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Subject: Gas Prices
DARN, I just went out and noticed
the gas price went up 8 Cents
a gal since Wednesday. When will
it stop? LET'S CALL IT BUSH GAS
FROM NOW ON!
I'm also tired of "conservatives"
downing "liberals" as
if we're some kind of kooks! LET'S
CALL THE NEO-CONS OR CONVERSATIVES
"THE REDS" FROM NOW
ON! A WOMAN MY AGE REMEMBERS WHEN
STALIN'S COMMIE'S WERE REFERRED
TO AS "THE REDS." So
folks let's get on a bandwagon
and start banging back these people.
"CALL 'UM THE REDS!"
Terri Schiavo, if the REDS were
so gung-ho on keeping Terri alive,
why don't they show her "IN
HER NOW STATE!" INSTEAD OF
CLIPS FROM 3 -4 YEARS AGO? "THE
REDS" are being true to their
lies. Never let the real truth
out. The woman can't swallow,
something we all do all the time.
She hasn't choked on her own saliva
so is there another tube? Try
not swallowing for a day (or less,
can anyone do this?).
I've heard from the psychic world
that something big is coming in
April. So pray for Mother Earth,
our troops and our country. I
agree with the writer who said
stop watching the network news
(I have), and stop the papers.
We need to swamp our representatives
to do something. The hole keeps
getting deeper. Thank you BuzzFlash
for letting me sound off.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Enough Is Enough
I realize that by sending this to
BuzzFlash, I am preaching to the
choir. That being said, there's
something that has really been bothering
This isn't, and never has been,
a Christian nation. Let me reiterate.
AMERICA HAS NEVER BEEN A CHRISTIAN
NATION. For example, "Congress
shall make no law respecting the
establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise
thereof ..." Sound familiar?
Furthermore, on June 10th, 1797,
America ratified the Treaty of
Peace and Friendship, which in
Article 11 states, "... the
government of the United States
of America is not in any sense
founded on the Christian religion
..." and then goes on to
say that America has no beef with
the Muslim faith. For the third
time in our history, the Senate
voted unanimously to ratify the
Interesting, isn't it? How many
times in our nation has a Senate
vote been unanimous?
As any child with an American
history book could tell you, the
Founding Fathers themselves weren't
even Christian. They were either
atheists, deists, or Unitarians
(the last two acknowledge a "divine
providence," but deny any
particular name for it). Actually,
Thomas Jefferson stated that "The
day will come when the mystical
generation of Jesus, by the supreme
being as his father in the womb
of a virgin, will be classed with
the fable of the generation of
Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."
(letter to John Adams, 1823)
In reality, each of the prominent
men who formed our nation had
something cynical to say about
Christianity. The only exception
is George Washington, who advocated
freedom of religion, but never
said anything about his own.
To go even a step further, evidence
suggests that at the time of the
signing of the Declaration of
Independence, only 7% of the people
in the 13 colonies belonged to
a church. So, all of this clamor
to "return America to God"
is really a giant waste of time.
America never belonged to any
god, let alone the Christian one.
[BuzzFlash Note: We imagine historians
continue to debate what the Founding
Fathers' faith, or lack thereof,
was. Here's one
person's analysis. Of course,
our American revolution and Constitution
did come along following the "Enlightenment."]
Subject: More noteworthy stuff
Look at the bottom graph ... approval of Bush's job on economy is
at 36% and approval on Iraq is 39%.
I well remember after Clinton was elected the media constantly sniped
at him about "low" ratings when his approval was at 60
- 65% approval.
Subject: The Bush Administration's Occupational Plan for Americans
The Army is tapping into a new pool of potential recruits for
the National Guard and the Army Reserve by raising the maximum
enlistment age from 34 to 39, officials said yesterday. ...
Eases Age Limit for Guard, Reserve (Truthout/AP)
They make it sound so positive. Why would anyone want to join the
US military with the Bush administration's record of irresponsible
leadership? To do so, a person would have to be completely uninformed.
