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Subject: Military Funerals
It's been another tough week in Iraq. Since the Bushies are still
trying to pretend that young women and men aren't dying and being
wounded because of their lies, still not letting the landings at Dover
Air Force Base be photographed, and Bush is still not attending funerals,
I have a suggestion. Why not have well-known Democrats, liberals or
progressives start attending the funerals? In small towns and cities,
the presence of people like Al Franken, Warren Beatty, Tim Robbins
and Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Barbara Streisand and many more would
attract the local print and TV media since we know that the MSM are
asleep at the wheel. Since anyone protesting the war is accused of
not supporting the troops, it would be obvious that the liberals were
honouring the troops by recognising their sacrifices, and thereby
shaming the administration, conservatives and wingnuts who are not.
Surrey, BC, Canada
Subject: RIGHTS TO SEE INFO ON BOLTON
Isn't it our right as taxpayers to be able to see whatever material
we need to see to make a decision? I am telling you, if you are not
allowed to see these documents ... than get up and walk out of the
Senate and come home to your constituents. The administration has
no rights at all to not allow the Senate to see all the documents
they need to make a decision.
WHAT ARE THEY HIDING??? If you let them do this, you will have undermined
the Senate as well as every American citizen. If I wanted a dictatorship,
I would have asked for one. NO GOVERNMENT is going to tell me that
I cannot see papers which I am entitled to see or tell me I [can't]
have the information I need. Is this America or did I never wake up
from Hitler's Germany???
Subject: Not "mainstream"
A journalist friend of mine suggests we stop referring to mainstream
media as mainstream media. They are not. They are "corporate
media." There used to be a mainstream media, but I think we need
to now dub them as corporate media until people realize they can't
trust it anymore.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Labelling Current Administration as 'Busheviks'
I strongly object to your choice of the label for the current administration's
hoodwinks as being much too tepid. I believe a better choice would
be the continuing saga of tales from the 'Bullsheviks.' This term
delivers the candor necessary to awaken the droves of the sleeping
public, who mainly derive their information from the 'fluff or gerber'
In order for our (fragile) democracy to succeed and to receive the
tacit support of the citizenry, the administration is charged with
the prime responsibility of delivering factual news regarding prima
facie issues concerning the nation. The real problems confronting
this nation are not 'activist judges,' nor medieval societies needing
regime change, but much rather, ordinary people wanting to escape
the snares of poverty, starvation and alienation from society's so
called mainstream - sports, sexual pursuits and basically living a
material life leading to oblivion, and of course, that basic primal
pursuit of shooting weapons for the sake of an individual right to
experience glorious glee.
All public discourse should focus on one tantamount issue - ensuring
that the peoples' basic needs are being met. Then, and only then,
can America assert its dominant position as a defender of human rights
which could be expanded to include the right to seek compromise in
the interest of gaining a foothold in human understanding. I believe
that 'world peace' would be just a matter of following up on words
that require the swiftest action towards judgment for the poor and
the oppressed, worldwide.
V. Von Papen
Subject: Remember Peggy Noonan wanted who nominated?
Remember that saucy nasty article referring the General Wes Clark
as "General Malaise" and calling him dangerous and crazy?
That came out and was written by none other than Peggy Noonan just
before the SOUTHERN primaries. She suggested Democrats get behind
Kerry. Now we hear Gingrich supporting Hillary. When will Democrats
learn not to believe Republicans when they try to give us advice?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Fighting Back in Small Ways
As the title says, let's fight back in any way possible. Our cat litter
pan has a name,"The Crawford Ranch." Our Republicans neighbors
see it each time they visit but make no comment! I think they get
the message though.
Sadly, I think my bumper sticker says it all: "The media is only
as liberal as the conservative business that own them." I agree
with one of your fans, they have the media and they won the voting
machines. These small victories we have seen lately for the Democrats
are not ones which can counteract the above facts! That is my opinion!
