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Subject: Social Security is OUR money, not
This is where Bush is way off in his assessment
of reality. Social Security is OUR money.
It is not an "entitlement" program
that the government gives us. The Social Security
fund is generated by a legally separate dedicated
tax that is paid equally by workers and employees.
Just because the money comes out of our checks
-- same as income tax withholding -- doesn't
mean this money is going into the general
fund. It is OUR money. This Social Security
payment is a very real part of our compensation
for going to work everyday.
Bush seems to think since the government is
signing the Social Security checks, the money
is coming from the government. This is totally
wrong. This is just like your bookkeeper pretending
like "your" money is "his"
money just because he takes care of your bills.
This is like a bank thinking the money you
deposited in their bank is "their"
money just because it resides in their vault.
Social Security taxes ARE NOT the government's
It is OUR money. Social Security IS NOT an
entitlement program. It is our money invested
in a big group insurance program. This leads
to another key difference which Bush doesn't
Social Security IS NOT an INVESTMENT program.
Social Security is an INSURANCE program. Just
like any insurance program, some people need
it more than others. Just like any insurance
program, pooling the resources of the masses
lessens the risk for all. Just like any good
insurance program, the only way it is effective
is if everyone joins.
Social Security is a wonderful program. Don't
let Bush tell you it is a government handout.
Don't let Bush tell you it is an investment
program. It is neither of these. Bush is flat-out
lying about the nature of Social Security.
If you are offended by Social Security, and
don't want to take part in our collective
group insurance program, I suggest you move
to another country.
Subject: It's deja vu all over again
THE GHOST OF RONALD REAGAN
If there is anything to a spirit invading someone’s
being, I’d say that Ronnie lives inside of the
moron president. Bush has his scissors out and
is clipping and cutting programs that help real
Americans who need help and he is trying to
convince us that these programs just don’t work.
Georgie is passing the tab of his cuts to the
states just like you know who... RONNIE! Just
like Reagan, Georgie is using slight of hand
[Now you see it. Now you don’t.] The states
are near bankrupt now.
What do you think the reaction will be when
the states are saddled down with more financial
responsibility that Bush is pushing onto them?
They will raise taxes again to keep out of bankruptcy.
The states will also be forced to cut services/programs
that benefit tax payers. This is exactly what
Reagan did during his terms. And it took Americans
a while to figure out they had been gipped by
Get ready for prime time tax hikes from your
state. A new mantra will become obvious from
the states... If it moves, tax it... If it doesn’t
move, tax it! Our paychecks will shrink in this
round- about- way and many of us will scratch
our heads wondering why we are making less than
we did under Clinton four years ago.
Subject: Corporations & lawsuits
In the news, W.D. Grace's "fall from grace,"
to the tunes of millions in an environmental
debacle going back decades. Why do corporations
avoid, delay and lie about wrongful doings,
pay their attorneys millions to avoid lawsuits,
when they could spend the same money cleaning
up their messes? Hmmmm. Seems to me they're
like the teenager who whines "oh, but mom,
why should I shovel the sidewalks? It's supposed
to snow tomorrow!" Well, just get out there
and shovel, before it's two feet instead of
two inches. You could've had it done in the
time you've spent whining. Or, in the case of
the corporations, you could have just cleaned
it up for a lot less than paying your lawyers
for the avoidance all these years, and had less
of an expensive mess than you will tomorrow.
Frivolous lawsuits? Hmmm....I'm sure W.D. Grace
was hoping the issue would just go away. Bush
would pass his agenda and they would not be
harassed, and would not have to fork out dough
to those poor folks who happened to be in the
way, dying from their avoidance and lies. Kudos
to the folks who have pushed the lawsuit, and
hopefully they will win.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: I hope you can write an article on right's anger and
I like to glance at the www.congress.org
website and I click on "letters to leaders" to get a
sense of the public. I see The Dems talking about issues and being
concerned citizens. Then if you read letters to Edward Kennedy
and Barbara Boxer, all they say is hateful rhetoric and insults.
