March 8, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: When "Reality"
collides with the "Bubble"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Abuse in Secret (Washington Post editorial)
The Bush administration consists of entirely too many members of the Reagan Iran-Contra gang, some pardoned by Bush I, and now surrounding Bush II. Now, we are seeing a further breakdown in violations, including the Geneva Convention on prisoners. It brings to mind the gulags of the former Soviet Union. The previous four Republican presidents were either guilty of impeachable crimes in the performance of their office, pardoning their predecessor, or both. If this weren't a de facto dictatorship, W might make it five in a row.
Subject: Young Republican Website
They include the John Birch Society as a link. This shows the
wild-eyed crazy nature of these Young Republicans. The JBS at its
peak in the 1950s concluded that 40% of everyone in the government
was a Communist, including Eisenhower, I believe.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Here's Wikipedia's description of the Birchers.]
Subject: Eason vindicated?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Italian hostage shooting
Subject: Where The Hell Are The Democrats?
All of this social security nonsense that the right wing has been spreading around makes it obvious how they operate. It is playing out almost exactly like the whole run-up to the Iraq war. They throw all of this vague propaganda at everyone, making things sound worse than they actually are. Before the dust settles and everyone figures out that it was all basically a lie, they hurry to sneak their agenda past the American people. They know that the majority of Americans don't regularly involve themselves in seeking out the truth, naively respect the good intentions Bush says he has and take their role in government for granted. Neocons have a massive media machine that can get their words to practically every citizen. When conflicting reports come out, most Americans don't pay enough attention to hear about it and the reports themselves don't get the advantage of that media machine to get the attention they deserve.
It is an obvious method that they use time and again, whether it was the war, social security or budget proposals. Democrats should easily be able to point out this pattern to anybody, and tie it right into how Bush cannot be trusted at face value. Anybody should be able to see that they regularly throw out media blitzes that do not contain the whole truth, almost always to push a much larger agenda.
Now, some may say this is politics as usual. With Bush, however, it is a frighteningly persistent method of business. They are obviously trying to get rid of social security right now. Why are the Democrats not standing up and defending one of the only reasons they ever had any power in the 20th century?
I don't care how Bush is wording things, you have to look into what he's actually saying. As you can see from that 16 page memo they all passed around ("personalization" not "privatization"), they are trying to manipulate all of us. Why haven't the "leaders" in congress slaughtered this pig and held it's head on a post for all to see? There are plenty of groups out there and wonderful places like BuzzFlash that are pointing this out and doing a great job at spreading this around, but where are our "leaders?"
I swear, if we saw more actions out of them instead of occasional whines about how Bush's plan won't work, they could trample him. With Bush ramping up an election-style campaign to push his agendas, their dishonesty is like a sore thumb sticking out, blatantly showing they know they are going to have to fight hard to try and pull the wool over our eyes.
Democrats have the advantage of the facts, this is not reform for the better, this is an attempt to slide in the demise of one of the cornerstones of the Democratic party. Where the hell are they? Why are they not rallying the citizenry to protect one of the bed rocks of our society?
Campaigns are not the only times to bring up and push issues.
With the budget, health care and the value of the dollar deep in
a downward spiral, there are much more urgent issues that need attention
right now. We can't only depend upon our columnists and bloggers
to make change, these people that got elected and are being paid
by our tax dollars need to stand up and oppose, and do their jobs
to protect those of us who gave them the power to do so.
Subject: Texas Bull
Subject: Did Jay Leno Do Any Jeff Gannon Jokes?
One thing that I believe does not help Democrats is that it is
5 years later, and Leno's still doing Clinton jokes. Well, has Leno
made any jokes about Gannon/Guckert? As the Daily Show has proven,
it is perfect comedy material. But has Leno sold out to Ahnuld and
the GOP? Where's SNL's Gannon skits and jokes? Am I missing something?
Subject: A Refreshing Way To Look At GOP Policies
Subject: Half Measures
Bush says over the weekend "NO HALF- HEARTED MEASURES."
From the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous: "Half measures availed us nothing, we stood at the turning point. We asked his protection and care with complete abandon."
Da BUSH is using the BIG BOOK. What a great program for him to hide behind. Da bush is going to roll across countries just like da hitler. You wanta bet??
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Re: BuzzFlash
Takes on the New York Times
Subject: Dean-supporting blogger gets a White House press pass!
Good news! Under pressure after the Gannon-Gate scandal, the White House has approved the first press pass ever for a blogger--Garret M. Graff of FishBowl DC, a former campaign worker for Howard Dean. I'd think this would bolster upcoming court arguments that bloggers deserve the same legal protections as print journalists, seeing as they're now getting White House press passes.
Subject: DeLay-ing age?
Subject: NY Times Bias And Errors
Subject: Clinton and Bush
Subject: LIES AND MORE LIES
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