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Subject: The rich
What a great time to be rich in America. Representation without taxation.
Dave in WV
Subject: Frist's Friends
Despite his disingenuous plea to call for more responsible rhetoric,
Majority Leader Bill Frist has decided to appear in a telecast later
this month with social conservatives who are making the outrageous
claim that judicial filibusters are being used "against people
Frist's friends have compared the Supreme Court to the KKK, served
prison time for crimes committed on behalf of the Nixon administration,
compared the day Massachusetts allowed same-sex couples to marry
to September 11, 2001 and believe that judges should be impeached.
These are Bill Frist's allies and the people who are urging him
to abuse the power with which he has been trusted as Majority leader
of the U.S. Senate.
JAMES DOBSON: This past Monday, Dobson compared Supreme Court
justices to the KKK. On his April 11 radio broadcast, Dobson said,
"I heard a minister the other day talking about the great
injustice and evil of the men in white robes, the Ku Klux Klan,
that roamed the country in the South, and they did great wrong
to civil rights and to morality. And now we have black-robed men,
and that's what you're talking about."
On his April 4 radio show, Dobson called for the impeachment of
six U.S. Supreme Court justices -- Kennedy, Ginsburg, Souter,
Breyer, Stevens, and Day O'Connor -- and the abolition of the
9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
In January, Dobson claimed that SpongeBob SquarePants promoted
homosexuality to schoolchildren in an anti-bigotry children's
video featuring cartoon characters. [New York Times, 1/20/05]
AL MOHLER: Dr. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary, compared May 17, 2004, the day Massachusetts became
the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, to September
11, 2001. "Dates like December 7, 1941 and September 11,
2001 represent far more than mere days on a calendar. Now, May
17, 2004 must be added to that list," Mohler wrote. [Al Mohler,
"A Day That Will Live in Infamy--May 17 in Massachusetts,"
CHARLES COLSON: Known within the Nixon administration as the "evil
genius," special counsel Charles W. Colson served seven months
in prison in 1974 after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice
in the Watergate-related Daniel Ellsberg case. Colson's more notorious
ideas, according to some reports, included spreading false information
about Ellsberg and firebombing the Brookings Institution. He was
also indicted for his role in the Watergate cover-up. [washingtonpost.com]
From the office of Sen. Harry Reid
Subject: Bushworld Is Giving Me an Embolism -- I HAVE NO REPRESENTATION
The most commonly heard argument against the estate tax - that
it represents unfair double taxation - is specious. First, the
estate tax does not even kick in until the assets left at death
exceed $1.5 million, or $3 million per married couple - and those
exemption amounts will more than double by 2009. So most Americans
never even have to think about the estate tax, let alone worry
about it coming on top of some other tax.
Live the Estate Tax (NY Times Editorial)
The author of this editorial hit the nail right on the head. I
am a student in the legal assisting program at a local community
college, and I can (and have) created trusts, living and testamentary,
that allowed the client to completely avoid all estate taxes at
the time of death. Some have children or grandchildren who may be
hit with a tax bill years down the road, but only if they dissolve
the trust outright, without the services of a tax or trust lawyer.
The attorneys instructing me call this “tax deferments,” a misnomer
because the taxes can be deferred for multiple generations depending
on how the trusts are structured. Married couples are exempt from
any “gift tax” on transfers of property between spouses, further
avoiding the tax man. (As evidenced by the chief of AIG transferring
2 billion dollars worth of stock to his wife, tax-free)
I called Adam Putnam (R-FL), in whose district I live (due to a
very strange redistricting line), to explain my opposition to both
the inheritance tax and bankruptcy bills. The staffer with whom
I spoke responded with, “Oh, you’re already in our system, Mr. Putnam
knows how you feel.” Should I be worried? I don’t have to call or
write to express my concerns; Adam Putnam is aware of my positions
and chooses to disregard them. (This also explains why I was not
notified about Putnam’s “town hall meetings” on Social Security
as I had requested. AFTER the meetings had been held, I received
an email touting their success.) Putnam supported both bills, maintaining
his record of voting the exact opposite of what I would on every
Putnam graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 and was
in the Florida House in 1996-2000 and went federal in 2000, following
the odd redistricting. What knowledge and expertise can he bring
to the House? How can this young pup have any idea about the daily
struggles of people without political influence? He is a career
Republican in every depressing sense of the word, and I question
his allegiance to his myriad corporate backers.
