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Subject: [FORWARD] Letter to the IRS
Internal Revenue Service
Department of the Treasury
Washington, DC 20001
RE: My Tax Remittance for 2004
Enclosed is my 2005 Form 1040, together with payment. Please take
note of the attached article from "USA Today" archives.
In the article, you will note that the Pentagon paid $171.50 each
for hammers and NASA paid $600.00 each for toilet seats.
Please find enclosed in this package four toilet seats (value $2,400.00)
and six hammers (value $1,029.00). This is in payment for my total
tax due of $3,429.00.
Out of a sense of patriotic duty, and to assist in the political
purification of our government, I am also enclosing a 1.5 inch Phillips
head screw, for which HUD duly recorded and approved a purchase
value of $2200, as my contribution to fulfill the Presidential Election
Fund option on Form 1040.
It has been a pleasure to pay my taxes this year, and I look forward
to paying them again next year in accordance with officially established
Another Satisfied American Taxpayer
Subject: Scalia Won't Tell, But You Should
If Justice Scalia feels he shouldn't have to tell if he sodomizes
his wife, then why should it be any business of the Texas state
government if its citizens engage in similar behavior? The student
should have followed up and asked why then is it the government's
business on such issues if he was unwilling to discuss it himself.
Me thinks I smell a hypocrite.
Subject: Ask No Questions; They Will Tell You More Lies!
We have learned time and time again that the Bush Government has conveyed
“misinformation” to the American people and called it truth! The record
of their past history has shown us we should not be ready to accept
their claim of truth without closer scrutiny! The more we expose or
at least inquire into their lapses of truth the more wary the public
becomes. Those that would argue with this statement should take a
look at the approval rating of George W. Bush, which has declined
so much it now is considered one of the worst in presidential history!
There is one more DOUBT of the veracity of this government, this
time it is the Pentagon’s accounting of the escape of an Italian reporter.
The other side was given on 60 minutes last night! Italian Journalist,
Giuliana Sgrena was interviewed, and appeared to be a truthful and
most credible witness, who disputed the Pentagon’s position on her
escape and the death of Nicola Calipari! Our media showed very little
of the HUGE funeral in Italy of Calipari or the Italians' obsession
with Calipari, who was pronounced a national hero. Sgrena’s picture
was everywhere as this incident became a national cause.
Despite Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi playing patty cake with
Bush, 70% of Italians are against Bush and his unjustified war in
Iraq! There are plans now being discussed to withdraw the Italian
troops! In a point to point query, she disputed the Pentagon’s accounting
of the escape!
The pentagon is expected to come out with their version at the end
of the week. Will it be yet another whitewash? Will it be another
attempt to cover their collective rear-ends? They DECLINED their invitation
to give their side of the story on "60 Minutes!" We must
hear that report and not be afraid to ask hard questions! The veracity
of this incident is important to Americans because it could be the
hammering of another LYING NAIL in the COFFIN of their dishonesty!
For more information:
Subject: The so-called
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary
Over some new offense by a peevish, lying wingnut boor,
While I lost more precious slumber contemplating one more bummer
By a pundit so much dumber, dumber than the one before.
"'Tis my task to become number to each hummer, that's my chore.
Merely this, and nothing more."
Ah, distinctly I remember when reporters would dismember
Any statement by a member speaking on the Senate floor
Not content to merely scribble every little drip and dribble,
Theirs the job to check and quibble, bringing candor to the fore.
But, alas! they've been co-opted, rushing us to needless war,
Doomed to just be media whores.
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
"Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your attention I implore;
But the fact is you've been napping while the right-wing gang is sapping
Our most treasured rights and trapping more of us among the poor.
Is your sense of pride and independence gone forever more?
Is there no return in store?"
Then at last I heard the laughter bouncing from my bedroom rafters
And I knew that ever after in the journalism corps
There would still be more annealing till they nearly all are reeling
And, I have a sinking feeling, kneeling at the Bushes' door,
Begging access and declaring they are willing to be whores,
On their knees forever more.
