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Subject: WE AREN'T REAL SHARP :)
sometimes us folks here in the south just aren't real sharp.
we keep hearing people say the president should
get anyone he wants to nominate confirmed. our question, again
we aren't real sharp down here, IF THE PRESIDENT SHOULD GET ANYONE
HE WANTS BECAUSE HE IS PRESIDENT, THEN WHY HAVE THE SENATE VOTE
AT ALL? WHAT IS THE POINT IF BUSH SHOULD GET WHOMEVER HE WANTS?
the massey family in south carolina
Subject: Selective Service
I just want to let you know that I attended my induction
training for [my state's] new selective service board members
last month. I can honestly say that we are in deep trouble.
Fully 20% of our new board members would vote to send fellow Americans
to war despite having recently lost both parents and the forced
inductee is caring for dependent siblings, i.e., let the orphanage
take over care of my brothers and sisters since it's more important
that George Bush gets his cannon fodder.
I must admit that there were many caring and honest members of
society who volunteered for duty. One gentleman even said that
he was a hippie in the 1960s and that is why he is now joining
the Selective Service Board.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Chronicling the Occupation
I'm glad somebody is doing this -- chronicling events (daily,
monthly) of what's really happening in Iraq.
Particularly interesting are the daily death reports of public
officials (15 in January of this year alone, i.e., council members,
police chiefs, governors, election candidates, and judges). Our
news media pick and choose what to report (and what not to report
on), and individual events are marginalized by getting squeezed
in between "news" about Michael Jackson or the Runaway
Bride or child killers.
Pick a month, any month, and read the "events" (suicide
bombings, assassinations, civilian casualties) and note when and
where they occurred and who the target was, and you will get a
very disturbing picture. (Can you say "civil war," anyone?)
Is it likely the media will take a closer look at the total picture
and start asking the Bush administration some hard questions about
this war anytime soon?
Don't hold your breath.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Diversions (The Project for a New American Century)
I am trying to remember how many diversions we have actually had
since Nov. 3rd, 2004. It is not easy. Right after the election
(pseudo) we were just trying to figure out what had happened in
Ohio. Not a chance! Then there were various and sundry "other
things" ... and no more color-coded alerts! That one
stumped me! Before the election ... we had never been without
one ... they were continuous. Then either the Michael Jackson
thing started ... or the Martha Stewart thing ... they cross and
are mixed up together. Diversions, none the less!
Then this year ... more Martha Stewart ... and a continuous Michael
Jackson ... the longest trial in history. The only thing left
... is to have Geedubya testify! Then we started with the Terri
Schiavo thing ... Oy ... everyone was involved with that. We paid
for an expensive trip back to Washington from Crawford ... in
Air Force One, just so Dubya could sign the bill that slimy Tom
DeLay pushed through the Congress. What a joy when this thing
blew up in their faces ... what fun ... and how fast it faded
when nothing came of it. No one, unless you searched the internet
a lot, even knew that the autopsy concluded that there was NO
SIGN of abuse to Ms. Schiavo ... and everything just went mute.
Mixed in there someplace was Bill Frist ... another criminal rightwingnut!
Now, for these two "SCARY things" that have happened
in the past two days ... the phony hand grenade in Russia ...
and the nuts flying over the white house...??? I have not a clue
... but I would bet that these two will never, ever be revealed.
This is just another thing to make Bush a martyr. He will never,
ever get killed in his presidency ... unless someone just goes
nuts ... and cannot stop themselves!!! We find a Reverend of the
Baptist Church ... telling his people how to vote ... or resign.
We, (and Ii mean me) wrote letters to the IRS ... and actually
got a reply ... telling me that they were already on it ... they
had had thousands of requests to investigate this church and its
minister ... and almost immediately ... The good Rev ... laughingly
... said it was a mistake ... a misunderstanding ... but, he left
... rather than face the music ... he left ... he resigned!
Are the republican cowards who get backed into a corner ... always
going to take the easy way out? Well, if we could get someone
on this memo ... and not let up, like they did Mr. Clinton when
they found out about Monica ... Nah ... nah ... not a chance.
