May 31, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Submit a Question to the White House.
Let them have it and give them hell!
Subject: Tweedledee, Tweedledumbya Logic! Pardon me, Lewis Carroll
Only in George Bush's logic, would we send another "bully" to the U.N! Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Barbara Boxer, all have made earnest and accurate complaints about John Bolton's job performance. The state, undoubtedly, under Bush Administration pressure, refuses to release documents about Bolton's dealings, which amounts to an admission of guilt! We do not need to be reminded that this isn't the first time, but only one out of many times, that the Bush Administration has stonewalled or redacted information that would be hurtful to them! John Bolton has criticized the United Nations, does not have the temperament to deal with others, and is just another very fallible appointment made by George Bush!
Our country cannot gain what it has lost, or make any headway by putting another inept person in this position of responsibility! As George, once again, uses Tweedledee, TweedleDumbya logic, history will liken this age to, as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,"This age has an engine but no engineer!"That statement has never been truer then now, with George W. Bush and his cohorts governing the United States of America!
Subject: Truth Stands On Its Own
Later in this remarkable sermon Mr. Marshall states
"our government is in danger of control by corrupt party machines
and even by gangsters, cynical, ruthless, self-seeking lovers of power
... a fact which should challenge every true patriot and summon all
who love America to roll up their sleeves and make this once again a
"government of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, for the PEOPLE."
The whole breathtaking sermon can be found in an original copy of
"A Man Called Peter" written by Catherine Marshall
after Peter Marshall's death. I recommend it highly. Incidentally, Peter
Marshall emigrated here from Scotland, originally, but he did become
a citizen and went on to become a very effective and later much loved
and admired Senate Chaplain. I'm sure he and George Galloway would have
a LOT to talk about, and what I wouldn't give to be there!
Subject: The Secret Downing Street Memo (timesonline)
Why are all the so-called liberals following the White House all
over the Koran instead of seeing the Koran story as a smokescreen
to cover up and detract from the Downing Street Memo story? Why aren't
you saying anything about the Secret Downing Street Memo? This is
the Smoking Gun that shows Bush lied for over nine months straight
and that he manufactured the evidence to go to war. Those of us who
were paying attention knew that everything he said was lies,
but this is the first real evidence that what he said was lies, so
why not post this or something about it? Perhaps get your editorial
board to do something with it. I don't know. But stop with the Koran
already. I say the Koran was flushed ... I say f*** that. Who cares
whether it was or wasn't? The real story is the Secret Downing Street
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Many Muslims have shown that they care about our (mis)handling of the Koran.]
Senator John Conyers now has a smoking gun, the
Downing Street Memo, which may enable him to call a formal
investigation of Bush's activities. He has asked for 100,000 signatures
to the letter posted on his site. I think it's the first real step
towards challenging this administration's lies, and really could lead
to impeachment hearings.
Subject: DEMOCRACY, WHERE ART THOU???
WHILST SECRECY PREVAILS DEMOCRACY WITHERS & FAILS
WAR A MALADY OF FOOLS. qed
TRUTH RARELY ESCAPES THE LIPS OF A POLITICIAN.
ECONOMICS - MASSES OF CORRUPTED DATA RESULTING IN UNKNOWING UNKNOWN CONSEQUENCES.
POLITICIAN - FORMER MEMBER OF HUMAN RACE.
Subject:The New-World Auschwitz
[Re "Just Shut It Down" by Times Op-Ed Columnist, Thomas Friedman]
What the Tom tells Bu$h:
"Shut it down. Just shut it down."
It? The "P.O.W. camp at Guantanamo Bay."
And after that?
"If we have a case to be made against any of the 500 or so inmates ... then it is high time we put them on trial, convict as many [as] possible ... and then simply let the rest go home or to a third country."
Against any? At least one.
As many as possible? 500+.
The rest? 499+or 0.
The Tom was in London when he wrote. You can tell he was befuddled.
Another befuddle: P.O.W. camp? But Bu$h has ordered that the POWs are NOT POWs!
The Tom caves: they're "inmates."
Again: What's "let the rest go" MEAN? Apocalypse Then: rendition again, torture again.
