February 8, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Missing is our half of the national dialogue. There is no consistent challenge to this Gang that is in office. So often the Dems seem to be part of the nation's movement to the right and to the dollar. If George Soros and others on the left with money would invest in a national press for the publication of the NEWS... Our media is in the hands of the corporate few. There is no hope unless there is a prominent pulpit for opposing opinions. A pulpit which is easily available to the average citizen, the NASCAR people, the people who may read the USA Today. There should be another national daily. A publication with good Arts, Sports, Comics and above all, REAL NEWS, opposing opinions, contrasting facts.
BuzzFlash is great but it doesn't reach most people. It is so discouraging that every day the main message you read and see is that of this damn administration with little rebuttal, little challenge. We are losing our country, our Constitution and our values. This country has the worst (intentional engineered) education system. People are growing up with no sense of history. Young adults think that there may be too much Free Speech. We are disappearing. People think that the environment has been made too important, and that pollution is fine if it means some jobs, even if they are poorly paid. We must act creatively and with some haste without waste.
Barry De jasu
Subject: sent to my reps
Hope you do this. The American public needs to have a choice. Since everything is redistricted, it seems like the Republicans will retain their lock on the house forever.
Subject: How to find our how many blacklists there are
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Fwd: How a real reporter covers the White House
Mystery list may trace to team (in-forum.com)
Robyn Su Miller
Subject: Dictatorship, the Real Thing [ don't like a law? suspend
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The butcher, hands dripping red, says, "WHAT meat ax?"
I think "The Emperor's Clothes" has been superseded by "Alice in Wonderland" as the ruling metaphor for this administration. Yesterday, Dick (aptly named) Cheney, stressed the urgency of passing the tightest budget ever (gee...I wonder why. Couldn't have anything to do with the recklessly irresponsible tax cuts for the wealthiest or the mysteriously missing billions already allotted -- and soon to be followed by more -- to the Iraqi fiasco, could it? Nah. God must be telling Dubya to follow his heart and trust his gut).
But, in his condescending/paternalistic (aka "You are all mental 7-year-olds who will believe anything I say and do as you're told -- or else!) style, he went on to reassure us: "It's [the domestic budget cuts] not something we've done with a meat ax, nor are we suddenly turning our backs on the most needy people in our society." Well, OK, he's got a point...or at least a loophole: the word "suddenly." That's because this administration has been turning its back on the poorest/neediest since Dubya sat his butt in the oval office in January 2001. So, yes, Cheney's right about this not being a sudden back-turning/ abandonment/betrayal. But that's a chilling technicality.
In real terms, vital social and humanitarian programs will be totally eliminated or gutted beyond recognition. To cite just a few examples: veterans (the subject of maudlin speeches about "supporting our troops" and touted for their "honor," "dedication," and "bravery" in Fighting Terrorism) will have to pay substantially more for their prescriptions under the new budget proposal. Also, while casualties continue to mount, our "compassionate conservatives" propose closing a number of military hospitals; I guess the victims can wait in line at emergency rooms along with the rest of the poor.
Speaking of poor people, they too will be touched (but not "suddenly"!) by the new cuts: Medicaid benefits will be reduced, and much of what's left will be shifted onto the already strapped states; dental benefits will be eliminated altogether -- I expect Cheney to explain that, without teeth, poor (and/or old) people won't be able to eat anything BUT canned cat food: "See? Problem solved. If you can't CHEW a piece of chicken, you obviously don't NEED one. And we're saving all this money" -- plus housing assistance and community grants will be (oops! I almost said "meat-axed") scalpeled out, probably under the supervision of Bill Frist.
Meanwhile, the costs of "fixing" (as in, "Sorry, Mrs. Lincoln, but John Wilkes Booth just fixed your husband") Social Security won't even be factored into the 2006 budget. Maybe we've brought all this on ourselves: many writers/columnists have pointed out that this administration, unlike Roosevelt during WWII, demands NO sacrifices: keep buying and driving those mammoth gas-guzzling SUVs; go shopping; buy an extra mink or sable for the inaugural balls so you won't be inconvenienced at the airport. Maybe they've finally listened to us and decided to demand belt-tightening and sacrifices after all -- but only by the poorest, neediest, and least influential among us.
Our country has been hijacked -- and this time the terrorists aren't using box cutters. They're using the very same meat ax Cheney disclaimed.
Barb in Athens, GA
Blue soul in Red state
Subject: dear mr. dobbs
randi, renee and liz
Subject: Martin Mubanga Guantanamo Rap CD
The fine "Observer" article you posted regarding the crimes committed against Martin Mubanga in the name of our "national security" mentions that Mr. Mubanga may have recorded a collection of rap songs that he composed while incarcerated and tortured in the Guantanamo gulag. Please look into the availability of a CD of this material and post it as a premium. I've never purchased a Buzzflash premium, entirely due to your otherwise marvelous website's incomprehensible antipathy and knee-jerk partisan excoriation of your philosophical ally Ralph Nader, but I'd probably buy this one. Thanks.
Subject: Social Security
I just sent this letter to Sen. Dole about Social Security. I urge all of you who are in my position (in my 50s, with children) to send a similar letter to Senators, especially Republican Senators.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Deportation of America
Will they go along with Bush’s social security charade? You bet! I foolishly questioned whether they would rubber-stamp his tax cuts for the wealthy. Look how the robots came through for him. And the republican congress only wants to associate with fellow republicans on legislation, etc. Need I remind you of when they locked the democrats out of discussions a year or two ago?
