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Subject: Social Security Crisis
Progressives are acting as dumb as they
ever do over SS. Asking Democrats to
"protect" SS from Republicans
is like begging the weasel to drive
the fox out of the hen house. SS is
the mother of all DC cash cows. Trillions
of dollars have been siphoned off from
the earnings of low and middle income
every year since 1984 and transferred
to the pockets of the ruling class with
a 3-card Monte game of income tax cuts
for them and SS tax hikes for you. Now
they are trying to scare workers into
forgiving this debt by threatening to
not repay what has been taken. When
DC borrows from wealthy Germans and
Asians, they give creditors bonds that
are good as gold, backed, as demanded
by the U.S. Constitution, by "the
full faith and credit of the United
States of America." When the same
bonds are given to the SS administration,
BushCo calls them IOUs. Are you laughing,
Mr. Orwell? Real progressives should
call BushCo's bluff instantly. If Republicans
don't think they can repay what they
have already taken, only a fool would
continue to accept more of their "IOUs."
We need to push for legislation that
prohibits the transfer of SS funds into
general revenue accounts. Tell politicians
that workers will no longer accept their
IOU's and SS must return to the original
pay-as-you-go system. I bet the crisis
would vanish very quickly.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Subject: Dubya in Europe
I just returned from a week in Romania.
Interesting country. Very well-educated
people, although the economy is in the
toilet as they prepare for admission
to the European Union in 2007.
On the way over and back, I had occasion
to use my laptop in the Milan Airport
wireless area. Emblazoned across the
front is a sticker that announces "BUSH
KNEW" in big black letters against
a yellow background, courtesy of Mike
Ruppert's website, www.copvcia.com.
I can't tell you how many people, both
American and European, gave me a thumbs
up when they saw that message. There
seems to be a visceral hatred of Bush
in Europe. He is the stereotypical Ugly
American with his smirking arrogance
and his total disregard for the feelings
of other people. As I sat in the bar
of my hotel in Cluj, I could hear the
people around me talking about Americans.
My Romanian is pretty terrible, but
I got the gist of what they think. I
was treated as a welcome guest in that
country. People went out of their way
to help me and to be courteous. I was
told that the people there love America
but cannot understand what is wrong
with us if we vote for someone like
Bush. I tried to explain what goes on
here in terms they would understand,
like how our electoral system is kind
of parallel to that of the old Soviet
Politburo of their parents' time, or
how the administration is trying to
outdo the Ceausescu government in terms
of making abortions criminal and family
planning non-existent so as to have
a ready army of support for its xenophobic
adventures around the world.
I brought my computer along so that
I wouldn't miss my BuzzFlash while I
was away. Unfortunately, the International
Herald Tribune wasn't available in Cluj
and I cannot read Romanian as well as
I should. BuzzFlash kept me centered
and allowed me to show the people I
met that Americans are not united behind
this gang of criminals currently holding
the reins of power in Washington. It
is interesting to note that in December,
1989, after Ceausescu's secret police
had killed demonstrators in Timisoara,
the students of Cluj organized mass
demonstrations against the government.
Ceausescu's police didn't side with
him in Cluj and from there, the revolution
which toppled Ceausescu proceeded apace
until the Romanian people had taken
back their government from the petty
dictator who held them down. I felt
a great affinity with the people of
Cluj and I am more optimistic about
our country now than I was when I left.
Thanks for keeping me company while
I was away.
Subject: A US Traveling Exhibit of a Failing Democracy . . .
I listened to the video on Bush . . . whether it's Bush or the person
feeding him through a transmitter . . . they both reflect the smell
of a goat. Bush is an exhibit of what happens when a Country has
illegal elections . . . a resulting "secret" government,
because no one in their right mind would think Bush capable of handling
too much other than what he is most known for and that would be
his revenge tactics. The Russian reporter speaking to Bush knew
all about the US press.
Revealing in the video was the stance of Putin . . . very commanding,
unlike Bush, who is more like a two-headed doll that has had all
of its buttons pushed at once. I can never stand to watch him. His
smirk and the fact that he would be in a soup line (no insult to
those out of work) himself if he wasn't a Bush. Listening to him
and his boorish way of speaking . . . spewing out lies and rambling
small phrases of supercilious speech along with a superior attitude
that can give anyone the insight of why the world hates this guy
and hates US citizens for putting up with him and thus, causing
them to have to put up with him. They know all about our press.
Americans, "in the know," don't get their news from the
TV or big guy press in the US . . . many of us have to use outside-the-US
news sources to get the real facts.
