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Subject: Stem Cell Research Bill
Is it possible that the Stem Cell legislation (both the House and the
Senate) is a RED HERRING????
The majority of the public is for expanding stem cell research. Senators
and Representatives have to answer to their constituencies. In all probability,
the Republicans don't want to fund the expansion BUT, they allow legislation
to pass to expand the research to give them points with their constituents.
Then, alas, the President vetoes it. Gives the Republicans cover (without
giving the public what they want) for the 2006 elections.
Just a thought ...
A BuzzFlash Reader
Just read your
interview with Bill Berkowitz and want to offer my congrats
on your overdue recognition. As a fellow Chicagoan, I sometimes
think we live on an island when it comes to seeing right through
the Bush/Cheney/Rove fascist, worse-than-Benedict-Arnold (because
at least he had regrets) traitors for what they are. Anyway, keep
on doing what you're doing, and I'll keep on reading and telling
all my friends about the BEST pro-democracy web site on the internet.
The Dems. should block the Bolton nomination. His record should
be discussed and debated. If Bolton is as bad as most of Dems and
some Republicans say, then he should not be confirmed. If it
means blocking confirmation, so be it. This is why we send the Senators
to Washington, to make sound and rational decisions.
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Subject: Here we go round the mulberry bush
So the Democrats agreed to pass some of Bush’s most radical judges
and the Republicans withheld the nuclear option. Georgie gets his
people in and some republicans are essentially saying they will
reintroduce the nuclear option if the Dems. try to filibuster other
nominees down the line. I’d say the Republicans came out smelling
like roses and got the best of two worlds.
When Rehnquist retires from the U.S. Supreme Court, there is no
doubt that Bush will want Whacko Scalia to fill the vacancy. The
Dems. will object and threaten a filibuster and the Republicans
will do likewise with the nuclear option threat. Back to first base
Why does the childhood song “Here we go round the mulberry bush”
keep surfacing in my mind?
gives Piazza a Rush (Chicago Tribune)
Mike Piazza broke away from the New York Mets' pregame stretch
Monday evening when he saw conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh
in the front row of the stands. Limbaugh signed a baseball for Piazza's
brother, Vincent, who is the head of the Republican Party in Montgomery
County, Pa. "It was like meeting American royalty," gushed Piazza,
who compared meeting Limbaugh to meeting George Washington, Abraham
Lincoln, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the pope. "I think I pulled
a fine in kangaroo court, but it was worth it," he told the Newark
Well it's nice to know that just cuz a guy can hit a 90 mph sphere
with a wooden cylinder, it doesn't necessarily make him a genius.
Plus we must continue to be vigilant, even though Rush is irrelevant
in light of his lack of truthfulness and drug hypocrisy. Some folks
still think this minion of satan is a hero.
A BuzzFlash Reader
scramble to intercept another plane "headed" for White
House. Maybe, Bush was "Bicycling" Again, or Was He Tipping
Through the Tulips with Gannon/Guckert While Laura Was in Egypt
Announcing Our Foreign Policy? 5/24 (Reuters)
so let me get this straight. we were within minutes of shooting
down that plane (according to cnn, rumsfeld gave the order) but
yet gw bush was not important enough to be informed? SO WHO IS RUNNING
THIS COUNTRY? and maybe the people who didn't tell him have a reason
for not telling him, they know him pretty good i would say.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Hard to pin the facts down, but here's today's
Washington Post report: Rumsfeld
Disputes Plane Story.]
Subject: Glass half empty or half full? (Re the "nuclear option"
BuzzFlash reader and progressive pundit opinion is sharply divided.
BuzzFlash contributors and mailbag readers are divided. On Truthout
William Rivers Pitt writes that there is a growing rift among Republicans
between what he calls "the movement conservatives" like
Frist and DeLay and "old-schoolers." Interference in the
Schiavo case was not popular, the President's social security privatization
PR campaign has been a dud, the House just voted in favor of stem
Arguing on the other side are several writers for The Nation
and Robert Kuttner in Wednesday's Boston Globe: Bush
and Frist got what they wanted.
