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Subject: Being Reality-based
Last night I had a dream that
my entire world was upside down
and backwards. I knew I was dreaming
because you don't sit in the trunk
to drive a car. I asked my companion
to explain what was going on and
he said the world is upside down
now. I knew it was a dream so
I rolled with it.
Then ... morning and guess what?
The world IS upside down. No wonder
I'm confused. Women whose souls
departed their bodies years ago
are kept alive while infants who
are growing and developing are
removed from respirators without
a second thought.
Teenagers are too young to be
taught anything but sexual abstinence,
unless they commit a violent act,
then they should be tried as adults
and face the same penalties.
Everybody should be allowed
to own a cannon and when our children
shoot each other we all act surprised.
Tom DeLay is on TV questioning
other people's integrity and ethics.
AgapePress and WorldNetDaily
are running articles featuring
to the Schiavo case and the ruling
of a California judge on same-sex
marriage, (they're for the first
and against the second) no conflict
Barbara Bush would have us believe
that she sits around her palatial
estate worrying about her grandchildren's
How much more can we take? Come
on, Alice at least ate the mushroom.
Thank you for your time.
Subject: Bush Is Loyal To?
Bush, Rove, et al. were careful in the first term to reward those
closest to them: Carlyle, Halliburton and other purveyors of implements
of destruction; laissez-faire and ANWAR for the oil companies; averted
eyes for Riggs bank, etc, etc, etc.
Now it's the second term. It's time to pay back those who supported
George but who don't matter so much. The radical right gets Terri's
law (or do they?). Wall Street gets Social Security privatization
(or do they?). The Republican Governors get unfunded mandates and
debt, debt, debt. The congressional Republicans get their hands
tied while the scandals and corruption that has piled up to the
rafters starts to stink with a stench that no bug spray (DeLay)
could hope to cover up. All the offices that come with the danger
of such monumental failure that could damage the occupant's reputation
and political future are peopled with womenfolk (that's you Ms.
Rice and Ms, Hughes, you sweet little suckers) or those who have
"information" or "experience" with poppy's or
George's nasty pasty and therefore "must be obeyed."
The Supremes, who started all this, get messy cases of federal/state
jurisdiction, cases of the legality of torture, cases of US vs International
law, all of which would have challenged King Solomon himself. And
George is in office for 4 more years (or is he?) then he swaggers
into the sunset (and back to Texas, to the displeasure of THIS Texan).
So who is George loyal to? George is loyal to George, and only
to George. And all the other Republicans (and the rest of us) are
left holding Harken stock. Anybody know a sugar daddy with enough
bucks to fix this? Please?
Subject: Faux News' John Gibson Hates Orphans
Here's from John Gibson of Fox News: The
Basic Idea of Marriage Is to Raise Kids:
Gays can't have kids - other than going to the abandoned kids
store and getting one or two, or borrowing sperm from someone
with more sperm than brains - so by definition they're out of
the marriage game.
Gee, my wife and I were unable to procreate and built our family
through the "Abandoned Kids' Store" (there is no theoretical
possibility). I guess in John Gibson's warped, twisted, narrow,
little mind, my wife and I should divorce and send our kids out
on the street. Maybe they should just go ahead and die off and decrease
the surplus population!
John Gibson is nothing more than a repugnant, immoral, orphan-hating,
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Broken Heart
Words for the most part fail me at this point. I am struggling with
a seriously broken heart. In the movie Alice in Wonderland there's
that scene where Alice is struggling frantically to make sense of
the Mad Hatter at his tea party.
Raw evil is spreading its tentacles into every corner it can reach.
8 million jobs lost during Bush's term. Over 100,000 Iraqis slaughtered,
bombed out, starving, cold, frightened, suffering, with little or
no help forthcoming. Fifteen hundred and counting of our men and
women in uniform who will continue to come home in secret coffins
hidden from public view, that will never again hold their children,
or parents or loved ones of any kind.They will never again do their
Christmas shopping, laugh over a cup of coffee, or take up any of
the other mundane but homey and familiar activities of everyday
life, but will instead leave a gaping silent agonizing hole in the
lives of those left behind. Thousands more of our men and women
in uniform who wonder how long it will be THIS time before they
can come home while they face daily bombings, and other dangers.