Looks like our children and grandchildren will live with a one-party
system of totalitarianism. Daily I read letters in The Spokesman
Review supporting Bush and all because the media do not tell
Subject: Re: General
Defends Treatment of Guantanamo Prisoners (AP)
It is evident that the approved treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo
Bay included treatment that would be considered torture if used against
US personnel. General Myers was quoted also saying they would "Gitmotize"
treatment of prisoners elsewhere. They claimed that terrorists were
not entitled to treatment under the Geneva Convention, which resulted
in the abuse of many prisoners not guilty of terrorism. They are denying
the Quran was flushed down a toilet at Guantanamo, but admitted Quran
abuses had occurred. It would have been difficult to flush one down
a toilet. Maybe it was only thrown into a toilet, and fished out and
given back to a prisoner. It sounds as though they believe all Muslim
prisoners deserve to be treated the same way: abused. They went into
Iraq with only half the number of troops the former chief of staff
stated was necessary and he was fired. The result has been chaos.
Subject: NPR, and why is it that we see no criticism of them
I read all the blogs and sites, such as yours, Media Matters, and
What is bothering me, and I don't mean this as a criticism of BuzzFlash
at all -- why do we see so little criticism of NPR? When I listen
to their signature programs, ATC and ME, as well as their hourly news,
I notice plenty of deference to Bush, and what I'd call underreporting
by NPR -- such as offering the other side's views.
As an example, at 5 pm Saturday eastern time, NPR basically verbalized
Bush's radio address verbatim, and did not offer the democratic side
at all (I did not know what the Democratic radio address had said
when I heard this NPR news cast). But, read on if you will --
I then switched to the Voice of America internet stream wondering
what they were doing and much to my shock, they reported on Bush's
radio address in a similar way to NPR, except:
1) they ran a Bush segment from the speech 2) they then followed with
a segment from the Democratic response, which was from Wesley Clark,
who not only called for our 'remembrance' of the troops but also called
for the Senate/House to approve improved medical care for veterans
and THEN, the VOA announcer mentioned that a month ago, the Senate
had rejected a House move to improve veteran health benefits. AMAZING!!!
So, here is a case where our official propaganda outlet VOA does a
better job on this story than our 'hands off NPR' does on the same
story. I was not expecting this.
So even more so, if you listen to NPR a lot, you can notice they leave
out a lot, and never do what VOA did.
I am afraid that groups like Media Matters are politically too timid
to attack NPR, and thus, NPR does not get a hot light shone on them.
And, interestingly, now that Kenneth Tomlinson is on record as wanting
to reform PBS and NPR, NPR is not going to be criticized by the progressives
at all -- so this is a bad situation, allowing NPR to sort of continue
in their approach with no worry that the left/progressives will complain.
We do need criticism of NPR to keep them honest.
Chapel Hill, NC
Subject: Withdrawal from Iraq
There should be 300 new volunteers to take the place of our troops
in Iraq. I am referring to the 300 members of Congress who refuse
to even consider talking about withdrawal of American forces from
that God-forsaken country. I am appalled at their spinelessness and
their contempt for human life, both of Americans and Iraqis. Not only
that, but they continue to flush our money down the sandbox: $300
billion and counting, which is more than $1,000 for every man, woman
and child in the United States of America.
Congress has the power to declare war and to fund it. We went into
this war based on a pack of lies told by liars. Now that we are stuck
in this fiasco, we should be considering ways to extract ourselves,
even though it may be too late, as irreparable damage and harm has
been done. I commend the 128 brave representatives who at least want
to talk about it.
Unfortunately, the hypocrites will continue to be receiving their
$100,000 plus annual salaries from our tax dollars. They will go on
espousing their lies and causing more lives to be lost. That makes
these members of Congress warmongers because they advocate war. Being
a warmonger is against the teachings of both Jesus Christ and Mohammed.
Most Americans wish to support our troops, but they don't wish to
support this war.
It is my belief that if these people are willing to support this war
and occupation of Iraq, then they should be willing to fight it. That
is why these 300 Congressmen should volunteer for duty. While we're
at it, our sitting President should be impeached for his role in causing
this war. Then he should be ordered to rejoin the military and serve
out the rest of his National Guard commitment in the streets and sands
of Iraq as Lt. G.W. Bush. We might as well add Cheney, who avoided
the draft five times during Vietnam and who has profited immensely
from this warmongering.
