February 2, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: iraqi elections
Kafka couldn't have written it better. The most powerful nation on Earth invades a sovereign foreign country that wasn't threatening it, because terrorists of common ethnicity who had no connection with the country being invaded had attacked the powerful nation two years earlier. Having invaded, the powerful nation captures a tyrant who was terrorizing his own people but was bothering no one else.
The invading country justified this by claiming the tyrant has weapons of mass destruction that he in fact does not have. The invader then says the tyrant was allied with the mastermind of the attack two years earlier, when in fact he considered him an enemy. The powerful nation occupies the invaded country, although the local people resent it bitterly. It tortures captured prisoners, in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions, on the pretext of being at war, even though only Congress may declare war...which it has not done.
Finally, the powerful nation orders elections in the occupied country, in the name of advancing the cause of freedom. But none of the candidates are identified and no issues are discussed. Voters go to the polls without any idea of what they're voting for. Before the results are known, the president of the occupying country, who had been elected by fraud twice himself, proclaims a victory for democracy.
Back home, the president's security adviser, who lied to the country about the reasons for the invasion and had disregarded a warning of the unrelated attack two years earlier that was used to justify it, is promoted to Secretary of State. The legal adviser who excused illegal torture in an illegal war is promoted to Attorney General.
Kafka didn't write this. His plays had endings.
But this drama goes on forever, and the audience
isn't allowed to leave until everyone dies.
As the beautiful people say in Aspen..."What
Subject: mailbag of 1/31/05, Martha and Leslie (Evanston)
I take both of you seriously...it is important to listen to all points of view. My main reason for taking Gary Sartori's comments so fiery...is the referral to President Clinton as "Bubba" that has a "fingernails on the blackboard" effect on me! And, of course...especially now...it is very good that there are people with differing points of view who read BuzzFlash...we cannot expect it to be for those of us who believe one way...what kind of discourse would that be?
I have not seen Hotel Rwanda yet...I am intending to...I do absolutely love Don Cheadle, since seeing him in many other movies...very good actor. It would be great if he won the Oscar. I have researched the Rwanda situation...much like the Sudan of now. Sometimes it is hard for me to think of how this government can police the world...and still take care of us...we Americans who pay all the bills. From my research...the Rwanda uprising started in 1990, when two different tribes, for want of a better word, started...the Tutsis and the Hutus...a country slightly smaller than the state of Maryland, Clinton admittedly failed...as did a couple of other presidents. Something like 800,000 persons died of genocide. It had to be horrible! But, he brokered peace negotiations in N. Ireland...and after one failed attempt...managed to oust a military dictatorship in Bosnia and Kosovo and forced the government of Serbia to end its murderous attacks on Muslims in Bosnia...after calling for NATO bombings...as well as freeing the ethnic Albanians in the borders of Kosovo. He failed to end genocide in Rwanda...I have heard him discuss that in interviews...one of his greatest regrets. And, peace talks he facilitated between Israel and Palestine broke down, and no one has made any headway with them since, and lethal strife has followed. In one sentence, very bothersome to me....
Matt Carmody...inferred that Bill Clinton wanted to run for president again. Bill Clinton is nothing...if not bright...anyone who thinks he would go through that hell again...has to be not thinking straight. His inference that Clinton allowed something bad to happen to this country because of his libido...was just plain silly to me! President Clinton was lucky to have a day without a lawyer in his office...he defended himself from everything from "failed land deals...to lying from State Troopers in Arkansas."
He was never really accepted by the Washington elite...many making statements about them playing into that "Trailer Trash" mentality...which stemmed from the lie about Air Force One being pilfered...which Ari Fleisher and Tony Snow...had to publicly apologize for on air.
But, by then...the damage was done! I am just saying...in defense of him...that he presided over a period of rapid economic growth...surpluses...peace...and jobs. You cannot be all things!