The do not discuss issues, they just are hate speeches. Check
it out--and I hope that you do an article on this. It is probably
a result of talk radio and fox and msnbc. It is probably not unlike
how people got to despise Jews in Nazi Germany for not one good
reason. Even the little children. This has got to stop, now.
Do reporters at presidential briefings have to pass security
checks to get an invite? Does this mean that the WH must know
the background of Jeff Gannon? I would like to see our lazy media
file some FOIA requests to get to the bottom of what the WH knows
about this obvious plant.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: WH access
The more I think about it, the more indignant I get.
Here are all these trained, professional journalists walking around
wearing Depends because they are SO chicken-shit freaked out that
if they DO THEIR JOB they are going to be denied access to the
WH, like Helen Thomas.
All the while some guy with a fake name and TWO DAYS "training"
at some fake rightwing crank "Journalism Institute"
and some phony web-based "news service" gets DAILY access.
Why the year-long "temporary" daily access? Because
they could not accredit the web site as a bona fide news outlet!
And this guy turns out to be a pimp at some gay escort service...with
a military fetish, no less????
The JOURNALISTS need to take this to the White House and demand
an explanation. Only, Lord knows, they'd have to expose their
own sycophancy in order to do that. I would say spank the hell
out of them, but as Dr. Warren of eHarmony once pointed out swatting
babies in diapers is not effective as it doesn't hurt them...his
advice, which I pass on to you, is to take a wooden spoon to their
exposed thighs. HIT THEM WHERE IT HURTS.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Now let's stop an unjust War
Great job BuzzFlash and Kos on helping force Gannon's resignation
after a few days of digging. I get the sense that some harmony
is occurring between the various progressive outlets. Media Matters
couldn't have done it alone. You, DKOS, DemUnderground, MediaMatters
and the plethora of others have not only found their voice but
also found a way to be effective. And this particular story sprung
from Limbaugh's bragging about the soup line comment, oh the irony.
Well who's Jeff Gannon....
Nancy Skinner did a great expose of a Mr McGee that was in Bush's
Detroit Economic speech yesterday. Yet another case of a totally
Now let's stop the War in Iraq.
Subject: How Bush Will "Fix" Social Security
To unravel this mystery, just look in the dictionary. Among other
things, "fix" means "to influence the actions, outcome, or effect
of by improper or illegal methods" (Merriam-Webster, definition
7b) or "Spay, Castrate" (definition 6c). Oh, he'll fix it all
Subject: Wilson reveals support from BUSH SR!
Wilson outs the liars in the administration and receives a NOTE
FROM BUSH SR. agreeing with him!!!
As far as you are aware, was your wife's name and status "common
knowledge" inside the beltway as claimed by Clifford May
in the National Review Online on Sept. 29, 2003?
If it was common knowledge that could only be because the conspiracy
to leak her name was broader and deeper than currently understood.
I have only laid eyes on May once in my life, we are not habitués
of the DC cocktail circuit (I think we have been to two so-called
A list parties in seven years here and one of those was to celebrate
the Declaration of Independence.) When the leak occurred nobody
in our circle of friends or colleagues outside Valerie's place
of employment knew what she did for a living. If our closest
friends and family (my brother did not know) were unaware, the
only way our political adversaries would know is if somebody
from the administration spread the story.
In March 2003, you published an article in The Nation and appeared
on CNN. Did these have repercussions from inside the administration?
Not to my knowledge. The first article I wrote appeared in the
San Jose Mercury News in October, 2002. Brent Scowcroft called
me after it appeared and asked if he could take it over to the
White House and share it with officials there. I subsequently
got a letter from President Bush's father (Bush 41) saying he
"agreed with almost everything I wrote. My Nation article
was an attack on the Neoconservatives and on the signatories
of the PNAC for their misguided notions of an American Empire
and how to propagate democracy around the world.
Subject: Joe Wilson nails the media
Every word the man utters is dead-on:
I think that in the absence of a responsible national media,
the blogs play an important role in trying to shed light on
various issues, including the bona fides of so-called White
House correspondents as well as tackling questions overlooked
or ignored by the national journalists. I also believe that
the nature of the profession has changed to the detriment of
good investigative journalism. No longer is there a quest for
the truth so much as there is this apparent need to present
both sides of an issue even if one is nothing but lies and distortions.
