January 28, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Bush, Gonzales & condoned torture
What will it take for the story about the Bush, Gonzales condoned torture to come out and be made public? The approval came from the executive administration. Gonzales was lead counsel. He worked to rewrite history and law to get his boss off the hook. The torture was conducted in such a manner as to humiliate Muslim followers - not followers of bin Laden or Saddam. Not to get terrorists to talk - it was to offend people of a certain religion by doing exactly what was most horrendous to their religion to break them. And Bush says this isn't a religious war?
In truth it's a more far reaching story and affects more people directly than did Watergate, or Bill Clinton getting blowjobs - and yet Bush remains like a new Teflon skillet and Gonzales is about to get a promotion - after working feverishly to circumvent and re-invent law to save the executive administration's ass from the Geneva Convention and from over two years of American history.
Why won't this story break and expose Bush for what he really is? It can't be merely corporate media. Why is Bush such an "untouchable" for truth and scandal and yet that same corporate media can fry Nixon and Clinton?
People must work on this story. Get it into the public mainstream media. The facts must come out and if reality is out of context in America it's well past the time investigative journalists brought some context to the people...and not just on a web site on the Internet. Thank you.
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Subject: Kids Come First - "We've Got Your Back" Campaign
John Kerry has reached out to his millions of online supporters in an innovative approach to advance progressive legislation. In a recent email, Kerry asked supporters to help him gather one million co-signers for the Kids Come First Act (S.114). This important legislation addresses one of the most critical needs in America today, the wellness of our children. Startling statistics in Senator Kerry’s email indicates:
1 in 3 had no health insurance during 2002 and 2003.
1/4 of children are not fully up to date on their basic immunizations.
1/3 with chronic asthma do not get a prescription for medications they need.
1/2 of uninsured children have not had a well child visit in the past year.
1 in 6 has delayed or unmet medical needs.
1 in 5 has trouble accessing health care.
1 in 4 does not see a dentist annually.
Light up the Darkness has joined that effort with the "We’ve Got Your Back" Campaign. This new organization, formed by online Kerry bloggers, is calling on Democrats to join in the effort to pass this important legislation and to tell Senator Kerry "We’ve Got Your Back." They have created an Action Alert on Congress.org to make it easy for everyone to send a letter to their Senators urging them to Co-Sponsor the Kids Come First Act.
In addition, progressive bloggers who post a thread of support will be recognized at Light Up The Darkness in a special "We’ve Got Your Back" Blogroll.
For information: http://www.lightupthedarkness.org/press/kids1.htm
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Subject: Question Of The Day
Subject: David and Goliath
His name is Clare Callan. He is a feisty 85-year-old former congressman from rural Nebraska.
And he is asking the Supreme Court to declare that President Bush had no legal authority to go to war in Iraq.
Mr. Callan does not see himself as Don Quixote. He is not asking the Supreme Court to end the war. He is a World War II veteran who served on a US Navy destroyer in the Pacific, who is proud of the US military, proud of his own service, and proud of the troops fighting in Iraq. But he believes that president violated the Constitution when he sent American troops into harm’s way. Now, he wants the nation’s highest court to say so.
Here’s his case: When Congress passed the Iraq Resolution, it specifically made it subject to the War Powers Resolution of 1973, known as the War Powers Act. The Iraq resolution was definite. "Nothing in this joint resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Act," Congress said. It did not give the President authority to take the nation to war. It granted him only the right to determine whether the standards required by the War Powers Act Congress had been met.
The War Powers Act was passed near the end of the Vietnam War in an effort to ensure that future Congresses would be less likely to abdicate their constitutional responsibility to decide whether the nation should go to war.
To justify going to war, the War Powers Act sets out several criteria. Most important of these is "clear" evidence of an "imminent" threat to US security. The words "clear" and "imminent" are used repeatedly in the War Powers Act to describe situations where US military force is permitted.
