May 24, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Little Laura and the protestors .. .looked
a little staged to me
Subject: that evil coward!
THERE IS A REASON THEY DON'T TELL HIM THINGS!
BY THE WAY, HAS KAREN HUGHES' SON JOINED THE SERVICE YET? BARBARA BUSH IN AFRICA HELPING AIDS VICTIMS LIKE SHE SAID? IS JENNA TEACHING POOR CHILDREN? DO THEY EVEN HAVE JOBS?
A BuzzFlash Reader
I was with you from the year 2000, and I'm with you today. If it wasn't for you, I think I would have really lost it. But there you were every day, and eased the pain of our stolen votes, and still being here in the dark days we are yet experiencing. I support you when I can (we're senior citizens) You posted several of my letters. Made me proud. Now your writers are so experienced, I felt it time to just be content to read the mailbag and let others share their knowledge, and they do it well.
Angie ... Philly
Subject: Arnold will be president if not stopped NOW!
No one can beat Schwarzenegger for Guv...NO ONE...Unless...
So many will vote for him just because of his action hero celebrity star, status...like all the people cheering for OJ, people don't think, they react, especially to celebrity-ism. Millions in this State and the whole country for that matter are NOT loyal to any one party or ideology...Rove & the republicans have big plans for Arnold (Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is already getting the ball rolling)...
The republicans are not under ANY circumstance going to let Arnold lose California, the republicans just stole the CA Secretary of State's office a few months ago and that's who counts the votes and the new republican Sec. of State is now bringing in electronic voting machines all over the state of California.
Rove & The republicans are going to lie, cheat, smear, distort, using all their usual tactics to go along with a train-load of money, all the money that muscle head wants and needs so to keep California in the republicans' hands...and the future (Arnold) of the republican party. The media will have their republican owned corporate mainstream media doing all they can to keep Arnold's star rising & glowing, Schwarzenegger is their darling, he sells newspapers and boosts ratings...
The Dems need someone like that. Absolutely the only way the Democrats have a chance to get back the governor's seat and keep the State out of the ultra right-wing religious fascist hands (who are drooling at the thought) IS to have someone with equal star status run on the Democrat side...Like a Warren Beatty, a George Clooney or an Alec Baldwin.
Unfortunately, it truly has come to this, in order to get so many voters with their heads up their ass, to pay attention!!! I can not see any Democrat coming up against Arnold & the republican money machine that's going to beat him... The ONLY way Democrats have a chance, is to have a democrat candidate of the same celebrity status as Schwarzenegger to run for Governor, with lots & lots of money and a Hollywood media machine behind them.
Even then, with the cheating republicans and their republican owned electronic voting machines...The outcome may have already been determined in Arnold's favor, as we sit here and speak!!!! At least a Democrat (Beatty) stood up and said what needed to be said...Did you see how the republicans reacted? "Let's see Beatty say those things in Orange Country." Spoiled babies all them republicans! These same idiots in the California Democratic Party think they can win with an ordinary democrat politician running with a bunch of money…NO way will Rove and the republicans let Arnold lose, they will steal it before that would happen…Arnold's destiny is win California again and become President in 2012…that’s why the republicans will spend and lie and do whatever it takes to make sure Arnold will be elected again.
And these foolish Democrats running right now will get their 48 or 49% and lose, and these same idiots like Art Torres will be saying well, we’ll get them next time. TOO LATE!!!
If the Democrats don’t run someone to match Arnold’s celebrity status, he can NOT be beat. F**k the pollsters, or Union support or any other bulls**t facts you may have…When the republican machine gets rolling the Democrats will be crushed, unless he has that great Hollywood draw and media behind him…The republican won’t be able to point the finger and say what does a celebrity know about politics…because of course they are running a celebrity.
Republicans are bankrupt on ideas that can help the 98% who don't benefit from their economic agenda. As a result, they have to resort to box office appeal...actors, football players, etc.
Why else run Schwarzenator? What has he ever done by way of public service? When Republicans resort to this type of candidate, we need to neutralize that advantage by running a Democrat with a similar celebrity appeal. Don’t make a stupid mistake and then say, we should have run with Beatty or whomever…
Democrats need to be smart for a change and take a page from the republicans…because star power works…Even Michael Moore and others say, there’s no chance of the Democrats winning in California unless they run their celebrity too. Look at the too boring losers the democrats are running right now, Westly & Angelides, nice guys, but when it’s over neither will win…it's all ego on their part.