And, regarding one of your readers talking about Bush using first
names . . . he's not stupid. That is the same trick his dad was
coached into using years ago and they both do this to insult, thinking
people will assume they have no class and are "Texas Stupid,"
which I also find insulting . . . the pseudo Country Cowboy act
and Texans should be insulted by this, as Bush uses it over and
over to get laughs. Bush is groomed by those who know much more
than he could ever know or care to know . . . but he chooses how
he wants to be seen and his ego will not permit him to have any
respect for anyone . . . forget protocol. Bush never had the curiosity
of wanting to visit other countries or caring anything at all about
how other countries around the world are special in their own way.
I read that he had never been out of the US until he was placed
into the White House. He probably would never have had a ranch if
he had not been placed into the White House.
People who are representatives of corporations trying to sell products
understand and are groomed to be "liked," because, if
you are not, your sales will drop and you will be dropped by that
corporation. The corporation will not threaten those companies for
dropping their accounts by using extortion or bomb the bejesus out
of them . . . does anyone see the insanity involved in the US by
having such a person as Bush acting for this Country as our Representative
selling US democracy to the world.
If he didn't have our military, a complicit press and a silent Congress
behind him . . . suppose Bush was just an ambassador, he would probably
have to pay just to use the restrooms in these countries because
of his outrageous insulting behaviors. Bush is an exhibit that tells
the world about the excesses allowed by politicians in the US .
. . the lack of access and control by the people, and that the US
Bush type of arrogantly promoted democracy is why they hate us .
. . especially since the American people allowed Bush into the White
House for a second time, regardless of the fact that it was also
another illegal election . . . Congress chose denial instead. And,
who can blame the world for hating Bush and thinking the US another
example of a failed democracy . . . strutting around telling them
what is wrong with their Countries. Is there anything more distasteful
and disgusting than to be required to be shut up in a room and have
to listen to a lying spiel on free press and his beliefs in democracy
by a fake . . . when, because of the "world press," he
is a known fake?
Just a thought,
Subject: It Takes German Balls To Show Press How To Ask Questions
Bush and Putin explained the concepts about a "Free Press."
Press Ask Bush: Who Says We're Not Free? (Reuters)
I never laughed so much about our "Free Press" in America,
at Bush's answer at that Russian press conference. At least Germans
had the balls to tell Bush "NO," when they found out that
they had to submit their questions in advance at a German "Town
Hall" Meeting! The supposed "Town Hall" meeting only
shows how inept and scared the American Press and "Filtered
Republicans" are at Bush's Town Hall Meetings in America. It
takes Germans to tell Bush "Hell No, We Want To Ask Unfiltered
Questions." Bush then cancelled the meeting!
Now if our "supposed" media corpSE would only get some
tough balls of their own, we might finally have some real hard questions
that need to be answered by Bush and McClellan, instead of the "cotton
ball" questions of the last five years. Just think of how refreshing
it would have been, if we had heard answers to tough questions that
were asked before The Iraq War and about all the Bush Scandals.
Windsor Locks, CT
Subject: Thanks (I think) for confirming my worst fears!
As you know, I've been signing myself "Blue Soul in Red State"
-- and the people I talk to around here all voted for Dubya. (Most
of them say "noo-cue-lar" too. (Digression: couldn't even
a parrot be trained to correct a mispronunciation? Why the truculent
insistence of saying it HIS way, no matter how stupid it makes America
-- oops! I mean "Murr-ka" -- sound to the rest of the
Your nomination of Bush for Hypocrite of the Week confirmed my
earlier mental red flags/creepy crawly feelings when Condi (playing
the role of John the Baptist to prepare the way for her "husb...President
Bush" in her trip abroad a week or so earlier?) said that there
were absolutely no plans to attack/invade Iran "at this time."
I was amazed that no one (at least that I heard/read) in the mainstream
media picked up on the qualification. It brought back unpleasant
memories of the build-up to shock and awe in Iraq.
WHY are the mainstream media so cowed? So silent on the most critical
issues? Why can't they see that submission at the early stages plays
right into the hands of those who want them (and us) silenced permanently?
Even more critically, why do the rest of us -- except for sites
like Buzz and progressive bloggers -- let this happen? (I'm guilty,
too: the Athens newspaper, totally right wing since they dumped
their previous editor, publishes one token "leftist" columnist
-- and then follows up each column with about 20 rants from Bushites.
I finally got so frustrated that I cancelled my subscription.)
