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members of Congress call on Bush for answers on secret Iraq plan
(Raw Story) (sent to mainstream media)
Dearest Media Folk,
It is time to return to your roots and ask why it was you became
a journalist ...
Last week it was uncovered that the Bush administration lied to
the American people about the reasons and justifications for the
war in Iraq.
88 members of our Congress are asking for answers and justification
for lying the American people into war. England knows about this
and so do many Americans, but the refusal of the press to cover
such a damning story to the administration and instead focus on
runaway brides is a de facto admission of guilt also.
Please do your job, hold the current administration accountable
for the taxpayer's money spent, American lives lost and over 100,000
Iraqi lives lost.
You owe it to America!!!!
Take a look at the letter that I have provided a link to here:
Then ask yourself why this is not front page news on every newspaper,
24 hour cable news show, or any other media outlet.
Proud USA Patriot,
Subject: "a few bad apples"
Dear Marc Sapir and Warren Gold:
Hello. I linked to your
story via BuzzFlash. I appreciate your work polling Americans
on their views of torture. I really do. However, I could not read
Common Dreams story past the mention of how many willingly
swallowed the "few bad apples" claptrap.
Really, the only thing I want to know, once you have the "few
bad apples" true-believers on the line, is what made them
the morons they are today? Do you ask them if they have trouble
choosing between Pepsi and Coke? If they've completely turned
off any ability to question what they are fed by the idiot tube?
Did you ask them if they stopped to wonder whether these "few
bad apples" bought their torture equipment at their local
Wal-Marts in West Virginia? Did you ask them if their own local
Wal-Mart carries black hoods and electrodes --- you know, to service
the needs of the few bad apples out there?
You could then continue with some open-ended questions on WHERE
they imagine these "few bad apples" -- kids from West
Virginia -- GET their torture equipment. You know, to gain some
insight on what happens when these "patriots" robotomize
the Bush talking points and are then asked to expound further
Please, please consider conducting a survey to find out what makes
these knuckledraggers unable to think for themselves. Because
we already know they are out there in force ... which, really,
is all your survey proves. Sorry, no matter how many times they
claim abhorrence to torture, their willful ignorance argues otherwise.
It's time it dawns on them that the rest of us know exactly what
they are and where they stand: willing idiots in the service of
evil despite feeble assertions "against" torture. They
are today's Good Little Germans.
Robyn Su Miller
[BuzzFlash Note: Pollster Sapir's response follows.]
I sympathize with the intensity of your comments. I do agree
there are major problems with how people think these days, particularly
in our country. But we were just talking about this question the
other night in our Retro Poll committee. There is a problem with
that question that brings out the abhorrent response and we can't
tell how many people fall for it. This question carries the same
kind of baggage that much corporate polling does. It doesn't get
explicit enough. On some (perhaps dumb) level the people involved
in the torture do appear to be "a few bad apples." What we failed
to do in the questions was to present the alternative, "or, soldiers
integrated into a torture and abuse culture through the policies
in the chain of command." Without that latter contrast some people
with "support our troops" thinking will reason that if you say
the problem is not a "few bad apples" it implies that all servicemen
and women are doing (or wanting to do) these things.
Most people are just not sharp enough understand that the U.S.
military serves a particular master and isn't really "our" army
at all as a democratic society. And that the alternative to "a
few bad apples" is not "all the GIs" but the leaders in power.
I don't know if this explanation will help with your rage about
this stuff but think about it a while. One of the reasons we do
not have a strong movement resisting the U.S. government's lies
and predations and maltreatment here (as well as throughout the
world) is the dominance of assumptions in the kind of way that
underlies our error in the question. Most of what we read and
hear and see in the media is designed to incorporate such assumptions
without explicitly stating them.