Of course we could just continue on our current path and change our
national bird from the Eagle to the Ostrich. We've only lost 1,650
plus troops, most of whom have been killed since hostilities were
declared over by our commander-in-chief in 2003. We have to deal with
20,000 seriously injured and tens of thousands who have been emotionally
scarred so far. Remember, we don't plan on being there permanently,
just five to ten more years according to our generals. The four (or
fourteen) new bases in Iraq will cost more than the 40 American bases
which will be closed. Maybe the affected communities and their citizens
can apply for jobs overseas. When will the American public wake up
and realize what is going on?
Kills First Vote on Iraq Withdrawal (antiwar.com)
John R. Miller
Sometimes I discuss things with some friends of mine who are Republicans.
I've noticed that when I bring up politics, they always say everything
in a tone of voice that is of shame, denial and disappointment. Whenever
they do that, I always think about the fact that they, too, are embarrassed
that the G.O.P. has turned from the party of Lincoln into the party
of Frist and DeLay that has changed everything it has ever stood for.
Even then, they all worship the ground that G.W. Bush steps on (don't
ask me why.) If only they could see that their "leader"
has everything to do with all the terrible things happening in our
country today, then all may not be lost after all.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Lies that led to war in Iraq (Salon/Information Clearing House)
Ho hum, I am almost too tired to even write about this. I mean we
all know the President lied, he planned on attacking Iraq as soon
as he was elected. Many of us protested what we knew to be a war based
on lies. The information was available before the war, it was available
during the invasion and now it is available after the war while the
Why do I care, after all, I'm too old to be drafted? Well, I have
a son who is old enough. I can see retirement coming and I see a government
that is not going to help its citizens with that. No, the money was
going to this war on terror, but it wasn't really a war on terror,
it was a war on what, Bush's family grudge match with Saddam and a
bunch of businessmen looking for a way to make a profit off of it,
regardless of what the taxpayer had to put out for this to happen.
He uses a bunch of religious bullshit to cover his ass and that is
what he sells to the country.
It stinks, it's weak, but Americans are easy marks, and once the
shooting starts they will rally around the flag, at least enough of
them so the rest don't matter, because this president is a cynical
s.o.b. And so it goes. Pardon my French if I seem a little cynical
Subject: ha ha, Evangelicals do use Macs
On one of your headlines, it says "evangelicals don't use Macs
anyway." See, as a d-in-the-wool Jimmy Carter supporter, from
way back, I still believe you don't have to be Repub to be Christian
or even evangelical. I know an evangelical at my former job who is
neither Repub nor Dem as he thinks both parties have ignored the poor.
I know many evangelical Dems, however.
I think what is interesting is how the media has convinced even
us on the left that all evangelicals must be neocons. I find it heartening
that 26% of evangelicals voted for Kerry. This is a full percentage
point more than the 25% who voted for Clinton. I just still think
the media is trying to co-opt the "moral" people with the
rightwing, so they can have that marriage of corporate interests and
Christians and get a big tent of votes that way.
The reason I would rather die than vote Republican has nothing to
do with any Democratic platform other than healthcare, education,
Social Security and the economy. I don't care about anything else.
By blocking these important programs, and trying to let the Carlyle
Group (Bush et al.) profit from illegal and unjust wars that they
lied to drag us into, GOP continues to oppress the poor. I am one
of many evangelicals who is going to vote for Democrats, and I don't
care what other values they do or do not stand for. Everybody knows
that Republicans want total control to be in the hands of corporations
so they can oppress the poor and squeeze the middle class and hurt
families and THAT is against my moral values.
I want to encourage us not to lump all evangelicals in the same boat
because to do so makes many uninvolved voters think that if they are
Christian, they have to vote G.O.P.
Subject: Bush Protest Song Gets Airplay on Jay Leno
Not an article, but the actual video of it being performed on Jay
Leno - the audience seems to positively support the anger against
the Bush administration.
It is good to see dissent against the Bush administration being given
mainstream air time without it being mocked or discredited and to
hear the audience's positive response
to this song will give hope to those who sometimes feel like they
are not represented in the mainstream media.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Cost of Freedom
I am seeking stories about those who have fought the Bush government
over the past several years. I have a book publisher who is interested.