Government owns the media now ... I just dreamed that for a minute.
Not even Air America will be listened to ... not even Keith Olbermann,
who is likely the fairest man on the talking head shows ... Nor
Lou Dobbs ... to him this would not be news, the illegals coming
across the Mexican border ... is his baby! Does anyone have any
idea ... other than the signed letter from the 88 congressmen
... that might get George backed into a corner? I didn't think
But, I am still thinking ... I know it was small time ... but
if we can get a rightwingnut Rev. removed from a N. Carolina church
... who knows? Is it a nightmare ... the time since the election
... or is it real? It is almost worse than the first year with
the chimp ... now he thinks that we might be closing in on the
truth ... and the catastrophes are going to come ... more and
more ... and no one is ever going to even see the memo ... until
he is out of office ...and no one will ever even think about
the anthrax killer, ever ... those were diversions too, you know
... the memo made that pretty clear!!!
Subject: "We've just got to continue to spread --"
Q: Mr. President, you are a transformational, they call it,
and promoting democracy in the world is a very ambitious goal;
and achieve peace, changing the world, and it's also acknowledging
Europe. But such a far-reaching idealism can also easily lead
to moral inconsistencies that risk to undermine your credibility.
For instance, how does the way detainees at Guantanamo Bay are
being handled, how does that relate to your promotion of democracy
and the rule of law?
THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate that. That, and, for example, the
pictures people saw about the prison -- prison abuse is different
from the detainees in Guantanamo. We're working our way forward,
so that they -- and our courts, by the way, are adjudicating
this. It is a clear, transparent review of the decision I made
by the courts, so everybody can see it. And they're being argued
in the courts as we speak. People are being treated humanely.
They were illegal non-combatants, however, and I made the decision
they did not pertain to the Geneva Convention. They were not
-- these were terrorists. Obviously, we've looked at Iraq differently.
I can understand people being concerned about prison abuse when
they see the pictures out of Abu Ghraib, and it made Americans
universally sick, because the actions of those folks didn't
represent the heart and soul of America, didn't represent the
sentiments of the American people. And I am an idealistic person,
because I believe in what is possible. I believe that freedom
is universal, and I believe, if given a chance, people will
seize the moment.
But I'm also a realistic person, and I'm realistic enough to
know that images on TV have sullied our country's image, at
times. And we've just got to continue to spread -- tell people
the truth, be open about the mistakes of Abu Ghraib, hold people
Subject: WP Articles (sent to the Washington Post)
Well, you wimped out on the UK Memo failure of coverage; but can
you explain this anonymous quote in the Washington Post today?
Could you please explain why it would be necessary for a government
official from the Justice Department to speak anonymously when
stating that the defendant wasn't tortured? Is it a government
secret that the defendant wasn't tortured?
Under First Amendment right arguments, the Press has long argued
that in order to gain access to government secrets, it needs to
maintain the anonymity of their sources. What secret is being
covered up here, that the Justice Department official was quoted
"speaking on condition of anonymity?"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Dear Friends of Fairy Tale Parallels,
Below are some interesting parallels between the Bush Administration
and the movie version of "The Wizard of Oz."
Bush = the Wizard on the screen
FOX NEWS = the screen on which the Wizard appears
Karl Rove = the Man Behind the Curtain
Dorothy = the American people
Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion = Americans brainwashed by the media
to think they face great dangers. They are told to look to the
Wizard to protect them and provide what they need. Includes Democrats
who lack confidence. Dorothy shows them they have everything they
need. All they lack is belief in themselves.
TORNADO = 9/11 attack
Kansas = America before 9/11 (where Dorothy wants to return to)
Emerald City = Bush's vision of America, a military fortress where
nobody pays Social Security or income taxes (if you are on the
Yellow Brick Road = the easy-to-follow route to the Emerald City
Munchkins = Those who trust and love (or fear) the Wizard. Includes
the religious right, fawning politicians, and all other "small"
people who can't or won't see the Wizard for what he is.