Both Iraqis AND American soldiers being poisoned on a daily basis
with Depleted Uranium which will have disastrous and destructive
effects for years and years to come. Still thousands more of our
men and women in uniform who ARE home but disabled and suffering
for LIFE with inadequate pensions and medical care. The lies, HYPOCRISY,
criminality, greed, unbridled selfishness, thievery of this administration
continue on a daily basis to appall me. The administration tells
us that our soldiers are over there fighting for our freedoms. Would
perhaps that be the same freedoms we are being stripped of with
documents like the Patriot Act?
Words fail me but my seriously broken heart cries every day for
the suffering I see ALL around me, at home and abroad, under this
administration. Bush's crimes mount, body counts on both sides mount,
but keep the oil flowing.
Christ walking the dusty roads of Nazareth, healing, teaching,
and freeing the multitudes said, "the thief comes not for but
to steal, kill, and destroy, I came that they may have LIFE and
have it more abundantly." Take My yoke upon you for my yoke
is easy and my burden is light." "I came that they might
know the truth that the Truth might set them FREE." Christ
also said you will know a tree by the fruit it bears, a good tree
cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
We need Americans. LOTS of Americans of conscience, courage, character,
and conviction who will refuse to cooperate with this administration
in any way and speak the truth over and over and over again.The
emperor is NAKED. Jesus also described Himself as humble, and meek.
HE did not swagger like a cowboy, I'm sure.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Terri Schiavo
I have been following with interest the unfolding drama of Terri
Schiavo. What I find most interesting is the contrast between this
situation and that of Karen Ann Quinlan. I decided to look up some
info on the Quinlan case, where Karen's father sought to disconnect
his child from her respirator and grant her the dignity of a natural
death. While Terri Schiavo is not on a respirator, both young women
were and are considered to be in a persistent vegetative state,
and both connected to a feeding tube. The decision of the court
to allow Quinlan to be disconnected from life-support discusses
the difference between a person who has a reasonable chance of recovery,
and one who exists in the twilight between life and death as both
Terri and Karen have. Read excerpts of the decision here:
Subject: Hospital kicking your relative out? Call Rep. Dan Boren
Everyone write to Rep. Dan Boren (D, OK) today and tell him what
you think of this
vote. Make sure and mention if your HMO is denying coverage
for a relative who is in a coma or vegetative state, he can help.
Ask him to explain why Terri Schiavo is worthy of her own bill and
why she is more important than your relative. Ask him to intervene
in Congress for you if you can't pay your hospital bill, as well.
I am sure he can help fix it with the HMO or hospital.
It is a little hard to tell whether or not he is in the pockets
of HMOs because I doubt they are really pleased at this because
now they may have to foot the bill for your relative and they won't
[BuzzFlash Note: What if all the congresspersons who voted "yes"
heard about it from their constituents?]