In the run-up to the invasion -– and ever since -- the president inexplicably went out of his way to avoid using the words "clear" and "imminent." He described the threat from Iraq with many adjectives such as "growing" and "gathering." But, while some of his surrogates, including his then press secretary, Ari Fleischer, declared the threat "imminent," the president never did.
In fact, in his 2003 State of the Union address, the president declared: "Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words, and all recriminations would come too late."
Mr. Callan’s suit charges that the president thereby failed to meet the criteria of the War Powers Act -- and his Constitutional obligation.
Mr. Callan filed his suit in a US Circuit Court three years ago. It has been rejected and appealed multiple times since then, finally working its way up to the Supreme Court. When the Court met earlier this month to decide the cases it would hear in its next session, it too rejected Mr. Callan. But, undeterred, he is now preparing a petition for rehearing, and hopes the Court will finally listen to his complaint.
Mr. Callan -– whose favorite pastime is talking politics with his fellow veterans at the Elks Lodge in Odell, Nebraska -– served one term as a Democrat in the 89th Congress, when Lyndon Johnson was president. He has financed his current legal battle from his own pocket -– and thinks it's money well spent.
Ironically, some of the nation's best-known conservatives appear to be on Mr. Callan's side. For example, in a January 13 appearance televised on C-Span, Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer agreed that "being the right thing to do" should play no role in how judges enforce the law. Justice Scalia said the court should not be so "arrogant" as to believe that our "moral" standards should be applied to interpret the law.
Many conservative pundits agree. For example, in an August 4 edition of "The Beltway Boys" on Fox News, Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard, not only agreed that President Bush never said there was an imminent threat, but added, he "said the opposite."
The Bush administration defends the war on Iraq as "right," regardless of the evidence, now, or before the war, and provides further justification for the war by arguing that the war in Iraq has made us safer. However, as Justice Scalia said, "Right is not necessarily legal."
Mr. Callan hopes that, belatedly, the Supreme Court will find it illegal. But he is not delusional. "I have no great expectations that my point of view will prevail. But I have an obligation as a citizen to do what I can. If we don't use the freedoms we have, they'll disappear," Mr. Callan says.
Subject: C-SPAN Juan Cole
[BuzzFlash Note: Juan Cole was on Washington Journal. See: http://inside.c-spanarchives.org:8080/cspan/cspan.csp?command=dprogram&record=35636492.]
Subject: "See Arnold Run"
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
[BuzzFlash Note: We hope they include clips from "Pumping Iron," which show Arnold to be a world-class manipulator (vis a vis competitor Lou Ferrigno) for his own advancement.]
Subject: More on the Demented Dem from Oklahoma
Subject: RE: Moral
Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think
Not trying to get folks to buy, as only a few copies still around
(a few at Amazon, etc.), as book came out in ’85, but may be of interest
Subject: Arrested for stick figures?
Subject: Gary Sartori...mailbag of 1/27/05
He started his screaming at his mother...that I have once again become
One thing killed the Gore presidency...his need to distance himself
from the best
I double dare you, Mr. Sartori...to check out a movie called, "The
Subject: Question on a Nuance
playing cat and mouse game over Iran (World Peace Herald)
Subject: O'reilly's denial about Boxer
The producer said that Bill wanted to discuss journalism and go from there. A colleague had told Mr. Brown..."Don't do it, he will eat you alive!" He realized the risk of entering O'Reilly's "no spin zone" but figured he had better back up what he wrote...he gulped and agreed.
He planned to challenge the station's motto, "We report, you
decide." He thought it was
Mr. Brown told him that liberal talk show hosts, never resort to calling people names...like they do, in that he had called Barbara Boxer a nut...or loony. O'Reilly went off on him...and denied that he ever did that...that he spoke about them as maybe the loony left people, or this is nuts...but, I never say, "She is nuts" or "She is loony."
