April 1, 2005
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Subject: Paul Wolfowitz
Subject: Watershed Moment
Subject: Conservative Logic?
You see, I am gay. Homosexual. Queer. Regardless of what you call it, it boils down to the same thing. Because of this, this label that only applies to an extremely private issue, some would strip me of the right to think of myself as a person of standards. It is this subjective nature of morality that makes me hesitant to create laws based on morality.
Perhaps there is something wrong with me (other than my orientation) that makes me unable to understand why private values are being foisted upon the public. Like the rest of the country, I have watched the Schiavo story unfold with a mixture of sadness, astonishment, and anger. I can sympathize with the poor woman’s family: who would want to let their child die when there is technology available to keep her body functioning? On the other hand, we are a nation that values the “sanctity of marriage,” so why not let the legal husband make the decision?
I can’t even begin to try to comprehend the “right-to-life” protesters outside her hospice. First of all, if these people believe everything they claim to believe, why don’t they let the woman die in peace to go and be with God? Keeping her in what amounts to suspended animation borders on a cruel joke. As to their value of all life, I wonder how many of them picketed whenever Ol’ Sparky got fired up by the directive of their ringleader Gov. Bush.
With this case we have a classic example of fundamentalist values (and double standards) being pushed on people who don’t want them. In the interest of putting in their two cents, the United States Congress (with little regard to the constitution or states' rights) decided to order that this woman get her day in court. Again. Once again, the legislative branch is rife with hypocrisy. How many emergency sessions were held to make sure the rest of the country could get to a doctor without facing bankruptcy? We can’t create a national healthcare system, though. That would be too much government interference.
Staying in the healthcare vein, Michigan conservatives needed to make sure doctors were shielded from the unpleasant task of treating their patients. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this legislation was passed with Catholic lobbyists looking on. For people who claim to work for Christ and the “Vicar of Christ,” these guys don’t seem to remember much of what Jesus stood for in regards to loving thine brother or healing the sick.
But then, I am but a mere homosexual sinner. What could I possibly
know about God’s love? Where is this Christian love I keep hearing
about? I always thought the Big Guy loved everyone unconditionally.
I guess we ordinary sinners just don’t understand. I guess until
we are enlightened, let’s just look to those bastions of ethics:
Rush Limbaugh, Tom DeLay, and Jerry Falwell. Let them tell us what
is right, since they seem to have a direct line to the Almighty.
I wish I could understand that conservative logic. Maybe I should
just start applying logic conservatively.
Subject: Picking Apart Headstart
Violation Reports Plague Head Start Programs (usgovinfo.about.com)
Subject: Schindler Family Advisors
Subject: Whose GOD?
What really angers me is that people who talk about God's law are talking about their own God. They do not stop to think that their God is not THE WORLD'S God. Different people believe in different Gods. Or none at all. They can believe whatever they want.
The religious of any faith should not make laws or decisions on what they believe ... that is why law is so important. All wars were fought in name of God.
Give me a break. If Bush were really for "life" and "protecting the weak," he would keep Medicaid fully funded, no one would be in poverty, he would allow health insurance for everyone, allow stem cells that were about to be thrown away because the donors no longer wanted them, to be used to give life and not thrown into the garbage. People who proclaim to be a culture of life [could] work to make sure all families had enough to eat, that injustice was no more, that the death penalty was repealed, that the people that are innocent in Iraq were protected from our bombs.
ACTIONS SPEAK SO MUCH LOUDER THAN THEIR EMPTY WORDS. DEEDS NOT WORDS.
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Subject: Dearth of American Intelligence?
How come nearly a year after the 9/11 Commission's work we are exposed to yet another exercise in analysis of the American intelligence community, which has largely ended in more whitewashing? Oh yeah, because President Bush commissioned them most likely to avert attention away from the politicization of intelligence gathering by Dick Cheney, Douglas Feith, The Office of Special Plans, and others in the run up to the post-9/11, 1990's-hatched exploitative neocon job of a war we are still stuck in.
Moreover, why do we learn that the FBI and CIA aren't communicating as they should have been under the new Department of Homeland Security arrangement? The Presidential Commission on Intelligence Analysis Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction has just publicly released part of their work. President Bush has declared it to be an "unvarnished look" at intelligence analysis in our country. One wonders if that is a cousin of the "unvarnished truth" Bush claimed he got from his advisors like Ms. Rice in his first term.
In any event, our corporate media, including PBS, did not give us much meat to chew on today (3/31) regarding this issue. Did April Fools Day arrive one day too soon? I thought the War in Iraq has "made us and the world safer!" However, the recent Commission states that we "know less now than we did five to ten years ago regarding the nuclear capabilities of places like Iran and North Korea."
