the wheel when
we forgot maintaining a Democracy requires vigilance and We The People
are the only ones who can stand up to the array of power mobilized
against us; through utter determination and unwavering resolution,
using Federalism, grassroots organizations and persistent protest
to ultimately prevail over an illegal and corrupt administration.
I also believe John Kerry is a courageous and honorable man who did
everything we asked of him. He endured the gauntlet of slander and
sound bites and he won. He may not have been the perfect "candidate"
but he was the right man; the one we needed; an elegant diplomat and
patriot; wise, moral, responsible, compassionate and deeply intelligent
with a breadth of knowledge and experience necessary to repair the
devastation wrought by the neocons.
Look carefully at what happened in Ohio and try to imagine that on
a national scale; without doubt producing the identical result. Consider
the irrevocable damage accomplished through the swift boat slander
even when the accusations were proven to be politically motivated
and subsidized lies. Out of hundreds of millions of Americans, how
many are there of us who actually know what happened and how great
an effect do you honestly believe we would have had against the implacable
right wing propaganda machine, the corrupt and highly partisan officials
and judiciary who completely surround us? Recognize and remember the
capacity for denial lurking within the polarized and propagandized
American electorate. We ought to be able to figure this out for ourselves.
I do not see any feasible way for John Kerry to have taken things
farther then he did within the context of the ghastly situation this
country faces today. Under current conditions, the odds of overturning
this election or even fully exposing the fraud were zip. John Kerry
is a proud man and I do not believe he is going to apologize or explain
his inability to do the impossible task we unwittingly set before
him. Neither we nor he recognized the totality of the coup d'etat
that has been accomplished in America until after this misbegotten
"election." It seems pretty cheeky to me that we would project
the responsibility for our failure to protect our Democracy onto John
Kerry when he, in fact, did all he could, under the most egregious
circumstances. We The People are the responsible entity; we allowed
our Democracy to be undermined. We were not paying close enough attention;
we didn't take the time to learn about and do what was necessary to
preserve our freedom. We need to face our own culpability and get
on with the task at hand. We have to continue to organize, learn,
think and fight to take back our country. Get to know the people who
control your board of elections, work to change the process. I also
ask you please, anyone with computer expertise, volunteer to work
at the polls.
I am amazed at the amount of bullet proof grass and armor I saw in
the tournament of Bush parade while there are still some National
Guardsmen in Iraq riding in dump trucks built in 1956.
Dave in WV
Subject: Idiot Wind
Greetings from Smirkistan!
I was unable to watch the Chimp make his Big Speech because I spent
the day listening to Air America, watching the protests on C-Span
and trying to remain sane. I did however read the transcript.
I've never heard a bigger bunch of self-evident BS in my life. His
bold statements against tyranny are about as bold as someone declaring,
"I may be going out on a limb here, but I am absolutely opposed
to drowning cute puppies and I don't care who knows it."
America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains,
or that women welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any human
being aspires to live at the mercy of bullies.
Really, who pretends that? Maybe Tom DeLay and a few other NeoCon
bullies and humiliators.
Now everybody including the Bush Sr. are trying to back pedal and
say that he didn't really mean to change our global policy on tyrants
(because that would really make our trade relations with China just
a bit awkward, wouldn't it?). It's just like when the Chimp rolled
out the Axis of Evil as a way to scare everybody and then actually
had to act on it. "Oooooh, that sounds cool! That'll scare um."
Just like "Bring 'em on," and "Wanted Dead or Alive,"
he just said it to try and sound tough. I'm surprised he didn't have
a special jacket made for the inauguration that said "George
W. Bush Commander-in-Chief Again."
What an idiot.
(now of Ashland, OR)
Subject: Hold Condi Rice Accountable
Dear Writers and Editors:
Please for a change be more skeptical and critical in your reporting
on Condoleezza Rice and her nomination for Secretary of State. She
does not serve the public interest, she serves only one man -- one
whose scorn for diplomacy is matched only by his contempt for Congress.
From her first day as national security adviser, Rice ignored the
urgent warnings of her predecessor Sandy Berger that al Qaeda should
be the new administration's principal national security concern. She
dismissed Richard Clarke's warnings about al Qaeda and demoted him.
Then she refused for the longest time to appear before the 9/11 Commission.
Far from deserving to be Secretary of State, Rice should be in court,
possibly in jail.
