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Subject: Power To Declare War
The Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war. When Congress
gave that power over to bush when he wanted to go to war with Iraq,
was that a one-time-only thing or was it permanent? I've read that it
was unconstitutional for Congress to give that power to bush, so could
that be challenged in court? Also, that power was given bush with the
provision that the U.N. agree to attacking Iraq. Since the U.N. did
not agree, did bush actually have the power to declare war? Could that
be an additional court challenge? Is there any group that is considering
such a challenge? In view of the far-right's agenda for conquering the
entire Middle East and the possibility of endless war, I believe it
is important that these questions be answered.
[BuzzFlash Note: The bill is H.J.Res.114, Authorization
for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (History
Subject: Response To "Fury"
I have wondered if George is 'clueless' or if it is he just doesn't
give a damn......
A BuzzFlash Reader
James Dobson says, "The biggest Holocaust in human history
came out of the Supreme Court." We thought it came out of Nazi
Germany, but apparently Dobson thinks otherwise. 4/26
Actually, it came out of Rome and has been going on for millennia
(Inquisition, imperialism, et cetera). Nazi Germany was only one
black hole in history perpetrated by the former acolytes, Adolf,
Heinrich, Joseph, and Reinhard, who, by the by, have NOT been removed
from the rolls of the faithful.
Subject: Death Squads
can NOT believe you didn't make a bigger deal out of the negroponte
confirmation, the guy who sanctioned the use of torture and politically
motivated executions. policies that were proverbially the genesis
to the abu ghraib abuse. you thought it more important to go after
chafee instead. can you say "misplaced priorities?" "misplaced
outrage??" recommend listening to mike malloy from the last
couple of weeks if you don't want to bother reading about negroponte,
to be reminded exactly what it is he is guilty of. malloy, unlike
you, knows the difference between the trivial and the unforgivable.
and i know you got more than a couple of letters protesting your
going after chafee. you're just refusing to post them. wouldn't
want to be a man and face up to your error, do you. that might be
too much for your fragile ego.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: What's his party?
Ha, has anyone noticed the media's articles on San Diego's Mayor
resigning amid questionable activity seldom mention that he is a
You can bet that if he were a Democrat/Independent, the media would
plaster that fact in bold, almost blinking, letters!
By the way ... my new mantra ... [The motto of the new Republican
party: "Borrow and Spend."]
When a political discussion almost got rolling at dinner at my
aunt's home in Phoenix, it ended abruptly when I had the audacity
to say, "We have no right to be in Iraq ... 100,000 innocents
killed by the Bush war machine," to which my very sweet 72
year old aunt replied, "Well, God totally destroyed nations
of evil people." The divide over reasoned behavior suddenly
became an insurmountable chasm not only in America but in my often
loving family. I continue to fear the worst and regret the apathy
of the those who do actually understand what is going down in this
society and are doing so little to rise up against it. Will we all
go to our graves as slaves to the new fascists?? Do you feel the
landslide that is beginning to pull us into the pit of right wing
republican rule?? We are on very shaky ground friends. Get active.
I just finished reading "GM
industry puts human gene into rice" from the Independent.
I'm confused. Did they mean they put a human gene into Rice (Condi)
which would be a huge improvement? Or did they mean that the food,
rice, will contain human genetic material? What will the Bush crowd
of culture-of-lifers make of this? It's as bad as stem-cell research.
Surrey, BC, Canada
[BuzzFlash Note: From the article: "Environmentalists say
that no one will want to eat the partially human-derived food because
it will smack of cannibalism." But, "Professor Richard
Meilan of Purdue University in Indiana ... adds: 'I do not have
any ethical issue with using human genes to engineer plants,' dismissing
talk of 'Frankenstein foods' as 'rubbish.'"]
Subject: Republican "white Smoke"
While listening to The Randi Rhodes Show on Monday, a caller had
a great sarcastic suggestion for The Republican Party for their
next Convention. When they have a Candidate/Dictator to run for
The Presidency, they should burn "White Smoke" up the
chimney of their Convention Center. How Appropriate!! Just "pray"
that you "follow" that candidate's religion.
