March 7, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Military In Schools Should
Have A Note From The Parent To Talk
To The Child.
I was from a Military family with 9 children and I didn't even know who my father was until I was 4 yrs old. My sister had to tell me he was our father cause I seen a man in our house and didn't know who he was cause he was always gone to different countries for the Military. I never want my kids to experience my awful life under the military control. We were all born in different States and Countries. I was born in Maine, my sister a year older then I was born in Guam, another in Texas, another in Massachusetts, so on and so on. We never got wealthy either, don't believe that lie that you could get rich.
I wonder if other parents could also
call the local schools their kids are
going to, and say they don't want the
Military to talk to their kids unless
a note from the parents is present?
We could be strong in numbers regarding
Subject: What Greenspan REALLY said.....
Subject: Bush Administration Background Checks
Maybe this is old news but I found it curious. We all know that "Jeff Gannon" was getting into the White House apparently without a thorough background check. Why? By whom?
As I was reading an undated interview with Sibel Edmonds over at antiwar.com tonight I came across this tidbit by Ms. Edmonds as she was explaining how her questionable co-worker Melek Can (Jan) Dickerson was hired by the FBI. Ms. Dickerson has since fled the country with her US military husband:
In light of 9/11 why isn't our government conducting background checks on the nefarious individuals that it's hiring? But we're safer, right?
You can see the interview here: http://antiwar.com/news/interview.html
Gannon is granted access to the White House and given top secret info on Valerie Plame, the timing of the start of the Iraq war, etc. "Jan" Dickerson is granted top security clearance into the FBI and access to top secret documents, both without background checks. How many more are there? Why? By whom?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: U.S. Forces become hit men for bush: Freed Hostage in Iraq
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Killing Of Italian Hostage Negotiator And Wounding Of Journalist
By the way, why is it we have to see our journalists and civilians and humanitarian workers beheaded on national TV, but the Italians have sense enough to negotiate for theirs? We have got the most pig-headed ignorant redneck wastes of oxygen in the history of this country (and that's saying something!) running the show, and the rest of us end up looking like the assholes of the universe just because we happen to live here.
Thank you for allowing me to vent, and thank you for all the hard work you do to get us the real news. Please see my blog for how I really feel, LOL!
Subject: Medicare, Social Security, Drugs, etc.
what if there is some horrible action that makes the stock market fall like it did in 1929?
what if companies gov't invests in go belly up?
i want the government to put all the treasury bills that we have been paying for a ss trust fund to be redeemed and put in a lock box NOW.
these questions never come up when people are talking about personal accounts.
also, estimate for medicare is now up to over 900 billion. how do we cancel this horrible plan?
please do not let any democrat vote anything but "present" on any bill you all agree on that is bad but don't have the numbers to overturn the majority. that way the republicans cannot say how you voted on a bill they all voted for. leave all the blame for bad ideas on them. they are madmen and women and need to be exposed for the evil that they are. i wish we could secede from this horrible union as it is now.
i also think that drug companies should be banned from advertising. they're spending 3 trillion on advertising to people that cannot write their own prescriptions. they could lower the cost of drugs by bypassing this self-aggrandizement
Subject: Orwell Tag Line
I have a better tag line than the weak "1984 is no longer a date in the future." I say "weak" because, well, duh.
My line would be: "1984: We thought it was a novel. They think it's a manual."
Maybe a little long for a tag line, but you get the idea.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Thanks for "BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week: Bill Keller" for 3/5/05. Your choice of the Times Editor reminds me of the e-mail I sent you this week about the commentary in the Christian Science Monitor 3/2/05 edition by John Hughes "Bush's stirring cry for democracy..."
There's only one "rational" explanation for the near absolute lock-step "ignore the real news" attitudes we see in the American "Main Stream Media." It's the same reason we don't see UFO's anymore: the UFO's stopped visiting us when they had taken over enough republicans to do what's now being done! Unfortunately, once they landed in America, they couldn't tell the difference between the dems and repubs in Congress, so they ended up getting a lot of both, plus a lot of newspaper editors and radio/tv/cable folks, just to be sure! What other explanation can there be?
So next time you visit with a politician, National, State or Local, we need to ask them "Where is your implant?!? Show me that little lump at the back of your neck that's been puzzling you lately..." Of course, some lumps are much bigger than others....some look like wireless trans-ceivers! Thanks for the opportunity!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bill Keller-New York Times
Thank you for your honest and courageous commentary with respect to the routine hypocrisy of Mr. Keller, whose journalism and leadership failures are only too obvious and continue to mount. Sadly, the very same things could be said about many other journalists, including the prestigious and loveable Jim Lehrer, whose once venerable News Hour now consists mostly of a delicate, well-choreographed “fair and balanced” dance, conspicuously designed so as not to offend. Never mind the worrisome signs and scents of rising fascism in America and the emergence of our very own Hitler. It is high time for journalists, just like all educated and intelligent beings, to stand up and be counted. Bill Moyers did. And, he did it powerfully, simultaneously informing us, giving us voice and even hope. So, why shouldn't we expect--no, demand--that others come out!
Subject: Perhaps he is drinking
[BuzzFlash Note: Or we could return to the "good ole' days" when the public (not just avowed supporters) actually had a chance to see their president in action, at speeches, campaign events, etc., not "prepackaged" by his handlers. Then we could judge for ourselves.]
Becky in Des Moines
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Subject: Bush Family War Profiteering
Subject: Andy Taylor?