It is so bad that many people in the country feel they have
no representation in D.C. at all. Those people are 100% correct,
and all the while, republicans would have us believe that the
majority of the country is behind them!
Subject: Did not want to win the presidency!
I have been baffled at the quick pull out of Kerry. It seemed to me that he left and scurried back to his safe house some where in Mass. before all the votes were even counted, and with an election teetering on a handful of votes ... well why would he and the Democrats do this?
Look at the state of the economy, the congress, both houses increasing their numbers, a war of Bush's making and no exit possible! or wanted by W. I think Kerry's people and the democratic party were most likely so relieved to let them have it and prayed that no one reversed the vote.
Now it's becoming obvious republicans will likely lose seats in the 2006 congressional elections. All you hear and read are the pains and problems and all the missteps that if talked about during the elections, would surly have brought them down.
Was Dean looking like he was going to win? I think so. My guess
shortly after the 2006 elections with Democrats in control, this
administration may have to answer for all they have done. They
will have destroyed the Republican party once again, might even
see trials and an impeachment or three.
Subject: Refer to Bush and The White House For What The Really Are
In regards to your latest UNreported "propaganda" out of Fargo, ND, it's high time for everybody, including BuzzFlash, to start referring to the following items in all your articles for what they really are: Bush is really Stalin. Washington DC is really Moscow. News is really Propaganda. The News Media corpSE is really Pravda. Congress is really run by McCarthy. And Our American Democracy has really been turned into Communism!!
And all of this is coming from a True-Blue American who loves our Country, proudly flies his American Flag every day but is waiting for The Freedom The Flag Represents to Return!! That's How Bad Bush Has Made This Country!!
If you don't believe me at what has happened around our Country lately and to our Democracy, then just look at "Everyone's INability" to get into a "Town Hall Meeting” with "Stalin" and ask him hard-hitting Social Security questions or questions about Iraq - just like the brave soldier asked to Rumsfeld.
Every Taxpayer is paying for those Air Force One trips to spew out propaganda by "Stalin." It is not just The "McCarthy" Party and it's (very few) taxpayers paying for it. Yet, Democrats and Independents cannot get in. Isn't it ironic that "Stalin" is more worried about spreading Democracy to other countries like Iraq, BUT he TOOK IT AWAY FROM The United States and made us into A Communistic Country??
Looks like we had better send The Statue of Liberty back to France, because this Country no longer stands for Liberty with "Stalin" living at 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue! We had better get our soldiers back in This Country to fight for OUR Freedom Over HERE!!!
Subject: Sealed with a Kiss
Subject: And the Jingo Award Goes To... (forwarded to BuzzFlash)
The ad started in a fairly busy "gate" area of a typical American airport. (Didn't look like LAX. Maybe the terminal they built for the "Terminal?") All of a sudden, a traveler stands up and starts clapping. Then another. And another. And another. Pretty soon, everyone in the area near gates 14-28 is giving a standing ovation for...a few dozen troops...men and women...in full desert gear...who've just returned from Iraq. The screen goes black, a "Thank You" graphic appears, followed by the corporate logo for A-B. And we're out.
Ballsy. Ballsy and jingo-ey. Ballsy, jingo-ey and really creepy. So here's my thing: yes, absolutely, "thank you" for doing a job I would never do (unless we were invaded by Martians). And, yes, "thank you" for putting your life on the line. What you are doing? Very brave.
But I couldn't help but think (as I was watching the ad) that the only appropriate message we "freedom-loving" citizens could give our returning troops is, "Don't go back, you poor bastard. You're being lied to. You aren't fighting for freedom; you're fighting for Cheney and Rumsfeld and the people they work for. Get out before you get your leg blown off. Or worse."
Who's got the balls to produce that commercial? A crowded airport, a bunch of troops get off a plane, and people start screaming, "Dude, two words; Mexico! Quick! Before you go crazy and shoot your wife, get a boyfriend. They'll kick you right out!" "Hey, man, take three hits of acid when you report back for duty! They'll give you a discharge on the spot!"
Or how about a "Thank You" ad that features a single camera shot of the recovery room at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany? Hmm? The camera pans around the room...showing a few dozen soldiers just out of surgery? Or soldiers trying on their prosthetics for the first time? (Not one amputee or wheelchair among the "returning servicemen" in the ad, BTW.)
Or maybe a few shots of some soldiers sitting around a room...talking about "post-traumatic stress disorder?" That's the ad I want to see. Because... According to The UK's Guardian: "Though the (British) Ministry of Defence does not publish statistical predictions, military psychiatrists in AMERICA have been warned to expect PSYCHIATRIC DISORDER to occur in a remarkable 20% of servicemen and women RETURNING from Iraq." Don't think the "Thank You" ad featured THAT KIND of soldier. (I'll check Can't imagine they'd cast an actor with "that kind of look" in his eye.)
Those are the types of soldiers we really gotta "thank." And take care of. Capice? More later...
PS - NPR broke down the Superbowl Ads this morn. Their favorite? The above-mentioned "heart stopper." Their least favorite was the ad for GoDaddy.com, which mocks the wave of (conservative) morality that's hitting our country. Figures.
The Outsourced American
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