We at Retro Poll fell into that trap in the way we worded the
question. When we do it the right way the numbers will change,
I believe. But to change the realities in our world requires a
major challenge to these assumptions and a willingness from all
of us, including yourself, to "not blame the messenger" (in this
case the messenger is people without critical thinking skills
who fall for all this crap, but will get it right if we make it
Marc Sapir MD, MPH
Subject: Lugar is such a pistol.
"I have no doubts in all the testimony we've already uncovered
... that John Bolton has been blunt, some would say even more
than that. Some would say intimidating, abusive, tried to get
people fired," Lugar said. "But at the end of the day,
nobody was fired. People's feelings may have been bent out of
shape." Lugar added, "Somebody that bends things out
of shape may be needed to wrench around the U.N." --
CBS/Face the Nation
So he is blunt, intimidating and abusive, why not have another
shoe hammering guy at the UN, like Khrushchev?
What a diplomat, and at the end of the day, nothing he will be
going for will be accomplished and every other diplomat at the
UN will have feelings that are bent out of shape? We already know
all the leader has to do is tell everyone to ignore John, like
Powell did at the state department. "Ignore him and he will
calm down and then hike off to South Korea without coordinating
it with anyone and call leaders, with nukes nasty names."
We have already had a Joe McCarthy, and we don't need a Joe McCarthy
at the UN bullying for us.
"Somebody that bends things out of shape may be needed to
wrench around the U.N." Wrench what around, Dick, is that
supposed to be a diplomatic statement because I don't see it.
It is like sending the class bully to mediate playground disputes.
We can get the world on the same page just by saying, "Saddam
killed a lot of people, but we have better reasons to kill a lot
of people. We prefer Christians killing people because they do
it with love and shoot the injured point blank and then call it
self defense." The UN was correct about the pre-war Iraqi
intelligence, Dick, and could have saved a lot of lives, but we
took a wrench to the intelligence and now lots of people are dead.
How diplomatic can you get? Why not just send the grand wizard
of the klan to the UN?
I want to be the first to recommend a padded cell for Lugar and
give him Bolton as his roommate and then they can diplomatically
discuss why Bolton gets all the fruit cups because he wants all
the fruit cups and will hold his breath if he doesn't get all
the fruit cups.
No fruit cups for you Dick. Give them all to John, but don't call
him a "titty baby" when he does it because that is not
My guess is that after a week Dick would be wishing he had a lugar.
Subject: 911 Suspects Alive?
Has anyone seen the BBC report on some of September 11 hijackers
that are still alive?
'suspects' alive and well (BBC, 9/23/01)
What is this? Why doesn't the American media investigate? Is
it true the tv show "The
Lone Gunmen" was right?
[BuzzFlash Note: Did you notice the date on that article?]
Subject: Polling before and Exit Polls in Britain were accurate
Why were the polls in the U.S. wrong--or were they right?
the opinion polls get it right? (BBC)
Editor, BBC Political Research
How did the opinion polls fare in this General Election?
Generally remarkably accurately, is the honest answer, especially
compared to some of the concerns that have been expressed at
The traditional test for the pollsters is their last published
poll before election day.
Overall five of the six polls tracked by the BBC gave an accurate
result within their margin of error. (more)
strayed way off the reservation, to the point of completely undermining
the Republican argument about judges in this one, beautiful sound-bite
Reaching out to run in 2008. Hagel's better than most but just
remember his denials of ties to the voting machine companies when
he had been Chairman, CEO of ES&S.
Also, when recently asked about getting corporate influence
out of DC he quickly segued into a rant about 501-C3 orgs.
Subject: Downing Street Memo (as sent to MSM)
I am confused as to why such an important memo documenting the
lies our government used to take this country into an illegal
war is not being discussed in our country. I am coming to the
conclusion that our media here in the US is nothing more than
a mouth piece for the Bush Administration.