Wicked Witch and the Flying Monkeys = Terrorists
Witch's Broom = oil reserves threatened by the Terrorists. The
Wizard wants Dorothy and her companions to risk their lives to
secure said reserves for the Wizard.
The Water That Melts the Witch = that which Iraq and the other
Middle Eastern countries actually need to put an end to terrorism,
rather than what they have been given.
Howard Dean (new DNC chairman) = Toto, Dorothy's feisty little
dog which pulls back the curtain to reveal the brains behind the
Ruby Slippers = the self-confidence needed by the American people
not to accept the fear mongering of the Wizard. With the power
of this confidence in themselves they are able to return to Kansas.
And we realize that Dorothy's three companions have returned also,
in the persons of the three farmhands.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: In a production we just saw of the musical "Wicked,"
a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, we found the political
subtext interesting. The witch in "Wicked" is a strong
female idealist whom Rovian spinners try to destroy. Her "sin"
was trying to preserve the voices of silenced animals (minorities/dissidents/intellectuals).]
Subject: Ridge and the Threat Level
An investigative reporter should look into political atmosphere
on dates when threat levels were raised. It's not for nothing
that the Aug. - Nov. 2004 high threat levels occurred during the
National presidential campaign and election to scare Americans
into keeping the status quo.
reveals clashes on alerts (USA Today)
Subject: The real reason Bush traveled to Russia and Georgia
Found this online ...
Denies Delays in Pipeline Project (AP/Business Week)
04-22-05 03:54 PM EST
KOMOTINI, Greece (AP)--A massive pipeline project bringing Caspian
Sea oil to the Mediterranean will start as planned this summer,
a key official said Friday, denying reports of technical problems.
Georgia's deputy foreign minister, Konstantine Kavtaradze, said
the 1,760- kilometer Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline would
start operation in June.
"The pipeline project is going according to schedule; nothing
has changed," Kavtaradze said on the sidelines of a Black Sea
development summit attended by senior diplomats and energy officials.
The pipeline, challenging Russian dominance in oil transport,
will carry crude from Azerbaijan, across Georgia to the Turkish
Russian officials at the meeting expressed doubt the venture
would start without problems. ...
Subject: The Importance of Secret Government
"Decisions of the Politburo on particularly serious matters
must not be recorded in the official minutes." (1920)
"... in confirmation of a previous decision of the Politburo
nothing except the final resolutions should be noted in the minutes
of the Politburo." (1923)
"The work of all employees of the Secretariat of the Central
Committee is to be treated as a Party secret." (1924)
Adoption of measures "to ensure maximum secrecy."
"We believe that the president should be able to receive
candid and unvarnished advice from staff and advisers" (2005,
Bushevik Spokesperson Scott McLellan)
"In making decisions on personnel and policy, and in formulating
legislative proposals, the president must be free to seek confidential
information from many sources, both inside the government and
outside." (2005, Judge A. Raymond Randolph)
1-4, Excerpts from the secret minutes of Soviet Communist Party
Politburo (see Edvard Radzinsky, Stalin, Anchor Books 1997 page
Subject: I Don't Know If Your Site Posts Things Like this Or
Not, but . . . Just In Case.
I love BuzzFlash.com. This is great if people would just do it.
Help spread the word about George W. Bush and his band of robber
barons intent on destroying Democracy in America! Use our growing
collection of handbills as a grocery list, then leave it in
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All of our handbills are based on researched fact and informed
opinion, and are pulled from a wide variety of sources. With
the mainstream media controlled by a handful of greedy corporations,
real facts are not being presented to the American people, and
thus we must once again rely on ourselves to spread the truth
to those who get their "facts" in sound bites from
pundits and liars.
Three Simple Steps:
1) Pick a handbill/grocery list below and click on the link.