Today I am laughing. Andy Taylor was the name of the sheriff in "Mayberry RFD" or "The Andy Griffith Show," as it later was known. So if this Texan, Andy Taylor is stirring up the courtroom, where's Barney Fife? Or better yet, who is Barney Fife? I personally have always considered W a "Barney." Not a Flintstones "Barney" (too smart) or purple dinosaur "Barney" (too happy), but a "Fife" (puffed up, arrogant, and too impressed by himself no matter how dumb he appears). Can't you see Barney Fife with a codpiece! If we could get W to keep his bullet in his pocket we would all be better off!! Maybe this Taylor is more of a "Matlock" without the integrity, than a "Sheriff Taylor," if so where's Perry Mason when you need him. So funny, just what I needed after my mid-term.
troubleshooter rides to the Republican rescue (Houston Chronicle)
Inspector General to Investigate Labor Department Deal with Wal-Mart
Although February 18, 2005, it sure gives a clear idea just how [Secretary
of Labor] Elaine Chao (wife of Sen Mitch McConnell-KY, R) cares about
working people. Administration caught in another HUGE LIE.
Subject: Sexism Is Alive And Well In Washington
Let’s compare the treatment that a young woman named Monica Lewinsky encountered from these very same guardians of American virtues. Monica Lewinsky was a young woman smitten with the President who disgracefully turned out to be a lech by his behavior. The Republican establishment not only revealed all the salacious details about this young woman, they also published them on the internet for everyone to read, regardless of age. Journalists published every little comment from Monica’s former acquaintances as headlines in newspapers to titillate their readers, a total invasion of her privacy.
This very same Republican establishment is protecting the privacy of a homosexual male prostitute who had daily clearances to one of the most protected areas in Washington. Why? How could a prostitute be given clearance on a daily basis for years to the inner sanctum of the White House? It should be obvious that engaging in prostitution is in and of itself a security risk because of the illegal nature of the business. What is private about advertising yourself on the internet, especially as something as outrageous as a military stud for sale? This is not a private matter.
Monica’s conversations with friends were private, especially those before she went to Washington. Monica was not a prostitute. Monica was nowhere near the age of Mr. Gannon/Guckert. For heaven’s sake, Monica was a very young woman; however, the journalists showed no interest in protecting her privacy. Why are they protecting the sham privacy of a male prostitute?
I think the answer is SEXISM. Men are given special privileges, especially if they are “masculine” men and if they are a Republican prostitute to boot, they’ve got it made. Republicans treated the incident with Monica as a breach of security and made the Secret Service testify. According to Mr. Bush, we are a nation at war now and he claims to be the war president. Is it not a serious breach of security to have a prostitute in the White House press corps? Would the White House let a female prostitute have access to the president on a daily basis? Would it not be obvious that there is a conflict of interest between being a journalist on one hand and a prostitute on the other?
Pictures of Monica were everywhere. What about Gannon/Guckert? He published very offensive pictures on the internet advertising his genitalia for sale. What if Monica had done this? The Republicans would have had an investigation of all her activities and all the people who had paid for her services and the press corps would have written about this for months and months, directing people to her site and showing her privates to everyone.
Why the double standard? It is an outrage to all military men and women that a man masquerading as a marine and selling himself to other men as a homosexual escort, would write “patriotic” articles that often could lead one to think he is privy to information that could be very sensitive to our nation’s security and military policy. I think the public deserves an explanation as to why a man masquerading as a military prostitute was given such prominence in the media as a journalist when real men and women who are risking their lives are often denied a voice about their safety, while having their benefits cut.
Women are fair game to the Republican establishment and to the Democrats who protected a lech for years, but that could just be written off as politics as usual. Let’s delineate between journalists who remain objective and really give their readers the complete, unbiased news versus all the journalists who are masquerading as the “real thing” while being paid by the White House, at taxpayers’ expense, such as Armstrong, Gallagher and others.
Where is the objective reporting concerning this story? Maybe all
the journalists are prostitutes. And that is a very disturbing commentary
Subject: Bill Keller
FEAR AND FAVOR by NICHOLAS LEMANN
Why is everyone mad at the mainstream media? (The New Yorker)
[BuzzFlash Note: Good point and interesting article, which concludes: "Journalism that is inquisitive and intellectually honest, that surprises and unsettles, didn't always exist. There is no law saying that it must exist forever, and there are political and business interests that would be better off if it didn't exist and that have worked hard to undermine it. This is what journalists in the mainstream media are starting to worry about: what if people don't believe in us, don't want us, anymore?"]
Social security isn't the only thing "fact check" twisted. After getting fact check on line and noticing their Republican light and Democrat heavy observations, I blocked their site. It seemed like a stealth operation to me.
Subject: New York Times Front Page
Subject: Hypocrites Of The Week
Subject: Mustard Gas In Fallujah?
United States attacked Iraqi city of Fallujah with chemical weapons (PL/Granma International)
Prensa Latina -PL- is the international wire funded by the Cuban
government. It's generally pretty reliable, and the press conference
was conducted by an Iraqi satrap (oops, I mean, government official.)
Subject: Ten Commandments
Anyway, today they printed like 4 or 5 letters all supporting the display of the Ten Commandments, and this one just summed up the narrow, uneducated view of the fundies so well:
There was so much here that pissed me off...I just had to reply. I'll bet they don't print this letter either:
I'll let you know if they actually print this. But I doubt it. And sheesh...I wanted to say so much more, but I had to keep it under 200 words.
I am so glad for sites like BuzzFlash that keep me hopeful that
the entire country isn't made up of Lisa Bakers (apologies to any
Buzzers by that name ;) ) Keep Buzzin', everyone!
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