But those befuddles are details. The Tom's BIG BEFUDDLE is the notion that The Superpower can remain in possession of Guantanamo. NO! The Superpower must now return Gitmo to Cuba: "Shut it down. Just shut it down."
The Tom's second big befuddle is the notion that it's The Superpower that can decide where the POWs are to go. NO! In the Guantanamo returned to Cuba, the POWs can decide for themselves what they wish to do! In particular: The torture camp itself should be preserved as THE NEW-WORLD AUSCHWITZ and not destroyed by the New Nazis as the original Auschwitz was by the Old Nazis.
We can't let this die on the vine like the Gannon/Guckert info.
... recorded the minutes of a meeting Dearlove had with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Foreign Minister Jack Straw and other advisers on July 23, 2002, President Bush never seriously considered using diplomacy to avert the war. Instead, the memo -- known as the secret Downing Street Memo -- shows Bush was determined to invade and was prepared to shape and manipulate intelligence to convince the American people war was necessary. The American media has been slow to give this memo the attention it deserves, although that's starting to change. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution charges it's becoming more and more clear: "The American people were deceived."
The Des Moines Register agrees, writing this memo "should be enough for Congress to finally see its duty and launch a formal, independent inquiry."
Subject: An open letter to Sen John Warner
To the Honorable Senator Warner,
It is Memorial Day Monday. We remember on that day all those who have sacrificed to protect our right to fairness under the law, and our faith in those rights: our soldiers who swear an oath to protect the Constitution. For that, they give their precious time, and sometimes life and limb.
My name is Deborah Conner, and my father worked the Hill for Veteran's rights and benefits all his life. I remember the days when people of opposite minds respected different views -- most of all, the right to have them --- a sentiment so important in a wise nation. It's a tempering force, staying even cold steel, wise in understanding what the Greeks understood: that man is not the all-knowing God, and that those who think they have this privilege are doomed in the their reasoning.
I live in Virginia, down in the beautiful Blue Ridge that Jefferson loved, the place he used to walk, and the place where he learned to read Greek.
I'm writing to thank you for agreeing to take the "nuclear option" off the table, protecting the right of the minority to filibuster judicial nominees. It's an important tool, one that enables the Senate to take up its role as a body of full judgment -- the special role accorded the Senate by the Founding Fathers -- in seeking to help all who work in a representative government to fully represent its people. It remembers that no one is elected by all his or her constituents -- they who enable his work and trust him to represent them fairly.
The faith that you will represent us to the best of your ability and with the most fair methods, is what our nation's strength and honor is built upon. It is the message of the cornerstone that you pass in the Capital, making that turn on the stairs. Please, do not ever let you colleagues forget what it means! Especially when it comes to the appointment of judges.
The Democrats at all levels represent the views of easily half of the people in America. In all honesty, there is division in America's national and world view, a division not fairly represented in our present government. Please work to allow diversity to be the tempering force of reason it has always been. Please do not allow anyone to ride roughshod over that half of America who trusts you to represent it. Please stand firm in upholding my rights, my family's rights, the traditions my father worked for. As a Virginian, please continue to remember all who brought us here. That is brave and honorable work.
Regards, best wishes,
Subject: 'Controversy' Art Censorship
The artist Michael Friedman who complained about a fellow artist's work showing the sodomy of FuriousGeorge, was successful in having this piece of art removed from a private art exhibit in Florida (naturally). "Sodomy in a public forum is not, from my perspective, considered art," he said. "I think somebody has to draw the line somewhere."
"Friedman himself entered a piece depicting Pope Benedict XVI with several swastikas in the background."
Well, Mr. Friedman, perhaps your piece should be ripped off the wall, too, since, from someone's "perspective" it could be judged as "offensive and tasteless" and not "artistic" - after all, "somebody has to draw the line somewhere."
Maybe the "line" should be drawn in front of your piece. It's called censorship, fascism or mob rule.