Everyone knows that this war is stinking and criminal, and has
known for years ... so why is this newsworthy? Because it's the
first material evidence that diplomacy was NEVER an option. That
Bush lied to Congress, that intelligence was fabricated to fit
the policy, that the deal between the US and the UK to go to war
was struck in April 2002, and there was going to be nothing to
If you don't know what story I'm speaking of, then our media
is far more gone than I had imagined. Here's the link so you can
brush up on current news:
secret Downing Street memo (Times Online)
Bush manipulated Iraq intel (Knight Ridder)
"Revealed: the government's
secret legal advice on Iraq war" http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1471977,00.html
Subject: Smug republicans
The my way or the highway republicans act as though they will
never have to face another honest election.
Subject: point to make to right to life people
... if every life is precious-why are we not doing something in
darfur? and why are we removing benefits from poor, disabled and
needy already born american children? and if every life is worth
something, why are we calling dead iraqi children, women and men
"collateral damage" or worse, oops, a mistake. HOW DO
WE GET THEM TO SAY SOMETHING RE: THIS??????? PUT THEIR MORALS
WHERE THEIR MOUTHS ARE.
Subject: Marine vests
Those creeps who signed the waiver allowing the procurement of
the defective vests for our soldiers should be forced to "volunteer"
for a new round of testing, since they claim that a "private"
test found them to be safe.
Sue in FL
Subject: Wake up democrats!
One of the favorite comebacks republican congress people like
to throw at democrats who object to Bush’s war is, “Well most
of your party voted for the war.”
With the Secret British Memo, the Dems. have a classic retort
to the above statement, “I beg your pardon, we were lied to by
the president. Bush’s word was all we had to go on and it was
a lie according to the secret British memo. We voted on lies.”
Wake up democrats and use it!
Subject: He's not compromising!
Offers Olive Branch on Bush Nominee. When will Democrats learn
that Republicans don't compromise -- they either win or they whine
Just watch. Reid's making an offer he KNOWS they will refuse.
Subject: What if it was my child?
This is pretty powerful. As a parent, as well as grandparent,
I can only imagine what this family has been through. We need
to put this out ant and keep people talking about it, make it
a personal issue. You guys are the best. Keep up the great work.
The moral test of government is how that government treats
those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are
in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the
shadows of life - the sick, the needy and the handicapped. --
Hubert Horatio Humphrey, US Vice President (1911-1978)
Peace and Love,
Ann Coulter should be arrested and kept in jail for abusive, profane,
and vulgar language. For years she has been inciting hatred and
violence---a million times more than this kid from Plano.
She said the workers for the New York Times should be killed.
How's that for freedom of speech?
She said we should go to the Middle East, kill them, change their
government and change their religion. Why is her act not illegal?
The Iraq War and occupation, which caused the deaths of 100,000
Iraqis and 1600 Americans, is illegal according to all the laws
the US has signed (thus making them also US law). There is simply
no one powerful enough and willing to bring us to justice.
Why in the hell (arrest me) did UT give that brainless liar $30,000
for one night of incitement to commit crimes? She makes me sick
to my stomach--especially the way she is always laughing.
Didn't the $30,000 come from government taxing and spending---which
she says is the root of all evil? Isn't that how we always finance
the wars she adores? Send her butt to Baghdad! Sorry, arrest me--I
mentioned a part of the human body. That is far worse than destroying
three million human bodies like we did in Vietnam.
Subject: Did we catch a terrorist ... or not?
Was it Abu Faraj Al-libbi...........or not? I have been hearing
that we caught a low level person ... barely known to Saddam ...
and yet, the right wing Media thinks they have caught a real terrorist!
Sometimes ... I wonder who is running the Media in this country!
