June 2, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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i'm watching george bush right now at this press conference and wondering how any american citizen can watch this man and not feel ashamed this man is our president.
Subject: Missed the Point
BuzzFlash's headline regarding Pope Backs Italy Bishops on Fertility Vote (AP/Yahoo) missed the point. We all know that the Roman Catholic Church's official stance is in opposition to women's rights and reproductive rights. However, reading between the lines, what is revealed in this article is far more disturbing than their regressive stance on health and science.
Reading the article, you'll note that the Bishops are not asking Italians to vote against the measure, they are asking Italians to interfere with the democratic process. I quote:
The Bishops know that if the vote goes though, they will lose. So, rather than ask their followers to take part in the democratic process and vote against the measures of the referendum, they are urging people not to vote in the hopes that combining their would-be-vote with apathy of others, they will cause the vote to be a forfeit. The Catholic Church's stance on women's issues isn't news, but their undermining Democracy is.
Subject: Who Will Be the Deep Throat of the Bush Administration?
Now that the Nixon administration has finally come forward, I am waiting to see who the deep throat of this administration will be. (Not that a lot of brave souls haven't already tried.)
But, I would be happy to wait another 30 years to find out who that person will be, just as long as they start to spill the beans to someone.
So, to all of you politicos out there, what better time than now, baseball season, the all American sport.
STEP UP TO THE PLATE, KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL AND HIT A GRAND SLAM FOR AMERICA.
TELL IT LIKE IT IS AND GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: We like to imagine Rove and Co. worrying about that. But who will be the new Woodward and Bernstein and Ben Bradlee and Sam Ervin and Archibald Cox and John Dean (still speaking up, by the way)? For inspiration and historical context, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate_scandal]
Subject: Our Nation of Nuclear Giants, Ethical Infants, and a Drive-thru Democracy!
Omar Bradley said on Armistice Day in 1948 that, "The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience." He was remarking about the world condition, but his words fit the Bush Nation! I disagree with the brilliance part especially where it concerns Bush; the rest of his statement is right on target especially in discussing the U.S. under George W. Bush! "Ours is a world of Nuclear Giants and ethical infants!"
The BullyCons have planned and practiced the exploitation of many people by the few, in areas such as tax cuts for the rich, the nuclear option, which would silence the minority voice, the mostly unpopular Bush stem cell research policy, to name a few. It’s easy to call for an “up” or “down” vote knowing you have a majority! Yet, this morning at the Bush press conference, out of the other side of his mouth, Mr. Bush said he wanted to bring Democracy to the Middle East, so a few would not make a decision for many! SAY WHAT???? In fact, this press conference left more unexplained answers than questions asked! Any hard questions hang in the air, as Bush dances around them giving non-answers or totally avoiding the question!
Bush and his regime have engaged in their March of Demagoguery throughout the world. The world disagrees, but their shouts of protests about Bush policy are virtually ignored by the mainstream media! Iraq is a sinkhole that is near or in Civil War. In the mind of many Iraqis, reported by Dahr Jamail, “things are getting worse every day!” Recent “Operations” have brought a violent backlash that shows no evidence of subsiding! Death is on a rampage as Iraqis do not feel safe in their own homes, and more of Iraqis and our own soldiers are losing their lives each day. The highly touted “elections” are vague beside the pain of lost lives, orphaned children, and destruction of a country!
At the United Nations Conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation, the disappointed conferees stated, “Very Little was Accomplished!” George Bush has repeated many times that nuclear proliferation is the biggest threat to the U.S and includes the risk of terrorists obtaining nuclear weapons! Yet in a two-faced stance, Bush DOES NOT send our Secretary of State, but some mid-level diplomats to deal with this very real world problem! In a vague reference to the US, some members complained that some members were ignoring their commitments! Add refusal to participate in global warming conferences, and Bush is given an “F” on his foreign policy report card!
Back at home, we have a Drive-thru Democracy where elections are questionable, and our civil rights are being driven right through with the BullyCons trying to gain more power through the Patriot Act. The BullyCon Booster Club of Republicans has set out to gain a one-party rule! In Bush Drive-thru Democracy, Republicans and a few Democrats endorse Bush’s right to choose his own appointees, be it judicial or otherwise, yet evidence of job performance or documents hurtful to his nominees are covered-up, lost hidden and/or redacted. That’s like ordering a hamburger at a drive-thru, and having them cover-up a burned hamburger with secret sauce!
When will the Bush-pressured State Department provide necessary information to the Senators on John Bolton? Bush never really answered that question at the press conference, so don’t hold your breath!