Subject: The War for American Constitutional Democracy
Many of us agree but the follow-up question is, how do we fight
back? I agree we should not give up as this is our country, also,
but how do we fight against the corporate controlled media, a
corporate controlled government and a corporate controlled legal
[BuzzFlash Note: You tell those entities, with your phone calls and correspondence, how you feel. You speak up. You also use your consumer dollars to boycott or support, according to your personal values.]
Subject: Pat Tillman
Subject: FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and MEMORIAL DAY TRADITION
Another Memorial Day Weekend is approaching, and every American should watch FAHRENHEIT 9/11 again, and again. Before you fire up your grill or head out to some mattress sale, watch FAHRENHEIT 9/11.
Reinforce your emotions ... get angry, get very angry, and never forget what this Bush Administration has done to our brave soldiers and The United States of America. Watching FAHRENHEIT 9/11 over every Memorial Day Weekend should become an American tradition.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Pat Tillman Story is a typical tactic of this corrupt
Every time there is some new story of courage, we find out they phonied the whole thing to cover up a screw up and try to make themselves look good. Or the Italian correspondent being wounded by the USA, bodyguard killed, and we make up a story out of whole cloth to cover up our complicity in this dastardly deed. They are without shame.
War for Constitutional Democracy (BuzzFlash editorial)
Subject: Fortas who?
Republicans are guilty of abuse of power. The Republican majority in Congress blindly gives Bush everything he sets his mind to -- regardless of what is not best for the country. The nomination of Priscilla Owen and the furor it has caused is ample proof of their refusal to compromise with Democrats in Congress.
Subject: Schwarzenegger Begins Fund-raising Journey
[BuzzFlash Note: Do you think his "Come to California" ad campaign for tourism will also help fill his campaign coffers?? Nice timing, eh?]
Subject: Rare news on NPT meetings at UN
Subject: RE: Limbaugh (as sent to Howard Kurtz/Washington Post)
Howie, You wrote: "Limbaugh has something like 15 million
Subject: Newsweek, the abused spouse
The Bush admin's relationship with the media is that of abuser to abused spouse. Until recently, it's been in the seduction phase: bribery, endearments, access to secrets - making wife Media feel "special" and anxious to please.
When Media started getting uppity, printing a few words of truth instead of bending down to lick the crumbs that fell from Daddy's lips, the abuser started showing his true face. The Rather affair was the first glimpse of him, the hard, shocking slap to the face. Media took it as an aberration and responded as the newly abused always do: "It must have been my fault."
Now, at a second and worse act of independence by Media, the abuser is showing his truly vicious side. "You think you can walk away from me? I can not only destroy an individual (Rather), I can destroy a whole publishing empire in a matter of days." And for good measure, dangle a far darker threat at the passive and groveling spouse: "Inciting terrorists to riot ... might that be an act worthy of Guantanamo?"
I wonder how the press as a whole will take this revelation of the real face of their erstwhile lover. There have been some surprising articles and editorials in the last few days implicitly supporting Newsweek. It probably won't last; Media will probably need to see very clearly that her life is on the line before she has the guts to walk. But when she does (and I pray she does), she's got a lot of sisters who may join her.
Subject: Your editorial of 5/23
Your Editorial was the best piece of journalism that I have read describing the abuse of power by the government since I was old enough to understand abuse of power and I can well remember McCarthyism and Nixon's red baiting of Helen G. Douglas. With your permission, I would like to run it off and put it under car windshields and even better, since I'm a stone's throw from Venice Beach, CA, I'd be willing to bet that the good folks in Venice would be more than willing to spread the word. While I realize, hating bush in Venice is like preaching to the choir, and maybe just maybe, if enough of us can flood our communities we can get the word out about that miserable son of a b****h and his cronies & perhaps they'll stop drinking their kool aid long enough to realize that the sky is really falling!! Please all of you Buzzers make this effort to save America, we don't have much time.
Yours in PEACE
Subject: filibuster decision
Subject: THE COWARDLY ADMINISTRATION
Some days, I really can't keep up with political events. Having said that, and after reading a godly number of blogs that point out:
Butt-Kicking 101, or "How to Get the Snot Beat out of You" by MP George Galloway;
Newsweek's version of "Thank You, Sir, May I have another?" (Kevin Bacon's character in "Animal House")
Laura Bush being sent to the Middle East to teach a class on "How to Smooth Over Feathers Ruffled by Your Husband",
followed by: The "Saddam Skivvies Skin Pics"...