Windsor Locks, CT
You Be a Democrat? - April 25 2005,
I know you are a Democratic Party web site and I happen to find
your postings so valuable. Thank you for the work you all do. But,
please take note of the list you recently posted contribution titled
"Could you be a Democrat?"- April 25 2005, and then look
at the last 15 YEARS of the Democratic Party's priorities and actions-
evident from a mega list of actions, voting records, and political
maneuvers on the record, year after year, issue after issue - that
consistently shows a party imbedded with the same, or similar, corporate
interests - time and time again - over the interests of the American
people and our Constitution. Especially, ever since the adulterous
Newt, you’ve been neutered and it's killing us all.
We need a NEW party- I mean totally NEW, and it's going to take
a whole NEW approach. You've heard the term, "think outside
the box." It's time now for the same type of attitude when
it comes to our Politics. Be it Green, Reform, or another whole
new call-tag, in order to engage the majority of eligible voters
in our great Nation and to rally them to a new American Cause, we
need to really break some barriers. The same folks who lead the
Democrats to where they are now, are the same chumps still pulling
the strings. That's how entrenched they are and how far-gone the
'Party' is. Can it be more obvious? To the relative outsider, this
is as bright as day. Failure still allows no true reform. I alone
could give you the outline to a new American Progressivism; one
that matches the rest of the civilized world, but without saying
that exact thing. One that would POLL very very well. Heck, you've
spent millions on this POLL already. I'm sure this wasn't articulated
perfectly, but I bet you get the gist. Thanks again for what you
Seal Beach, CA
[BuzzFlash Note: We are not affiliated with the Democratic Party.
We are an independent site supported by our readers, and we are
Do you think it was John Bolton who outed Valerie Plame in a rage
against her husband, Joseph Wilson? It fits his modus operandi.
Surrey, BC, Canada
Subject: Want a Way To Stop Bush's Town Hall Meetings?
So you have to be a loyal Bush Supporter to get into an "open"
town heil (sorry, Hall) meeting of dubya's. I've tried and been
turned down as have numerous others across the country. But maybe
we're not the ones who should attend!? The press?? Nah! They know
that what Bush says is political tripe and nothing poignant anyway.
I wonder what would happen if Bill Clinton just happened to show
up and want access to one of Bush's meetings? Hmmm? How about John
Kerry or Howard Dean or Harry Reid? The secret service is REQUIRED
to guard ex-presidents, too. If they refused admittance to Clinton,
the press might just have to question why. For those worrying about
the ethical side of this, forget about it! The right has no ethical
values. I would love to hear Bush stammer to questions asked by
Clinton or Dean, as private citizens, of course, and I sure as heil
(sorry again) hell would want to be there in person. How about it
guys? You don't get any press coverage talking about the canned
meetings AFTER they happen. This would guarantee media coverage,
especially if they were denied access. Who knows? It might even
stop them from happening.
Subject: Did You Know: The Truth About Staffing at the U.S. Park
Did you know that there are fewer United States Park Police officers
today than when I was sent home for confirming staffing and resource
challenges to a Washington Post reporter in November of 2003?
Did you know that in April 2000 – long before the increased demands
necessitated by the tragic events of September 11, 2001 – the former
Director of the National Park Service presented a Report
to Congress in which he stated that he needed 806 officers for
the United States Park Police Force?
Did you know that at the time he submitted the report, there were
648 police officers in the United States Park Police – 18 months
prior to 9-11?
Did you know that there were only 621 United States Park Police
officers on the day I was sent home – December 5, 2003?
Did you know that the former Director of the National Park Service
said in his Report
to Congress that 806 officers were needed plus additional officers
for new areas of responsibility and for specific “counter terrorism
Can you imagine what the former Director would have said were his
needs for the United States Park Police if he could have imagined
the horrors of 9-11 and the responsibilities that would follow?
Read the report
for yourself (it will open in Adobe Reader but may take a while
to load). Then visit HonestChief.com
to see the latest updates by media in San Diego, Winchester, and
The audio library of HonestChief now includes 26 selections. This
story continues to build interest and momentum.
As always, thanks for your support, and please forward this email
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Subject: Dubja vs Kim
was spot on. I have feared for quite some time that Boy George and
Darth Cheney are putting the pieces in place to rid us of the 22nd
amendment. At that time, we will in fact have that Totalitarian
regime we all fear.