Personally I'm more inclined to agree with Rivers Pitt and BF
contributor LeeXGaspe than with The Nation writers,
Kuttner, and Norman Weinstein.
I think we're so suspicious, and with good reason, of the whole
Republican apparatus, that we can't dare believe that maybe they
don't have a lot of dastardly tricks up their sleeves.
But the country can survive a few more right-wing appeals court
judges, and Bolton, while a real SOB, may do less harm to US interests
at the UN than harassing employees and skewing intelligence at the
State Dept. We haven't been strong supporters of the UN for several
years anyway. Bolton can't bomb the building.
Compromise is necessary. It means not getting your way completely.
But it keeps you from blowing yourself up in a fit of self-righteousness.
Of course, I don't know how it will all turn out either, but not
all of the above will be right.
The President's poll numbers are down, the Iraq war is increasingly
unpopular, the Schiavo case was not a winner, efforts to undermine
Social Security are not getting anywhere so maybe this is not a
Republican victory either. Newspapers report that many Republicans
were also unhappy with the compromise.
Subject: Officials open oil pipeline, the new 'Silk Road'
Here you have it, my friends. This is the reason George Bush poked
a stick in the Afghani hornet’s nest in the summer of 2001, which
is why the 9/11 attack happened, and which is why we had to go to
war with Afghanistan. Then we went to war with Iraq just for the
hell of it. Just to kick some more Muslim ass. Just to get even
Officials on Wednesday inaugurated the first section of an 1,100-mile
U.S.-backed pipeline bringing Caspian Sea oil to Western markets
Subject: CNN reporting
Watching the news on CNN is always "interesting>" The
other day there was a report on the Korean scientists who had been
able to clone tissue into embryos that could be used for furthering
stem cell research. CNN showed some cells dividing in a Petrie dish
when suddenly the screen faded to an image of a fetus, also apparently
in a Petrie dish, before they moved on with the report. I couldn't
believe my eyes. Well. Yes I could.
Then tonight there was a story on an investigation into how advertising
affects patients and doctors in the prescribing of drugs. The study
showed that doctors often would prescribe the drug requested by
the patient in order to maintain a good relationship with the patient.
The report was fine until they showed a statement by the head of
the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. He doesn't
believe that there is a problem with these ads and says that the
ads are educational. The statement was issued by Bill Tauzin. (I
guess he grew up and is no longer Billy Tauzin.) CNN neglected to
point out that this man was the engineer of the Medicare bill when
he was in the House of Representatives just last year. He was the
one that insisted that Medicare could not negotiate reduced prices
with the drug companies.
The next story was one about Guantanamo and disrespect for Islam
shown amongst the guards. There were complaints as far back as 2002
that the Qu'ran had been flushed down the toilet. CNN made no mention
of the fact that this was the same action that was reported in
Newsweek recently that got them in such trouble. The Bush administration
had demanded a retraction and Newsweek not only retracted
the story but they groveled before the -- er -- president.
It turns out that the story was true but CNN acted as if this was
a new report with no back story.
Thank goodness for BuzzFlash, Air America Radio, Democracy Now!,
Common Dreams, Truthout, the Daily Kos, and all of those other wonderful
people. Otherwise, we would never be able to follow the bouncing
Subject: Simple Truth
No matter what we write, say, or believe ... it's all over ... WE
HAD ENOUGH Democrats to win in 2004 ... however, no matter what
we do or say, the republicans own the media and the voting machines
... and our country as we knew it, is gone.
Subject: KORAN ABUSE AND DETAINEE ABUSE AND TORTURE//WHAT HAPPENED
TO TRUTH ...
Any newspaper or media outlet with any integrity would boycott
the press briefings that the White House has every day since they
are just such lies and distortions, and would also write an article
or have a special of what it was that started the Whitewater investigation
and all the other investigations against Clinton. What this White
House and Pentagon are accused of is far more damaging and dangerous
to our society and what is left of our standing in the world. Demand
this -- hold a special election for special prosecutors and independent
investigations, because every day that goes by that these charges
are covered up or ignored is one more day we are judged guilty by
(Note: The spin is that al qaeda people were taught to lie, some
of these allegations are brought by people who were released ...
therefore not, al qaeda.) I demand a special investigator and the
truth and so should you.