When brave Senator Boxer faced Condoleezza Rice with proof of Mushroom Cloud lies and other statements, Rice cries Foul! She complains of having her integrity impugned!
Bush appointed Alberto Gonzales is sworn in under oath in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee and claimed he did not approve abuse methods. A document dated September 14, 2003, obtained by the ACLU, contradicts his testimony. Perjury has no recourse here! “Mr. Bush has the right to choose loyalty, and secrecy, over competence,” is the attitude of the BullyCons!
No one in the Bush Administration is responsible or held accountable for the transferring of detainees to countries where torture is known and prevalent! Mr. Bush calls the document obtained by the Human Rights group, “absurd!”
No one ever put pressure on analysts, shaped a policy of lies to go to war, or ever committed abuse of the rules of the Geneva Conference! Aren’t we squeaky-clean! Somewhere between the red tape and the cover-stories lurk impeachable offenses and war crimes!
Whatcha talkin about? What Downing Street Memo? What George Galloway speech? What Bush National Guard records, didn’t we get rid of Rather? Who’s Valerie Plame, haven’t you forgotten, yet? Harken, Who? Does anyone hear us, George Bush and the Republicans are very willing to forget if we do!
Subject: Texas-sized Lies, et al.
Your reader's contribution on Bush's lies reminded me of the little song some of us were singing during the recent "election:"
Bush is lying, Bush is lying,
Sing it to "Frere Jacques." Very effective as a round, too. I don't remember specifically where I got it, but it was probably off a BuzzFlash link.
So much for the fun part. Today's (Tuesday) Buzz line-up was truly amazing; you've outdone even yourselves for sheer wisdom. Not to mention unintentional comedy: Bush saying we shouldn't use taxpayer money to destroy life would have been funny if it weren't so infuriating. What does he think he's doing in Iraq, for pity's sake? And Mark Danner's commencement address to English majors was a pure verbal high. As a former English major, I agree with all of it: We are the ones who, having spent our college educations learning to read and think profoundly, must now RISE UP and demand the truth from our government. Finally, I have signed Rep. Conyers' letter about the Iraq lies, and urge all Buzzers (those of us who haven't already) to add your names. Mr. Conyers is asking all the right questions, and we should back him up.
Thanks, Buzz, for a great page!!
Subject: Where Goes Our Noble Experiment?
The following is a Memorial Day letter I sent out to my personal email list, and I’d like to share it with my fellow BuzzFlash readers:
I remember how many years ago on Memorial Day when, as a seventeen year old pilot down in Virginia, I took off alone in a Piper Cub J-3 with a 65 horsepower Lycoming engine, and along with several others flying similar aircraft, headed out at a low altitude toward a designated cemetery, as did each of the others. I found my cemetery, circled about it, throttled back, and then tossed out the open window loads of flowers, which sank butterfly-fashion down to the ground. It left me with a deep sense of the occasion, of sadness tinged with pride. All rather corny, I suppose, but sincere and valid.
Now here we are, lo these many years later, sixty to be exact, with another Memorial Day at hand, and my major feeling is anger, which is competing with another major feeling, disgust. The day for me has become one of those useful inventory moments when you add things up, and in this case what our country has become, and is becoming, under the destructive force of a rogue administration, what our country presently is in substance and in reputation - a not very attractive reality. I believe a Minneapolis Star-Tribune article, linked below, helps us focus in part on what is happening. Not such news at this point, but this, after all, is a day for remembering.
Interestingly, I discovered the article while reading another about the Army lying to the parents of Pat Tillman, the regime’s poster boy for American glory in Iraq, who was shot and killed accidentally by his fellow soldiers and whose death was molded by a prevaricating regime into a heroic act; his own parents were deliberately misinformed for weeks while the dead poster boy was awarded the Silver Star, and speeches, presidential and otherwise, based on lies, honored him. In the grand scheme, this was a smaller deal than what the Star-Tribune article is referencing, but it nevertheless helps underscore for our enlightenment the putrescent, murderous mind-set of the Bush administration.
Memorial Day, indeed! Let’s hope our national work-in-progress has not yet itself become worthy only of memorializing.
Editorial: Memorial Day/Praise bravery, seek forgiveness (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
Subject: Make them accountable
Al Capone was finally done in by the IRS. In a similar fashion, it may be the prison abuse scandal that finally breaks the backs of the Bush regime. As more information emerges, Bush is looking more like a thug than the "good Christian man" that many Americans assumed him to be, and Cheney's lies are sounding pretty desperate. I wonder how many Americans are really buying it now that Bush & Co. have established themselves as liars over the whole Iraqi mess. Their house of cards is starting to fall. Are we Americans going to sit and wait for other nations to come in and rescue us from these "crooks and liar,s, or are we going to stand up and rectify the horrors being committed by these men using our tax dollars? Just asking ...