I'd buy more stuff to support ya but I'm one of those lucky duckies
that no longer has a job.
Subject: Christian anti-filibuster rallies
I really don't like the description of these things as "Christian."
They should be called "Religious."
Like the great evangelist
Billy Sunday once said, "Going to a church does not make
you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you a car."
Subject: Journalism Going Going Gone
I just sent the following to NPR. It sounds like they continue
to buy into the Republican noise machine. What a sad day!
How disappointed I was this morning driving to work and listening
to ‘Morning Edition.’ I choose to listen to NPR because, that
is up until this morning, because you were the last refuge for
decent honest journalism. The story in question was regarding
Sen. Frist’s participation in the Justice Sunday event held this
past Sunday. I couldn’t believe it and almost drove my car off
the road when the NPR commentator stated that this was all about
what Democrats are referring to as the “Nuclear Option.” This
term the “Nuclear Option” was created and perpetuated by the Republican
Party. It was obvious late last week that the Republican noise
machine was busy as the verbiage began to change regarding this
label during the news cycles. I understand why the ‘Others’ bought
into this game and willingly misrepresent the facts on the issues,
but I am hard pressed to find the understanding on why NPR felt
it was necessary to do the same. You just got Framed by the Framers,
congratulations on moving one of the last bastions of real journalism
closer to the wonderful world of infotainment. I never thought
I would have to get the saltshaker out for you guys!
Driving to the sound of silence will now be preferred to driving
with the noise of manipulation and false comments.
P.S. Next time you might want to check your archives….hmmmm On
November 16 he said to NPR:
Sen. FRIST: If we continue to see
obstruction where one out of three of the president's nominees to
fill vacancies in the circuit court are being obstructed, then action
would be taken. One of those is the nuclear option. The Constitution
says advice and consent is the Senate's responsibility; the president's
responsibility to it is to a point, and therefore, if the Constitution
says 'advice and consent,' by 50 votes you can decide to give advice
and consent. Will we have to do that? I can't tell you, but I can
tell you if obstructions are to continue like they have in the past,
that clearly is an option that we have on the table.
Thanks for the heads up now I have yet another source of news to
Subject: SS Reply to Dems Inquiry on Presidential Access
A careful reading of the SS Reply to the Dems FOIA request as
reported on Raw
Story reveals that only the second half of the first question
Q. What standards does U.S. Secret Service impose on those who
are granted access to the President and the White House Briefing
The question can be broken into two sub-parts, one concerning standards
for access to the President, himself, the other, standards for access
to the WHBR. The Secret Service never answered the first part: "What
standards does U.S. Secret Service impose on those who are granted
access to the President..."
In light of Gannon/Guckert's unexplained extensive after-hours
time in the White House, I think the Democrats should re-submit
the question, along with one inquiring whether or not Gannon/Guckert
ever met privately with the President at any time during his extracurricular
visits, and, if so, under what circumstances.
Subject: Bush is setting up the Saudis for summer's higher gas
Oil prices fell momentarily in the middle of April. Why? Because
we were in turnover between winter and summer.
The need and use of heating oil went down with warmer weather, and
the summer driving has not yet begun. When the summer driving begins
prices will once again begin to climb. $60 crude is not only likely,
but will occur sooner rather than later.
Bush and his 'Energy Experts' know this. The spin doctors need to
deflect the higher oil prices from Bush. They need a fall guy. Bush
cannot afford any more hits. He is already beginning to be called
a lame duck President. Americans are beginning to wonder just what
that Secret Energy Meeting in 2001 was about, because America's
energy policy is only helping the profits of Big Oil.
Enter the Saudis. Bush is already pointing the finger in anticipation
of the higher prices. The Saudis are not responsible for this, but
will be blamed anyway.
The rise in prices are tied to two factors: the falling US dollar,
and the lack of US refineries. We are at 100% refining capacity.
No amount of additional crude oil will change that fact.
This is just one more example of misleading America with half truths
Time will tell all the Truth.
New York City
Subject: burning judges at the stake!
The republicans are really starting to scare us with this power
grab stuff! It's as if we are being taken over by the religious
nut cases, the normal people don't matter! I'm a christian, too
... but I'm not a crazy one! I do not want to control what everyone
does in this country! The next thing you know we will be burning
judges at the stake!