And, I wonder if these unscrupulous scoundrels will ever try to
draft people at this age. Most people at these ages have jobs, careers
or businesses. Just look at the mess our world is in, in just four
years of Bush. Four Bush years and our sky has fallen. And, Bush
just keeps on when he really should be facing impeachment for High
Well, we know that with Bush and his constant need for death and
destruction and with no one trying to stop him, he and his administration
surely won't be doing anything to bring more jobs to the US. I suppose
this is Bush's way of providing employment through those tax breaks
to the wealthy, but it actually is a clear portrait of the deepening
of a nightmarish Bush administration quagmire.
Subject: ACLU of Florida Statement on Schiavo
The following statement was issued by Howard Simon, head of the
ACLU in Florida. It is an interesting comment that deserves to be
read, as the ACLU has been important in court filings about this
case for many years.
Florida Official Statement of the ACLU of Florida U.S. District
Court Refuses to Issue a Temporary Restraining Order in Terri
Schiavo Case FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, March 25, 2005 Contact:
Alessandra Soler Meetze at 305-576-2337 ext. 16 Statement of ACLU
of Florida Executive Director Howard L. Simon MIAMI –
With this morning's ruling by the federal court in Tampa, maybe
our long national nightmare will finally be over, and Terri's
wishes will be honored. As we said in our brief filed yesterday
with the U.S. Supreme Court: “The great tragedy of Mrs. Schiavo’s
life . . . was the cessation of her heartbeat fifteen years ago,
and the persistent vegetative state that has trapped her since.
Ours is that we allow a fear of death to rob the dignity of her
life.” All the politicians who injected themselves into this tragic
and personal matter now need to begin respecting both the law
and the legal process – even if they disagree with the result
that was reached in this case. If the court had ruled otherwise,
the nation might have taken a giant step backward in the protection
of privacy and made it harder for families to make these difficult
but intensely personal end-of-life decisions without the intrusion
of politicians. Politicians, no doubt, will continue to talk about
a "culture of life," but what Judge Whittemore did this
morning by refusing once again to issue a temporary restraining
order was to defend the "culture of freedom" that each
of us has – whether now competent or, if no longer capable, through
a spouse or surrogate – to exercise control over our lives and
the circumstances of our own death. Before the political pressure
mounted, Gov. Bush also had expressed faith in the judicial system
and said he felt it was necessary to honor Schiavo’s wishes. On
August 26, 2003, in a letter to a Judge Greer, Bush wrote: "…
Our system of government has committed these decisions to the
judicial branch, and we must respect that process." He went
on to add: "No one involved should be permitted to circumvent
due process or the Court’s authority in order to achieve personal
objectives in this case." The governor was right in August
2003. Nothing has changed medically. Her medical condition has
been confirmed and re-confirmed, even by a Guardian Ad Litem appointed
by the court and at the Governor’s insistence. Nothing has changed
legally; in fact, determinations that were made in 2003 that she
would not want to be artificially sustained have been upheld over
and over again. What has changed is the politics of the Terri
Note: The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has been part
of the legal team in the Schiavo case, along with George Felos and
the volunteer attorneys of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Jenner
& Block, since October of 2003, when Florida Gov. Jeb Bush persuaded
the legislature to set aside years of court rulings and authorize
him to seize Terri Schiavo and reinsert her feeding tube. Whittemore's
decision is online at:
As long as the left continues to obsess over guns, we will be losers.
It's a distraction and I wish you would stop covering this topic.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Bushes....brothers in arms: and in trouble
I just saw a reporter interviewing Jeb Bush....and he was saying
that there are people
out there who are saying that there was more that he could have
done to keep Terri alive.
He said, he did not doubt it one bit, but he had said from the start
that he would not go
further than he legally could.