And isn't the name of the art exhibit "Controversy?" Doesn't that imply that most pieces would be considered "offensive and tasteless" by somebody? Doesn't "controversy" imply shocking people into critical thinking?
the Line (Editorial, St. Petersburg Times)
Subject: Freedom Fries
"The jingoist GOP Congressman who brought us 'freedom fries' now says Iraq war had 'no justification.' Times have changed, haven't they?"
... with some interest. I grew up in this congressman's district. It took a great deal of courage for Republican Congressman Jones to admit he was wrong in calling for the renaming of french fries to "Freedom Fries."
When was the last time we heard anyone in Washington admit to an error? That's a courageous act in and of itself. But I would call the Congressman's act of calling for the administration to defend its actions in taking the country to war downright heroic. His district is a very conservative one, so I don't believe there is anyway this is a shallow political ploy to win favor. However, the people of his district will listen to a real leader. Isn't that what is emerging here? Shouldn 't BuzzFlash be helping, not calling names?
[BuzzFlash Note: Rep. Jones recently supported an amendment calling for an Iraq war exit strategy: Now We Know Where They Stand.]
Subject: Carl's Jr.
Subject: Coordinated Action on "Downing Street Memo" [sic] bumper stickers
I am requesting that you post a link to information about a coordinated action using "Downing Street Memo" [sic] bumper stickers. Many people have reminded me that the so-called memo is really minutes of a meeting and represents, accordingly, a substantive historical record of plans and decisions regarding the invasion of Iraq many months before Bush claimed he had made the decision. It is hard evidence that Bush lied to Congress, the American people, the United Nations Security Council, and indeed the world about his intentions in Iraq. Some Daily Kos members created a web site
I don't have any personal connection to this web site, but I had suggested in a comment on Rep. John Conyers' diary that we get bumper stickers printed up for the Downing Street Memo [sic] and engage in some coast-to-coast coordinated bumper action.
One of the owners of Downing Street Memo immediately had bumper stickers created. You can buy them at Cafe Press.
I am writing to all my favorite reality-based web sites and blogs to ask readers to purchase Downing Street Memo bumper stickers from Cafe Press en masse (and in all the other states as well!), put them on our cars in a coordinated fashion on the same date (how about June 9th or 10th), and start driving around. The Downing Street Memo bumper sticker would appear simultaneously, more or less, on cars around the nation. The thinking is that people hate it when they don't know what a popular phrase means. If these bumper stickers pop up everywhere all of a sudden, people will start asking everywhere, "What is the Downing Street memo?" if they don't already know.
You can buy your "Did you get the memo? Downing Street Memo" bumper sticker from Cafe Press and t-shirts as well.
Please take some time to sign Rep. Conyers' letter asking President Bush to answer the questions about the Downing Street Memo sent to him over three weeks ago and signed by 89 congressmen. And, if you are so inclined, please contribute to Congressman Conyers' campaign fund. (I don't know Rep. Conyers except through his work but I deeply appreciate his continuous efforts to get some truth and accountability out of this administration.)
BuzzFlashers, please get your Downing Street Memo bumper sticker and participate in coordinated bumper action!
Subject: "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!"
These same forces boast of arresting hundreds of Iraqis, and many being shot, are they really insurgents? I guess if you shoot and kill or wound many, you might get lucky and hit an insurgent now and then! Mr. Jamail, in his Iraq dispatches, also related two different occasions where he was shot at because he was too close to the security police! It seems indiscriminate shootings are not the exception but the rule. Giuliana Sgrena can attest to that, Nicola Calipari can't!
As 40,000 troops seal Baghdad and hunt down the insurgents, will it be the insurgents that get hunted, or did they ALREADY leave, as in other operations? Is this the way to win the hearts and minds? How many more deaths will we see in a country that already has a broad hatred of Americans? Is this Democracy or oppression?
By now most Americans say the Iraq War was not worth it, and it is time to bring the troops home!
Subject: "Rice rejects Amnesty report on detainees"
... was published in the Boston Globe on May28.
Subject: "Minutes" Not "Memo," Down With Bushspeak
of Minutes -- DOWNING STREET DOSSIER, and
Subject: Right Wing Censorship
[BuzzFlash Note: We can't confirm, or explain, this. Have you contacted Michael Savage or the radio station about it? Or the FCC?]