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3) Fill out the grocery list and go shopping. Click here for
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offers to answer Iraq oil allegations (guardian.co.uk)
This head-on battle between dubious Norm Coleman, the successor
to Paul Wellstone in Minnesota, and the eloquent Iraq war critic,
George Galloway, who just ousted Blair babe Oona King from her
seat in Parliament, should be electrifying. Galloway must really
be pissing the Reich Wing off for them to try this old ploy on
him again. I think he'll leave them in shreds. It's a David vs.Goliath
moment. I have always said that if Blair topples, the Busheviks
will be hugely damaged. Hope you'll cover it. All the best.
Subject: Thanks, BuzzFlash and All You Buzzers Out There ...
Hey there, Buzzers ...
I wanted to thank BuzzFlash and everyone for being here during
these difficult and crazy times. I have been visiting this site
for about 2 and a half years and I've finally decided to say "Hi!"
You are an oasis in the desert of the MSM and I don't know what
I'd do without you and so many other progressive sites ... (tho
I read as much as I can from all across the board.)
I'd probably think that Saddam bin Laden himself flew planes into
the WTC ... or that Iraq had WMDs ... or that Bush is a "compassionate
conservative" ... or, well I can go on and on ... and, unfortunately
... on and on and on.
I have not had television pumped into my home for almost SEVEN
YEARS ... I recommend doing this. It feels so good! And you find
that you have time for other things ... like blogging! ... and
talking ... and whatever else floats your boat.
Funny thing was ... we were worried that, without television,
we would be totally uninformed on current events.
Boy was I surprised when I came to discover that by getting my
news thru the internet I became aware of stories and their gritty
details hours, days, weeks, and sometimes MONTHS before my fellow
It makes me smile.
Anyhoo ... you all are an inspiration. Keep up the good fight...!
Karen Of The Desert
Mojave Desert, California
Subject: Keep up the good fight
Your headline, “The truth will out but cable TV will ignore the
truth,” brought back memories of all the terror alerts we experienced
right before the Presidential election. What a farce and obvious
attempt to distract the American people from the Iraq war, the
failing economy, not to mention George Bush’s pathetic performances
in the debates.
While I appreciate the optimism in your headline I’m finding it
difficult to believe the TRUTH will ever come out because the
American people “just can’t handle the truth.”
In fact the American people would rather spend their lives with
duct tape in their right hand, plastic sheeting in their left,
while simultaneously complaining about the price of gas, the price
of food, the lack of decent jobs, local taxes, failing schools,
crumbling infrastructure, all the while wondering why the country
is in such terrible shape when the reason is right before their
When I was a child my mother often accused me of having selective
hearing loss when I ignored her admonitions regarding how I behaved.
Sadly, too many Americans are experiencing selective vision loss
when they refuse to open their eyes to the cause and effect relationship
of George W. Bush to the problems in their lives and in our world
Even though my hope is dwindling I rely on BuzzFlash and other
Progressive/Liberal web sites to continue to be the Voice crying
in the Wilderness, because, if you quit, we’re all in trouble.
So keep up the good fight!!!!!
reveals clashes on alerts (USA Today/Yahoo)
Carolyn in Tennessee
Subject: Bush waived nuclear inspection requirements for N. Korea
I thought about this when North Korea was supposedly threatening
to test a nuclear bomb and W. came out with his tough cowboy persona
And Rummy sat on board of company that supplied North Korea with
Subject: Unanimous Funding Vote
Below is an angry fax that I just fired off to both Sen. Schumer
and to Sen. Clinton. If you live in a state where you have a Democratic
senator, I strongly urge you to fire off a similar fax to them.
They need to hear what grass roots Democrats are feeling.
To Senator Charles Schumer,
To Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, May 11, 2005
Having just read where 100 senators voted UNANIMOUSLY for Pres.
Bush's $82 billion dollar war operations package, I am truly
disgusted with the entire senate where no senator had the guts
to oppose this measure. I was hoping for some dissent coming
from my Democratic leaders, but not one Democratic senator had
what it took to say NO to this president.