Another chapter in the E. Waynesville Baptist Church soap opera
... today ... again on Keith Olbermann's show ... one of the ousted
ones ... appeared with his lawyer. This lawyer is going to represent
all the Kickees ... from the Kicker! Today, this idiot preacher
had the unmitigated gall ... to lie! He said, it was all a misunderstanding
... and they were never told to vote one way or the other ...Then
... some wise person who was thinking ... taped the Preacher and
played it ... and in his rather southern voice ... plainly told
them if they voted for Kerry ... they must come to the alter and
repent ... or leave the church ... in so many words! He is an
idiot, folks. He smiles ... with his wife in arm ... and leaves
the church ... and says there will be a business meeting this
Tuesday. I am sure all the Kickees will be there with their lawyer
... How I would love to be a bug in that rug.
Nothing is worse than a "man of God" who is lower than
[BuzzFlash Note: This is the London Times story on al-Libbi
and al-Lybi: Captured
Al-Qaeda kingpin is case of 'mistaken identity.' More recently,
Science Monitor, Outside
the Beltway and others have carried the story.]
"Other than telling us how to live, think, marry, pray, vote,
invest, educate our children and, now, die, I think the Republicans
have done a fine job of getting government out of our personal
(Forwarded to BuzzFlash)
Subject: Preservation of Forests and Watersheds
Hello, Senator Cantwell.
Thank you for your comments on the Bush Administration overturn
of the road-free forest preservation put in place at the end of
the Clinton Administration:
Gutting the Roadless Rule is fiscally irresponsible, ignoring
comments from 4 million Americans ...
Last Thursday the Bush Administration formally gutted the U.S.
Forest Service's 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule, endangering
over 2 million acres of pristine federal forests in Washington
state. The 2001 rule was developed after unprecedented outreach
and study, including 45 public meetings in Washington state
alone and four million public comments from Americans nation-wide.
It represented a balanced and common-sense approach to stewardship
of our nation's remaining wild federal forest lands.
The Administration's new plan includes a sham state-by-state
petition process that defies scientific and economic reason.
It will open up previously protected areas of our federal forests
to logging, mining, and drilling. We already have a $10 billion
forest road repair backlog, and now the Administration wants
to build new roads. This is not only fiscally irresponsible,
it's environmentally irresponsible. These wild areas should
be preserved so that future generations can enjoy clean drinking
water, salmon habitats, and outdoor recreation opportunities.
That's why I plan to reintroduce my bipartisan legislation that
will repeal the new rule, and restore protection for our forests.
I'll also use my seat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee to keep working on this issue.
(Senator Cantwell's Newsletter)
I fully support your work on this issue, and feel this should
be a bipartisan issue. I'm submitting your comments and this letter
to you to BuzzFlash in the hope that others will write their own
Senators and Representatives to join you in support of the legislation
you are offering to overturn the Bush administration rape of our
John F. Williford
Regarding the following article:
The White House
Goes Psychic as It Shreds Our Constitutional Rights (BuzzFlash
May 10, 2005)
Do you perhaps mean Psychotic or Psycho?
A BuzzFlash Reader
If the republicans succeed in changing the filibuster rule so
bush can get through his nominees ... Won't he be THE FIRST PRESIDENT
IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY TO GET ALL OF THE JUDGES HE NOMINATED?
This as a result of changing the rules.
Karen Massey in South Carolina
Subject: The tote bag I bought from you
Recently I bought your BuzzFlash tote bag and I'm proud to tell
you that I use it to carry the groceries I buy. I live in the
Bay Area and everyone who takes their own bags to use for groceries
gets from 3 to 5 cents credit, or as in one grocery store in Berkeley,
you get a token (5 cents) that you can drop into a box and donate
to some charities. The tote bag is big enough and sturdy enough
that it holds a heavy load of groceries. And the feeling of not
using more paper or plastic bags is one of pride at knowing I'm
doing a small amount to help our planet. It's such a small thing,
yet it can make such a big difference if everyone were to do this
one simple thing. I urge your readers to buy the BuzzFlash tote
bag and make a difference.
Plus, people ask about the BuzzFlash logo all the time. Thanks
for coming up with the idea. And thanks for carrying the light
of truth all these years!