Giving the same value to fiction as to fact in the interest
of so-called fairness is to mislead the American people and
the press has become party to that."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Not two weeks ago, the pentagon and the Administration denounced
the following Seymour Hersh article as fantasy.
COMING WARS: What the Pentagon can now do in secret (Seymour
M. Hersh/The New Yorker)
Now Condi is saying this.
Iran must halt nuclear program (CNN)
The neo-cons better start lining up at recruiting stations. Bush
is gonna need a lot of warm bodies for the next 4 years.....
Subject: Love letters in the sand
Dear Jeff Gannon,
I understand you may be looking for employment since you have
no job. Have you tried Fox News? They need all the shills they
can hire and it is possible that even Sean [no scruples] Hannity
would snap you up in order to do the Push-Bush. So would Limbaugh.
Perhaps you could train for the ministry under Jerry Falwell.
How about Clear Channel radio... have you tried there? Qualifications
at Clear Channel are: Ability to shout down callers and call them
names... knowledge of when to cut a caller off when they are stating
If you cannot find something at the places mentioned, you should
know that you are extremely qualified to work at any race track.
Heck, with your resume, you are a shoe-in for cleaning up horse
manure. Oh wait a minute... maybe that’s a bum steer! I heard
thoroughbreds are very choosy about the character of those who
clean up after them, but call 1-800-Horsecrap anyway.
Good luck with your interviews!
Subject: Illegal Immigration
If I hear another "they do jobs Americans won't do"
statement from either Bush or his big business supporters, or
from liberal Democrats as I did today in the C-SPAN discussion
of HR418 (the Real ID Act), I think I'm going to puke. If the
"free market" was able to operate with respect to labor,
without the continuing and massive influx of illegal non-citizens,
Americans would do those jobs and get paid a fair wage.
Both the pro-business Repubs and the liberal Dems have their own
agendas and I submit neither is for the betterment of the US citizen
The Democrats will never regain power as long as the party doesn't
take a consistent view that favors their former populist base...the
Tom in PA
Subject: Opening the Pandora's Box of new nuclear weapons
I've sent this to my Senators and to a favorably disposed Representative.
While Mr. Bush dazzles us with his bullshit on Social Security,
blindingly stupid actions affecting us all move forward under
the radar. This is one issue, and there are plenty more.
Hello, Senators and Representative Inslee.
The Bush administration budget again attempts to revive research
on a "Robust Earth Penetrator" nuclear weapon. This
was rejected last year. It needs to be rejected again. An article
on this may be found in the Washington Post at:
Request to Fund Nuclear Study Revives Debate (washingtonpost.com)
A few lead paragraphs are pasted below:
The Bush administration is seeking $8.5 million to resume
a study by the Energy and Defense departments on the feasibility
of a nuclear "bunker buster" warhead, but the proposal
is generating opposition in Congress and some leaders are pushing
for a broader review of the nation's multibillion-dollar nuclear
Rep. David L. Hobson (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Appropriations
subcommittee that handles the $6 billion-plus annual budget
of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, says he wants to raise
fundamental questions this year about the size of the U.S. nuclear
stockpile and why so many weapons remain on high levels of alert.
"Why are we still preparing to fight the last war?"
Hobson asked in a speech last week to the Arms Control Association.
"The time has come for a thoughtful and open debate on
the role of nuclear weapons in our country's national security
Several very good reasons dictate that new work on nuclear
weapons of this sort must not be allowed to proceed. Apart from
the most obvious one (i.e., there is no credible mission for such
a new weapon), the work flies in the face of our obligations under
the ratified Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Taking actions
that lead to collapse of the NPT, including forbidden new weapons
production (implicit in starting new R&D), will encourage
other nuclear nations to do likewise, and will certainly encourage
others to withdraw from the NPT or not join it. The result will
be to foster the type of nuclear proliferation that will predictably
result in the detonation of a clandestinely delivered fission
weapon in one or more American cities well ahead of the doomsday
date for the Social Security "crisis" that is such a
Representative Hobson, although a Republican, does not appear
to be a brain-dead one. He raises a serious question on the broader
issues of nuclear weapons per se, and there is probably a good
opportunity for the Congress to save a few billion dollars on
the stockpile program. As another Republican once noted, "A
billion here, a billion there ... pretty soon it adds up to real
This looks like an opportunity for a bipartisan effort in the
Congress, starting in the House, to just say no to violations
of the NPT and the kickoff of a lethal new round of nuclear weapons
proliferation that will lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands
of Americans. You truly do need to be brain-dead to do otherwise.