The Commission also oddly concludes that there was "no politicization" of intelligence analysis in the run up to invading Iraq. Say what? How can they state that and also conclude that too much weight was placed on one unreliable source, a defector that German intelligence deemed to be "crazy."
Oh yeah, I forgot, German opinion was politically incorrect in
the fall of 2002 into the spring of 2003. Nevertheless, on the Lehrer
News Hour no mention was made of Ahmad Chalabi, the main expatriate
source of rosy scenarios in Iraq. Did the Commission address his
role one wonders? Oh well, our tax dollars were well spent, I guess,
because we now definitely know we have some sort of intelligence
problem here in America.
This version would leave no room for doubt:
However, that judgment should be made only after thorough consultation with medical experts; i.e., individuals who actually have been trained, educated and certified as doctors.
Under no circumstances -- and I can't state this too strongly -- should my fate be put in the hands of peckerwood politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it.
Furthermore, it is my firm hope that, when the time comes, any discussion about terminating my medical treatment should remain private and confidential.
Living in Florida, however, I am acutely aware that the legislative and executive branches of state government are fond of meddling in family matters, and have little concern for the privacy and dignity of individuals.
Therefore, I wish to make my views on this subject as clear and unambiguous as possible. Recognizing that some politicians seem cerebrally challenged themselves (and with no medical excuse), I'll try to keep this simple and to the point:
1. While remaining sensitive to the feelings of loved ones who might cling to hope for my recovery, let me state that if a reasonable amount of time passes -- say, ____ (fill in the blank) months -- and I fail to sit sit up and ask for a cold beer, it should be presumed that I won't ever get better.
When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my spouse, children and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day.
2. Under no circumstances shall the members of the Legislature enact a special law to keep me on life-support machinery. It is my wish that these boneheads mind their own damn business, and pay attention instead to the health, education and future of the millions of Floridians who aren't in a permanent coma.
3. Under no circumstances shall the governor of Florida butt into this case and order my doctors to put a feeding tube down my throat. I don't care how many fundamentalist votes he's trying to scrounge for his brother in 2004, it is my wish that he plays politics with someone else's life and leaves me to die in peace.
4. I couldn't care less if a hundred religious zealots send e-mails to legislators in which they pretend to care about me. I don't know these people, and I certainly haven't authorized them to preach and crusade on my behalf. They should mind their own business, too.
5. It is my heartfelt wish to expire quietly and without a public spectacle. This is obviously impossible once elected officials become involved.
So, while recognizing the wrenching emotions that attend the prolonged death of a loved one, I hereby instruct my relatives to settle all disagreements about my care in private or in the courts, as provided by law.
If any of my family goes against my wishes and turns my case into a political cause, I hereby promise to come back from the grave and make his or her existence a living ____ (fill in the blank).
Subject: The "blistering" Report about the CIA
As usual, this administration is going to pass the buck on this
one as well. We all know that this administration was hell bent
on having their way to invade Iraq ... they didn't care how 'wrong'
any information would be. If, by the most miniscule chance they
were (ahem) duped by the 'incorrect' information, then this administration
is guilty of gross criminal i n c o m p e t e n c e ... at the very
least. Criminal incompetence ... criminal negligence ... or ...
criminal complicity ... take your pick.
Subject: Seymour Hersh Is Wrong---These Bush Wars Are All About Oil
In the recent BuzzFlash Gloria Lalumia article, Seymour Hersh answers questions about the possibility of war against Iran. [She writes that he said]:
How nice. Unfortunately, totally wrong. After openly stealing one election here and possibly stealing two other elections--no one has explained how, on Diebold machines, five Republicans in 2002 won with the incredible harmonic number, 18181!--this crew of "Free Speech Zoners" couldn't give two figs for "democracy."
The breakout of popular agitation this last year is unconnected with the war in Iraq. It is naive to not see how oil and war have been connected for years, Democratic or Republican administrations.
Oil is America. Hersh's analysis misses what the Quest for the Holy Oil is all about. It isn't an attempt at "finding" oil. We know where it is. It isn't about buying oil, we can do this already. It is about the price of oil.
The Iran war Bush wants is a classic "hostile takeover."
Remember the California energy crisis? Young Enron workers laughed
as they destroyed the economy of California. This hurt America and
Americans, but Texas is where, in previous oil hard times, people
put "Freeze a Yankee" on their cars. Yesterday, Goldman
Sachs predicted oil at $105 a barrel. This is pig heaven for the
oilmen and their leader, Bush. Think they are aware of the consequences?
"Let them eat cake" ---no.