P.S. "U.S. military targets 14 year-olds." (URL: page
removed, HUH!) --Snip-- "Yeah, we talk to the kids," says
Lindell. "But it's not like we're kidnapping them and making
them do this. They make an informed decision based on the facts
we give them." --Snip-- Staff Sgt. Gary Lindell, an Army recruiter
working out of the office on Army Post Road says it's [sic] common
practice for recruiters to reach out to school-age kids wherever
they can. --Snip-- Do any of you know a 14 year-old that can make
an informed decision? I have raised three children to legal adulthood,
and at fourteen, I wouldn’t have trusted any decision that they
had made. They were positively sure about what they wanted one day,
but it could be completely the opposite the next day. If an eighteen
year old is not capable of drinking alcohol responsibly, how can
a fourteen year old decide to go to combat? [See story at: http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=5786.]
Subject: Oh, That Rapture
Finally it clicked - the bit of real-world sense that connects the
Cheney oil wing with the Millennialist nuts. Check out the frightening
scenario described by Matt Savinar in http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/.
Though his apocalyptic predictions may be over the top, there is plenty
there to make a person think hard about possible chaos at the end
of the oil age. I propose to the readers that for at least some of
our fair ruling clique, the Rapture consists not of flying up in the
air, but a pre-planned escape hatch (read: staged hoards at remote
sites, private armies, selected families chosen for survival, etc.)
when our oil-powered economic train finally derails. Their public
paradigm might be Jesus' return. But if and when it happens, I think
it would look more like the German guy with the funny mustache.
Subject : Political Essays
Deepening Shadow World (NY Times Editorial)
In plainer language: "The Superpower's Crooked Congress Club,"
aka "Down and Dirty Democracy."
The Times editorial is based on the new special report from the Center
for Public Integrity:
of Influence Nets almost $13 Billion: Shadowy Lobbyists Ignore Rules
And Exploit Connections
From the report:
Because of their ability to influence lawmakers and legislation,
lobbyists have been dubbed 'the Fourth Branch' of government. But
while they wield enormous influence in the capital, lobbyists receive
little attention from the press and far less public scrutiny.
Well, of course: What do you think Dumbing Down is for? It's a vital
part of Down and Dirty Democracy. And the Times understands that:
"Lobbying has now become an established part of ..."
"... representative government."
The Times does wish to make sure that Wall Street's voice is heard
loud and clear, and is not drowned out by miscellaneous crooks. In
particular, it praises attempts to "require disclosure by the murky,
mushrooming world of 'grass roots' lobbying via outside [!] pressure
Oh, by the way, The Superpower is pushing this "established" drug
through its Allawi-Abbas-Karzai network in the Middle East and West
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Kerry ... ?
I don't think the right is worried at all about Kerry. They would
do to him what they did
the last time ... just 'smashface'!!
No, they are scared shitless of Hillary Clinton! The plans are already
in the works to
do a "Swiftboat" type ad! What in the world can they do
in the "Swiftboat" vein about
Hillary Clinton? I cannot even imagine what they have in store! But,
I have come to realize
one thing these rightwingnuts love is having it their way!
They can have all the religious right they want ... and still call
us immoral ... and even with the Eric Rudolph's ... and the Randall
Terrys ... on their side ... we just cannot play as dirty. I hate
to even think it ... but, we have get to get a lot lower than we are
It is not the nature of the democrat ... but, if we want a world to
live in and do not want
to lose anymore rights ... we have to. I would never have given a
thought, that after finding out the war was phoney ... that Bush would
be elected ... but, he was!
You see, if Hillary Clinton gets elected ... they know Bill will be
helping ... even though he
will stay out of the picture ... she may ask his advice from time
to time ... and they cannot even fathom the thought. He has kept in
the news enough ... that you know he is not far from the thoughts
of most democrats. I saw in People's most influential leaders
of the world (and I do not put much stock in People) but,
he is still there ... and has the respect of many people.
They speak of their choices for 2008 ... and the mention of Bill (Medicare
fraud) Frist ...
then the name Rudy (adulterer, with a restraining order) Giuliani
... and Newt (Wife
trader) all come up ... they have a lot of baggage ... and if democrats
play their cards
right ... they can use the dirt ... as I said, it is not their nature
... but, it is gonna have to
Subject: Passport ... What Passport?
On April 14, 2005 President Bush let us know that he's shocked to
learn that Passports will be required to enter the U.S. from Mexico
or Canada. The passport thing isn't breaking news either. It was officially
announced on April 5. The policy was in the works for months. Senior
government officials with the State Department and the Department
of Homeland Security have said that they were in extensive contact
with the Whitehouse regarding the policy change, yet this seems to
be the first Bush has heard about it. That's nine days after being
announced and making the press.
This means that Bush is either completely out of touch with what
is happening in this country or he chooses to play stupid. Either
way it's bad news for U.S. citizens.