John F. Williford
Subject: Republicans for TORTURE (as sent to "Hardball")
Dear Mr. Matthews:
RE: "MATTHEWS: Good work. I‘m not sure where I stand. It
is a tough one, because I think torture may be sometimes necessary,
although I don‘t want to be the one involved in it. "
Do you deserve to be addressed so civilized - NO! Since you and
the rest of the neocon republicans want to make your own laws
and torture innocent people -- even though it's illegal. Why not
torture people here who are in jail and are actually convicted
of crimes? What's the difference?!? They're both illegal, inhumane
and part of an uncivilized and immoral culture!! What a shame
that this is the type of person you are.
Of course, I don't watch any mainstream anymore, only CBC, because
you ALL are working for the Bush propaganda wagon and pushing
evil and torture and wars. You all want to turn our wonderful
country upside-down and have justice and human decency no longer
matter. I guess you can now be inducted into the Republicans for
Torture Club, along with Hannity, Rush and O'Reilly!!
Thanks for letting us see your TRUE COLORS!! I pray everyday that
God will deliver us from all you MADMEN!!
Signed: When Will Democracy Mean More than Torture?
Subject: BuzzFlash ad
I've been meaning to tell you that you had a little cross-country
ad campaign last week. My daughter and I went to Hawaii (yes,
lucky us) and I took my new BuzzFlash tote as my carry-on. A slightly
convoluted flight plan caused your logo to be seen in five different
airports and through a bit of the Vegas strip during a 5 hour
SUBJECT: The Power of Nightmares
When, if ever, will the BBC documentary be broadcast in the U.S.?
Frankly, I doubt it will ever air here. It's simply too revealing.
The controversy over the failure to find WMD in Iraq would pale
by comparison to the public's irate response in learning that
they've been played for suckers by the numerous security alerts
and convinced to spend/waste billions of our tax dollars on unnecessary
domestic security initiatives. But the fact is, the money was,
indeed, wasted. It never made good sense to screen passengers
and not screen cargo at our airports. It never made sense to stockpile
billions and billions in dollars on anthrax vaccine and other
biologicals with a finite shelf life. It never made sense that
we would not protect our rail lines, our ports, our chemical and
nuclear plants. The more cynical among us will quickly recognize
that all these security initiatives, again, created untold profits
for Bush's campaign contributors, but will those members of the
Bush religious right cult ever conclude their "savior"
is anything but or believe that his motives were anything but
pure? I'm not big on holding my breath; I grew out of that as
a small child.
Absolutely, acts of terrorism are real. However, the level of
threat to the U.S. was hyped at warp speed in order to assure
Bush's election in 2004. Rove's strategy worked; half the country
bought the hype and believed that we were/are in grave danger
because the terrorists "hate our freedom." But that's
all it really was: hype! It will probably go unreported in most
of the country, especially in the red states, and largely unnoticed
by 90 percent of our population, but the proposed 2006 budget
cuts contain among them one very telling line item that illustrates,
without equivocation, that we were sold down the river by the
master snake oil salesman of them all. See the item below and
reach your own conclusions as to whether BushCo. truly believed
the terrorist threat to the U.S. was "grave" and "imminent"
The Transportation Security Administration, the primary government
agency entrusted with protecting travelers from terrorist attacks
aboard commercial airliners, faces a large-scale dismantling
under President Bush's 2006 budget proposal.
If approved by Congress, the proposal would strip the TSA of
its biggest and most high-profile programs and leave it largely
as a manager of 45,000 security screeners at a time when airports
may now elect to replace the federal screeners with those employed
by private companies.