At that time...O'Reilly wagered a dinner at Tony's, that he never
called Boxer a nut! He
Media Matters for America...a research group...posted the exchange
between Brown and
Going like this: O'Reilly,"She sponsored a bill to have jet
airlines be equipped with missile
Mr. Brown watched the O'Reilly factor the next night, Wednesday,
to see if he would air
Brown ended by saying that it sure sounds like "Spin" to
him. Bill, let's make that dinner
Great read, Mr. Brown.
Subject: We Can't Win Elections With Blind Loyalties . . . Ten Years
That headline suggests no such thing. And, one of the problems with Democrats today is that they just want to get along. I hope BuzzFlash doesn't listen to the person above. She, I think is a she . . . why can't people just read . . . it's not their site and I find this kind of nit-picking very irritating anyway. :)
When people get wealthy from jobs such as being a member in Congress
and a job that is supposed to represent Americans in our government
. . . they need to learn to take the heat if they aren't doing their
job. If the Democratic Party was a corporation . . . 2/3 would have
been fired by now.
Subject: "TRUST IN GOD, BUT TIE YOUR CAMEL!"
An Old Persian Proverb... With the Iraq Elections coming up, the Iraqis would do well to follow the advice of an Old Persian Proverb and, "trust in God; but tie your camel!" The cruelty of war has not passed the Iraqi people by! It has come with the high price of a bloodbath for their citizens and the destruction of their cities.
Bush and the Administration are now lowering expectations in the elections, after loudly blowing their bugle of success! Many Americans and Europeans alike have agreed George W. Bush has used the immense power of the United States irresponsibly! Despite the continuous defense of going to war by the Bushies, peace may evade Iraq, and time may prove Bush’s decision the greatest mistake made in modern times!
Please take some advice, dear Iraqis, from some who have reason to doubt! One must consider "skullduggery" before declaring success! Some questions to ask might be; how many times will one vote be counted? Do you have disappearing ink? Ask not only who will be voting, but what foxes will be guarding, watching, and counting at your voting henhouses?
Bush’s abuse of invading a Sovereign Nation under false pretenses cannot and should not be excused by the American people and the world. Freedom cannot be won by bombs and military action. That truth has been stated time and time again and more Americans are beginning to doubt the actions of the Bush Regime! Making God your accomplice does not excuse the lies or hypocrisy! Pious words do not excuse tyranny.
It is now obvious to any well-informed citizen that much has been exaggerated and misrepresented about this war. Right up until today, the facts of the Iraq War have been hidden by this Administration, with the results being doubts and questions of deception are now rampant! Many more people each day are less convinced of the legitimacy of going to war.
The deaths of our soldiers are over 1400 now, with about 5000 out of the many thousands of injuries to our soldiers being so serious that they can not return to Iraq. Next month George Bush plans to visit Europe. Again we can expect Anti-Bush protestors in Europe to march. As usual, we will probably hear little or nothing about their demonstrations in the United States, as the media will collaborate with the Administration in hiding Bush’s unpopularity. Once again, as in this country, dissenters will be discouraged and hidden from the eyes of the world under the disguise of security!
As George W. Bush makes this trip to Europe, should we consider the words quoted by Sir Winston Churchill in a Hindustani Proverb:, "Dictators ride to and from upon tigers from which they dare not dismount"?
Subject: Actions Speak Louder Than Lies
Dick further told the audience, "you saw the face of systematic
merciless cruelty that killed innocent people."
President's Remarks at Reception for Survivors of Auschwitz
Subject: US Concentration Camp X
[BuzzFlash Note: This from Bill Gallagher (niagarafallsreporter.com): "George W.'s great-grandfather, George Herbert Walker, used the Union Banking Corp. he controlled to funnel money to rising young fascist Adolf Hitler, helping him finance the fledgling Nazi party. Walker arranged for his son-in-law, Prescott Bush -- father of the first President Bush and grandfather of our current president -- to get a job with the investment banking firm of W.A. Harriman and Company and to join the board of directors of Union Banking. The bank not only helped Hitler rise to power, but also helped him wage war. Well after the invasion of Poland, the bank was financing Nazi industrialists. When the U.S. government seized Nazi Germany's banking operations in New York City in 1942, the assets were liquidated. Prescott Bush and George Herbert Walker raked in $750,000 each. Nice work if you can get it. When it comes to money, they don't mind the source."]