Ask the public what they think. Obviously, the House and Senate
will not do what their constituents want -- they only do what the
White House wants. This is disgraceful. If another country did this
we would be all over them. Is this the America you were born in?
Alleged Koran Abuse: FBI Papers Cite Complaints as Early as 2002
Subject: Pentagon statement logic flaw
QUESTION: [H]ave there been or are there current investigations
of possible similar desecrations [of a Koran] elsewhere -- (inaudible)?
MR. DI RITA: Those types of allegations have not previously been
-- there's --we've not previously included that in any kind of previous
investigations into detainee operations, because there haven't been
credible allegations to that effect.''
If they didn't investigate, how do they know the allegations are
Subject: Catapulting the propaganda
If you've retired, you don't have anything to worry
about -- third time I've said that. (Laughter.) I'll probably say
it three more times. See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating
things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind
of catapult the propaganda. (Applause.) -- G.W. Bush
Indeedy. And, CNN has an interesting take on the same speech:
President Bush, facing an uphill battle on Social Security in Congress,
worked Tuesday to persuade moderate Republicans to resist pressure
from constituents and support his ideas for changing the nation's
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Letter to the Editor - Newsweek was Right after
As it turns out and FBI memo has revealed that American jailers at
Guantanamo Bay actually did flush the Koran down the toilet. This
was on top of International Amnesty's report calling Guantanamo the
"gulag of our time" comparing it to communist prisons. Makes
me wonder if all those corporate media apologists are going to apologize
to Newsweek for being right all along?
San Francisco, CA
Subject: Diebold lobbying to sell machines in Cook County
Hi Buzz -
Knowing you are Chicago guys, please check out Bev Harris' blackboxvoting.org
which contains two recent articles about Diebold secretly lobbying
for a $45mm contract for voting machines to be installed in Cook
County. I have written our senators, governor, mayor and Illinois
election board to try to stop this. Sound the alarm and encourage
other readers to do the same.
Concerned in Illinois
I wouldn't hold my breath about the DEMS "standing their ground"
by not voting for Bolton. The only one with B***S in the Senate
is little 5 ft. Boxer ...I say you go girl !!!
Subject: A Proposed Edit
Here's a proposed edit to *'s remark in NY ...
See, in my line of work [sic] you got to keep repeating things
over and over and over again for the truth [sic] to sink in, to
kind of catapult the propaganda.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Letter I Sent To ABC: ABC, your conservative bias is showing.
I find it simply appalling that Terry Moran, your White House Reporter
and a graduate of the Neocon training ground, the National Journalism
Center, would state on the radio that American journalists are anti-military.
It sickens me that Mr. Moran sits on his plush behind in his posh
office and disrespects journalists on the ground in Iraq who are
getting killed by Iraqis and US troops alike. His confluence of
anti-military, anti-Christian, anti-police, among the supposed haters
is chilling. The man is supporting a modern Crusade, an unquestioning
American police-state, and, in looking at his bio, military service
is not mentioned which leaves Mr. Moran just another chickenhawk,
unwilling to put his principles where his mouth is.
But wait, maybe he's right after all. Wasn't it the US media that
kept up the constant rah-rah rush to war, labeling voices of reason
as traitors to our country? Isn't the US media the one that nearly
cre**ed itself showing the staged toppling of the statue of Saddam
Hussein? Who brought us the gushing praise of hunky bulging flight
suits and Mission Accomplished? Weren't they the ones who unquestioningly
spoon-fed us lies about Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman?
Aren't they the ones ignoring soldiers and veterans? Where are
the stories about Congress slashing medical and other benefits for
our soldiers? After all, every armless, legless, vet returning home,
every 18-year-old girl soldier who dies, is a stain on our Great
Leader, George W. Bush, and must be hidden by the neo-Stalinist
press who refuse to call war-profiteering and mercenaries by their
right names. The press that in-beds itself with the White House
and refuses to show photos of our fallen soldiers' return except
when their faces are obscured by black slashes of shame? Is this
the same media who ignores "stop-loss" orders and the
strain on our "part-time" soldiers, the National Guard?