I have to weigh in on the obvious. For example: I didn't want to be the person who pointed out the obvious: Bush sending his wife to the Middle East to clean up the mess he created. Is it me, or, since Bush is a "man's man," wasn't there just a hint of cowardice in sending his wife to an area of the world where she was placed at considerable risk, by sending her over to the Middle East to make "feel good, and America isn't that bad" speeches? Did he not know of the risk? Or didn't he care?
Has any other President sent his wife to do the job for which he was elected? Would Ike have sent Mamie to the Middle East to smooth things over?
Newsweek told the truth, when Mike Isikoff wrote that story about the prison abuse. They should not have backed down, but since they are literally begging for the opportunity to assume a kneeling position in front of Karl Rove, in their mea culpa, well, that also means that every friggin thing that goes wrong for the Administration in the Middle East, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, or anywhere else in the world, Newsweek will be held accountable and responsible. Not Donald Rumsfeld, not Dick Cheney, not Paul Wolfowitz, not Doug Feith - no one in this Administration.
Brave people take responsibility and allow themselves to be held accountable. This is something we have yet to see from this Administration - the following words: "We made a mistake," or "We were wrong."
It should not have taken a British member of Parliament to hand Sen. Norm Coleman his behind on a silver platter and call the entire government liars. Every time I see Norm Coleman, I'm always thinking, "If Paul Wellstone hadn't been killed in that plane crash, you wouldn't have that Senate seat."
If nothing else, George Galloway demonstrated the very act of bravery, by facing his accusers head on, never breaking eye contact, never wavering, not being bowed down, and not being broken.
You wonder if any Democrats not named Conyers, Boxer, Kennedy, Feingold, Byrd, Slaughter, McKinney, or Barbara Lee learned anything from a British MP?
And just when the Newsweek debacle is showing signs of dying down, along comes the version of "Saddam's Famous Photo Album" purely designed with the intention of further humiliating someone who really can't be humiliated any more. I mean, who's fascinated by seeing a nearly 70-year-old man in his underwear? Who had the gall, the unmitigated gumption (as my grandmother would say) to take these pictures?
Some poor sod enlisted in the Army, thinking he or she was going off to "Be all they Can Be" and getting short shrift when they were told that the $20,000 payoff for college wasn't going to be there, and they had to pull another six months in Iraq, before they could even be considered being sent stateside. No body armor for protection, food rations that San Quentin inmates would probably riot over, if it were served to them, and getting paid $1300 a month (and I think that's the pay for a Private First Class) to place his life on the line in the name of being a Patriot for his country. The buck private knows he could get a cool $25G's for leaking those pictures to the press; just had to be the foreign press. Unless it was going to be beneficial to the Administration (as in "Big, Bad Cowboy Leader In Charge" enhancement), no MSM would touch them.
Or is this another Karl Rove tactic for drawing the spotlight from where it should go and directing where it doesn't need to be?
The reality is, this Administration is really good at taking credit where they shouldn't, and shlepping off responsibility on to others where they should take it themselves. This is the coward's way out of things - to either hide behind your wife's skirts, or blame the MSM for the poor image of the United States and the Federal Government, instead of owning up to your participation in the mess you created.
First, we have "President Hypocrite." Now, we have "The Cowardly Administration."
And a trip down the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz is probably too late to give this Administration the "bravery" it purports to have. Real bravery comes from within - but if your inwardness is hollow as a pumpkin on Halloween, then cowardice is your only option.
Subject: QUESTIONS TO ASK OVER AND OVER IN FRONT OF MEDIA RE:
REPUBLICANS REASONS-BEST INTEREST OF AMERICANS OR BEST INTEREST
P.S. Who wants a senate leader that caves into the right wing zealots and cannot take a stand to help Americans? ALL AMERICANS?
Subject: Harry Reid's Deal
Subject: Homeland Security
How is it possible that the Secret Service has no record of "journalist" Gannon/Guckert comings and goings? Can you imagine where the media would be on this during the Clinton Presidency?
Subject: Filibuster deal reached ... Another sad day for the
Subject: re: Filibuster Agreement, US Senate
I don't know why you are so sanguine about this "agreement."
First off, I never thought for a minute that an "agreement"
would not be reached ...Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum ... so the
American people will be stuck with three grotesque right wing
jurists ... for what? so that the GOP radicals agree to follow
the rule of law (not break the law to end the filibuster)?
Subject: The Truth About Bush's Judges
issue centers around corporate dollars (Buffalo News)
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