Can you help me to find the folks -- the true heroes of this country?
The following regarding a book project entitled: "The Cost of
I am not one of those who "supports the troops." I do not
think they are protecting our freedom. I do not consider them heroes.
To me, the real heroes of our country are the folks who have weathered
the storm, with a flimsy poster board sign, on the street corner,
in a stiff wind.
These folks are scattered around the world, from Berkeley to Bismarck
to Buffalo -- to Berlin. They have held signs in freezing temps on
a freeway in Bangor; they have sat alone at a kitchen table to write
intrepid letters to the editor in Blacksburg, South Carolina, and
they have prayed aloud for peace in Bagdad, Arizona. All around us
are stories of people who have displayed extraordinary courage in
these dark times. They personify the image of it's not easy, it's
often terrifying, and it's absolutely necessary. Please contact me:
[BuzzFlash Note: You might want to read "My
Own Recent Conversations With U.S. Soldiers."]
I wish you had encouraged all your readers to send the Star
Tribune editors a note of support for their stand against the
Busheviks today. You KNOW the right will blast them.
[BuzzFlash Note: Click "Letters to the Editor" at this
link to write to them: http://www.startribune.com/feedback.]
Subject: Remark from a friend ...
I find it amazing that this organization has found themselves supporting
someone like Rumsfeld who has so often proven himself to be the enemy
of the foot soldier and cares nothing about veterans' rights or health
Rumsfeld, Joint Chiefs Chairman: Join Thousands of Bikers Saluting
A BuzzFlash Reader
Patrick wins, Bush Dilutes Title IX
While Danica Patrick makes history for women in sports, see today's
NY Times sports page article by Selena Roberts about how Title IX
(compliance allowing girls to compete and whether institutions were
obeying law), was diluted without public knowledge making it unfairly
difficult for girls to equally compete. This dilution and change was
disingenuously mislabled by Education Dept.
Again, Bush, through [Education Dept], has quietly slipped women
a Mickey just as Patrick makes history. Democrats should jump all
over this. Imagine the swing votes here??
This is another example of Administration saying one thing and quietly
and sneakily doing another. Making it more difficult to allow girls
to compete fairly by changing and diluting the standards just as a
woman courageously proves that women can compete at any level. Where
and how to make the administration responsible and show them up ...
... In March, with no public notice, the United States Education
Department handed public schools what was essentially an escape
route from Title IX compliance by allowing an interest survey of
girls to determine whether institutions were obeying the law in
providing equal sports opportunities.
... Two years, and one election, after the Bush administration
was pressured by the public into leaving Title IX as it was, it
has changed policy in what has been disingenuously mislabeled as
a clarification by the Education Department.
Subject: Bush's Stupid Grin As He "Pays Tribute" To War
I'm hoping that Karl Rove doesn't see this picture of GW Bush laughing
his ass off, next to a caption stating "President Bush Pays Tribute
to the War Dead" because I think it makes a great statement about
how seriously he takes the whole idea of the "war dead."
Only Bush would have the rudeness to be caught laughing out loud at
a Memorial Day service. Please go right away to this link before some
Repug PR has the picture removed.
Lisa L Carroll
North Bend, OR
Subject: Also Honor Americans Who Defend Their Country at Home
Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor fighters for America. This
includes our soldiers who, for 230 years, have served the country. For
stepping into harm's way, following orders, and doing what is asked
of them they must be honored and never be forgotten for their individual
bravery and sacrifices.
Additionally, on this Memorial Day I suggest we remember and honor ALL
who defend America from threats within as well as from beyond our borders.
This means we should also honor the thousands of patriotic American
activists who, day in and day out organize and act in the interests
of the country here at home, against supreme odds and without thanks
or recognition. They certainly deserve honor and a place in our memories
on Memorial Day because they fight for America tirelessly, and in return
all they ask for is the right to continue to speak up and to be heard,
never for pay or benefits. Only for love of their country do they keep
at it every day on the internet, in their communities, churches, local
organizations and, God help them, individually. Yet they are often reviled,
ridiculed, abused and insulted for their trouble.