Stripping Rumsfeld and Bush of Impunity (alternet/The progressive)
Thanks for all that you do! I really like my new BuzzFlash hat. I'm hoping that it'll help me locate some fellow Buzzers in this red zone I live in!
Jean from GA
Subject: About Buying Gas From Citgo
After seeing the BuzzFlash piece on buying gas from Citgo not long ago, I finally did it yesterday. Afterward, I wondered about what impact this might have if people really got into it. Suppose I fill my tank once a week, which is what the average person might do, or more. It now costs about $30 to fill the tank, so that's $1560/year. If only 1,000 people did that, that would be about $1.56 million not going to Arabs and greedy American oil companies. Just 1,000 people! How many millions of people are there in this country? If 1 million Blue Buyers did this, that's $1.56 BILLION dollars. Do the math for 2 million people, 3 million people . . . About Chavez and Venezuela, I boiled it down to this: He's duly elected in a democracy, he doesn't like American meddling in his country's affairs, he doesn't like the bush administration. Anything negative I read about him comes from the bush administration. People really need to think about this. And do it.
Buy Your Gas at Citgo: Join the BUY-cott! (Common Dreams)
Subject: Downing Street Memo
This came in my mail today. Please circulate
This is a mock-up of the NY Times front page. It reads:
Top Secret British Memo Seen on May 1st Everywhere But in the US Reveals:
AMERICA & CONSTITUTION RAPED! BUSH DETERMINED ON IRAQ WAR BY JULY 2002
"INTELLINGENCE AND THE FACTS ARE BEING FIXED AROUND POLICY"
CONGRESS USURPED! PUBLIC TRUST BETRAYED!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Being blue in a red (neck) state
I agree that we shouldn't paint all (Durham) North Carolinians with the same brush. Yes the Klan did rally there, but with the climate of violence condoned by the current occupants of the White House, the Klan (rednecks and right-wingers) feel like they can rally and discriminate anywhere and against anyone. However, I recently attended an integrated wedding at a predominantly white Durham church and I was pleasantly surprised at the hospitality of the members. In Atlanta ( where I live), rebel flags still fly in bedroom communities quite close to Atlanta ....... Newt Gingrich's and Bob Barr's Cobb County is an example. I hope that I won't be held accountable for examples of racism that visitors to Georgia experience (especially outside of Atlanta). Racism can happen ANYWHERE !
P.S. And for those who think that G. Bush isn't capable of being racist (doesn't he just love Condi Rice), I say bull. Those are brown people that he is killing in Iraq, black folk that he is ignoring in Africa and Haiti, and mostly black and brown people who Bush pulled the plug on when he was governor of Texas. But the truth of the matter is that if you don't have money and are one of the little people, Bush doesn't like you either!
Subject: time for a repost
This might bear reposting.
Transcript of Tim Russert's Interview With President In Oval Office: February 7, 2004, Broadcast February 8, 2004 (Center for American Progress)
It says a lot about this administration's intentions and what they didn't want to allow to happen and the confidence exhibited that they would get what they want.
(Bush's interview with Tim Russert, 9 months prior to the 2004 elections, where he says he doesn't plan to lose, and when asked what would happen if the Iraqis choose an Islamic extremist regime, would he accept that, and Bush replied: "They're not going to develop that.")
A BuzzFlash Reader
what the hell is wrong with those bush people?!! i saw dick cheney on cnn last night saying the violence in iraq IS GOING DOWN! HELLOOOOOO! these bush people are nuts! they tell us up is down, black is white, the sky is green and the grass is blue......and the media and half this country buy it!
Subject: Today's headline [Bush Calls Human Rights Report 'Absurd'. No one told him about Gitmo, Abu Ghraib? What Planet Does President (Hogan Heroes) Schultz Live On? In Other News, Bush Still in Reality Coma, Dreams that "War on Terror," War on Iraq, and War on Afghanistan Going "Peachy." Why Do the Corporations and Journalists Protect This Man Who is Such an Incompetent Danger to Our Nation?]
In today's headline you asked the question why do corporations support the little fascist? I'm surprised that you, of all organizations, would even entertain that question. Isn't it appallingly clear that the corporations own him and all his minions?