But we can't sit back and let ourselves get herded into yet ANOTHER
senseless (except to the profiteers) war that kills our troops and
innocent civilians, pursues imperialism in the guise of "democracy,"
and creates an excuse for dismantling the social safety net for
the non-rich here at home. The parallels between this administration's
track record/hints of future plans and Hitler's rise to power are
close enough to bring on palpitations and insomnia.
Sorry for the rant, but it HURTS to watch this happen. Thanks
again for pointing out what nobody else (that I know of) did: Dubya
(with the sly wink and the usual smirk) spoke out of both sides
of his mouth, as did Condi. All options ARE on the table, and if
we don't head this off at the pass, what's already awful is bound
to get much worse. Maybe the Rapture isn't such a bad idea after
all: at least the left-behinds would have a chance to elect our
Barb in Athens, GA
Still Blue soul in Red state
Subject: Social Security Crisis
Progressives are acting as dumb as they ever do over SS. Asking
Democrats to "protect" SS from Republicans is like begging
the weasel to drive the fox out of the hen house. SS is the mother
of all DC cash cows. Trillions of dollars have been siphoned off
from the earnings of low and middle income every year since 1984
and transferred to the pockets of the ruling class with a 3-card
Monte game of income tax cuts for them and SS tax hikes for you.
Now they are trying to scare workers into forgiving this debt by
threatening to not repay what has been taken. When DC borrows from
wealthy Germans and Asians, they give creditors bonds that are good
as gold, backed, as demanded by the U.S. Constitution, by "the
full faith and credit of the United States of America." When
the same bonds are given to the SS administration, BushCo calls
them IOUs. Are you laughing, Mr. Orwell? Real progressives should
call BushCo's bluff instantly. If Republicans don't think they can
repay what they have already taken, only a fool would continue to
accept more of their "IOUs." We need to push for legislation
that prohibits the transfer of SS funds into general revenue accounts.
Tell politicians that workers will no longer accept their IOU's
and SS must return to the original pay-as-you-go system. I bet the
crisis would vanish very quickly.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
I'll tell you why the Christian Right is ignoring Gannon gate.
It's because the Christian Right is full of - what I like to affectionately
call - REST STOP REPUBLICANS. Yes, please feel free to use that
at your leisure. I'm trying add it to the public domain. So it's
free. Rest Stop Republicans dawned on me when I was trying to come
up with a response to their banal term Limousine Liberals. I've
used this new term on their blogs a few times - and don't worry
- not one of them has ever had a problem figuring out what I meant.
Thanks for all your great work!
(as sent to Bill Press)
I'll admit to being surprised that your column appeared in World
Net Daily, of all places.
Then, I read it and was relieved that you hadn't turned right.
I can see the headlines now, were this Gannon/Guckert fiasco to
have occurred during Clinton's time in the Oval Office: "Former
Male Prostitute Uses Alias to Gain Access to White House."
Or, "Ex-Male Hooker Poses as 'Journalist' for White House
Press Corps." And, sure, Kenneth Starr would be back and
would no doubt ask Gannon/Guckert if he'd seduced Bill Clinton.
Notice that the aforementioned mock headlines include references
to Gannon/Guckert's former occupation. I've no doubt that this
would be a sex scandal were Clinton in the White House; and, the
Christian Right would be on the sanctimonious offensive by insinuating,
"See? Your President doesn't even care if he's seduced by
a *pervert*! Just as long as he stays in power! He has no morals!"
Thanks for reading. Keep the faith. Don't lose the hope.
Subject: Senator Lieberman
I am so disgusted with the rhetoric from pseudo-democrat Lieberman.
What is wrong with him and how can he be brought into line. He walks
like a Rep., he talks like a Rep. can he really be a democrat?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: "Moral Values"
It seems to me that the main "moral Value" that right
wingers get their underwear in a wad over is homosexuality and abortion.
I hear very, very little about Jesus' continuous admonitions to
feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, heal the
sick. Now those are the moral values that the Bible preaches a heck
of lot more than condemnation of homosexuals. Also, if they believe
God is the source of all life on earth, then God created the Homosexual
and they have a purpose in his grand scheme of things. I am also
totally pro-life in that I believe a society is obligated to care
for those Born into it. If the pro-lifers would work as hard to
support human life AFTER it is in the world as they do fighting
for the unborn, what a better place the world would be for all human
beings LIVING on this planet.
Subject: Kyoto Treaty
Do you ever get right wing mail? I often enjoy the chance to respond.
I recently received a letter asking me oppose the Kyoto treaty.
This is what they got back:
Support President Bush in his opposition to the Kyoto treaty?