Budget Would Strip TSA of Its Biggest Programs (Washington
Subject: Howard Kurtz on Woof Woof Blitzer
I just saw Howard Kurtz bemoaning the fact that Gannon was outed.
He seemed to question whether the liberal bloggers had the right
to do this. I think they should have just sat back and let the
professionals, the New York Times and the Washington Post do their
jobs....hah, hah, hah...now let's get serious.
I salute the bloggers. We live in an age where there is no real
media. I think if we had left it up to our so-called media we'd
have one tune playing in our head: The sounds of silence. I think
these two liberal giants' real contributions was letting me know
that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. They staked their
reputation on it. Over one hundred thousand dead and I don't believe
a word they say.
Thank you BuzzFlash and all the bloggers that dug this up. New
York Times and Washington Post keep doing the same wonderful job
you're doing with your cub reporters.
P.S. I just read a great piece on the head of the Washington
Post Editorial board who's been wrong almost his whole career
but he keeps getting promoted by shilling for the right wing.
I guess that's called a social promotion.
Subject: Allen Raymond
I see Allen Raymond has been sentenced to five months in prison
for jamming Democratic phone lines during the 2002 election in
New Hampshire. These lines were used for Democrats to call for
rides to their polling places. Where there is fire, is there more
fire? Democracy Now called Raymond a "GOP Operative."
months in prison for phone jamming (AP/Portsmouth Herald)
Dave in WV
Subject: A Letter to Elected Officials
Dear BuzzFlash Readers:
I posted the following entry on my blog, "GET RID OF THE
DLC," and wanted to send it to BuzzFlash because of a disturbing
trend I'm beginning to see going on in politics.
You probably wonder what's more disturbing than the Bush Administration,
but actually, it's something much more simple, yet equally profound
and appalling. On a daily basis, someone, be they a political
pundit, an elected official, gay-bashing-yet-in-the-closet-homosexual
journalist like Jeff Gannon, are continuing to be exposed, their
ugly truth surfaced for all the world to see their hypocrisy.
The following blog entry talks about how politicians aspiring
to higher elected office, will say and do anything to establish
themselves apart from the one unit that will always love and support
them, no matter what. THEIR FAMILY. I hope you will print this
and share it with others. I know of no other way to convey the
message. Thanks, Buzz.
SELLING OUT YOUR FAMILY FOR POLITICAL GAIN
The title of today's blog says it all.
Who am I talking about? you're probably asking. I'm talking
about any elected official who believes he/she has to distance
themselves from the individuals who unconditionally love and
accept their crusty behind just the way they are, and well before
you became an elected official. I have to ask, "Do you
really aspire to elected office that much? To the point where
you publicly diss your relatives in the, ahem, "mainstream
media" in order to position yourself favorably to the likes
To such elected officials, I say this: Be careful, because when
you get knocked down, guess who's going to be there to pick
you up when you crash? That playboy uncle, or that aunt with
the substance abuse problem, that's who.
Or that father who may have made financial mistakes, but made
damned sure you had the best of everything growing up, because
you are his child.
Or that mother who may have only had a sixth-grade education,
but loved you enough to stay on your ass about going to school,
getting good grades and exhorting you to go further in life
than she did.
Or those cousins, grandparents, who would be an embarrassment
to anyone considered "haute" culture for you.
However, these are the same individuals who will come out swinging
in your defense, when the public turns on you and begin taking
Come on, we all have members of our family who we would rather
stick in the back room, or hide out until the "company"
leaves, but the truth of the matter is, I believe God plants
all of us into imperfect families in order to teach us the fundamental
lesson of unconditional love and acceptance of our relatives.
I confess freely, that my own estrangement from certain family
members is as a result of my not being as "perfect"
as they would wish, because I'm considered an "embarrassment"
when I don't toe the line; when I am outspoken on the issues
that matter; when I don't "go along to get along."
And those traits are courtesy of both my parents, who didn't
hesitate to speak up to right a wrong, or to protest injustice.
I grew up with drunks, drug addicts, shopaholics (where do you
think I got the urge for shopping, LOL) - in other words, those
whose lives have been carried on, and affected by the vicissitudes
of life, and yet, there's nothing I aspire to publicly that
would condone denying my relationship to them in any shape,
form or fashion, period.