Sorry...I suppose you can tell that I have been accustomed to defending the 42nd. Prez of the US...and proudly! He lied about Monica...he did not lie about WMD or an imminent threat from a disabled dictator...who had no military to defend himself!! And personally...I never saw him kill a kurdish person...there must be some film somewhere! I have watched film of this war we are involved in...and have seen with my own eyes...the mass graves...and watched the poor Iraqis...burying them that way. And, yes, I may have said that he was the best president since Roosevelt...but, to me that is not an exaggeration. I was in high school during Truman...I know that he was re-elected, so he must have been pretty good. I remember the saying came from him that "The buck stops here!"
...Carter has been a greater man since he left office...with his humanitarian work. Kennedy may have been great...he was strong during the Cuban Missile Crisis...I remember that...but, we hardly knew him...he was gone in a thousand days. And, for all you folks who may have been too young to know...his personal behavior made Clinton look like a boy scout.
Now as for Reagan...whom everyone thinks was the best president in and during that time, all I know about Reagan...and this comes straight from the horse's mouth...from one of the Iranian hostages (1980)...he lives in this town...and I have heard him speak...and he said with no qualms...that the US gave up every chance to stem terrorism back in 1980! When at last the hostages (Carter had worked on the release for ages) were actually released, and were barely airborne...when they turned around and went back and landed. Needless to say, Rocky...said they were absolutely bereft...scared silly! The Albanian pilot came back to the cabin and told them that they would have to sit on the tarmac for another half hour, until Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President...and I think we all remember that...and that dulled the end of the cold war.....for me!!!
Thank you both...for your helpful words...and to Leslie...thanks for giving me hope about my son...both sons are Bush backers...one does not vote! I have talked to neither since the administration called off the search for WMD (needless to say, we do not talk politics very much)...
Subject: Iraq election
I don't have cable t.v. (a member of the working poor). I get my info from the internet, various publications, books etc...Point being has anyone else noticed a lack of pictures of the "millions" of Iraqi voters?I have however come across a few pictures that, frankly, look staged to me. The pictures I came across showed a handful of people in lines or holding a ballot with a "what the hell is going on" look on their face, or cheesy photos of Iraqi policemen cheering "jubilantly." (Has anyone else noticed the sudden overuse of the word "jubilant" by the conservative-owned liberal media?)
I just thought, for a "landmark" election where Iraqis bravely turn out to vote in the millions, with the threat of more attacks, no less, there would be more pictures in the mainstream media, or anywhere, for that matter. I want pictures of polling stations with long lines, the vote started Sunday, if "millions" voted there would have been long lines, and the mainstream media missed all the photo opportunities? I don't think so. Maybe their wasn't much to see.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: COLORADO POLICE
The story of the Denver policeman and the anti-Bush sign is not the first time I have heard of Police threatening people with either pro Kerry or anti bush bumper stickers in Colorado. One story was about an out of state visitor being pulled over for having an anti-bush bumper sticker on his car. This is our taxes hard at work.
The Neocon Petri Dish, PNAC, Calls for Increased Troop Strengths.
So, Exactly How Do They Think This Will Happen without a Draft?
Just Asking. 2/1
Subject: The next big campaign
This is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate, yet again, the power of internet fundraising. Someone should tell the California Democratic party that we will stand up to Gov. Steroids, and fight back against his plan.
Threatens to Seek $50 Million to Fund Initiative Campaign (news10.net)
Subject: Guess who "Focus on the Family" is speaking
Parton, others compile CD benefiting homosexual group (Conservative
Subject: Social Security Privatization
In a New York Times article of Feb. 1, Paul Krugman proves conclusively that those who, like the President, would privatize Social Security, are either mathematical morons or misanthropic frauds. They use unrealistically pessimistic economic growth projections to claim that if left alone the system will fail to meet its obligations. At the same time they use unbelievably optimistic projections of the same economy to show how privatization can come to the system's rescue!