I think the Bushes are beginning to feel the heat...somewhat...not
like they should! They will never ever feel the heat they should
for what they have done to this country...from
the evening of Nov. 3, 2000....when in all their smugness....they
had a field day with the
people who had stood in line for hours and hours...to try to make
Al Gore president.....to
And ditto that evening in Nov. of 2004, same thing....Ohioans stood
in line for hours..and
hours....and alas, their votes were not counted anyway,
With the plummeting of Prez. Bush's ratings...maybe some of even
the right wing have at
last gotten some brains...? Maybe not...but, even the republicans
are finding them not
so great now! I do not think that Dick Cheney is helping their cause
one bit, but they
chose him....we sure as hell did not!
Rush Limbaugh is still out there ragging away at the left wing
in this country...you know,
he cannot say anything of substance...but, he just cannot stand
it that the left are so
anxious to have this woman dead! Like we had one damned thing to
do with it!
I am quite sure that when election time comes again...Brian and
Michael Schiavo will
remember who to vote for!
As a Bush Family loyalist, shouldn't Tom DeLay be just a couple
ethics violations away from a promotion?
Subject: Sgrena shooting
Want a distraction from the Schiavo story?
On Democracy Now Naomi Klein reports on an interview she did with
Giuliana Sgrena, the journalist who was shot by US troops on her
way to Baghdad airport earlier this month. She reports details that
have been missing from the story.
Klein Reveals New Details About U.S. Military Shooting of Italian
War Correspondent in Iraq (Democracy Now)
Below are some questions I raised in a posting to William Rivers
Pitt FYI blog on truthout.org on March 10.
In many of these checkpoint shootings our military repeats that
they use "hand signals," as well as lights etc., to
signal that a car should stop. At what distance, even in daylight,
are hand signals interpretable? How many seconds does it take
a driver to react and how far does a vehicle travel at different
speeds - say 20, 30, 40, and 50 mph? Are "hand and arm signals"
even visible at night?
Another question of fact. I saw a picture in the NYTimes yesterday,
Mar 9, on p A12 in my edition, that was captioned "Italian
television yesterday showed a car in which it said the journalist
Giuliana Sgrena was wounded." It shows the car on a flatbed,
photographed from ground level and showing the left side from
the front including both doors. The body of the car looks intact.
What's going on? Is this the actual car - which the US had said
earlier it couldn't find, or something? If it is the actual car
why does the body show no evidence of the "engine compartment"
having been damaged? Or are the Italians just showing a car like
the one Sgrena was riding in? There was no further information
about the car in the accompanying article.
Klein says Sgrena reports that they were traveling on a special
airport road, direct from the Green Zone to the airport. She also
says that they were shot at FROM BEHIND, which could explain why
the car in the picture showed no damage in the front or left side.
Why aren't we getting a full account from our authorities? Is
it because we would look bad? Where's the accountability? Not
a Bush administration value, I guess.
Subject: Why So Silent From The Left?
Hi Gang! To begin, let us explore the five stages of grieving: 1.
Denial - refusing to believe or accepting loss. 2. Anger - "Why
me?" Wanting to fight back and usually at the target of one's
grief. 3. Bargaining - Essentially, trying to make a deal with (a)
god in an effort to get a loved one back. 4. Depression - a no-brainer.
5. Acceptance - accepting the loss.
So, why are we hearing silence from the left and the 83% of people
who have been polled? Because the left has accepted the fact that
Terri Schiavo expressed her desire to be allowed to die if she ever
ended up in the sad condition she is in now. It is we who are giving
this poor woman the respect and dignity that she expected to be
shown. It is the right, those far too blinded by religious conviction
to think sanely, the conservatives, and Republicans who are still
stuck in denial. They seem to be more concerned with displays of
personal piety than they are about Terri's wishes. Here is something
you might say to someone who fervently believes Terri should be
kept alive despite her wishes. If you truly want to respect the
"Culture of Life," then you should respect someone's wish
to die as well.
Subject: I Don't Know If I Would Be Excited
I recently received an email from Marcus Reese GOP Students Team
Director asking me, as a student, to sign up for "March Madness:
Preserve Social Security" tournament. The letter, included
below, states that so far in Michigan alone they have signed up
750 students. I began thinking, "If I were the GOP Student
Team Director I don't know if I would be so excited about that number."