WMDs? The Downing Street memo?
Yesterday's news, McMedia tells us with an elitist, dismissing
yawn. We get very little, heavily censored, news from the ground.
In the world-view that currently holds political sway in America,
it doesn't matter if we are "winning" or "losing,"
the only thing that matters is the perception of victory, after
all, we are being led by members of the non-reality-based community,
people who create their own reality and then impose it on the rest
of us with the willing complicity of corporate-owned media.
Newsweek stood down like a whipped dog even though reports of Koran
desecration have been validated by reports from the International
Red Cross, the FBI, and in testimony about the Abu Ghraib abuses.
It's like Dan Rather redux. The story is true but we will decapitate
the messenger as a warning to you all, much the same tactics as
the terrorists we fight, as that great philosopher, Pogo, said,
"We have met the enemy and he is us."
Newsweek didn't kill anybody. It may come as a surprise
to Mr. Moran and ABC, but the Arab world has their own media. They
have Al Jazeera which publishes stories our own emasculated media
ignores. They have their own blogs and Internet media. They have
their own eyes and witness their own truths. They don't get the
option of sanitizing their war dead for the protection of their
delicate sensibilities. They don't need Newsweek to tell
them what's going on much like we can't trust ABC and other McMedia
to tell us what's really going on out of fear that they will be
labeled "liberal" or "biased." The truth is
the truth and it stands when all other paper tigers have crashed
and burned. It's the obligation of the Fourth Estate to ask questions
and report facts, it's a journalist's raison d'etre, something Mr.
Moran should probably be reminded of between bites of foie gras
at his next Washington cocktail party.
Subject: Why the Continued Support for George W. Bush?
How anyone can continue to support George W. Bush is beyond me.
Bush gets everything wrong. His answer to fighting terror is to
attack Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with terrorist attacks
against the U.S. We had Saddam contained, that was proven when we
didn’t find any WMDs and the 9-11 commission found “No collaborative
relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.” The insurgency in Iraq
is now taking precedence over Afghanistan where the real war on
terror should be focused instead of going to war with Iraq. If Bush
would have put all his efforts into Afghanistan where the “war on
terror” is far from won, maybe we would have found Osama Bin Laden
Today in Afghanistan there is persistent insecurity, rampant warlordism,
a Taliban revival and increases in opium production (with the money
from drug sales going to help finance terrorist groups), making
independent humanitarian aid for the Afghan people all but impossible.
This as well as the Iraq war helps drive anti-American feelings
which in turn helps terrorist groups recruit more disgruntled Muslims
to their cause.
Too few Americans seem troubled that their president either lied
or blundered into a horrible mess in Iraq, so far causing over 1600
American troop deaths and who knows how many contract workers and
civilian Iraqi deaths. Those that keep bringing up the beheadings
fail to mention that these beheadings are directly caused by Bush’s
Under the pretense of creating more jobs Bush gives BIG tax breaks
to the wealthy in the hopes that they might create more jobs. Meanwhile
the working class gets a pittance of a tax cut just so that Bush
can get more support for his tax cut plan. Here’s a better idea,
how about giving tax breaks to businesses both big and small that
actually do create more jobs in this country?
Bush’s proposal to “fix” social security isn’t a “fix” at all. It
will do absolutely nothing to “fix” the social security problem.
His handlers think that the misleading catch phase “Strengthening
Social Security for Future Generations” will sell his bill of goods.
The majority of Americans can see through this guise and are against
Bush’s so-called social security “fix.” If Bush is so sure that
private investments will result in greater returns than the present
system, why not guarantee those private investments so that an individual
would be assured of getting back everything invested in a private
account plus a 3 percent annual return on that investment? Could
it be that those investments are too risky to be guaranteed by the
The only reason Bush won the last election is because many Americans
voted for him for one reason and one reason only, his anti-abortion
stance. I won’t call him pro-life because his record shows he is
definitely not pro-life.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Hidden Message in "No Child Left Behind"
My son had to choose someone famous,, read their biography and write
a report on the person. To my shock and horror he chose George W.