In short they require that if privatization is to be successful it must not be needed in the first place, i.e., the economy will be so robust that Social Security, with no changes, would be on a solid economic footing forever without privatization! Conversely, if the economy becomes so poor that Social Security is doomed to fail then it is perforce impossible for privatization to come to the rescue.
The simple truth is that with only minor adjustments the Social Security system will remain the economically sound insurance program it has been since its inception.
Robert R. Regl
Subject: Pell grants, it's the Pell grants, stupid! WHY ISN'T THIS
Subject: Money for US families of US dead, not injured, hush money?
Subject: Army recruitment to school age children
Subject: Death benefits to die for
I see that Bush wants to increase death benefits to soldiers who die in combat to an additional $250,000. While I believe the current death benefit of $12,420 is too low, a figure of one quarter of a million dollars starts to sound like the sums that were paid to the families of Arab suicide bombers. Is this what we want: a volunteer suicide army? I can see the Pentagon's promotion department having a field day with this one: "Join the United States Armed Services -- we've got death benefits to die for!"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Talon News -their very existence a cry for help?
In the spirit of professionalism and out of a desire to help, I just sent this offer of assistance to the Talon News folks. It appears they need it. When I tried to send this letter to them--repeatedly--the Website malfunctioned and told me that 'a file was missing.'
C. Jesse Green
Subject: Network hypocrisy
Subject: PNAC Neocons
Why don't you post the neocons' email addresses and ask your readers to write them and tell them to have their sons and daughters go fight in Iraq, Iran,syria,korea,cuba,venezuela,canada....
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Re: We're
Madder than a Wet Hen at BuzzFlash!
Subject: An Open Letter to Senator Santorum
Dear Senator Santorum,
I was somewhat taken aback to see you as Chairman of the Senate Republican conference on Saving Social Security after receiving a non-committal letter from you this past week on the very same subject. Then again, your letter was a form letter. After reading the full text of the program that you presented at White Sulphur Springs, I can only come to the conclusion that you have enthusiastically grabbed on to the legendary third rail of American politics and have decided that it is your solemn duty to destroy the most successful social program in American history under the guise of saving it.
Without dwelling on all of the details of your presentation, I found myself fascinated by your characterization of the intellectual capacity of the American people. “TALK IN SIMPLE LANGUAGE: Your audience doesn’t understand financial jargon.” “KEEP THE NUMBERS SMALL: Your audience doesn’t know how trillions and billions differ.” “….Privatization connotes corporate takeover of Social Security;…this turns off listeners, who are very concerned about corporate wrongdoing.” “DON’T SAY ‘SOCIAL SECURITY LIFTS SENIORS OUT OF POVERTY’”: People don’t appreciate all that Social Security does, and believe that…many seniors still live in poverty.”
While it is tempting to go through the entire presentation and comment on each and every point in it, that is not the intent of this letter. By your actions, you have shown that you place ideology and corporate interests ahead of the concerns and needs of your constituents. As an almost senior, I am 62, voting in my own best interests means opposing your actions. The fact that opposing you is also acting in the best interests of my wife and children is a bonus.
You have abandoned working people in your blind loyalty to this misguided cure for a disease that does not exist. The only Social Security crisis that exists in America is the one created by the Republicans and their Wall Street friends. Social Security can be fixed without massive cuts in payouts and without the 3 trillion dollar price tag that Privatization brings with it.
If you will not change your position against American taxpayers and workers, I pledge that I will not only vote against you, but I will also work unceasingly for your opponent, whoever he or she may be. If you cannot be trusted to represent your constituents on a matter as important as Social Security, you do not deserve to be reelected to your office. It is a trust – and you are betraying it.
William H. Barido III
Subject: discombobulated and still mystified
Hey Fellow Buzzers:
My last comment was posted in your Jan 20, mailbag, and here's another. I've got to let you know, I'm from Canuckistan (and I hope we're not on the list with Syria and Iran).