She distorted and exaggerated the "Nuclear Saddam" threat,
frightening Congress into a misguided vote in October 2002 authorizing
the use of force against Iraq. Contrary to her claims, there was no
connection between Iraq and al Qaeda (none between Iraq and 9/11);
Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction; and it had no intention of
attacking the U.S.
In Tuesday's debate before the full Senate vote, Senators should:
--Insist that Rice lay out a timeline specifying when U.S. troops
will return from Iraq -- when *this* year.
--Compel Rice to assure the public that there will be no war against
Iran. U.S. military adventures in the Middle East and Central Asia
--Extract assurances that the United States will bring Israel back
to serious, determined peace talks with the Palestinians. If the U.S.
truly wants to assure Arabs and Muslims of good intentions, this is
the place to start.
Even if Democrats and Senators of conscience lack the votes to block
Rice, they can show the president and the public that mendacity and
incompetence should not be rewarded and that Democrats won't be steam
rolled. Senators' NO vote will help bolster the morale of millions
of Americans disgusted with this administration's arrogance and incompetence,
two qualities personified in Condoleezza Rice.
Over 1,300 American soldiers are dead, over 10,000 wounded, and over
100,000 Iraqis are dead. Courage in the news media and in Congress
might have prevented this carnage. Just as the public is watching
Congress, we are waiting for journalists to exhibit some integrity
Yours sincerely and determinedly,
Kew Gardens, NY
Subject: More Republican Clawing, Biting, Scratching for Votes in
Seattle . . .
And, people say they see no difference between the Democrats and the
Republicans. If our Democrats had reacted in Florida and in Ohio in
the same way that the Republicans reacted, we may not have had to
put up with another four years of insanity in the White House.
Republicans' use of felon voting as a factor in their lawsuit
has been countered by state Democrats, who say Republicans must
show not only that felons voted illegally, but that if their votes
were subtracted from each candidate's total, Rossi would have won.
The judge hearing the case will consider that issue next month.
of felons voted illegally (Seattle Times)
As we saw in Florida, again with the Felons lists, and if anyone
thinks that the Republicans in Seattle aren't hearing a word out of
the White House, then you have been absent for the last four years
of the Bush administration. Bush and his administration "Rule"
the Republican Party and everyone in it.
Democrats are afraid to be called "sore losers," (and I'll
believe that when the Sun burns out . . . the Democrats had other
interests) and Republicans will rip and tear and fight to the bitter,
bloody end to get their way and they don't give good goddamn who calls
them whatever . . . they are street fighters, back alley fighters,
in-your-face fighters, at-your-back fighters and whatever-it-takes
fighters to get their way. In Seattle, evidently, they have some honesty
left in their system . . . not so in Florida or Ohio or our Supreme
Somebody dropped the ball in Seattle and the fix wasn't in or it was
in, but not good enough. Who wants to take odds on the next election
in Washington? Anybody?
Just a thought,
Subject: Report the News on Bush
The disapproval of Bush's war stands at almost 60%. What the Bush
is leading us as Americans to believe is not true. Everyone is aware
that the reason to go to war in Iraq was foremost to capture Saddam
with weapons of mass destruction. We were led to believe that and
now one of the women behind this sold story is being promoted, I'm
speaking of Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Can you think of anyone else that
has done a questionable job but has been promoted? I can.
Since the war in Iraq has gone wrong Bush is now attempting his second
brainwashing/cleansing. Did you hear mention of the war on terrorism
or the war in Iraq in Mr. Bush's inauguration speech? Wonder why not?
A president shouldn't make these types of mistakes. He should look
over the options and choose the best option that is in the best interest
for America. The war was the wrong choice and has most benefited large
corporations in contracts. This isn't moral! Do you think God would
have wanted this?
The Bush Administration is not looking out for the country. They are
corrupt. The news isn't what the White House reports.
You wonder why your news ratings are dropping? It's because you don't
cover the real story.