Subject: Pentagon will be ready for the NEXT Enron...
You might recall that part of Enron's corporate shenanigans was to
manipulate power outputs in such a way that contributed to California's
rolling blackouts and brownouts. If that isn't "sabotage of U.S.
electrical grids," I don't know what is?
Subject: Ted Turner doesn't control CNN any more
The DHS US Visit program is preparing to start using RFID tags at the border crossings in Alexandria Bay, NY, and Nogales, AZ, and one in Washington State. As a friend of mine has put it, "They're banding visitors like friggin' geese." This program is to kick off in July. I have an email that introduces the program; but, the DHS website doesn't mention RFID tagging. Is this the prelude to a national ID card, and monitorring of citizen's movements within the country? I wouldn't be surprised.
States to test ID chips on foreign visitors (CNET News)
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Subject: Senator Kennedy's Stand on Iraq
The sign I am contemplating to hold up one day every week on main street in Rochester, MN is this: STOP THE WAR BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW
Short and sweet and to the point. The time for debates, discussions,
committees, elections, or anything else offered up by the Bush administration
is over. We the People - the people of the US, the people of Iraq,
the people of the world want this insane occupation of Iraq to end
Subject: Re: Isolation, breakdowns and mysterious injections (Guardian)
This prisoner, captured in Afghanistan, is going to be treated upon
his release by the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.
He will be joining another released prisoner who has been receiving
treatment there for the past ten months. I don't recall that we ever
provided any proof that the 9-11 attacks ever came from Afghanistan
other that a CNN article. We haven't explained the bombs reported
going off in the WTC basement, and FEMA managed the structural steel
analysis, which meant there was no investigation before the steel
was recycled. We've been bombing, invading, and torturing based solely
on our government's whim.
Just caught the headline that Diebold says a paper trail is possible...DUH! Like we didn't know that? With all the hackers out there who say the system of Diebold is easy to hack, I'm wondering about this, and could someone answer my question and calm my fear?
Ok, so now we have a paper trail for the upcoming election, let's pretend that Nov 2nd has not happened yet, and when I touch the screen for Kerry, the paper will show that I voted for Kerry............... Could it be possible for Diebold to say, yes, we all can feel safer now, we've given you a paper trail...meanwhile, while you're touching the screen for Kerry, it's registering a vote for Bush? Meanwhile Rethugs are touching the screen for Bush and getting a paper trail for Bush? And here we're getting a paper trail saying we voted for Kerry, and the computer chip or whatever is tallying a vote for Bush? Could this actually happen???
We need to get back to the pencil in hand and filling in the circles of our candidates of choice on paper!! Voting changes need to be done NOW in order for a legitimate vote to be counted.
A Loyal BuzzFan Forever!!
Subject: Why are Democrats so defensive? Was every GOP Senator so
impressed that none broke rank?
Democrats display at least some integrity. The GOP display no integrity. Thus impugning it is impossible. It takes some to impugn some.
Where is the Democrat's vision or strategy? They have no imagination or guts. Pick the fight and figure out how to win it. There are many of us who would gladly donate if there was a hint of spine, intelligence, and imaginative strategy that would give us hope.
Remember Churchill..."We will fight them on the beaches, we will fight them in the trenches, we will fight them all the way." Better to fight them on nearly every issue than just give up and give in and act like republicans.
Democrats must use a litmus test to decide when to fight the Republicans. Is it fair and just and decent? If not, then Democrats must fight this issue, this legislation, this nomination. It is simple. It is right. And we will prevail. Explain, explain and explain the rationale. And then fight in the House and the Senate and in the media and in the country and in the world.