The decisions made by the Bush Adm. are global and affect all of us. And although I am not frightened (yet), the 30-06 may be coming out from under the bed for a good cleaning, just on the off chance I see an Abhrams tank pulling into my driveway. Anyway here is some info for you regarding the so-called liberal media.
I believe on Feb. 6 (CBC TV) a program will be aired called (i think) "Sticks and Stones." This is the docu that sent O'Reilly's shorts up his arse.
Also in ref. to Leslie in Evanston (jan 31 Mailbag) there is a docu pertaining to the Rwanda genocide on CBC, I believe also Feb. 6. If she wishes for more on this I recommend the highly disturbing book by Lt. Gen Romeo Dallaire, "Shake Hands With the Devil."
Next: On Feb. 5, a CBC program called "The Passionate Eye" will be airing the bizarre docu called Journeys w/ George. Alexandra Pelosi's trip with W during the 2000 campaign. This show had me doing Bong hits like a maniac. Does this man know how to work a room (or bus) or what?
Now for the scary stuff. The book list BuzzFlash has as premiums has been a wealth of info for me. I'm broke all the time so thankfully we have libraries. Lately I've read: "Fraud" by Paul Waldman. "The Best Democracy..." by Greg Palast and "The Hammer" by Lou Dubose and Jan Reid.
The way I see it, you folks have 2 choices. Either leave the U.S. and emigrate elsewhere. Or in the extreme case, take up arms and let the motherfuckers know you've had all you can take. The Democrats certainly aren't taking up your concerns. And the Busheviks aren't stopping. And if it isn't Ashcroft (now Gonzales) and his band of Nazis stripping away your rights and freedoms, you've got those insane Evangelicals trying to tie half your country to a flaming stake. For anyone interested check out Katherine Yurica's excellent site: the yuricareportwww.yuricareport.com re: Dominionism. Scary.
All for now. Remember you can always move to Canada. Keep up the great work BuzzFlash. I love your site and check it daily. Now speaking of buzzes, where the hell did I put my bong? Thanks folks, stay vigilant.
[BuzzFlash Note: BuzzFlash doesn't condone the use of alternative substances to numb the pain caused by the Bush administration -- we take it straight, like a nose full of stilton or thousand year old eggs -- but we simpathize, empathize and wish you much luck in your journey.]
Subject: 4 Networks Reject Ad Opposing Bush on Lawsuits (NY Times)
You're not kidding Buzz - Soviet Style government-controlled press
is exactly what we've got now. I don't know why that headline shocked
me so much. By now it shouldn't have. But it really brings home
the fact that we've reached a brick wall with the media and it's
become as scary as one can imagine. Absolutely no one in the MSM
will defy the Bush administration - NO ONE! We basically have no
media anymore outside of the internet and some foreign independent
newspapers, so yes, Buzz, you're the one we depend on. And we've
all got to continue supporting you as much as we can.
Barbara in NYC
During Bush's Misstate of the union address Wednesday night, please remember this quote:
"Indeed, it appears that the only entity Bush deems himself inferior to is God almighty." -- Morton Kondracke
Subject: The no network news diet
I haven't watched the network news since Nov 3, 2004. I realized that the media was the primary reason that Bush was put back into office. The "Swift Boat Liars for Bush" were given free airtime on just about every nightly news network, spreading their lies about John Kerry. Even after much of what they were saying was proven to be untrue. Yes my fellow Buzz readers, it's time to poop or get off of the pot. We all know that Bush is pro corporation, therefore the corporate media is on Bush's side. The media is full of pushers, they've been pushing the Bush administration's polices for four years. It's time for us to stop supporting theses distortions, half truths and out and out lies, by turning the TV off.