Subject: Federal Judge Orders Cheney, Hastert, Hyde To Diet
I figure what's good enough for Terri Schiavo is good enough for
the leaders of the Republican Party. Congress should pass a law
permitting a federal judge to inspect the pantries of Dick Cheney,
Denny Hastert, and Henry Hyde. Gluttony is a sin and should be against
the law. The judge should order the the three men to go on strict
diets, monitored by the courts. The three must agree to weekly public
weigh-ins and the results given to the media. If any of the three
fail to comply with the judge's order all three will be sent to
jail and put on bread and water until further notice. For good measure,
Jerry Falwell should be included. His shirt collars are getting
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Al Sleet With The Bell Weather Forecast
I thought your readers might enjoy this little spoof that I posted
on Daily Kos:
It's a different take on the Terri Schiavo case.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Disagree With Headline
I must take issue with your Tuesday headline: The
Republicans Should be Embarrassed About Their Opportunistic, Self-Serving
Hijacking of the Schiavo Case, But Like Dogs and Other Animals They
Don't Know Emotions Like Embarrassment and Shame
My dog does know when she's done wrong. She hangs her head and
gives me those puppy-dog eyes that say, yeah, I screwed up. My cats
know too when they've done wrong. They tuck their tails between
their legs and hide under the sofa. Not so with the gangster-like
Oregon City, OR
Subject: Buzz: Always On Top Of It All
Thanks to the Buzz for staying on top of it all, always & all
the time. Yesterday at work, I was able to quote from the story
by Laura Flanders you posted and also to bring up the Ohio hearing
from the "will anyone cover this." The boss asked me how
many hours I sat watching TV news to stay so informed. No, I didn't
laugh at her. (She is the boss and she was serious.) But I did say
I get all my news from Buzz. I ended up printing up both stories
for co-workers and hopefully helped spread the word on Buzz a little
more. Keep on keeping on, Buzz.
Subject: More Schiavo
The New York Times' David Kilpatrick and Sheryl Gay Stolberg write
of the Schiavo family's tight connections with conservative groups
and Tom DeLay's vow to the Family Research Council on Friday that
he'd do everything he could — left-wing conspiracy be damned.
"'One thing that God has brought to us is Terri Schiavo, to
help elevate the visibility of what is going on in America,' Mr.
DeLay told a conference organized by the Family Research Council,
a conservative Christian group. A recording of the event was provided
by the advocacy organization Americans United for Separation of
Church and State.'"
Family's Cause Reached the Halls of Congress (NY Times)
"'This is exactly the issue that is going on in America, of
attacks against the conservative movement, against me and against
many others,' Mr. DeLay said."
"Mr. DeLay complained that 'the other side' had figured out
how 'to defeat the conservative movement,' by waging personal attacks,
linking with liberal organizations and persuading the national news
media to report the story. He charged that 'the whole syndicate"
was 'a huge nationwide concerted effort to destroy everything we
And the story Notes that Florida Rep./Dr/GOPer Dave Weldon, long
an ally of the Schiavo's didn't like Sen. Frist's private relief
Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times has Chris Shays, Tony Fabrizio,
and Cato's Boaz worried about the politics of the smaller-guvmint
GOP, with Gary Bauer saying simply, "Intensity matters."
Treads a Delicate Path in Citing Medical Background (LA
The Boston Globe's Nina Easton covers the political waterfront on
the issue, including the energy of religious conservatives, some
notion that Republicans might be overreaching, and divisions in
the Democratic Party.
conservatives see advance of right-to-life effort (Boston
The Washington Post's Babington and Fletcher have the same story.
GOP May Be Out of Step With Public (Washington Post)
Senator Kennedy speaks out against Congress' action, in the Boston
Herald, which frames its Miga/Rosinski story around the intra-delegation
conflict between Reps. Lynch and Frank.
debate divides Mass. congressmen: Frank, Lynch choose sides
The Los Angeles Times' Simon and Reynolds look at Dr./Sen./Leader
Frist and his role, with Granite Stater Dave Carney giving his blessing
and an anonymous Democratic Senate aide painting Frist as arrogant.
Treads a Delicate Path in Citing Medical Background (LA
The New York Post ed board is down on what the Republicans in Congress
SCHIAVO (NY Post)
The Boston Herald is, too, and they slap Dr./Sen./Leader Frist as
'case' a shameful affair (Boston Herald)
The National Review's
editors say this:
The dispute between Schiavo's husband, who wants her to die,
and her parents and siblings, who want to keep her alive, has
perhaps inevitably led to ugly allegations all around. Some of
those who have fought to keep Schiavo alive, including some congressmen,
have speculated rather too freely about Mr. Schiavo's perfidy.
But it is not necessary to believe the worst about him to think
that it is madness to accept his word about his wife's wishes.