American Activists show real courage, and the deepest patriotism. Their
work over the years deserves to be recognized, honored and taught as
History shows American Activists were correct when they opposed our
immoral, tactically wrong and wasteful war in Viet Nam, and now in Iraq.
Both wars were started under false pretenses, and to date have cost
us the lives of over 57,000 U.S. soldiers, hundreds of thousands of
wounded and maimed victims, and literally trillions of dollars in squandered
US treasure and resources.
And where's the real threat to America today? Is it really from a few
thousand Muslim extremists 5,000 miles away? Or is the real threat to
America much closer? Perhaps the real threat to America lies with a
small, clever group of ideological and religious extremists ... Abusers
who have taken control of our government by questionable means, who
preach fear and manipulation, and who show they neither care for nor
understand our classic freedoms and constitution. They have no faith
in America, and wish to remake it in their fearful image. Every day
they seem to cut a little more from our rights and freedoms, acting
out of their own fears and ignorance. And who can stop them if not American
Certainly not our largely impotent news media, which has become frozen
and fearful under bottom-line-oriented ownership. Only American activists
will save the country ... those who continue to speak up, organize to
alert the public, demonstrate, monitor elections, get out the vote.
They will eventually topple the abusers by using the very rights those
in charge continue to try to whittle away.
So in addition to remembering our soldiers on Memorial Day, and every
other day, we need to never forget the hundreds of thousands of loyal,
hard working American activists who have worked to inform and alert
the public about our country's immoral and illegal involvements in
Viet Nam, and now, 35 years later, in Iraq. They have the moral high
ground, and have twice been proven correct on the facts as well, and
should now also be acknowledged for their patriotic service to the
Political activists are as essential to our freedoms as the military,
and must also be recognized.
So on this Memorial Day let's remember ALL who defend America ...
both from threats within our borders well as from beyond.
St. Petersburg, FL
Subject: MEMORIAL DAY 2005
Today was the day for us to honor our soldiers. It was a beautiful
day with flags waving and many of our armed forces on hand and a grateful
nation watched the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery! We remembered
those who deserved to be remembered for their dedication and honor
they brought to our country!
Then it all fell apart as far as many of us are concerned! Two men
took to the podium! George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, who shaped
policy to lie us into a war causing the deaths of almost 1700 of our
soldiers, with the injured numbering closer to 14,000 now and at least
a hundred thousand Iraqis! Iraqis who lost lives, homes, and to this
day are afraid to step out their door in fear of their very lives!
They suffer raids, shooting, destruction of their homes and cities
and the orphaning of their children! These men who refuse to allow
a ceremony for our honored dead or to let their coffins be seen by
Americans, who wish to pay tribute for their sacrifice. These men
who do not attend funerals and urge the MSM NEVER to repeat totals
of deaths, feeding us only filtered news out of Iraq! These same men,
who, out of one side of their mouth are pro-life, but out of the other
side, send detainees, with or without charges, to countries they know
will use torture. These same men who help cover up abuses in Iraq,
Cuba, and Afghanistan!
It took them just a few weeks of “shock and awe” to claim victory
and later down the road, “Mission Accomplished!” Barcas once remarked
to his son, “You know, Hannibal, how to gain a victory, but not how
to use it!”
There is nothing George W. Bush can do to justify this war, or call
the power he used to start and to continue it credible! The whole
world and many Americans now recognize that fact!
The Bush BullyCons can use all the denials they want to, but a statement
made by Charles de Gaulle is true today! He remarked about Vietnam,
“I predict you will sink step by step, into a bottomless military
quagmire, however much you spend in men and money!”
Subject: Cheney's Offended By Amnesty International Criticism?
From AP on May 30, 2005: Cheney says he's offended by Amnesty International
criticism of Guantanamo!!! (as published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Well I'll be! The #1 chickenhawk of this generation is offended! How
dare this ... this ... war-monger even call himself an American after
what he's done?
-Where was he when this Country needed leadership in the 1960's?? Oh
yes, other priorities...
-And where was he when this Country needed leadership on 9/11? Oh yes,
hiding in a bunker.