Subject: David Chalmers Is Old News
Quote from article:
Meanwhile, there was inarguable corruption taking
place, and no company was more involved than a little Houston-based
oil company named Bayoil, owned by David Chalmers. Chalmers made himself
a stack of benjies for brokering a direct deal between Saddam and
Chilean arms dealer Carlos Cardoen for 20 million barrels. Forbes
reported this story back in 1995. Just yesterday, Financial Times
reported that Chalmers took part in a scheme with Saddam and a Russian
businessman to manipulate the price and profits from Iraqi oil. It
might seem that this character is much more directly involved with
oil-for-food corruption than Koffi Annan, but we will surely never
Chalmer's name on CNN, perhaps because he is a GOP contributor.
The same Bush Administration which was so anxious to discredit Kofi
Annan and the others involved in the UN Oil For Food scandal will
probably be silent about today's prosecution of Bayoil CEO David Chalmers
Jr. After all--he's a big contributor to the GOP.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: rush limbaugh
tell people to complain to the fcc about rush's indecency, they will
i got it on www.buzzflash.com
here is rush saying what he said
Subject: When Losers Can't Lose
Americans love to build things. It's one of our greatest traditions.
Perhaps best epitomized during the period of FDR's New Deal when a
moribund economy was transformed into a dynamo that left such monuments
as the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. The Social Security
system was created and the middle class thrived in America as never
before seen anywhere else in the world. America at its best was further
exemplified by JFK's vision of putting human beings on the moon in
a decade that focused our brightest minds, our most skilled workers
and bravest adventurers on a goal that challenged the imagination
and thrilled people around the world. America was at its best again
in the 1990s when everything seemed achievable in the 'age of information.'
But wait a second, there's something odd here. These were all democratic
administrations. Where were the republicans? On their knees preying?
Republicans are like a bad skin condition that only manifests itself
during the worst of times. They are the ugly face of America. There's
only one tool in their toolbox and that's a giant wrecking ball. They
fancy themselves as 'John Wayne' types, but in reality they're 'Kiss
up, kick down' John Bolton types. They're intent on 'fixing' things
that other people have struggled to build. Little ole things like
Social Security, the United Nations, the American space program, even
our very system of government. When they're not on their knees preying
they're goose stepping like nazis. Their truths are relativistic,
their desires are absolutes. They hate sex but love violence - as
long as it's someone else that's getting hurt. They are the Culture
of Death masquerading as the Culture of Life. Words like 'liberal'
and 'progressive' are deemed nasty and unmentionable while the sting
is entirely gone from words like 'hypocrite' and 'liar.' During good
times they can rub two nickels together and make eleven cents. In
bad times they can rub two nickels together and steal a dollar.
Republicans have divorced themselves from all that is good about America.
When you take away the good all that's left is bad. It's not that
hard to tell the difference. When great American presidents have traveled
abroad they didn't need to hide under the queen's skirt. They didn't
have to have entire cities evacuated to protect them from an angry
public. george w bush is a wart on America's behind.
Faith no more America! It's time for democrats to kick some sorry
[BuzzFlash Note: Sounds like you're mad as hell ... Let's harness
that to beat back the RNC and Bush administration.]
Subject: Social Security - What We Can Learn From Chile's Experiment
I found this information in the most recent issue of AARP Bulletin
- Vol 46 #4, April 2005.
In 1981 Chile became the first country to use private
accounts as part of its retirement system. Bush has said that the
US could "take some lessons from Chile" and has called its
system "a good example."
In Chile, workers can invest 10 to 20 percent of their pretax income
in private retirement accounts, selecting stocks or bonds from half
a dozen pension funds. Investments are tax free until retirement.
Historically, the rate of return has exceeded 10 percent.
But now, as the first wave of participants reaches retirement age,
many of them are discovering that their private nest eggs are far
smaller than they expected, partly because the fees and commissions
paid to fund managers have typically ranged from 25 to 30 percent.
Many retirees are learning they would have fared better in the government-run
system, which provides pensions of $140 to $1250 a month.
