February 2, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Boxer for president?
It was a delight to hear Sen. Boxer let Condoleezza Rice have it with both barrels during Rice's confirmation hearings. Too bad Rice was approved, but that's another story.
It was not surprising at all to learn of the subsequent attacks on the gutsy and truthful Senator Boxer by Bush toadies after the hearings. A Congress that has grown accustomed to mommycoddling and soft questions when concerned with a Bush appointee suddenly was reminded that the First Amendment was alive and well and they didn't like it at all. That, to put it bluntly, is tough shit.
Barbara Boxer's tough stance and fearlessness in the face of all those Bush cowards is exactly what Democrats need to combat the fundamentalist Christian sect that is ruining the country and is dead set on invading Iran, which will have much more dire consequences on the US than we ever thought of with Iraq. With Boxer, Sen. Biden, and anybody else in the Democrat camp willing to fight, public support of their actions will bolster their arguments and hopefully persuade some of the more reasonable Conservatives out there that Bush is not only hurting the rest of the country, he is bringing great harm to his own party.
How any self-respecting Republican can so blithely support this Jihad-driven maniac is a mystery. One would think that amongst powerful Republican Senators and Congressmen and women that their own egos would only take so much damage. It is time for these people to quit being sheep and work to get Bush impeached and removed for the good of their own party.
As for us Democrats, we must get some real focus and nominate somebody who can connect with the voters. Yes, the elections were rigged in 2000 and 2004 but one fact remains unchanged that did nothing to help the liberal cause. Gore had the personality of a sandbag and could not make himself approachable no matter how hard he tried. Kerry wasn't much better. He was intelligent like Gore, but he didn't have a good focus, didn't act tough enough and remained once again unapproachable.
This is where Clinton excelled. If a candidate wants to win, he or she must be able to give the voter the impression that they could sit down and have a cup of coffee with you, watch a ball game with you, and basically show the voter that they're human, too. Gore and Kerry were poor choices in this department.
Democrats can win in 2008 if they first nominate
a personable but very tough candidate. John
Edwards could fit the bill if he reads the
situation correctly. Barbara Boxer could have
a shot, too, if she stays the course. Whether
she has any presidential aspirations or not,
her service and moxie is invaluable right
now. Let's hope it's very contagious.
To Anne in Upstate New York
Re: The Rude Pundit - Cheney Article (1/28/05)
Guess what - there's a reason he/she calls himself/herself The Rude Pundit. BuzzFlash should not be required, or even asked, to remove anything from their website to maintain their integrity. Their integrity is well proven and maintained. I'm curious as to whether you read the entire article. It was pretty rough from the beginning, so I'm wondering, did you read the whole thing and if so, why? If you don't like something, don't read it.
You have a choice. That's what free speech is all about. Let's not start censoring. The neocons would have found that article very offensive, too, however they are the ones who would call for censorship, not us. By the way, for showing up at a Holocaust Memorial service dressed as disrespectfully as he was, he deserves all the vitriol that's coming to him. It was simply disgusting. So is he. Crude? Bad taste? Sounds exactly like a vice president I know.
A BuzzFlash Reader who defends BF's right to freedom of expression -not just their own, but everyone's!
Subject: Dean For DNC
Just read Robert Novak's article on how the DNC should not elect Howard Dean. I saw Novak on a talk show about two weeks ago and he was spreading the same fear mongering we have seen from Bush. Beware, because any time Robert Novak decides to do us (Democrats) a favor, then we should be very afraid. What good has it done Democrats to let the DNC decide who will run for anything? All they can do is lose elections.
Howard Dean was my first choice and we let the mainstream media trash him because of the "so-called" scream. We will never win by playing along with the pundits but only by being who we are. Remember this? Be true to your own self and it follows as the night follows the day, thou can not then be false to any man. We will never win as Republican light. This is war!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Sound familiar?
A BuzzFlash Reader
People!! There is a way to show your resistance to the goons in power that is legal, peaceful and powerful. Aside from sporting an anti-Bush bumper sticker, calling and writing to your representatives and senators, sending emails to the so-called media and such (none of which does much good), just refuse to stand during the playing or singing of the National Anthem. I love college basketball and before each home game the announcer gives some godawful speech about patriotism before launching into that glut of nationalistic pride. I simply remain seated (I am the only one) and may God help the fool who questions me as to why. IMAGINE all progressives remaining seated at any event that is preceded by the rendition of the National Anthem. IMAGINE the reaction of the rest of the robots who unquestioningly leap to their feet in their pathetic need to fit in and be counted as patriots. I will stand again when I feel proud enough of my country to stand again. Until then I will... IMAGINE.
[BuzzFlash Note: Remember the Mexico Olympics, when black athletes protested? Here's the BBC's link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday...]
Subject: Can you say, "Follow the money?"
I have a feeling that the $8.8 Billion that went missing in Iraq has actually found its way into right wing organizations. I am sure some of it lined pockets, ie, the usual corruption, but a big portion was sent to "non-think" tanks, news organizations, religious colleges and law schools, political campaigns, FOX commercials...propaganda outlets...etc. This has been a bottomless slush fund to perpetuate this rogue regime. Many of the workers in the CPA (coalition provisional authority) were young right wing staffers and interns and home schooled mutants. I just know they used their ideology to further fund the takeover of our country. It is just the way Bush et al. uses our money to fund the PR campaigns to destroy Social Security, health insurance, and civilization. He uses our money to buy off news organizations...to destroy us!!!!! JUST FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!!!!
[BuzzFlash Note: We hope someone is "following the money," as you advise...but we wouldn't agree with your characterization of home schooling. Some progressives/liberals choose this option, too.]
Subject: i know something you don't know...
I know something you apparently don't know. (I think Howard Dean might know.) I was born in Wisconsin and raised in Arkansas by my mother. I know rednecks. at least 50% of those people in the red states who voted for bush are democrats who have been convinced by the right wing that they are republicans. if you sit down with the idiots and explain the difference between what bush says and actually does they are stunned. just one example. what they call the death tax. you will hear the red neck say he doesn't want to have to pay taxes on that $20,000 mobile home he will inherit when his folks die. when you explain that the, as they call it, the death tax only applied to people who would inherit almost two thirds of a million dollars, they are shocked. they thought bush was talking to them! that is just one example, there are hundreds. Until the democrats educate the brain washed in the red states, they will lose.
Randi in Madison Wi
[BuzzFlash Note: We're all for educating...but the Bush propaganda machine is both powerful and pervasive. Let's not single out our southern or rural brethren and sisters as idiots...Bush and Co. have played us all for fools.]
Subject: Poppycock and Balderdash . . .
I can qualify myself by saying that all I know is what I don't
know, but how many members of the Democratic Party waaaaaay out
in the motherland, would like to have a bunch of people get together
and give them a whole lot of money and promote them and sell them
to their friends and neighbors and promise to support them in the
ballot box and send that person to DC as a representative in Congress
in the House or Senate? Now, why would any fool do this if they
thought that person was going to go to DC and represent himself
and to hell with what the majority thinks? Wouldn't everyone want
a high paying job with perks and retirement on that basis alone?
Also, we need to bring the "spirit of America and what it
means to be an American back into our government. By this, I mean
that when we vote someone out of office, many of them become lobbyists
for corporations, which is just another way of slitting the throats
of the ordinary American citizen. These jobs need to be eliminated,
it seems to me, since they have, in a way, eliminated many American
jobs. It's only fair.:)
And, so it goes, the above quote is from . . . The Declaration
of Independence. Notice that it does state "deriving their
just Powers from the Consent of the Governed," I really don't
think it means that once you get elected into DC, you do your own
thing. I also have to wonder how many members of Congress have read
The Declaration of Independence since elementary school and why
it became necessary. A Country doesn't have to be invaded to lose
their Democracy . . . do they?
Subject: On the Ground in Mosul - Part II
The continuing saga of my brother-in-law's wife's brother Kenny. As you've already read (see BuzzFlash Mailbag, dated 1 FEB 05), Kenny and his squad from Indiana arrived safely in Mosul, Iraq. The catch is that they've been shorted on MRE's. The official story they were told is that the shipment was poisoned by insurgents. Another catch is that the email accounts they were given are available at a cost.
Here is yet still more good news from Kenny.
While Iraqis are using our temper tents as "temporary housing," Kenny and his squad have been bivouacked in a shipping container, the type you see on cargo ships. They sleep on plywood sheets and their sleeping bags. While they are on duty, they have to pack up every last bit of their belongings and carry every single thing they own on their backs as there is absolutely no security where they are and no way to secure any of their gear.
My wife and I are absolutely outraged at what we are hearing. She and I are both former Air Force and even though we would be REMF's in this whole ordeal, even the lowest ranking individual in personnel knows this is entirely unacceptable.
Kenny's family and my wife's are pooling our resources and will be sending care packages to him and the ten guys stuffed in the Cargo 8 Motel on a bi-weekly basis. I will be going to the local Dick's Sporting Goods and shaming them into sending a box full of pseudo-MRE's for these guys.
Check around. Find out if there are guys from your area who are there and are getting the same treatment and help them out.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to email Evan Byah (D) and Dick Lugar (R), Indiana's senators. It shouldn't be too hard to figure out which one is going to get the nastier of my emails. If any Buzzer out there is also from Indiana, I'll make it easy to help.
http://bayh.senate.gov/index1.html - Sen. Evan Byah (D), Indiana
- Sen. Richard Lugar (R), Indiana
Subject: Gang Wars
Osama bin Laden (along with his gang) became the most feared and
despised person in America when he planned and executed the murder
of 3000 Americans on 9/11. Will that dubious crown be passed to
George Bush (and his crew) when the number of American deaths he
is responsible for tops 3000? He's more than halfway there. I haven't
been able to find out how many Americans were wounded on 9/11, but
I bet the number is far less than the 10,000 the Bushies have racked
up. Imagine then how the Iraqis must feel about the 100,000 (according
to Lancet) of their citizens caught in the crossfire between these
Subject: Bush Tax Cuts and Job Growth
Your comment has it wrong the Bush Tax Cut did create significant numbers of jobs - not here but in China! Any reader of the financial pages knows that monies are not being invested in the USA but in China where the labor costs are so ridiculously low.
Subject: Gonzales confirmation
Being naive, I email'd my Virginia senators (Republicans) asking that they not confirm Gonzales as Attorney General for his part in condoning torture, playing semantic games with our Constitution, and diminishing U.S. commitment to the Geneva Conventions by referring to them as "quaint." While I realize the "horror" of breaking partisan ranks, since they represent a "red state" overwhelmingly concerned with "Christian values," I asked them to consider the words "Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me" when mulling over their decision. I also asked them to consider that confirming this nominee would send a further message to the world that the U.S. finds torture acceptable, and that will also endanger our troops - many of whom come from this state.
Sen. George Allen responded by saying "I applaud President Bush's nomination of Alberto Gonzales. He is the embodiment of the American dream, a man whose hard work, legal sense and intellect have already lifted him to some of the highest positions of trust in our nation. I look forward to his confirmation hearings and a fair vote before the U.S. Senate. I am confident that he will make an outstanding U.S. Attorney General."
Disgusting. Purely, disgusting. Personally, I rather thought Gonzales's connections to the Bush family gave him his hydraulic "lift" and condoning/orchestrating torture is not my idea of the American dream. But then I'm a transplant from the north, second-generation-American, daughter of a WWII Vet and a registered independent - what could I possibly know about the American dream?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Regarding Harry Reid
Thanks for all you do. Regarding Harry Reid, he's a Mormon who opposes abortion; that's well-known in Nevada. He doesn't seem strident, however, and he's willing to overlook other Nevada "sins." Certainly, Harry is smart enough not to cozy-up to Protestant Evangelicals since they'd soon be attacking his religion. I think he's honest, but also politically savvy. People say Harry isn't tough, but I've had personal experience with his staff. Years ago, a company I'd worked with (another state), informed me that the pension I'd eventually receive was to be considerably reduced. My fellow workers and I had passed up wage increases in favor of expanded pensions, and I was angry. I sent many documents to the pension fund, but they staunchly insisted that the benefits would be reduced. I sent copies of those documents to Harry's office, along with a plea for help, and his staff got in touch with me immediately. In short order, the pension fund revised their findings in MY case. I suspect they'd received a major ass-kicking. I'm sorry for the other workers who didn't have a "Harry" 'to help them. I support abortion rights, as do most Americans. I know Harry knows that. I DO feel we can deal with this man.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: iraqi election
According to an Associated Press story of Feb. 2 (via MSNBC.com), Iraqi officials have confirmed that there were too few ballots on hand in areas with heavy Sunni populations. This, despite the fact that the election has been in the works for months, all the while being promoted by the United States as Iraq's crucial test of democracy.
Sounds like Ohio, doesn't it? The difference is that in Iraq it's
too few ballots instead of too few voting machines. But the strategy
is the same...make it hard for people you dislike to vote, then
claim the election was a success. Was Kenneth Blackwell in charge
of providing ballots in Baghdad and Mosul, by any chance? In Iraq,
of course, there was a cover story for the scheme. Sunni clerics
held the vote down. All those bad people, who hate freedom!
Subject: Howard Dean is wrong for the Democrats
Well, once again, the Democrats are not going to learn from history
and elect someone as the head of the party who the Republicans will
chew and spit out for lunch. Howard Dean is all wrong for the DNC
leadership because when push comes to shove, his mouth will get
him into trouble. The Republicans are salivating at the chance to
attack Dean as a liberal, which the country is not and weak on a
lot of issues. Don't Democrats remember the last couple of elections?
The majority of the American people rejected the claims of the left
and reelected the most hateful, vile piece of garbage in George
Bush. Howard Dean will not be the savior you people think he's going
to be. A better choice would have been someone like Tim Roemer who
doesn't pick a fight on all the issues like BuzzFlash and other
liberals want to. Roemer would pick his spots and that would be
better for the party as a whole. Think Democrats, Howard Dean is
not the answer
Subject: Casualties during coronation?
Perhaps I missed the news, but were there no American casualties a few days before, and of the day of Bush's coronation?
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: This web site gives the official count for each day: http://icasualties.org/oif/prdDetails.aspx?hndRef=1-2005. No deaths listed January 19-20.]
G.I. Joe: Militants take "toy" hostage; Iraqi website was clip art...
Um..........Shouldn't our CIA have figured out it was a GI Joe doll? They would probably still be trying to figure out who the guy was if the toy company had not said something. And shouldn't our expert intel folks have figured it out in...oh, let's say, the first few minutes? :):):):)
Shorty in Memphis
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