-And where was he when this Country was marching toward an invasion
of Iraq based on lies? Oh, yes... there he was, finally, IN A LEADERSHIP
And now he's offended because his failed policies and pseudo-morality
are found out (again)?
"Shut the #*&@ up, and stop calling names and trying to belittle
every honorable organization that honestly points out your public failings
... it don't woik!"
And thank you, BuzzFlash!
I commend the Star-Tribune highly for their editorial, "Memorial
Day/Praise bravery, seek forgiveness." However, after strong
statements, they ended weakly. "... let us all sing of their
bravery and sacrifice. But let us also ask their forgiveness for sending
them to a war that should never have happened. In the 1960s it was
Vietnam. Today it is Iraq. Let us resolve to never, ever make this
mistake again. Our young people are simply too precious."
Far better if it had been written, "Let us resolve to never,
ever make this mistake again. It is time to hold our leaders accountable
for their duplicity. Our young people are simply too precious. Even
George W. Bush acknowledged as much in the September 30 debate with
John Kerry when he said, 'You know, every life is precious. Every
People seldom learn from their mistakes unless they pay for their
mistakes. If we hold our own children accountable for their transgressions
in order to develop a sense of responsibility, then it is imperative
that we do the same for those who have thus far evaded responsibility
for the lies and distortions which led to the War on Iraq.
You cannot truly honor the dead unless you openly acknowledge the
truth of why they died.
Elaine in Oregon
Subject: Scary/funny PSA - DHS Wants Your Data
American Dissent Radio has two new public service announcements to
spread the word about DHS abuses to private citizen information. Scary
parodies. Citizen action instructions included! Thanks.
Subject: Downing Street & Glimpses of a Free Press
So what would a free press covering the Downing
Street Minutes look like? I try to answer that question on a web
The lead-in head reads:
"Top Secret British Memo Seen Everywhere on May 1st But in the
U.S. Reveals ..."
The page one stories include:
"237 Lies about Iraq "Threat", bin Laden Ties"
"Creating the Iraq "Crisis": A Timeline"
"Pattern Of Deception Includes Social Security, Budgeting, 9/11,
I'd be grateful if you looked at it [front page mock-up]:
Subject: NYTimes.com: Voice on Tape Calls Zarqawi's Wounds Minor
Why doesn't anyone write anything or talk about the fact that the
most wanted "terrorist" has a web site and no one knows
where he is? That is too weird for words, I guess. great intel we
INTERNATIONAL / MIDDLE EAST | May 31, 2005
on Tape Calls Zarqawi's Wounds Minor (NY Times)
By SABRINA TAVERNISE
In a message addressed to Osama bin Laden, a man claiming to be
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said that his wounds were slight and that he
was still in Iraq.
Subject: Cheney's Massive Blunder
The Vice President of the United States declared that the prisoners
held at Guantanamo Bay are in fact "Prisoners Of War." These
are his own words as broadcast to the world LIVE via CNN on Larry
This presents a MASSIVE PROBLEM for this Administration. This means
they are in fact guilty of WAR CRIMES.
They have been hiding behind the excuse that these "detainees"
(who have been effectively kidnapped and held against their will without
legal representation) are not entitled to the protections provided
prisoners of war by the Geneva Conventions. This distinction is made
SPECIFICALLY so that methods of interrogation may be utilized which
the Geneva Conventions clearly define as TORTURE. That's the reason
for the legal distinction that the Administration itself has made
- so that torture could be utilized to extract information. 2 + 2
The Administration's justification for this distinction had been that
these are not true "Prisoners Of War." Cheney's own words
just contradicted this. The Bush Administration had previously declared
that this is not a conventional war, and that there is no "enemy
state" that we are fighting, and further, that the "War
On Terror" is potentially a war without end, as there is no representative
of the other side with which to sign a peace treaty or an end to hostilities.
As such, the following words by the Vice President clearly state that
the prisoners being held at Guantanamo may actually be held there,
as "Prisoners Of War" - FOREVER - a direct violation of
the Geneva Conventions - which of course DO apply to this and every
Can you say "War Criminal," Dick?