According to the U.S. Census, Michigan's 18 and over enrolled student
population is 258,746. Which leads us to find that a little less
than .3% are signed up.
I could understand the excitement about the number until I started
thinking like a GOP Team Director (whose thoughts I believe would
sound like this): "I can't believe we got less than .3%!...AWESOME!"
Original email from GOP-
Dear JT, Michigan is looking strong, having garnered more than
750 students alone to sign the petition asking their Senators to
work with the President to strengthen Social Security. But, several
states are still fighting for the win - both in the March Madness:
Preserve Social Security tournament and for our generation's retirement.
Go for the Final Four! Get your friends to sign the petition now.
The problems facing Social Security are getting closer. This week's
Social Security Trustees report revealed that the system will start
to pay more in benefits than it receives in taxes in 2017 and dry
up completely by 2041, both earlier than previously projected. Save
Social Security for our generation. Act now! Encourage your roommates,
classmates, teammates, and all your fellow students to sign the
petition to strengthen Social Security. Make it into the "Elite
8" and "Final 4" on the tournament bracket and score
a win for the future of Social Security. Sincerely, Marcus Reese
GOP Students Team Director
Royal Oak, Michigan
[BuzzFlash Note: Yuck! The RNC paid for this. Maybe the democrats
need to find a way to make points/money off the NBA playoffs? Does
everything have to be partisan?}
At the Democratic Club meeting today, the speaker was an attorney
from the ACLU. Dear Buzzers, did you know the ACLU receives NO public
funding and relies on money from donations? I did not. He said many
of the lawyers do volunteer work also. It does help explain why
they do not take a stand on more situations, i.e. us democrats being
kept out of Bush's "Town Meetings." I had been angry with
them for some time now about this.
Subject: Sale of F-16s to Pakistan NOT Acceptable
It would appear that there are no limits to the pandering of Pakistan
by the Bush administration. We recognize a military coup leader
who refuses to relinquish power and dignify him by calling him Pakistan's
President. We drop sanctions tied to clandestine development of
nuclear weapons, and then we look the other way as nuclear technology
is sold off to maverick nations, and the rogue scientist who is
responsible gets a free pass. We ignore state-supported terrorism
directed to the Indian State of Jammu-Kashmir. Most recently, we
lie to our multilateral partners about the sale of yellow cake uranium
by North Korea to Pakistan, and misrepresent this as a direct deal
between North Korea and Libya.
Now, lacking an adversary of the stature of the USSR, we take up
both sides of the arms sales business, enabling both adversaries
to enlarge the devastation and human suffering from any future (and
on an historical basis likely) conflict:
Moves to Sell F-16's to Pakistan Over Indian Objections (NY
This is intolerable. Congress must intervene and bring this administration
back to reality to stop this sale of high tech military hardware.
John F. Williford
OKs bills denying services to illegal entrants (Arizona
AZ House is putting the screws to illegal entrants. The English
only voted in will deny printing ballots in any other language.
At the same time it will deny service for literacy and adult education
classes. This is going to affect a lot of legals here, too.
House OKs bills denying services to illegal entrants
By Howard Fischer
CAPITOL MEDIA SERVICES
PHOENIX - The House of Representatives approved two bills to deny
services to people not here legally, and then voted to declare
English the official language of the state and ban printing election
materials in any other language.
Thursday's votes on services to illegal entrants are outgrowths
of Proposition 200, which was approved at the ballot box in November.
Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, said the two new measures simply
complete what voters started.
In fact, he said, the actions became necessary only because Democratic
Attorney General Terry Goddard issued a formal legal opinion that
the initiative denying public benefits to people who crossed the
border illegally covers only a limited number of state programs.
All three measures now go to the Senate.
The measure on official English, which would amend the state constitution,
eventually would have to be approved by voters.
House Bill 2030, the broader of the two measures on services,
would put a number of benefits out of reach of those who are neither
citizens nor legal residents. These include enrolling in family
literacy and adult education classes, being eligible for state-subsidized
child care, and receiving help with utility payments. ...