DON'T they get it. We are in a WAR for our lives. And I don't mean that phony war on terror that Bush uses to scare us. This is not the usual political gamesmanship. This is whether or not we survive as a democracy.
AND it all starts with the ballot box. And I mean that literally. NO machines no scanners no touch screens. PAPER or Nothing. It is the only way to take this country back from the fascist fools.
Regarding Senator Kennedy's address at Johns Hopkins: What more can be done if the administration is hell bent on the destruction of our way of life, yes, our country?
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Subject: Cheney's Green Parka and Boots Stand Out (AP/CHicago Tribune)
This underscores the administration's indifference to global sensitivities, to say nothing of respect, common sense, and good taste. Cheney's comfort trumps memorial for 13 million murdered.
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Ted Kennedy is my hero and he has always been there fighting the good fight for us and the Republicans and Republican media have always treated him like he is a joke. He is the only true leader of the Democratic party. Also, Barbara Boxer is leading the charge. We have got to weed out the weak links like Feinstein and Lieberman who have just given the Republicans what they want. I am also very disappointed in Hillary Clinton. Maybe they are now too rich to care about us middle class people anymore. If we have to take to fighting them in the streets to get our votes to count - so be it.
Thanks for BuzzFlash.
I think totally on the same lines and will donate more often. It is the only place I can find the truth!! Keep it up.
I totally disagree with those that complain about your titles. They are ingenious and serve to bring out important points! They make us laugh! We are all entitled to our opinions, that is what a Democracy should be, but frankly if they don't like it, no one is holding a gun to their heads to make them read the titles. Keep up the GREAT WORK!
There is a Congressional hearing going on right now[late Friday morning], broadcast on C-span radio with whistle blowers from the Social Security Administration, testifying that they were forced to promote the privatization of SS, using taxpayer funds. TOTALLY ILLEGAL FOR A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE.
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Subject: The Christian Primer
Sponge Bob is gay! Beware of same sex children holding hands when they go out to play! One touch and homosexuality is on the way! If you plan to refinance your home, find a "lending advisor with Biblical values": ChristianMortgageUSA.com. You can be sure this is a legitimate operation, just from the name! Give your tsunami relief to religious organizations who will insist upon conversion before passing out the biscuits to the homeless and starving. You can be sure this is what Jesus would do! If you want Roe versus Wade overturned, consider being neutered unless you are absolutely sure you can be totally celibate.
Twelve states now allow pharmacists who oppose contraception to refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control. Find your local Pro-Life group to join the bandwagon for abstinence! Whatever you do, don't read any stories about innocent people being released from death row on the basis of new DNA evidence! Remember, this is NOT a Pro-Life issue!
Tune into Rush Limbaugh for tips on how to bash organizations like the ACLU that defend your privacy rights. Put all your trust in those who bear the "born again" label. Their Christian integrity ensures they would never pay journalists to bear false witness. All ads promoting the administration's agenda can be believed without further thought.
Give no credence to any evidence that the past two elections have been stolen. God wants George Bush to be president and has told him so. All Christians are patriots. All patriots support the war. Those who support the war do not criticize its conduct. If doubts creep in, think of it as a crusade: we can convert Muslims to Christianity if we bring them democracy.
Don't concern yourself with stories of war crimes and torture committed by Americans. We are committed to bringing freedom to the whole world and God has exempted us from all accountability with a new proverb: two wrongs make right when you've got the might!
Last, but not least: don't worry. The Rapture is on its way. If you
voted for George Bush, you are automatically on the list of those
selected. He is the Second Coming and knows the mind of his REAL father.
Subject: What the hell does Ted have to do with CNN Anymore?
What the hell does Ted have to do with CNN Anymore? Ya Know Buzz,
with stupid lines like this and your loser "gun control" crap,
I'm really sorry that you're on my side. Please get a clue or defect
to the Republicans.