Subject: Bankruptcy Bill Passes
The bankruptcy bill just passed the House. I hate to say this, but
maybe this bill is part of what the American people need. I'm becoming
convinced that, until there is widespread suffering, they're just
not going to understand what sort of country the republicans are steering
Subject: Royalty Tax
I think the “estate” tax could be more accurately described as the
“royalty” tax because its main purpose is to build and maintain an
elite ruling class just like the royalty of medieval Europe. Of course
it is truly Orwellian in the fact that the members of this ruling
elite seem to be the first to accuse others of being “elitist.”
Subject: Bought AGAIN
Here is my email to my "Honorable" Representative. What
a hoot! He calls himself Honorable. You can see that I didn't write
the "To" [line]. No matter what one writes, and no matter
how he votes, He is The Honorable Tom Cole.
April 14, 2005
To The Honorable Tom Cole
So you prostituted yourself on the Bankruptcy bill! I wonder how
much you thought you were worth. To those of us here in Medicine
Park, you aren't worth a nickel.
A Buzzflash Reader
Subject: News Flash!! George Bush reads newspaper and learns something!!!!
"President Bush said Thursday that he had been surprised to learn
in the newspaper of his administration's decision last week to require
Americans to have passports to enter the country from Mexico or Canada
Surprised Bush Says He Wants New Travel Rules Reconsidered (NY
Wow, remember when George Bush said he didn't read the newspaper much?
"He walks into the Oval Office in the morning, Bush said, and
asks Card: "What's in the newspapers worth worrying about? I
glance at the headlines just to kind of (get) a flavor of what's moving,"
Bush said. "I rarely read the stories," he said."
wonder Bush doesn't connect with the rest of the country (Hearst
Well perhaps Mr. Card and his successor never felt that the results
of Mr. Bush's policies were worth worrying about. It was enough just
to have policies, actually paying attention to how they affected America
and the world was just crazy liberal talk.
Perhaps if Mr. Bush starts reading the papers he will see how the
Iraq war has greatly increased the terrorist threat against America,
turning sympathetic people after 9-11 into a world where the American
government is as unpopular as it's probably ever been.
Perhaps if Mr. Bush starts reading the papers he will start seeing
the indicators that his financial policies (such as tax cuts during
this time when supposedly national security was the highest
priority) are heading America's dollar and economy for a train wreck.
Perhaps if he starts reading the papers Mr. Bush might notice that
a fair amount of funny business gets done on Wall Street
and giving them control of the safety net of Social Security pretty
much takes the Security part out of it entirely.
Wow, George Bush reading the newspaper ... perhaps the end times ARE
A BuzzFlash Reader and Big
Subject: GOP Charity Begins in the House not the Home ...
Republicans don't mind voting to cut programs for every American,
but let one of their own come under fire for illegal activities and
into their pockets they go. I'm talking about the list
of contributors noted by one of your readers
in the mailbag ... Rep. Tom DeLay's Legal Expense Trust ... sounds
more like an "oxymoron" to me.
This list reads like one of George Bush's fund raisers. There are
38 House members who donated 5,000 and 34 who donated 1,000 with or
without the plates ... maybe they didn't get a meal with this donation,
but 89 House members donated to this Tom DeLay charity. There are
many businesses, corporations, self-employed people ... two that
have a business in Miscellaneous. There are eleven Unknowns ...
interesting, everyone loves a mystery.
With all of these legal problems lurking, I would think that DeLay
would want to get out of the news or get out of town, and take a trip
:) ... give us Americans a break ... but as violence always escalates
... so has the rhetoric of Tom DeLay. This time, he is trying to use
his hammer to take away the gavel of certain judges whose judgment
he doesn't agree with. Maybe he feels confident, with his threats
and demands, because Bush has never had to be accountable for anything
he has ever done or said, beginning with Afghanistan and Iraq, along
with the Bush administration.
I wonder if any of these contributors take their contributions off
their taxes ... DeLay's ethics are in question as to trips paid
for by interest groups and salaries paid to his family and now we
see 12 pages of members of the House and others donating to DeLay's
legal trust-me expense fund. Don't any of these people ever use their
As the trips and questions regarding DeLay's ethics keeps growing
... a million doesn't sound like that much ... for all of you
charitable friends of DeLay's, 2005 may be a very expensive year.
Just a thought,
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