My 15-year old son just told me, "Americans have proved an
old statement wrong. If ignorance was bliss, we would all be ecstatic."
A BuzzFlash Reader
where is the compassion of the re pugs... especially gw (who is
all tearful over the terri schiavo decision) for our veterans who
have given so much...i too was faced with giving up my son who was
40 days away from 21 and i knew and know how hard it must be for
michael...unless u have been in those circumstances do not even
consider judging him...our wounded arrive at night...the coffins
not photographed nor have any of the veterans...this is the biggest
travesty of my 77 years.
suzy in tucson
ps: i thank each and everyone at BuzzFlash and the contributors
for helping keep me sane.
Subject: 2 Questions
I have two questions to which I would like answers. Can you provide
answers or direct me to a source? 1. In what years did President Bush
contribute to Social Security? 2. In a recent (viewed 3/26/05) televised
speech from President Bush, the backdrop was not the American flag,
but Mexico, Canada, and US flags sewn in a patchwork design. WHAT
DOES THIS MEAN?
Sioux Falls, SD
[BuzzFlash Note: Bush was speaking with Fox and Martin, thus the
We're not sure about his SS contributions. Anybody??]
Subject: More Tom Foolery In Florida
jeb is no floridian. he's the florida tentacle of the bfee. he's
like some evil anthropomorphic display of all that is hideous and
wrong about who these supposed "leaders," the bushes,
are, and where they really came from. He is simply one extremity
of a fell beast that has festered in the bog of american politics,
as though it were from a poorly rehearsed high school school play,
for far too long.
Boca Raton, Florida
Subject: Bush's capitalistic redistribution of wealth
So the Pittsburgh Tribune/Review calls Social Security a "socialist
What do you call President Bush's tax cuts, 33% of which go to the
upper 1% of wage earners? What do you call President Bush's tax
cuts, which represent three times the fiscal problem as the relatively
modest 75 year shortfall in Social Security? I'll tell you what
Bush tax cuts are, they are a criminal redistribution of wealth
from the middle class to the already filthy rich.
Bush will go down in history as the ultimate reverse Robin Hood,
robbing from the poor to pay the rich. The American people are finally
seeing the truth which is why the vast majority hate the Bush Piratize
Deform Social Security plan.
(For reference, the top 1% of earners in America average 1.2 million
dollars per year, which is $576 per hour, in terms average Americans
Security: No more demagoguery (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Subject: Diagnose this, Dr. Frist ...
I would like us to organize a mail campaign where we send videos
to our Senate Majority Leader, Dr. Bill Frist, to see if he can
diagnose our illnesses.
Sick Of All This
Subject: Should we welcome Jerry Springer on Air America?
I wanted to share this with your readers because it is something
I feel merits more consideration based on information I have, and
also some of your readers might have more information to add on
this to make more sense of it.
While blipping around the TV late at night on a weekend I came across
an older rerun of the Jerry Springer Show and started to watch it.
I had never paid any attention to this program before even though
I had heard of it. It was near the end of the show where his dysfunctional
and mostly younger audience is allowed to hurl insults at the dysfunctional
guests, with the goal of provoking at least a verbal altercation.
The guests from the show have all been assembled on the stage for
this as Jerry goes around the audience soliciting these questions
and comments. The program allows about 5 minutes of time for this
What sparked my interest was a question from one of the audience
members that was somewhat general and went something like this:
"What will you do with your life now that your husband is leaving
you for this other woman?" To which the answer given went something
like this: "With George Bush as my president, I won't have
to worry." Then what happened next was this: Some patriotic
music started playing with a waving American flag at about 1/3 transparency
showing up over the entire TV screen. The audience stood up cheering
with the Springer goons in front being shown standing at attention
and saluting. This display went on for about a minute or so.