[BuzzFlash Note: As the AP article notes, "Turner stepped down as vice chairman of AOL Time Warner in May 2003."]
Insult to injury (Salon.com)
YES! Bush needs to be impeached. How many abuses to the Presidency are allowed before Bush is made accountable? This is nothing new, the abuse to our troops. I would like to take those flags waving around by people who are for this illegal war and stuff them! I have never, ever seen anything like this in America.
Lying our troops into a war is an act of treason and compounded by abusing them. How anyone could back this administration with its self indulgence and lack of care or even interest in this Country and our military, Iraq, or anything else the Bush administration has attempted. How can this Nation put up with this administration for four more years of death and destruction without any direction? The worst shame this Country has ever had to bear. I'm tired of this administration raping our Country and our citizens for their personal benefits.
It proves one thing, you can't put the experience of a boy into a man's job and expect a good outcome. It would help if members of Congress used their experience instead of just going along with the Bush administration . . . it's worse than the blind leading the blind when people get killed, maimed, and a whole Country is destroyed, along with over 100,000 innocent lives taken and in the name of GOD? Please!
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Subject : kennedy
kennedy basically says the troops can't win the fight and will fail
so bring them home. how is that supporting them? they think they can
win i know for a fact. i am very confused by this because it seems
like hypocrisy from this site which accuses republicans of that all
the time. and you say that your web site is about fair objective media
free of government, but all you do is praise democrats and bash republicans,
so how does that make this web site anything more than partisan garbage?
please explain and clear up my confusions.
[BuzzFlash Note: We don't equate supporting our troops with supporting Bush's war.]
Subject: Wisdom From The Founders
...Because it completely destroys the notion that America is a "Christian nation."
Subject: Cheney at Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony
If they are worried about him making our country look bad, this is
a strange issue for them to pick. I could name some other things if
they are interested in reporting REAL news. Who cares what evil wears?
Subject: Senate Democrats Lay Out Opposition Agenda
It is MOST discouraging that the Senate Democrats have not seen fit to include sexual minority rights in its "Opposition Agenda" platform of most pressing issues. Indeed, it is an understatement to regard gay rights as a pressing issue. How many times do we queer activists need to blow the whistle on the increasing persecution upon at least 10% of our populace?
This 2% crap is propaganda effectively infiltrating our liberal media and ideas...and is a trivialization of our plight. 2% is more accurately defined as a gauge of those gays who are out to the public, while the remaining 8% remains closeted in fear and thus not counted as part of the non-hetero populace. Also, do not forget that it doesn't stop at 10%, when you take into account the many bisexuals coerced to play straight all their lives, and thus live a seemingly-pure hetero lifestyle. Unless of course you count their escorts, and other sex trade slaves to provide what they really prefer from time to time.
And it is IMMENSELY discouraging that the Democratic Party members (and other progressives) are cheering this "bold" Dem platform, without even bothering to notice that we sexual minority issues have been totally eliminated from the party platform. We have been intentionally shoved into the closet by the very political party so many of us have counted on to defend our integrity, security, rights, and equality.
Just as homosexuals who survived Nazi concentration camps were NOT really freed by the allied forces, but were promptly sent to prisons of their own governments...we queers are once more expected to shut up and take the suffering like a man...a straight man. What a joke! You're a bunch of sickos, many of you, who claim the mantle of the Democratic Party.
Though the lesser of the evil party, the Dems are still too hopeless to keep me in their party after 50 years of my loyalty! Gays have no political party fighting for their equality, in any way NEAR the aggression and solidarity they've shown for other oppressed groups.
For LGBT people, Amerikan society is itself a huge prison. And just like prison, the best strategy is to take no sides, don't join any gang...or party. Drop out of the Democratic party, if you're still a member. And let's not be fooled about the Greens: their pro-gay support is just as lackluster as the Dems. Stay non-partisan.
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