Shorty in Memphis
Subject: Copy of letter to Congress
President Bush should be immediately removed from office for the
He Ignored at least 50 warnings about an imminent threat of attack
on US soil. Did not require any special precautions at airports.
Deliberately hindered investigation into 9/11 and allowed the Bin
Laden family to leave the country without being questioned.
Deliberately misled the United States about the threat Saddam Hussein
posed to America.
Has repeatedly stated that the Intelligence was flawed, when Richard
Clarke and Scott Ritter proclaimed loud and clear that Iraq posed
no threat to America or its neighbors. It was President Bush’s intelligence
that was flawed.
Allowed no bid contracts in Iraq. Halliburton and other US contractors
have stolen millions in US tax dollars and the President has done
nothing to stop these abuses. Asking instead for more money for
President Bush appointed Donald Rumsfeld to Secretary of Defense
and the US citizens continue to employ this man, who knew about
and encouraged torture. Not to mention his bungling of the war.
The following appointees show a clear pattern of corruption. These
appointees have checkered pasts that the President apparently applauds
Bernard Kerik: Had it not been for whistle blowers and the media,
this corrupt cop would now be the National Security Advisor.
Condoleezza Rice: After having failed miserably to protect America
from the worst attack on US soil with more fatalities than Pearl
Harbor, President Bush assigns her to a more prestigious position
as Secretary of State.
John Bolton: John Bolton was a member of the 2000 Bush/Cheney campaign.
He played a key role in hindering the Florida recount, which might
have overturned the Bush presidency. That is the only credential
that Bush apparently bases his decision to make him UN Ambassador.
He is neither diplomatic or credible.
Alberto Gonzales: Not only ignored torture in Iraq and Cuba, he
also refused to hear the appeals of death row inmates, including
a Mexican man who signed a confession that he couldn’t read. While
serving as the Attorney General of Texas, he presided over the most
executions in our Nation’s history.
Propaganda: Bush paid at least three journalists to promote his
agenda - using US tax dollars. He paid a gay prostitute to cover
White House briefings. His town hall meetings are only open to avowed
Bush supporters, while US taxpayers are excluded from these federally
The Deficit: Knowing that he planned to invade Iraq (a given), President
Bush gave tax cuts to the wealthy. Now that America is suffering
huge deficits, he refuses to encourage taxation to cover the cost
of his war and wants to make tax cuts permanent.
Regardless of his intentions, President Bush shows a pattern of
corruption that can not be ignored. America is suffering at the
hands of this President.
Get rid of him!
[BuzzFlash Note: We have no proof that Bush paid Gannon/Guckert;
his access to the White House and his ties to Republican operatives
Subject: Get Thee Back To Thy Pews And Pulpits!
Bush, Frist, and a small minority of religious extremists are
getting away with IMPOSING their “culture of life” B.S. on the majority
of Americans and using yet another power play that interferes with
our political liberty. The Bush Administration’s excess of power
must be curtailed and so must the extremism of one group who touts
faith on one side of their mouth and supports a killing war on the
other side! They are under the impression that their way is the
ONLY right way and unless the rest of us act like “STEPFORD PEOPLE”
then they have the audacity to accuse us of having little faith!
Now they support the “nuclear option” to get their like minded judges
to control our future. John Lyly once said, “Though all men be made
of one metal, yet they be not cast all in one mold!” Americans do
not prefer the Bush/extremist mold and we object to any President,
any Congressmen or any extremist group naming itself the conscience
of our government, and our country! These extremists are a little
acorn, but would have us believe they are an Oak Tree! Frist claims
we should, “Stop the filibuster against people of faith!” as he
hides his POWER PLAY FOR A ONE-PARTY RULE BEHIND THE GUISE OF RELIGION!
Bush’s judicial nominees do not represent balance! NEITHER does
the Bush governing party, as we see checks and balances being mowed
under by a majority vote time and time again! We also have seen
every underhanded trick in the book used to hide, vote down, whitewash,
and misrepresent information to the American people! It doesn’t
take an Einstein to see that of course they want an up and down
vote since they have the majority! Like a herd of Elephants, they
are trampling on our rights in their efforts to gain and keep control
of the politics of our country! Adlai Stevenson said, “Those who
corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from
the public purse!” SO Bush, Frist and Religious extremists GET THEE
BACK TO THY PEWS AND PULPITS AND QUIT USING RELIGION AS YOUR RIGHTEOUS
CLOAK FOR POWER!