To the elected officials who are doing this; selling out your
family for political gain, my prayer for you is that you simply
stop, and appreciate the relative for who and what they are,
no matter how much you consider them to be an embarrassment
to you. Your own survival can and will depend on it, especially
when they have your back when no one else does. If you don't
believe me, ask Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton. Trust me, Billy
Carter, Miss Lillian, and Roger, didn't stop them from inhabiting
the White House; in fact, we appreciated their family members
as much as we did them, because they demonstrated to the American
people how beautifully human they were.
As should you.
Leutisha Stills, The Christian Progressive Liberal
Subject: RE: White
House Wants Gay-Policy Suit Tossed (AP/Salon)
That this is still an issue boggles my mind. My partner, and I,
who managed to succeed where over 50% of marriages have failed
and actually stayed together for almost a quarter of a century
so far, for better or worse, and who contribute in many ways to
our community with equal enthusiasm, both look at this issue,
and scratch our heads. I will attempt to respond to this, the
same way I would respond to a straight man, who mistakenly thinks
all gays want his body. What the hell would I do with a straight
It would be bad enough that he were not interested in me, in the
first place, but then he also would have no experience, and frankly
I am not training another person. At forty-two, I expect that
after I see demonstrable interest in doing it from them first,
and after I get to know a person, and after we mutually feel it
is time to go further, that no assembly is required when we get
there. Not only because of that piece of furniture I purchased,
that to this day is stuffed back into its box, because I cannot
figure out the Chinese instruction manual that came with it, but
it just plain requires too much patience.
Even after twenty-three years with one partner, who does know
what to expect, and wants, it is still a huge effort just to get
ready to go out to dinner with him, and I want him to notice my
skin glowing from the facial, and exfoliation I did, or how my
hair is "so soft," after conditioning it to perfection,
or the manicure I got that day to look my best for the evening.
After all that effort (There is no gravity, the earth sucks) I
don't want to be bombarded with questions in bed. I much prefer
that not only would a potential bed partner "desire"
going there, but I expect that they would at least have a clue,
and know in advance, what they wanted to do in bed, once they
get there. I am not the "Camp David training facility."
In the broader picture of things, I am only gay in bed really,
in as far as unacceptable behavior goes. I live by the same rules
everyone else does everywhere else, and by the same standards.
Perhaps an even higher standard, since, I can't recall the last
time I went to the mall to perform a tonsillectomy on a date.
Personally, I can't recall the last time that happened behind
closed doors either, but alas I digress. What goes on behind closed
doors, between consenting adults is private, unless you're either
invited, or Bill Clinton.
People really must be dumb if they still haven't gotten this one
"Straight women/Gay men bonding." Women are the most
brutally competitive creatures on earth, and I know I have sisters,
as well as a cosmetology licensee. How is it that gay men, and
straight women are usually best friends? Simple, we are not competing
with other socially, and we are not interested in attracting the
same men, or each other. With all of that crap out of the way,
we can actually be just friends. Gays are still trying to achieve
acceptance, and women fight really, really dirty, so we wouldn't
stand a chance.
These simple truths should be enough to let even Anita Bryant
know, there isn't a gay man alive who wants to squeeze her oranges.
We have real issues to deal with today, let's get busy with those,
and let the amateurs fight over the small stuff. Gay, or Straight,
those are our men, and women over there. Let's join forces to
bring them home alive, then we can fight over who gets to sleep
David R. Anselm, Jr.
Subject: Jeff Gannon lives on
He is still here.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Is this the One???
Is Gannongate the thread that will unravel the Emperor's New Clothes?
The timeline is precious...! Damn. And, hotcha! It looks as if
the NY Daily News wrote their report from BuzzFlash headlines.
But...I am still obsessing over Kurtz. I can't even count the
ways his every utterance sucks...
He says that a pseudonym is a "professional" name! And
he mentions that Gannon never "used" the military boy-escort
sites he founded. (Um, how does he know??? That photo is plenty
cute and I bet got him plenty of action!)