D. Cheney: ... These are individuals who have been actively involved
as the enemy, if you will, trying to kill Americans. That we need
to have a place where we can keep them. In a sense, when you're
at war, you keep prisoners of war until the war is over with.
We've also been able to derive significant amounts of intelligence
from them ...
This quote by Cheney may be used against him in a War Crimes trial
at the Hague.
Subject: Christine Gregoire
As you have duly noted on your main page, every election is contested
by the Republicans, even if they have to take it to a highly brokered
U.S. Supreme Court. Republicans refuse to say die in the Washington
State gubernatorial election of 2004. They will fight this thing until
hell freezes over, until the last dog dies, and then they will start
fighting on ice with cats and monkeys. These people are indefatigable,
but why should they not be?
Unlike we Democrats, there seems to be no media or public pressure
on the Republicans to "just get over it" (in the immortal
words of the inveterate, smiling Bush defender, Tim Russert) or to
compromise or to be bipartisan. The media gives the Republicans a
free pass to contest every election. No pressure, none at all, they
can fight and litigate until doomsday.
For the rest of my remaining days, I will never be able to forget
how John Kerry practically broke an ankle running to the podium to
concede his race the morning after the highly questionable "election"
of George W. Bush last November. As Congressman John Conyers has now
proven with the sworn testimony of live witnesses who were on the
ground in Ohio, we will always have legitimate legal grounds to question
that so-called sixty thousand vote "victory" of George W.
Bush in Ohio. Yet, to this day, I have not seen or heard John Kerry
make one single statement publicly about the questionable circumstances
surrounding his "defeat" in 2004. Not one op-ed piece, not
one talk show appearance, nothing.
If Kerry were a Republican, however, he would already have been
installed in the White House by the Supreme Court.
Donald P. Russo
Subject: Faces of the Fallen
On the Memorial Day Weekend, it is time for all those RED State Voters,
and their "pals" in The White House, Congress and The Pentagon
to view the faces of our brave soldiers who have given their lives
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Go to: www.facesofthefallen.org
Watch all the names of the deceased, that finally get a face, go before
you on your screen.
This exhibit is in Washington, DC, and is put together inside, much
like the Vietnam War Memorial is outside, only it has faces to go
with the names.
C-Span was showing it and while they did, I heard, of all songs, "Hail
To The Chief" being played in the background as Bush was about
to lay a wreath at The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.
Too bad that Bush is afraid of 1968 Riots breaking out if all the
flag-draped coffins were seen on the "news."
Too bad Bush's Religious Followers, who abhor abortion and killing,
can't make their way to DC and see how "their man" has KILLED
SO MANY Innocent Soldiers!
Windsor Locks, CT
Subject: Re: The Success of Failure
The Bush Administration exemplifies the Cesspool Syndrome- The Biggest
"Chunks" Float To The Top!
John B. Mendolusky
AKA, Skeptical Cynic
Subject: Reader Offended by Cheney's Reaction to Gitmo Report
This morning on the MSN website there was a headline that read "Cheney
'offended' by human rights report." Oh really?
So I wrote them a quick letter telling them that I didn't give a
damn how Cheney felt about the report and suggested that perhaps the
real story was what the report, not Cheney, said.
A couple of hours later they changed the headline.
No, it didn't say "Gitmo report documents abuse." Nor did
it say "More reports on the abuse at Gitmo -- Cheney still in
No. It read "Cheney slams Gitmo report."
Subject: Media blackout on Downing
For many years, I have been a follower of C-Span, and don't remember
seeing the hosts of the Washington Journal dodge anything as they
have callers bringing up the topic of the Downing
Street memo. The first I saw replied that he didn't know what
it was (and showed no interest in finding out). There followed another
couple of mornings of shrugging off calls in similar manner, including
one in which Brian Lamb was host. That was when I was stunned.
The next morning, the host asked a caller if he was a part of a group
that was organized to call in about the topic, since there had been
several such calls. So, never any discussion of the damning memo itself,
but an attempt to focus on the motivation of the callers.
After more than twenty years of watching C-Span convinced that it
was an unbiased presentation of all sides of current events and politics,
my faith has been shaken.
Disillusioned C-Span Junkie in Arkansas