Contained within this bill, I read where a $600 million dollar
American embassy will be built in Iraq while seniors are left
to suffer here in America under Pres. Bush's Medicare bill which
would have them choosing between taking their medications or
eating. Where their food stamps would be cut in order to continue
getting the benefits they now presently receive. I am angry
where many states are looking to scale back on their Medicaid
roles and are even heinous enough to drop the poorest of the
poor from these roles. Just this past week the New Hampshire
legislature is thinking about charging these poor Americans
co-payments in order to receive Medicaid. I have already taken
the time to fax the NH Governor of my concerns as well as my
I have also read where Halliburton will be rewarded by the military
a $72 million dollar bonus while many in America go without
health care and go hungry and I am fed up with not only the
Democratic leadership within the federal government but the
Republican leadership as well. According to Rep. John Murtha
(D), who is on the Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee,
... this package will pay for war costs through September and
where the Army already is discussing needing another spending
bill as early as August. Will all of you approve of such a measure?
My gut feeling says yes.
But, here is the paragraph in news article that really has me
screaming as you both voted for this bill, "Democrats used
the bill to criticize the Bush administration for its Iraq policies
and for failing to go through the normal budget process to pay
for the wars. Many also assailed Republicans for tacking on
immigration provisions." Yet you both voted for it? How
is that assailing this measure? What it says to me is we shall
say one thing and through our senate vote do the complete opposite.
The only positive points I see contained within this bill is
where death benefits are increased retroactively for our soldiers
as well as protective gear to protect those soldiers still serving
in Iraq. But it is chump change compared to what Halliburton
will be getting.
What is maddening is that this bill will toughen asylum laws.
Whatever happened to "Give me your huddled masses, yearning
to be free," which is part of a sonnet written by Emma
Lazarus, and was inscribed on the base the Statue of Liberty
in 1863? Yet the both of you approved such a measure.
Senator Clinton, all eyes are on you for a possible run for
president in 2008 and your votes for the Iraq War, the U.S.A.
Patriot Act and now this do not endear your possible candidacy
to me. In fact, I do oppose your candidacy at this point due
to the principles I hold dear. The Democratic Party has given
this administration and the Republican Party too much, and at
the peril of the American people. If you think that I am the
only Democrat who feels this way, I am not.
Lastly, I often wonder how this country would have faired under
a President Gore, and in my opinion the state of the union would
have faired better. But, again the Democratic leadership at
that time failed to stand up against the certification of the
electoral votes at that time and the American people themselves
did not stand up for the Constitution of the United States of
Sound Beach, New York
PS: This letter will be circulated around the Internet as well
as to the media.
Subject: just milk me a cow! (sent to MSM)
oh, just milk me a cow! you tv people keep asking why bush wasn't
told of a possible terrorist attack.
helloooo ... why in the world would they tell him? what would
be the point?
Subject: body counts
... An accidentally declassified Pentagon report about a killing
on the road to Baghdad airport at the beginning of March shows
quite clearly how much worse the overall situation is than the
Bush administration would like us, or even its allies in the
Coalition forces, to believe.
“The U.S. considers all of Iraq a combat zone,” says the report,
which was wrapped up at the end of April, three months after
the elections that were supposed to have turned the tide in
this conflict. “From July 2004 to late March 2005,” says the
document, “there were 15,527 attacks against Coalition Forces
throughout Iraq.” Then comes one of several paragraphs marked
S//NF (secret, not for distribution to foreign nationals): “From
1 November 2004 to 12 March 2005 there were 3306 attacks in
the Baghdad area. Of these, 2400 were directed against Coalition
Forces.” In a span of four and a half months, which included
the election turning point, that’s not only a hell of a lot
of hits in the capital city, it’s just pure hell.
The report in question was prepared at the direction of the
Multi-National Corps commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. John R. Vines,
to answer questions about a now-infamous incident on the night
of March 4. Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena had just been
released by the hostage-takers who’d held her for a month, and
she was on her way to Baghdad airport with Nicola Calipari,
a major general in the Italian intelligence service who had
negotiated her freedom. At a U.S. roadblock on an access ramp
leading to the airport highway, U.S. troops opened fire, wounding
Sgrena and killing Calipari. ...