At the time I thought it odd and noted the copyright of the program
to be in 2001--obviously after 9/11 but how much after I would have
no way of knowing. So I made it a point to start watching more of
these rerun programs to see if this episode was a one-time event
or would continue to occur. What I discovered was that this same
pattern did keep reoccurring over and over again and on 2002 programs
as well. It was obvious to me that Springer was in on this as he
would know where to go in the audience to find the right person
to ask the question to a guest that had obviously been well briefed
as to what to say beforehand. None of the guests on their own would
have come up with any of these pro-Bush answers. Each time too the
music would start up and the flag would show up on the screen and
the goons would stand at attention and salute.
I then started to tape some of these segments just to document this
so I have documentary evidence of at least some of these pro-Bush
Springer displays. Now to be perfectly clear, this was not just
a patriotic display after 9/11. It was a blatant and very partisan
attempt to promote George Bush and his agenda. One guest even answered
a question something like this: "Well when Bill Clinton was
president, the country wasn't doing very well, but now that George
Bush is president, we don't have to worry anymore." Often the
pro-Bush answers to questions had little to do with the actual question
asked. Often, Jerry would veer to the right front of the audience
to seek out the person who would ask the "set up" question.
It was quite bizarre watching people who claimed to be prostitutes
or sexual deviants and/or who were white trash, pimping for Bush
on the Springer Show.
My point is that we all need to find out what exactly was Jerry's
connection to this obvious pro-Bush display on his program and what
if any ownership or control did he exercise over these programs
during the times that these displays were shown? Springer has always
been a loyal Democrat from what I have read and know about him so
this seems very incongruent to me. Dems and Progressives should
not just welcome him with open arms into their midst without getting
answers to these questions.
What's more, I am not sure we should be welcoming anyone into our
fold that peddles slime and sleaze like this in our culture sold
as entertainment and profits from it and who at one time was caught
having solicited from a prostitute and paid for it by check while
mayor of Cincinnati. And the Springer stuff shown on TV is pretty
tame I believe from what is shown on pay-per-view. If we aren't
embracing Dems like Larry Flynt, who at least helped remove two
GOP hypocrites from Congress, I am not sure that we should be embracing
Jerry Springer as I see little real difference between the two in
terms of how they made lots of money. While I totally believe in
free speech, I also believe that we help create the culture we deserve
and feel that some of this expression goes out of bounds and degrades
the culture for us all.
I am hoping that Air America reconsiders adding Springer to their
line up for these reasons.
R. J. Crane
Subject: Does this quote sound like anyone we know??
Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it
is the merger of state and corporate power. -- Benito Mussolini
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: What Now?
With Terri Schiavo near death and the Bush administration obviously
not interested in the out of control sex offender crimes, or Prozac
laden kids going on killing sprees, what now will they champion
as their worthy cause? Oh sure, there are those nasty leaders of
countries who need to be put in their places for having the nerve
to stand up to the tyrant from Texas, but it is necessary to get
some real energy going into some every day matter to distract the
citizenry of America to really do the underhanded things which must
be done about that. Perhaps a child custody battle to outrage the
bizarre Christian fringe?
A BuzzFlash Reader
My two cents on drilling in the ANWR ...
Some years ago I worked for the largest oil industry information
service in the world. One day while chatting with one of the company's
geologists, someone commented on the existing Alaska pipeline. They
said they thought our country must have needed the oil, or we wouldn't
have built the pipeline. The geologist gave a surprising response:
"Unfortunately, we don't use the oil from the pipeline. It's
sour (meaning sulfurous) and would cost too much to clean up for
use in the US because of our air quality standards. We have been
selling that oil to other countries that have less stringent air
standards." I remember being shocked that we, as a country,
had been talked into a pipeline across pristine wilderness, for
oil we don't even use.
Now they want to drill in another beautiful wilderness. It certainly
would be interesting to see the results of the test holes up there
to see if the oil is "sweet" (good) or "sour"
(not good), and whether it's oil that will be used in the US, or
whether it will be sold elsewhere. If sold elsewhere, who will profit?
Eve in Colorado
I suggest that "privatization" and "personal accounts"
should be called "enronization." I know I am not the first
to suggest this, but record my vote, please.
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