You conservatives and Republicans certainly are forgiving these
days. When Bill Clinton made one blunder and told one small lie
to try and cover the fact it was a big deal, worthy of impeachment
if not execution.
Why isn’t it a big deal when Bush and all of his henchmen tell
huge lies and make huge blunders? Lies that have cost billions of
dollars and thousands of lives. Do I have to list all the lies and
blunders to remind all ye of short attention span and short memory?
No WMD’s, (they gave up looking) no Al Qaeda connection, Iraq can
pay for its own reconstruction, no tons of chemical weapons, no
nuclear weapons, troops sent into battle not fully equipped, ammo
dumps not guarded, prisoner abuse, no threat whatsoever to America.
These are some pretty serious mistakes don’t you think?
I’m sure they would be if Bill Clinton had made them. But not for
Bush. Why? Because he was unlucky enough (or lucky enough, depending
on you’re point of view) to be the president on 9/11? Is that why
59 million voters decided to give him a pass as far as mistakes
and lies go? Is there no lie or mistake big enough? You’re bound
and determined to follow blindly like good obedient sheep.
Not me, I’m not going to be a sheep. Not for Bill Clinton, certainly
not for a lying hypocrite like Bush. Is it just revenge? You want
someone to pay, just about anyone will do. Someone must be bombed
and Bush is the one for the job. Does 100,000 civilians dead satisfy
your revenge? That’s a good Christian attitude.
Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, they weren’t total lies,
just mistakes. Still, the incompetence is blinding. They (Franks,
Bremmer, Tenet) got medals for their incompetence.
Bush won by less than 100,000 votes in Ohio. That is not a huge
mandate to do whatever he wants. I ask you Republicans to ask yourselves
some serious questions as to why lies no longer matter. Do you think
they are the only ones who can protect the country? John Kerry couldn’t
possibility have done it? Bush’s incompetent helpers have proven
they can’t. Surely you realize you have a greater chance of being
struck by lightening than being killed by a terrorist. The threat
is very small. The American people cannot possibly be that cowardly.
Nuclear weapons, we know exactly where the weapons are, Iraq can
pay for its own reconstruction. All lies. I really would like an
answer as to why lies no longer matter to you highly moral, upstanding
conservatives and republicans.
Fort Pierce, FL
Subject: A Report from The Washington Specator
I am assuming there should be a "courtesy" given to other
news outlets such as yours, when reading news from subscriptions,
so I am forwarding this information because I found it interesting
that we finally have some Democrats (prominent ones) who are going
to (hopefully) do something about the fraud in our elections. The
evidence is there. The Science is there. But, our Congress has been
It Still Doesn't Work the Way It Should . . .
Last month, as more voting machine glitches turned up in a special
election in Florida, and earlier mistakes that were discovered
elsewhere last year remained uninvestigated, former Democratic
President Jimmy Carter and former Republican Secretary of State
James Baker announced the formation of a bipartisan, non-governmental
commission to scan the whole federal election system. They will
hold public hearings on the electoral debacles we have gone through
and will report to Congress by September. It's about time.
Joining them will be the former Senate minority leader Tom Daschle,
Democrat of South Dakota, and two former members of the House,
Democrat Lee Hamilton of Indiana and Republican Susan Molinari
of New York.
You probably already are aware of this ... but I find it extremely
frustrating that we can't get the people who depend on our votes
to get elected ... to do something and expose the fraud in all of
the previous elections. It's insane. The differences point something
out in Florida that happened in the previous weeks regarding the
paper ballots that were counted electronically. Why do we have to
have electronics involved at all? Anyone who has developed electronic
systems that can commit fraud with the votes or with the counting
of the votes, deserves to lose every penny they invested along with
time to reflect on their losses while wearing a very sparse wardrobe
designed in beautiful colored stripes.
Just a thought,
[BuzzFlash Note: For more on the commission: David
Swanson: Half-Baked Baker Carter Commission.]