He has fathered two children with another woman, to whom he has
gotten engaged. It is not necessary to judge that behavior harshly
to think that his desire to move on, however understandable, compromises
his ability to represent his wife fairly.
Schiavo: in Florida:
The Miami Herald profiles Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, who broke ranks
with her party and calls the Schiavo affair "not a federal
breaks GOP ranks, opposes Schiavo bill (Miami Herald)
Some Florida legislators worry that the controversy could delay
or derail the legislature.
worry Schiavo debate could derail legislative agenda (AP/Herald
Florida state reps report getting hate mail. (News-Press)
At National Review Online, lawyer Andrew McCarthy suggests prosecuting
Michael Schiavo for torture.
Prosecution the Solution?
The Washington Times Joyce Price Howard questions Michael Schiavo's
motives in question (Washington Times)
Schiavo: the Democrats:
So why, if Democrats privately say they strenuously object to Congress's
interjection into this sad tale, were they mostly silent this weekend
Well, for one, many are not, including think tank progressives (www.thinkprogress.org)
and Steny Hoyer and Barney Frank. And the Senate Minority Leader,
the pro-life Harry Reid, is out of the country. And most Democrats
are in their home districts (or traveling) for the recess. Rep.
Gary Ackerman did a serviceable job on The Factor last night in
contending that most Democrats who didn't vote for the measure simply
had no desire to enter the fray.
But there's no question that the Terri Schiavo case is a touchy
political issue for the party. And that the Democratic leadership
had not fully counseled or prepared the party to handle the repercussions.
Even those with a propensity to comment and the expertise to do
it well, such as DNC chairman Howard Dean (who on the campaign trail
spoke rather eloquently of his direct experience with dying patients)
won't say much loudly, except in those stealth Tennessee remarks.
(See Adam Smith's great article in the St. Petersburg Times: "When
he was a presidential candidate in 2003, Howard Dean, the new Democratic
National Committee chairman, said Florida lawmakers should not interfere
in the Schiavo case. He called it a 'private family matter.' 'I
am tired of people in the Legislature thinking they have an M.D.
when what they really have is a B.S.!' he told an approving crowd
in Tallahassee. And what did Dean have to say Monday, after President
Bush signed a bill aimed at prolonging the Pinellas woman's life?
'We're just not going to weigh in on this,' said a Dean spokesman.
politics far from usual (St. Petersburg Times)
There is a basic conundrum here: Republicans were clearly on the
offensive during the weekend's debate, and yet the ABC News poll
shows people overwhelmingly opposed to the GOP's position.
What explains this?
Maybe the best defense is none at all.
The Democratic leadership whipped the bill quite effectively, getting
it plenty of votes and leaving to Floridian representatives like
Jim Davis to be its public face. So it's Tom DeLay that people associated
with Terri Schiavo. And if they're inclined to think that the Schiavo
affair represents an outrageous case of congressional overreach
or "theocon" hubris, they'll blame Republicans, not Democrats.
And we don't know it for sure, but we bet some Democratic leaders
were reluctant to support Michael Schiavo, given the fact that he
has a girlfriend with whom he has two children. The same thematic
that has singed (and sometimes burned) Democrats in the past.
Perhaps. To some extent, though, the silence reflects the condition
of the Democratic Party. Many are scared of their own shadows (and
unsure of their own instincts) after losing three national elections
in a row. When the DeLay-Frist-Bush political machine labels something
as in the cause of "the culture of life," Democrats these
days tend to run and hide. Anything that strikes Democrats as a
"moral" issue triggers the joint that makes their mouths
"We are terrified by a fear of a backlash," says an aide
to a Democrat who privately has grave doubts about it. Backlash
from whom is a more complicated question, because Democrats don't
need the evangelical conservatives who oppose removing the feeding
It is also testament to the Internet Age, in which an energized
minority (no matter how small) can generate waves of grassroots
activism (phone calls, e-mails, blogs, talk radio chatter) that
can give public officials a warped sense of where public opinion
stands. Republicans have heard from their most loyal and intense
supporters (the "base"), and not much from what appears
to be a more "silent" majority.