Kurtz: "...everything he writes is simply on-line, but in
the age of blogging that's hardly unusual...he gets cleared into
the WH on a day-to-day basis, which is a privilege that's pretty
much open to any journalist..."
So!!! I wondered...Why not BUZZFLASH down in D.C. getting daily
Please please please!! I have family in the area. I could have
you put up at my aunt's or brother's or parents' house, if you
needed to conserve funds.
Oh, you need to at least try, in order to throw more of Kurtz's
own words in his face.
Well, it's an idea, anyway. Oh, man, I can't believe all the articles
I've yet to read...dang. Onward.
Subject: Carly Fiorina
Dear BuzzFlash friends:
It must be noted that the recent ousting of Carly Fiorina from
HP is another nail in the wrongheaded reasoning of Republican
business policies and practices. Fiorina was a champion of outsourcing
American jobs to low wage earning countries. It must also be observed
that this did NOT sit well with the HP founder's son who was dead
set against hiring Fiorina in the first place. Americans need
to wake up and start to understand that blatant corporatization
control is destroying any semblance of what this country once
prided itself on. Bush and his political rogue allies in Congress
are pursuing the evil, corrupt, time and again proven wrong backward
business policies of the likes of Carly Fiorina. Now, Bush and
his neo-con thugs want to trip the light fantastic with our Social
Security program. Well, America, as my grandmother used to tell
her grandchildren when we did something terribly wrong: "You
have made your bed, now lie in it!" Peace.
Subject: Jesus God! I can't stand it!
I just saw a tape of George Bush on Jay Leno. I damn near fell
out of my chair! A single mother was telling Bush she has to work
three jobs and he acted like that was a great thing, telling her
it was uniquely American! Is he just insane! When does that mother
have time to spend with her children? And when did having three
jobs to make ends meet become a good thing? This coming from a
man who can't get through an 8 hour day without a nap! This from
a man who is on vacation 4 months out of the year! I hate him!
I just hate him!!!!!
Subject: When Republicans warn Democrats about Howard Dean...
...you've gotta know that he's the best possible choice to head
the DNC! I wish I'd written the name down, but one Rethug was
quoted as calling Dean's selection "suicidal" for the
Democrats. How compassionate of him! How touched we should all
be by the concern for our welfare (no, not the entitlement programs;
they'd never go that far; I just mean, WOW! they really care about
Democrats' chances of success in 2006 and beyond).
Sorry about the sarcasm, but I think this sudden spate of advice
really is a good sign. The GOP would like nothing better than
a constant revolving door of Republican Lite candidates. Perennial
wannabes. Checking the polls and the rightstream (forget "mainstream"
-- that's as much a myth as "liberal") media each day
to check which way the wind is blowing.
Even though I detest what the Rethugs are doing, I grant that
they do it much better than the Democrats do. (Thank God!) Once
again, Shirley is right: the Republicans are "scared shitless"
of Howard Dean. (Unfortunately, so are quite a few DLC-type Dems.)
Let's just hope Dean can light a fire under House and Senate
members in time to stop the gutting of domestic programs cold.
If there weren't so much at stake, I'd actually find it hilarious
that Republicans and DLC-oriented Democrats agree that Dean is
poison to the party. What's that old saying? Something like "The
enemy of my enemy is my friend."
Barb in Athens, GA
Blue soul in Red state
Urge Routine HIV Tests for All (AP/ABC)
(Feb. 9) - Urging a major shift in U.S. policy, some health
experts are recommending that virtually all Americans be tested
routinely for the AIDS virus, much as they are for cancer and
Since the early years of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the government
has recommended screening only in big cities, where AIDS rates
are high, and among members of high-risk groups, such as gay men
and drug addicts.
But two large, federally funded studies found that the cost of
routinely testing and treating nearly all adults would be outweighed
by a reduction in new infections and the opportunity to start
patients on drug cocktails early, when they work best. So far
the number of people responding to the poll accompanying this
not so novel school of thought, Sixty five% of those responding
agree, as opposed to the 25% who think this is a bone headed idea.