Here’s what I support. I support the President and the Vice President
begging the American public for forgiveness; for failing to protect
us from the terrorists on 9-11, for ruining the good name of the
United States in the world community, for failing to finish the
job in Afghanistan, for war crimes and torture in Iraq, for creating
the biggest deficit in history and for the tax cuts which will
insure that this burden falls squarely on the shoulders of our
children and grandchildren, for using our tax money to pay off
members of the media to support his propaganda efforts, and last
but not least, for waging war on the hard fought victories in
the fight to save our environment and for boldly coming down on
the side of polluters. I have no respect for those who blindly
follow a leader who so obviously lacks intelligent leadership
and who so obviously supports the wealthy, the large corporations
and who fails to support the middle class and the average working
Subject: When The Fox Preaches Look To Your Geese!" Old German
We cannot draw sufficient conclusions from lies. We cannot change
what is left unsaid or take any relevant action if we are indifferent
to what is happening around us or cure what we refuse to see! We
cannot go beyond our limitations unless we confront what is dishonest
or unjust. We will and must use every possible medium open to us
and the Internet is one of the avenues that is gaining in popularity
and influence daily! Never before in the history of our nation have
we had a more secretive and scandalous Administration. No wonder
George Bush has surrounded himself by ONLY loyal subjects and hyped
their qualifications, when in reality it is their willingness to
support him whether he is wrong or right that is most important
As they band together to conceal or cover-up truth, let us band
together to reveal the truth! How many laughed or shook their head
in disbelief when they heard this on his tour:
PRESIDENT BUSH: I live in a transparent country. I live in a
country where decisions made by government are wide open and people
are able to call people to -- me to account, which many out here
do on a regular basis. Our laws and the reasons why we have laws
on the books are perfectly explained to people. Every decision
we have made is within the Constitution of the United States.
We have a constitution that we uphold. And if there's a question
as to whether or not a law meets that constitution, we have an
independent court system through which that law is reviewed. So
I'm perfectly comfortable in telling you our country is one that
safeguards human rights and human dignity, and we resolve our
disputes in a peaceful way.
From prewar lies and misrepresentations to the Valerie Plame outing,
from the threats to Richard Foster of “severe consequences” when
he tried to tell the truth to Congressmen about health care costs
that were misrepresented by 140 billion dollars to getting Osama
“Dead or Alive then saying he wasn’t concerned, George W. Bush and
his Administration have made a mockery of the truth! From surplus
to huge deficits and an out of sight trade deficit, from promoting
many programs but then turning around and undercutting funds for
programs regarding the health, education and welfare of the citizens
of the U.S, he has proved he doesn’t have any sense regarding the
dollars and cents of this nation.
Our environment is not improving, as the same old foxes guard the
same old hen houses for their profit and stomp over previous protective
regulations! The more we look at the whole picture the less confidence
we have in our own government and the more we are aware of Bush’s
pattern of doing little until public pressure has given him no choice.
In understanding that pattern, we also have no choice but to hammer
away at the ineptness, the flagrant abuse of the laws of our country
and the world, and the lies of this regime.
George Bush DOES NOT have the mandate he claims to have. We can
still challenge the Bush policies; we can reveal his deficit of
dishonesty and hopefully render this regime as ineffective as possible
until they are out of office!
Plame and 30 pieces of Silver (Counterpunch)
On My Mind (Krugman/NY Times)
Then and Now (Herbert/NY Times)
I shrunk the Dollar (Friedman/NY Times)
long can Bush Get Away With Lies? (Greeley/Chicago Sun Times)
China: Wiping Out The Truth
Somehow poison got into the food at a snack shop in Nanjing, China,
on September 14, 2002, and more than four hundred people fell
ill. After forty-one of them died, the official Xinhua News Agency
posted a notice warning of contaminated food in Nanjing, but this
was quickly withdrawn and the government imposed a black-out on
all such stories. Word of the poisoning spread by people telephoning
overseas, however, and after thirty-six hours, publication of
the news abroad forced an end to the domestic ban. By then about
one hundred people had died.
Also Mentioned On This China Human Rights Web Site
I'm sure Tom Hicks, Roger Ailes, W, and Carl are already working
out the details of how to lock down the internet. For a chilling
example of this in action, read this article in the NY Review of
Books. Only part of it is free, and the best part, about how they
screen the internet is in the subscription section. But people can
also buy the piece at newsstands. By the way, the economic numbers
they are so happy about reflect increase sales to US consumers of
goods from this repressive state (China) through our great corporate
god WalMart. Is this the future for us? Chinese wages, AND Chinese
suppression of news?