Subject: Kennedy and the New Fascism
Robert Kennedy, Jr. says America is Fascist. I am more and more inclined
to agree that we have a neo-fascist government. It is not truly fascist,
no Brown Shirts and Black Shirts, no socialist rhetoric about bettering
the lot of the working people through state power. The Bushites have
skipped that phase and gone straight to corporatism, the evolved state
that means Elite power with foot soldiers willing to do the dirty
work of keeping society in line. This function is mostly filed by
the media, educators and churchmen who present the government line
without a critique, without opposition. Since they already have to
[sic] mechanisms of the state, the police, government employees and
military are their tools. I think though that a better description
is to call them oligarchs. If they do have party goons, then they
would have to be the religious right, the SA of our time, they are
useful tools of the oligarchs but I seriously doubt if they would
let them have real power. They can be useful in distracting the energy
of certain elements of the population, focusing on Gay Marriage, Gun
Control and Abortion, the domestic evil trinity.
Where does that place Bush? Is he one of the manipulated or one of
the manipulators? I suggest he is somewhere between. He is identified
with the religious right, but his roots are among the oligarchs. Would
he be willing to sacrifice the Religious Right if they became an embarrassment?
I believe he would, although he would be loathe to do so, he is too
much of a political animal to let morality get in the way of real
politic. His first and most important agenda is the desires of the
corporate elite, that is fewer taxes, lower Social Security/medical
insurance burdens, and less environmental restriction. If they can
shift the entire burden upon the workers and local governments, so
much the better, all in the name of profitability. The moral-social
agenda is just a smoke screen to keep the foot soldiers happy and
to confuse the masses over the real nature of the game being played.
The issue is to redirect more of the economy into the hands of the
oligarchs. This includes getting the citizenry to dump the last major
government held financial resource, the Social Security Fund. If that
can be redirected into the stock market, it will provide a boost to
capitalist investment that should keep the system functioning for
another few decades. Yet even with that, by mid century the deferral
of collapse will no longer be feasible and then the real battle for
survival will begin. By that time we will have regular environmental
disasters, the oil will have begun to dry up and the wealth deferred
from the Social Security will have been spent in efforts to retool
the economy to a hydrogen/nuclear alternative that will only add to
the instability. At that point an attempt to colonize Mars will seem
to be a safe haven for a few of the elites. But more likely there
will be a movement to corporate minipolice states. Where a few will
be protected from the ravages of the environment and the many will
suffer an even lower quality of life that will be masked by inflation
to appear to be a higher standard of living.
What can we do about it? We need to form our own shock troops, we
need to infiltrate the military and the police, we need to present
clear viable ecologically sound alternatives, we need to build an
alternative media infrastructure, organize a Socialist/Environmentalist/Nationalist
Party, we need to constantly hammer at the lies the oligarchs spread.
We need to disrupt their ability to further rape and pillage the planet.
We must build strong Union-Community structures that incorporate the
concept that the community has a stake in the business enterprises
and we must change our interventionist international agenda to one
of enlightened cooperative self interest. Legalism, class action law
suits and working in the traditional political parties are no replacement
for a mass based organization. But they are often the only tools we
have when operating as a weakened minority. In lieu of a mass based
organization, what we can do is propagandize by building alternative
media networks, support resistance to corporate take over and participate
in direct action that will effectively block the ability of the corporations
to destroy the environment when such actions can be justified by heightening
the awareness of the masses or giving moral support to others in the
resistance. The tactics to be used can be found all over the planet.
Kennedy: Fascist America
Subject: Bush didn't care about Osama, but now he's worth 50 million
of US taxpayer $$$
This was then: March 13, 2002 (Osama was "marginalized,"
his "network... destroyed"
Q Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention
Osama bin Laden. Why is that? Also, can you tell the American people
if you have any more information, if you know if he is dead or alive?
Final part -- deep in your heart, don't you truly believe that until
you find out if he is dead or alive, you won't really eliminate
the threat of --
THE PRESIDENT: Deep in my heart I know the man is on the run, if
he's alive at all. Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not;
we haven't heard from him in a long time. And the idea of focusing
on one person is -- really indicates to me people don't understand
the scope of the mission.
Terror is bigger than one person. And he's just -- he's a person
who's now been marginalized. His network, his host government has
been destroyed. He's the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited
it, and met his match. He is -- as I mentioned in my speech, I do
mention the fact that this is a fellow who is willing to commit
youngsters to their death and he, himself, tries to hide -- if,
in fact, he's hiding at all.
So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much
time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. I'm more worried about
making sure that our soldiers are well-supplied; that the strategy
is clear; that the coalition is strong; that when we find enemy
bunched up like we did in Shahikot Mountains, that the military
has all the support it needs to go in and do the job, which they