It's not him that is the danger to us all. It is the corporate/military complex that will be the death of us. He is nothing more than a low IQ puppet, which is what they have wanted for many years and now they have finally achieved their goal. I think all democrats should rethink their philosophy. It isn't the republicans that need to be stopped, but rather the ruling military/corporate bazillionaires. To think they are in any way concerned about what is happening to this country is being naive in the extreme. They are the ones who have brought us to this sorry state.
I used to think that BuzzFlash had a grasp on the situation in this country, and who is responsible, but I have found that you are clueless.
[BuzzFlash Note: Okay. But let us have a little fun writing our tongue-in-cheek, rhetorical-question headlines.]
Subject: Meandering Thoughts of an Outraged Citizen
Yesterday I watched our maximum leader spout platitudes and cliches at Arlington - one of the most hallowed monuments in the nation. Words from a hypocrite and murderer who should be in jail along with the other fascists in his regime.
How can we believe we are members of a democracy in the light of an illegal war, a pro-government media and a so-called Patriot Act? Why is half of the population not heard-even through its elected Senators and Representatives?
In the UK the governed are in the process of dumping bush's lapdog tony blair. Why are we not storming the White House and the seat of government and bringing bush and his cabal to trial? The Constitution has failed us in a moment of crisis which could well destroy this wonderful country. There appears to be no way other than impeachment, and that method is already in the hands of the fascists (repuglicans).
The corruption in this country is unbelievable-we need public financing for elections, limits on the time allowed for electioneering. And a Parliamentary system with a shadow opposition, and most important a "Question Time" when one can hold the opposition ACCOUNTABLE. Bush wouldn't hold up a minute-even with a "black box" in the back of his jacket.
I am so damned angry and impotent because democracy is now a sweet thing of the past. We are lurching forward to the fate of other fascist states in the past.
A. Leslie Palmer
Subject: Old Enough to Read Between the Lines
I'd like to tell Ms. Webb that I also remember when teachers used the words "left behind" to describe a student that failed.
In the last few years I've learned that George W. Bush rarely says what he really means. I'm sure that when he came up with the title "Left Behind" he was trying to appeal to the Religious Right.
Is it just a coincidence that some people who support Bush use the same term to describe what's going to happen to the nonbelievers after the Rapture?
Nothing is EVER as simple as it may seem when it comes to this Administration.
Subject: Real Change in American Politics
The Bush administration is starting to unravel. Their lies and hypocrisy are no longer blindly accepted by anyone, not even by the press or right-wing extremists. Now maybe the citizens of this once Great Nation can get on about the task of restoring our NATIONAL DIGNITY and HONOR. It will be a long and trying journey, for restoring a good name is usually harder than building one.
A strong start will be most important. We must let this group of liars and thieves know that we are "MAD AS HELL and NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE." Then we need to come together and stop them in their tracks. We need to send a message to Washington, D.C., State, County and Local governments that we will not tolerate extremists from any side. Inform our more rational representatives that we will back them in the fight to regain America.
The really tough part comes after these objectives have been met. Will we put some teeth into the reform or will we just trade in what we have for a new model? Will we demand that our ELECTED officials prosecute and punish the traitors that now occupy positions of power? Will we tell them we want real reform and transparency in Government? Can we demand that there be no pardons, communicated sentences, or sell-out deals for these arrogant turncoats? Do we have the B***S to do what no other nation in history has done? Clean our own house from top to bottom. Will America regain the high ground of moral values and show the world what REAL DEMOCRACY is all about? That is the best way to advance the march of freedom throughout the world.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: W. Mark Felt
With today’s revelation, I’m praying that an individual equal to W. Mark Felt’s level of integrity and courage, one in a high CIA, FBI, Pentagon or Cabinet position, will come forward and Deep Throat us through the events of July and August, 2001.
My second prayer is for the US media bosses to permit their editors to run his or her revelations in a forthright, unbiased manner.
I invite all Buzzers to join me in these prayers. Reminder:The family that prays together stays together.
Sore Throat in New Orleans
Subject: Deep Throat did the Right Thing
FBI agent Mark Felt, who today revealed he was "Deep Throat," did the right thing more than 30 years ago when he leaked information that brought down a corrupt president. Some people will say that what he did was unethical, but that depends on where your loyalties are. We are a nation of the People, by the People and for the People. The first duty of all government employees is to the people, and not to the government or its institutions. It is the duty of all officials to reveal corruption and to protect the integrity of America.
Would something like this happen today? Unfortunately not. Today we have a level of corruption that far exceeds anything that was going on when Nixon was president. Today people put the government ahead of the people. Even if they did leak corruption, the corporate press would never print it. And under the "Patriot" Act, what Nixon did would probably be legal. