February 4, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Yushchenko's Election
I just read the Miami Herald Article, "Ukraine Vote Yields Important Lessons for US Democracy." I'd like to believe in the happy ending to the Ukraine election saga, but I think the Bush Administration and its pals in the mainstream press have made me ultra cynical. Does any of this sound familiar? Yanukovich, Putin's pick, won the first election. Yushchenko, the Bush boy, lost. Granted the election results were fishy; the results didn't match the exit polls, but hey, we're all getting used to that. The Ukrainian Supreme Court overturned the election and asked for a new vote. This time the Bush guy won. I remembered reading something about Yushchenko's wife so I googled her and found this site:
Profile of Yushchenko's wife Kateryna Yushchenko-Chumachenko (China Daily/wikipedia)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Cowards and Liars
Oh, REALLY? Then it won't happen again? As if it's not ALREADY happened every single time Bush speaks! Was Kurtz born yesterday?!
A BuzzFlash Reader
It follows then that the price of homes will fall along with everything else. So, many years ago I paid $110,000 for my house. I am hoping that when I retire, I can sell and the equity I have will help me through my retirement years.
If the above is true, then I and many others are in serious
trouble. The housing industry in this country is a huge part
of America's GNP. If people lose the equity value in their homes,
guess what? There goes America. As a new global citizen, with
no allegiance to country, as a smart investor, maybe I should
buy property in India or Mexico, prices there will naturally
rise. Has anyone ever done an economic study of this topic?
I'd love to see it.
Subject: On the Rude Pundit
Subject: Fictional National Security
Truth, in this case the horrendous state and potential consequences of our national security policy, is sometimes more readily conveyed in fiction than in essay. "Ben and the Immaculate Conception" is a black comedy about how a misspelled name in an O'Hare airport computer results in the creation of an actual terrorist threat. It was published this month in the Danish zine Spoiled Ink. On behalf of the Spoiled Ink editor and of Ben's author, me, please feel free to circulate the following link to everybody with a Catch-22 sense of humor.
Subject: A Poem: The American Prayer
Our leader, who art in Washington, Hallowed be thy name. May
freedom come And thy will be done, In Iraq, as in heavenly America.
Give us this day our daily deception And forgive us our doubts,
As we forgive those who doubt you. And lead us not into the
temptation of becoming evil liberals. For thine is the kingdom,
And the misuse of power Forever and ever Amen.
Subject: A name from Josh Marshall
Is there any way you could start calling Bush's scam-a-thon
tour for Social Security "deform" what Josh Marshall is calling
it? The Bamboozlepalooza Tour. Thanks and have a great day.
P.S. You can find this on Atrios and Marshall's talking points memo.
When Bush said in his SOTU speech that he wanted to hear suggestions from anyone, I nearly fell off my chair laughing. I thought that if he wanted to hear people’s ideas and suggestions, it would be a first in the Republican Party, because I have never found any of them who wanted to hear ideas and suggestions.
I think it would be so telling if you would have a BuzzFlash Department of “Letters and Replies to/from our Senators and Representatives.” People could send them in and we could wait with bated breath until one of them actually acts like they are interested. You could even add “Letters and Replies to/from our President” to the bunch of letters and we could see if George Bush was ever actually interested or if all the replies are form letters that say the same thing. I’ll bet that all of the Republican Senators and Republican Representatives and George Bush all give the same form letter replies to their constituents. We could expose them all.
And if George Bush ever acts like he is interested in any idea,
you could put it on your front page headline. You’ll probably
never have to use a single headline.
[BuzzFlash Note: Yeah, but remember he won't even let people with something to say get near him at his speeches and public appearances.]
Subject: Killing is "fun"
This from an officer in charge of "developing better ways
to train and equip Marines."
Subject: Great Article in SF Chronicle
Subject: WHY THE DIFFERENCE?
Subject: Connecticut- Do You Have ZELL#2 ??
If the Democrats do not stay unified in “BUSH times,” we will be more behind the eight ball then ever! Eloquence without action is useless! The vote challenge in Ohio and the confirmation vote for Condoleezza Rice separated the, “wheat from the chaff” as one lone Senator showed backbone and stood up for our voting rights, and thirteen more had courage to go against the odds in voting “nay” for Rice. On the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales, thirty-six were unified in their denial of Gonzales for Attorney General. The other six ignored the greater public opinion and voted to confirm.
The six who represented their own political aspirations and sided with the Republicans should be remembered when their next election comes up! Among the six voting “aye” was Senator Joseph Lieberman! It is to Senator Lieberman we would like to address this message; “Say it isn’t so, Joe! You are sounding more and more like you belong on the other side of the aisle! In fact, we are expecting you to be the honored guest speaker at the next Republican Convention!
Even Senator James Jeffords sounds more like a Democrat than you do! As far as many of us are concerned, Joe, we suggest you bring your own paddle to any of your political endeavors, because you are up sh*t creek without one!
To all six of you, please consider Bernard M. Baruch’s quote in his Obituary, “A Political Leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there, if they aren’t still there, he’s no longer a political leader!” That will go for your voters too!
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