The passport requirement is to take effect by 2008. Just how did
this happen right under Bush's nose without his knowledge? Well that's
a good question considering it was part of an intelligen[ce] reform
bill that he signed himself last year. I guess he just didn't bother
reading it, or even having somebody brief him on what the bill entailed.
Maybe he was just too busy working on not putting together a plan
for social security so that he could travel the country at the taxpayers'
expense in order to promote ... well, nothing. Or maybe he's just
an egomaniacal meat puppet with his head so far up his own ass that
it actually appears to be sitting on his shoulders.
The only person I can think of in recent history that thought of
himself in such a way was Adolph Hitler. But unlike Bush, Hitler actually
had leadership qualities to go along with his over inflated sense
of self worth and importance. Even Saddam Hussein with his over inflated
ego and sense of grandiose being, at least knew what was happening
in his own government.
Subject: Riverbend's Interview
I've considered it to be a mixed blessing ever since I found Riverbend's
blog, a site I now check and read regularly. As a reporter - sports
- myself, I am in awe at the command of English that she has. Sometimes
it makes me weep that she can write so well and illustrate her world
in such a clear fashion. Her writing also makes me ashamed of what
my country has done to her people, evidently only due to trumped up
lies. I can only hope that someday she'll forgive us as a people but
won't be surprised if she doesn't. Right now I actually wish Riverbend
would get out of Iraq. I hope to be reading her blog for a long time
but I'm fearing for her safety. I also want to thank BuzzFlash for
offering her book, it's something I'll purchase sometime this month.
Just hope that someday in the future I can meet her and have my copy
autographed. Thanks again BuzzFlash for spreading her name and blog
among your readers. It's wonderfully sad and sometimes hopeful reading.
And thank you Riverbend, you're a blessing both to your fellow women
and to your suffering countrymen.
Subject: Why Isn't Hastert Complaining To Bush About High Gas Prices?
Hastert, R-Illinois, pointed to a June 5 Energy Department memorandum
as proof that while the administration was suggesting oil companies
might have colluded to drive prices in the Chicago and Milwaukee
areas 40 percent higher than the rest of the nation, it was aware
that other factors were significant contributors.
Administration officials called Hastert's claims "gas pump price
politics." They say that the very memorandum the speaker points
to discredits his claim.
"The bottom line," one administration official said, is that the
document points to factors which would have only led to slight increases
in prices -- not a 40 percent price spike.
Hastert set the stage for a heated political joust in a tersely
worded memo to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol
Browner, whom he accused of misleading 30 members of Congress during
a June 15 meeting.
But administration officials say Hastert's letter fails to note
a key statement in Kenderdine's memo: "These supply issues will
affect price, but the degree to which they contribute to price spikes
The memo goes on to state that a number of the previously mentioned
factors also play a role in gas price increases in other parts of
the nation that did not have the special clean air guidelines.
The Midwest price spike remains unexplained. The cause is under
investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, and administration
officials point out that on the day the FTC investigation was announced,
the prices began to drop.
Hey, Hastert - How much higher are gas prices today compared to 2000??
Why haven't you complained to Bush yet Hastert?? What a hypocrite!!
Subject: Elections? We Don't Need No Stinking Elections
Certain people keep talking about the next election. Elections are
now a joke. They aren’t real, and if you think they are, you are probably
one of those people who still thinks that Iraq had WMD and was going
to sell them to Bin Laden. Computerized voting machines without paper
trails? Another joke. Are you waiting for the Democrats to do something?
Good luck with that. They are currently in a position to raise hell
about all the selfish, greedy, inhumane, evil, and outrageous acts
of those “in power,” yet they do nothing. They are so complacent,
they must be getting something for their inaction. They don’t have
anything left to lose, right? They must have stock in Halliburton.
DeLay is just the newest front man used to deflect criticism from
the First Puppet. That is an old political ploy. Do not fall for it
or for the Gingrich distraction. Newt is only making “running for
president” noises because he is intended to make the real person they
will appoint to the presidency easier to accept by the masses who
still haven’t figured out what has really happened. The government
of the United States has been overthrown. Face it! Can you imagine
what they are doing that we do not hear about?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Art Finkelstein's Wife
to end the speculation. art finkelstein's partner's name is don curialie,
both from brooklyn, n.y. reside in ipswich, mass. at waldinfield manor.
member of myopia hunt club.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: We don't have a second source on this for confirmation.
There really is a Myopia Hunt Club, though.]