BuzzFlash has become my main source for information. What do you think will happen to these companies if you turn their news off? The advertisers will go away, and they will begin to lose money. Try the no network news diet and I guarantee you that:
Your stomach won't get upset
Your blood pressure may go down
You will no longer get headaches
You will no longer have to use your BS detector
Subject: Bush handling of our money, it makes no sense
Thank Heavens for BuzzFlash and the contributors to "Mailbag!" The truth needs to be told! BUSH HANDLING OF OUR MONEY, IT MAKES NO SENSE! The buck stops with George W. Bush and it doesn't make any sense how he handles our taxpayer dollars! America, to quote Mr. Bush, "we work very hard" and very long for our money. Yet our government under the great "mishandler" George Bush has thrown away our money in many ways.
Starting with a surplus that changed to a huge deficit, a larger than life trade deficit and a costly war we have reason to question Bush as more and more expenditures raises doubts on how he handles our hard earned dollars! We have reason to be concerned that our next generation will pay for his ineptness!
An old pattern is revisited. Bush and Company announced enthusiastically that Veterans benefits will be substantially raised! That is wonderful and long overdue. However before he takes credit for the results, let it be noted Bush first was against this move and finally gave in from pressure from Congress, who are the ones responsible for this happening! We have seen this move before when Bush was first against the Homeland Security Department and the 9/11 investigation and then for it, after too much publicity and pressure forced a change of his mind.
This morning on the news revealed by General Casey, there is a 4 million dollar gap between what Halliburton (there's that name again) estimates the cost to be and what the Pentagon has to spend. That involves money to feed and protect our troops in Iraq. Bush doesn't work "very hard" safeguarding our money when 8.8 billion dollars goes "missing!"The Inspector General for Iraq accused the Coalition Provisional Authority of (CPA) of poor management of these funds. Despite CPA Chief Paul Bremer's objections use of these funds could not be validated!
One of the recipients of 1.7 billion of this money was--you guessed it, Halliburton! Still completely unexplained, remains charges from the past, passed, but not forgotten! Henry Waxman declared, "Halliburton seems to be inflating gas prices at a great cost to American taxpayers." About this time last year, Pentagon auditors were investigating Halliburton for overcharging the military for the gas delivered to Iraqi citizens. The Defense Contract Audit Agency said Halliburton, winner of no-bid contracts, might have overcharged the government by 61 billion!
On December 12th, President Bush tried to skirt a real political storm by suggesting Halliburton should repay that money. Whether the money was paid back is not as important as why it happened in the first place. Will it continue to happen unchecked?
Recently we learned our troops were not properly equipped, as one soldier fanned the flame, and broke the invisible rule of not speaking out in public. Imagine how much of that money could have gone for helping our troops.
It is said, "Truth angers those who it does not convince." For those who are willing to let this kind of deceit go away without expecting truthful answers, you might as well throw your taxpayer money down the toilet! When an Administration is dishonest about one thing it gives us cause to question everything!
This Administration under George Bush has left us questioning many things. Another two day wonder, then conveniently forgotten, was the question of what really happened to the 750 million dollars approved by Congress and landing in the Iraq budget. This was discussed in Bob Woodward"s book, "Plan of Attack." Tommy Franks claimed "that only 178 million" was diverted for communications equipment, fuel and various other expenses.
Regardless of the money involved there exists a system of checks and balances on both the executive branch and the legislative branch of government. They exist for good reason. Why were they not used properly?
The House Appropriations Committee said many vague sources existed
where they could not say where the money came from, or what the
money was financing. Can Peter rob Paul without giving satisfactory
explanations? Bertram Gross, author, explained, "The more lies
are told, the more important it becomes for the liars to justify
themselves by deep moral commitments to high-sounding objectives
that mask the pursuit of money and power!"
Subject: social security
Bush's privatization plan is coercive and will not solve the problem with the system. Everything he has ever said about it is a lie. There is, however, obviously a crisis in this Socialist retirement scheme (inappropriately dubbed "insurance"). If you are sure there is no crisis, why not explain how all the unfunded liability associated with SS can ever be met??
Subject: News, Comments, Humor and Quotes
(Wreckage was spread over a wide area which indicates an in-air explosion.)
Note: Gonzales avoids even answering Repubs questioning on torture.
Subject: Will US survive?
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