Rush Limbaugh, still the voice for millions of conservatives, spent
an hour on his broadcast Monday lambasting Democrats and liberals
on this very issue, ignoring the majority who voted in favor of
the bill and calling those who did political hypocrites. And big
media abetted the hot soup by nourishing it with round-the-clock
That's not to say that some Democrats don't want the party to fight;
to use this to portray the GOP leadership as captive to a small
minority in the country that panders to pro-lifers and turns off
moderates in both parties. Some in the party think the entire affair
is unseemly and that Republicans have poisoned their own well by
grandstanding. Democratic silence, this theory goes, will pay off
in the end.
But so long as the party has a perception (and self-perception)
problem with life issues broadly defined — even among many voters
who might support them in this instance — reticence, lack of clarity
and weakness are the orders of the day.
Schiavo: in Texas:
A few thoughts about the Texas Advance Directives (or "Futile
Care" law) signed by then-Governor George W. Bush in 1999.
The press coverage at the time, as well as many policy entrepreneurs
who are familiar with it, represent it to us as a law that strengthened,
not weakened, protection for the dying and incapacitated.
It expanded, as White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan says,
a 72-hour waiting period after a formal, post-appeal decision has
been made by seven days. It also required a hospital to spend those
10 days in total looking for another facility who would care for
It created a mechanism for an independent, outside panel to review
decisions made by doctors that disagree with court-appointed surrogates
(rather than, as the existing law seemed to allow, the doctors'
word to be presumed final).
And it was written with help from Texas Right To Life. As McClellan
hinted at, after a controversy involving allegedly death-happy doctors
in Houston, Bush in 1997 refused to sign a law that allowed hospitals
to essentially disregard the rights of surrogates if doctors felt
another way, and he worked with legislators from both parties and
to craft a newer law that reflected his own values.
So while the law clearly does allow for treatment to be discontinued
even over disagreements, it also represented for Bush a significant
tightening on what had been a relatively loose, hospital-centric
futile care law.
So it's hard to argue, on the basis of this law alone, that Bush
is being anything but consistent. Perhaps a case can made on the
basis of some other concept, but not here.
Subject: Nasty Headline
"The Republicans Should be Embarrassed About Their Opportunistic,
Self-Serving Hijacking of the Schiavo Case, But Like Dogs and Other
Animals They Don't Know Emotions Like Embarrassment and Shame 3/22"
This is the headline of one of BuzzFlash's stories today (March
22, 2005). Characterizing one's opponents as belonging to a subhuman
class is exactly what has led to history's worst atrocities. Nazis
routinely referred to Jews as vermin, and Hutus called Tutsis cockroaches.
See "Hotel Rwanda" to get a taste of how it works. Although
I am second to no one in my contempt for right wing Republican extremists,
I draw the line at dehumanizing them. BuzzFlash should do the same.
Subject: Just a note-Let's not be diverted from SS on the Schiavo
Let's keep our eyes on the ball (or balls).
The Schiavo case is tragic, but it is a huge diversion. We have
SS to defend and DeLay to take down. Just today McCain came out
supporting Bush's private accounts. Democrats have no luxury to
pursue side issues when our fabric of society and the safety net
stand ready to be unraveled.
Pay attention folks. How many times do Republicans have to divert
us from the game at hand before we catch on?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Midnight signing by President Bush
Here's the text of a letter I just sent to the Boston Globe.
To the editor,
President Bush, a passionate defender of the "sanctity of
marriage," flies home to sign at midnight a bill overriding
a husband's decision about his wife's care. Hypocrisy? Political
grandstanding? Bread and circuses on the second anniversary of
the Iraq invasion?
Yours truly ...
Health care for all? Can't expect that, can we?
Abuse, torture and murder of prisoners? Secret renditions to Syria
- how we appreciate them when they'll quietly do our dirty work! We
don't want to look into that do we?