Since America has yet to respond to HIV/AIDS in a responsible
manner, what on earth makes the CDC think mandatory test for the
entire population will do? (End excerpt)
For those of us dealing with the harsh realities of how society
will respond to PWAs (Persons with AIDS), and HIV exposed individuals
now, and have been doing so for the past two decades, we know
all too well the perils that will follow such an idea. Internment
camps spring to mind first, and to respond that way is the normal
reaction of mass fear.
For the small percentage of people who have actually abstained
from sex, or became educated about the ways in which they could
prevent becoming infected themselves, or others, as well as prevented
exposure for their children through education, they remain the
minority in America. Last year's CDC data indicated the infection
is now widespread, and has already reached every portion of our
population, including white, middle class, college educated, heterosexual,
"abstaining now" or decided to abstain now, within the
past twenty years.
What should anyone think our compassionate conservative government
will suggest be done, with those found to be infected? It's way
too late to isolate those populations into internment camps, or
colonies...the method of choice used by Nazis. The God-fearing
witch-hunters in Salem, Massachusetts burned people alive before
they discovered they were suffering mass hysteria. So what will
the infected be dealing with?
I have personally had a woman, who had been watching the AIDS
testing site I volunteered to work at, walk up to me and say that
I deserved to suffer, and die this way, and that God hates me,
and this is his way of letting me know how "hated I really
am." I told her I would pray for her, and walked away. I
still feel a huge knot in my stomach, whenever I recall that moment.
Just this summer hate groups appeared at many public events, which
included Gays, other minorities, and those "perceived"
to be at risk, and therefore beneath the normal consideration
of any due respect, tolerance, dignity, or compassion, otherwise
afforded to Americans. All under the disguise of some form of
church, spreading their word, as they alone felt it was appropriate.
This obviously hasn't changed, so why put everyone in a position
like this one?
Most younger people I have encountered view HIV as an immediate
death sentence, and the CDC, which now recommends this test for
all people, seems to be racing toward a policy that is neither
thought out, or planned for. Have they really thought out the
consequences? With no "cure" to offer they risk chaos,
and lives, by this negligent, thoughtless, and ill timed school
of thought. These are my initial, raw, first few thoughts, as
I just finished the story.
I wanted to share my reaction immediately with people, before
I have had the chance to balance it against any rational explanation
spews out in the media, and contradicts my words. I have AIDS,
and I have had it for twenty plus years. For once I actually do
know about what the real results will be, because they have been
my life. America needs to understand what is at risk, and what
will happen should such a policy be enforced on our nation. At
least I can honestly then, and without regret, say I would not
wish this on my worst enemy, and I used every possible means at
my disposal to warn others. I'll attempt to write a well thought
out piece to send to you later, you only get one shot at a reaction,
and I don't want to miss this one.
These are dark days, indeed.
David R. Anselm, Jr.
Subject: RE: Stem Cell Research
[Background: Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts said this
week that he would propose legislation to outlaw a type of embryonic
stem cell research that involves creating human embryos.]
Open letter to Governor Mitt Romney
For all of man's existence on this planet, humans have been evolving
on a master plan that only God knows. God gave us the ability
to acquire knowledge and to apply that knowledge in ways that
man has yet to fathom. If we were not meant to have an understanding
of evolution, of the structure of our bodies, the interior of
the cells of our bodies and the ability to manipulate those cells,
he would not have given us that potential.
You, Governor Mitt Romney, are a throwback in the evolution of
man (throwback: an organism that has the characteristics of a
more primitive type of that organism). It is apparent that the
basis of your decision to resist embryonic stem cell research
that involves creating human embryos is a result of misplaced
religious teachings. Prophets and religious leaders of history
and our present time, whose sole purpose has been to control and
exercise their power over others, have made interpretations based
on insufficient knowledge. You, supposedly a man of knowledge,
have followed blindly down their path of inflexibility.
For God's sake man, use the brain that God gave you and see that
all of our ability to acquire knowledge and manipulate cells is
a part of God's Master Plan for man. We were meant to have the
science to influence the world around us as a means to make our
universe a better place for all humans, even those of us that
are sick and are in need of this research.
Governor Opposes Stem Cell Work (NY Times)
Peachtree City, GA
Personal Diagnosis: Cancer, Metastatic Melanoma, Stage III