Subject: those who get the profits ought to assume the risks
Those of you who have seen the excellent doc (offered as a premium)
might remember the CEO who admits that what corporations seek
to do is increase their profits by externalizing their costs-- ie,
have society pick them up. So, for instance, when a company employs
people at low wages and doesn't offer health care coverage, the local
taxpayers pick up the costs of providing health care to those people
when they inevitably show up at the emergency room. When the wages
won't cover the cost of housing, the employees turn to homeless shelters--
again at public expense.
This bankruptcy bill is more of the same. The credit card companies
offer cards to people they know are bad credit risks. They rake in
all the profits from the interest, but through this bill are now able
to externalize the cost of their risk by putting the majority of it
back in the individual's lap.
In Globalization and Its Discontents, author Joseph Stiglitz
writes, "Part of the social contract entails 'fairness,' that
the poor share in the gains of society as it grows, and that the rich
share in the pains of society in times of crisis. It is not true that
'a rising tide lifts all boats.'" He repeatedly points out how
countries can fail when this social contract is broken.
Anyone who has spent time with kids realizes how early -- and deeply
-- a sense of fairness is embedded in our conscience. Is it fair that
the rich should receive tax cuts when we're at war, as Bush likes
to point out at every turn, while those with fewer options are the
ones over in Iraq and Afghanistan? Is it fair that the poor and middle
class should see a cut in any service you can name while the rich
grow astronomically richer? Is it fair that the ratio of CEO compensation
to average compensation grew from 282-1 last year to 300-1 this year?
Spend time on the right-wing sites (even the nuts at FreeRepublic)
and you'll see that they are as incensed about corporate greed as
we are. This is an issue that can unite people, and I think we ought
to be putting a lot of our energy in crying a very loud, very public
CEOS RAKE IN THE DOUGH (AP/NY Post)
Shannon in Lexington
Subject: faith-based politicians
In the highly charged atmosphere of today's politics we are led to
believe that "values" matter more to Republicans than to
Democrats. This gambit becomes more incomprehensible with every piece
of legislation pummeled through Congress and in the debates both within
and outside the legislature. Issues of religion and belief played
a major role in the last presidential election, but there has been
little to celebrate in terms of faith when it comes to this administration's
Questions abound regarding the kinds of people the president has chosen
to fill cabinet positions, judgeships and various other important
departments. In addition many Americans have begun to have serious
misgivings about government interference in the daily conduct of their
lives. The Terri Schiavo case brought many issues into the open and
created a lot of uneasiness in the country. Republicans, who always
preached fiscal responsibility and moral rectitude, have become the
party of huge deficits and questionable ethical standards. And despite
the fact that many of us have been aware for some time that money
is at the root of all government, the brazenness lately of fundraising
methods has attracted more than the usual attention, which is probably
a good thing in the long run.
Faith-based politicians are big on talk but short on action. The sanctity
of life can be a meaningless concept when a fetus seems more beloved
than children after they are born. Or to make a federal case, literally,
of a woman in a fifteen-year vegetative state but withhold funding
for stem-cell research that might actually help the medically impaired.
To put such emphasis on abstracts without supporting prenatal care
for the poor, affordable health care for families and adequate funding
for scientific projects can hardly be considered the work of caring
individuals. Yet many politicians on the right continue to act as
if they own the moral high ground no matter how incongruous their
Press Secretary McClellan said President Bush regards Tom DeLay as
more of a business associate than a social friend. Actually, it is
less appealing to think of the president doing business with an unethical
partner than just sharing a meal with him now and then. Selling out
the country to the highest bidders and neglecting the poor and the
sick beggars religious principles, and no amount of pontificating
can change that reality.
At the outermost fringes, the recently sentenced Eric Rudolph spoke
proudly of bombs he planted at an abortion clinic, a gay club and
a park during the Olympics in Atlanta - - his point? - -"defense
of the unborn." Rudolph is of course an extreme extremist, but
too often our political leaders have not been a calming influence;
people like DeLay and the president could help by moderating their
rhetoric and encouraging the faithful to behave in more principled
Unfortunately, these days religion is often used as a political tool
and mean-spirited rhetoric spews vitriol instead of comfort. One can
only echo the question - - "What would Jesus say?" A friend
suggested he might say - - "For this I started a religion?"
[BuzzFlash Note: We didn't hear much outrage as Eric Rudolph plea-bargained
and got out of the death penalty, did we? How come he gets to put
out an 11-page "statement" presenting his viewpoint, but
muslim terrorists don't? How is he different from Timothy McVeigh--other
than his targets? Is it his right-wing "pro-life," anti-gay
Subject: Blame Democrats!