Negroponte to oversee intelligence, Bolton to keep the UN in check,
Wolfowitz to the World Bank, and who knows what other appointments
they have up their sleeves.
Just keep worrying about athletes using steroids while Bush has "town
meetings" to persuade the ignorant that "deficits don't
matter" and that government-managed "private" accounts
(now there's an oxymoron for you!) will assure you a comfortable retirement.
Lead? Mercury? Don't worry about a thing. Bush science knows best.
Just watch Fox news. You'll feel fine.
Subject: What Is It With CNN And Terri Schiavo On Constantly
I don't understand why Terri Schiavo is on television 24/7. I have
a suggestion for CNN maybe they can have somebody sit behind her
and read the news while they are busy wasting so much of free air
time. Tell them to keep up the good work. I'm sure it must make
Ted Turner proud when, to paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, they do a twenty-four
hour newscast about nothing.
Interesting point about Wolfowitz's date. But I'm not impressed.
Kissinger dated lots of attractive, interesting women. But he was
still a war criminal. Kissinger, who gave the go ahead to Suharto’s
invasion of East Timor and subsequent massive war crimes there,
and the same Kissinger, who helped President Nixon engineer and
then protect the Pinochet coup and regime of torture and murder
and directed the first phase of the holocaust in Cambodia (1969-75),
Subject: Repugs Schiavo Agenda
I know why the Repugs want Terri alive. They want to run her for
office. After their success with GW Bush and Arnold, they realize
they can win with anybody who has name recognition. They'll tie
a string on her voting arm, just like they did for Strom Thurmond,
and have her vote party line every time.
Cedar Mill, Oregon
Subject: The Schiavo matter and Institutional Madness
The hysterical efforts of the Republican-controlled Congress to
intrude itself into the business of the Judiciary only prolongs
a horror story that is both absurd and obscene. Terri Schiavo exists
in an artificially-maintained vegetative state; the fifteen-year
dispute between her husband and her parents regarding this matter
was properly settled by the courts of Florida. There is no question
that Michael Schiavo is the legal guardian and has the responsibility
to determine whether or not to prolong her life and her suffering.
From his statements, he is evidently an intelligent and caring man.
Why should we assume that Washington politicians, wearing God prominently
on their sleeves, are more intelligent and caring?
Perhaps Congress can call upon President Bush to look into Mrs.
Schiavo's soul and reveal her true last will. We are living at a
time when things are growing curiouser and curiouser. The separation
of powers of three independent branches of government have been
blurred and violently interrupted, and the prospect of one-party
rule is more than a mere phantom on the horizon. The mainstream
press appears to be in a fairy-tale slumber. One can only paraphrase
Ezra Pound and say that the only way to exist in this nation today
is in a persistent vegetative state.
Tom DeLlay, Bush, etc. are shameless, disgraceful. They preach the
Lord and their God, but are afraid to die and meet him. Without
a brain, the body does not work. No Miracle here, for Theresa. Why
are these morons keeping Terri from the God they say they believe
in? I have a living will, and I will sue, if I am brought out of
a coma. My family members are to demand justice if I can't. This
poor woman and her family are being used for politics. How low can
these neocons go? Pretty Low!
Supporter of BuzzFlash
Subject: Linking aid to "defense priorities"
So, a British goverment report recommends linking aid to poor countries
to "defense priorities." This puts Wolfie's move to the
World Bank in a whole new light. Imagine the conversation: "Of
course we will help you after the terrible flood/earthquake/tsunami
that hit your country. How did your military fail? Survived intact?
Well, while we're on the subject of friends helping each other,
we have a little problem of our own, in Iraq, you know. Think you
can give us a hand?" What are we going to call this, the Coalition
of the Destitute?
Rio Rancho, NM
Subject: This isn't the first time they used a family's grief for
They did a good job on Elian Gonzalez and his family. They have
done it with a number of missing children.
DEATH AND CYNICAL GRANDSTANDING (Robert Scheer/LA Times)
Thankfully, Americans see right through exploitation of Terri Schiavo.