A BuzzFlash Reader
PS - shouldn't someone start a Tom Hicks watch?
Subject: War Profiteering
I would like to see more about exactly who is profiting off the
wars. I want to know how those that start wars can make money off
those choices? This a parasitical practice to me making money off
of death. This issue is under reported to me. How I don't know.....Can
you do articles on this issue is what I want to know?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Red State Alert: Rove-orchestrated Gop Says Gay Prostitution
Is Fine With Them
"GOP" must mean "Gay Online Prostitutes" (or
Subject: "I Thought He Had a Gun," Bush, After Shooting
an Unarmed Country . . .
Regarding your article by Andrew
Greeley - How long can Bush get away with lies?
One hears new rationalizations for the war on this side of the
Atlantic. After the hearings on Secretary of State Rice, a Republican
senator, with all the self-righteous anger that characterizes
many such, proclaimed, "The Democrats just have to understand
that the president really believed there were weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq." This justification is not unlike the
one heard frequently at the White House, "The president believed
the intelligence agencies of the world."
Why is it that a President and Commander in Chief of a powerful
military is not held to a higher accountability than a common murderer
and thief who pointed a gun and killed somebody? If Bush wants to
keep up with the "pseudo Cowboy image" then he should be
held accountable, first . . . because you don't point guns unless
you intend to use them, and you don't point them at unarmed people
. . . and, I think cowboy Bush already knows this.
I can still remember the horrible days before the "shock and
awe" killings as the result of the Bush intelligence team . .
. hearing speech after speech by Bush and his Republican public servants
of servitude, talking about how this little country Iraq that had
been constantly bombed for over ten years, could attack the US and
all of its might in just 45 minutes (of course, Iraq was found to
have not one plane that could fly, but the accusation was ridiculous
even if Saddam had a plane that could fly) Not counting the fact that
our satellites could see to pick the flies off a camel at that time.
With decisions like this, who needs enemies? Like father like son.
Rereading history, anyone will find that the earlier attack on Iraq
could have been avoided and the Bush presidency at that time, avoided
the avoidance of war.
Again, my belief that if people in high places in US government use
those offices to commit crimes or for their own personal gain . .
. then the punishment should be juxtaposed with the responsibility
of that position in US government and if there is no accountability,
and there was none in the first Iraq attack, then those same crimes
will probably be repeated, as we have seen . . . except this time,
over 100,000 people have been killed and many more are homeless and
still, to this day are left without lifesaving daily essentials. Hardly
mentioned is the fact that Iraq was ransacked and plundered; their
records and history of antiquity were destroyed . . . eight billion
dollars unaccounted for . . . this, in my mind, was a crime against
the world. Iraq was a historical artifact in itself.
Attacking a country because of false claims and killing our own military
. . . and, still, no one is being held accountable . . . those who
wanted this war and wouldn't take a "NO" or any other reasonable
actions . . . should be held accountable. What kind of leadership
is this for the US now and in the future? The lie, even without the
murders, should be enough for impeachment. How many sons and daughters
have to die because of a lie?
I couldn't believe that Bush's anxious, trigger-happy talk was accepted
by so many people in the US. Talk about theater of the absurd. In
my opinion, with this type of misjudgment, the US, until we get our
act together, does not deserve to be a leader in this world or in
any other world. We certainly haven't earned the right to tell other
people about Democracy. It was quite evident then and still is that
Bush is "trigger happy" and likes the feeling he gets from
the power of killing and probably, will do this again unless he is
Just a thought,
Subject: No Plans To Attack Iran
Re: invading Iran
Maybe we have no intention (doubt it) but if the military has
not created a war plan for the invasion of Iran, they are not doing
their job. Someone should ask a member of the JCS if they have a
plan for the invasion of Iran.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Right on the mark! Except that I'd bet the "whining letters"
are thrown into a wastebasket well before they reach the Oval Office.
Our President does not read. More's the pity. He struggled with
dyslexia as a youth and though he has achieved functional literacy,
he relies, by his own account, on others to do the reading for him.
Somehow the image of Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu (in The Three
Musketeers) comes to mind ever more strongly with this Administration.
I am a teacher and I can tell you it is fascinating to see the
compensating strategies very bright dyslexics develop so that no
one will know they can't make sense of the text as written because
they can't process the words accurately. Too bad more attention
isn't paid to this issue. It would be good for our country and good
for the many students still in school who will do the minimum and
may never give our society of their full potential and genuine self.
A BuzzFlash Reader