Urges GOP to Blame Dems Over Ethics (AP/Yahoo)
Okay, what computer head can do a new mix of the SOUTH PARK song,
BLAME CANADA, with the new lyrics, so we can play it at home?
Subject: Reds, Hope, and Howitzers
So the reds in Congress show us once again that corporations (credit
cards, in particular) are more important than the citizens they screw.
The "culture of life" scripture continues to read the rich
beget the rich, and the latter shouldn't be taxed for it. The United
States Senate majority leader is preaching that the "liberal"
Democrats are "against people of faith." Well, Senator,
it's hard to have faith in anything while you and the good ol' boys
try to run rough shod over the separation of powers in the United
States government, while simultaneously lowering the ethical standards
of two of its branches.
There are a few points of light (not the thousand that George I saw)
coming from the abyss. T.A. Barron offers some of us tree huggers
"Reasons for Hope," and comedian turned radio news man Harry
Shearer joins the fray once again catching a fox "news"
anchor telling his guests what to say. This as scientists turned comedians
(?) name slime mold beetles after administration officials. Take that,
you technologically backwards, budget cutting bastards.
It's nice to see the "vast left wing conspiracy" branching
out. AmericaBLOG makes a great point about the ineffective old groups
failing, leaving it up to us neo-liberals to attack and attack with
the same "howitzers" the reds seem to. But which new group
should we focus Our guns through CREW, Democracy for America, Center
for American Progress, America! Coalition, Progressive Bloggers Union
And just to lighten the mood, here's a video of the president of the
United States of America.
Passes Bankruptcy Reform Bill (AP/Yahoo)
Paris Hilton Tax Cut (Washington Post)
Senator claims Democrats are "against people of faith" --Frist
Set to Use Religious Stage on Judicial Issue (NY Times)
Reasons for Hope by
T.A. Barron (NRDC Action Fund)
Harry Shearer's Le Show does it again this time taping hannity telling
his guests what to say. http://www.harryshearer.com/active/leShowArchive.php
peace and progress (the progressive kind)
Subject: The operative word is Force
Changing the name of Robert F. Kennedy Field in Washington D.C. to
Armed Forces Field?
How appropriate, considering the field is in the same area as a forceful
Bush, the forceful Pentagon and a forceful republican congress that
rolls over the little Americans. Gee, I wonder if the Washington Nationals
will carry guns onto the field to conquer the opposing teams. Will
they move up and down the field in Humvees and Tanks? Shooting field
goals through the uprights with rocket launchers could be amusing.
Will their uniforms resemble camouflage patterns? Cheerleaders could
wear army helmets and combat boots. Angry fans could shoot paint balls
at the referees ... splaaat! Armed Forces indeed! Forceful and Armed!
In the meantime, a man who represented life and concern for America
and Americans is about to be erased from the sports field by a bunch
of fickle marketing kissups.
the National Guard Bought the Rights to RFK Stadium in Washington
(Black Athlete Sports Network)
Subject: Anti-abortion Extremism
Good Morning, Buzz, and all you wonderful people out there :) I'm
in one of those "not so humble opinion" modes, so, I hope
everyone will bear with me here. I promise it won't be long, and,
I promise it will be painless.
People like Eric Rudolph make me want to scream, "Who in the
hell do you think YOU are?" What gives this man the right to
bomb abortion clinics and gay bars? Is it his belief that such rights
and behaviors are so wrong in his eyes that they have to be DESTROYED?
I mean, just because I find the views of Jerry Falwell, Ann Coulter,
Sean Hannity, David Horowitz and the other neocons too numerous to
count, reprehensible, do I stalk them and bomb their homes and threaten
I've a problem with an overabundance of vanity and narcissism that
some people seem to be plagued with (especially those who feel pressured
to look younger instead of saying, "Up yours. This is ME. Don't
like it? Too *bleeping* bad!"). But, do I annihilate plastic
surgeons and their clients? Do I spit in the face of anyone who wears
a seal-pelt coat because I find the wearing of dead animals for the
sake of vanity downright cruel? Do I target health clubs because,
these days, it's not about health but about what the late Hunter S.
Thompson said is "vanity run amok?"
Of course, the answer to all of these is a firm "NO." Guys
like Eric Rudolph, folks in the "new Dominionist" movement,
and many people out there who are irrationally angry because things
aren't the way THEY like it have just got to deal with reality.
Abortion is legal and has been for thirty-plus years. Gays have every
right NOT to be harassed and persecuted. (As far as vanity? I say,
"Turn off that damned television. The commercials alone will
make you crazy and doubt the beauty you all already possess. To hell
with Madison Avenue!! Let us all grow older gracefully and with dignity.)
These folks on the far right better just DEAL!