Bush. I asked him why he chose Bush. He said because he thought
it would be funny ... I wasn't amused. After reading through it
he made a discovery that I haven't heard anyone else mention. The
title "No Child Left Behind," came from the Rapture. After
the Rapture takes place, the nonbelievers will be 'Left Behind."
This just made my skin crawl! Bush believes in the Rapture, and
because of this he has made one reckless choice after another. If
he feared death, maybe he would respect life more and not be as
destructive as he has been.
My son told me to Google the words "left behind" and here's
the link to the search results. This will scare you.
Subject: Shout About the Stolen Election
I have been catching up the stolen election of 2004. Evidence just
keeps piling up, piling up, piling up, and that pile really reeks.
For months now I have felt like a kid in the backseat of the car
… are we there yet … are we there yet … when will we get there?
Is there enough evidence to launch an official, independent investigation
Reading the follow-up post by Jim
Lampley got me fired up … again … still? I really have to agree
with him that we all need to keep harping about the “irregularities”
reported, documented, testified to, polygraph examined, ignored
by the MSM, and supported by the math.
I thought that there already existed more than adequate reason to
doubt the validity of the 2004 Presidential election, but then I
read about the report just issued by the Miami-Dade Election Reform
Coalition. The Coalition has found more problems with missing data
and touch-screen machines counting votes multiple times. I have
said repeatedly that the touch-screen machines used in the most
populous areas of Florida did not accurately record votes. I maintain
this position because 2004 was the first time that my son voted
and his machine kept showing that his vote was cast for Bush when
he had selected Kerry. He attempted three times to get the machine
to accept his vote for Kerry, to no avail. A poll worker then told
him “Don’t worry about it, just vote again.” Finally, on the fifth
attempt the machine showed his vote as being cast for Kerry. My
question remains, how do we know that the errors were not recorded
as votes for Bush? The poll workers certainly showed no concern
while they ignored our questions as they ushered us out the door.
Then I visited THE BRAD BLOG,
of which I am a faithful reader, as I know many of you are because
I have read your comments on that site. Brad is reporting on Arizona
issues that are remarkable similar to the problems discovered in
Florida. Brad’s archive is filled with reports questioning and exposing
election concerns from Florida, Ohio, Rep. Conyers (Yeah!), Clinton
Curtis, and Tom Feeney that would lead any reality-based person
to seriously doubt that the 2004 Election was conducted in a fair
and democratic fashion.
Bev Harris is still marching along. Her Black
Box Voting group is now focusing on “follow the money” investigations
into Diebold’s machines being used in Ohio. Since demonstrating
the ease of hacking a Diebold machine for Conyers and the House
Judiciary Committee, Bev and her team have uncovered evidence of
collusion dating back nearly 30 years. And it’s not just Republicans
involved. She hasn’t given up and gone home.
As a loud and proud member of the “vast left-wing conspiracy” I
say we should not “get over it” and we really must keep this drum
Subject: South Dakota Base Closing
I've been reading BuzzFlash since the Election 2000 debacle, and
I can now spot a republican-fed puff piece a mile away. E.g., The
New York Times story about how John Thune will have to pull
some strings with the Bush Administration to keep the South Dakota
base from closing and how tough that will be.
Again, it is unbelievable to me to think that the Bush administration
will jeopardize Thune's political career or Rick Santorum's by closing
their state's air force bases. More like bolster them by having
them step in and save the day. And, since I began my job as a stay-at-home
mom, I have been educated in the way of our country's leaders. The
Lewinsky affair opened my eyes to what our government had in store
for us when run by republicans. I realize there is little the citizens
of this country can do to stop this wild and out of control republican
wing of this party. There is absolutely nothing they wouldn't stoop
to keep themselves from being the ruling party.
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