I was just reading the Lalumia article about Hersh’s speech. I just can’t read any more of this crap without putting in my two cents – again.
Bush may be in la-la land, but so are the damn reporters. Over and over and over, they talk ‘as if’ Bush really believes he’s doing democracy things. He’s not!! They – and you – are still using words like ‘incompetent’ to describe his actions and their outcome 'as if' he were really trying to do one thing but unknowingly screwed up and ended up with exact opposite results as he was trying to achieve. This is nonsense!! For five years?? Give me a break!!
You all must be listening to what he says – and believing he really means it. What does that say about you?? How gullible are you people ... and how long are you going to stay that way? I try not to listen to him talk because, frankly, he makes me want to puke. But I did hear him talking about Schiavo today[ 3/31]. He said of his actions in this matter that "the strong have an obligation to look out for and take care of the weak." And he said it with a straight face! I almost fell off the sofa
This man (no, "person") wouldn’t know 'truth' if it bit him in the ass! Huge tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the rest of us. Huge give-aways to the credit card companies ... at the expense of the rest of us. Allowing poor people’s kids to be used as guinea pigs for pseudo-short-term-research on toxic pesticides so that the manufacturer can keep a genetically hazardous product on the market and continue to rake in huge amounts of money because people buy the damn stuff even though there is sufficient information about its long-term harmful consequences. Huge cuts in domestic programs in the new budget with even more give-aways to the rich. And there’s more and more and more ... Five years worth! This is only some of the more recent stuff.
How can you stupid reporters continue to provide him with an excuse for his inexcusable, callous, reprehensible decisions? I personally have never seen a more competent administration – (hiding under the guise of incompetence in order to avoid accepting responsibility for the consequences). He (they) had a goal when they assumed power. This goal has not changed. He (they) has/have moved this country faster than it has ever moved before! This is competence. They’re going in the wrong direction, but this is competence!!
This country is going in exactly the direction that he/they want it to go! Bush has publicly said at least four times that he wants this country to become a dictatorship with himself as the leader. Why don’t you believe him when he says that? ...because that is the goal. It was the goal from the beginning. It is the goal now! At least, that is the interim goal. He does have bigger plans. You must stop listening to his words and concentrate ONLY on his actions. It is by studying his actions and noting the consequences that you can work backwards to ferret out his priorities. The scenario goes like this:
** ALL BEHAVIOR (action or lack of same) is the result of one’s
It seems appropriate at this point to briefly outline the mechanics
of solving a problem. Each problem brings with it a set of possible
alternative solutions. Each of these alternative solutions brings
with it its own new unique set of problems. Problem solving behavior
is the process of applying a particular solution to a particular
problem by means of: (1) discovering what the alternative solutions
are to that particular problem (2) identifying the particular problems
that that particular solution will bring with it (3) going through
this mental process with each possible solution and only then, (4)
applying the solution that best meets the needs of the original
problem without bringing with it new problems that are greater than
those deriving from the original problem.
The above is the ideal in problem solving behavior. Unfortunately, the reality is that most problems are not handled in that manner. In reality, most problem solving behavior (the act of making decisions) is dictated by one’s:
which lead to Results and Consequences, which may lead to another
round of the same.
**You can probably tell that I took the above section from something
else that I had written quite a while ago, but the information fits
here, also. In order to ferret out his priorities, one must apply
Sherlock Holmsian logic and not dismiss your conclusions simply
because you don’t like them. If the conclusions that you reach are
consistent with the actions and the consequences – over and over
and over – then you probably have discovered his true priorities!
Trust yourself. Trust your own instincts. Accept your conclusions!
And stop providing him with a means to evade responsibility!
Subject: the truth
Subject: presidential commission
Subject: New "frisky,""playful" Bush
Attack On Your Right To Vote Happening Now 4/1 (dailykos)
Attached is a link summarizing the issue, a discussion of a constitutional
amendment to guarantee a citizenship right to vote, and links for
contacting your congresspeople regarding the amendment.
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Please don’t besmirch the snakes. DeLay does not deserve to be
put in the same class with those creatures, who are innocent.
Subject: number of wounded in Iraq
[BuzzFlash Note: We have the following numbers, as of 3/31/05: 1533 Official U.S. Military Fatalities in Iraq; 11442 Official Wounded (thru 19-Mar-05); http://icasualties.org/oif/. A post at indymedia, which we cannot confirm, estimates 36,000 wounded and 7,000 US casualties in Iraq.]
Subject: Congratulations BuzzFlash!
Neither Colin Powell nor the son will be able to explain away the harm they have done. Baby Powell gave Murdoch Direct TV satellites instead of allowing Dish to expand its network. Who has done the most harm?
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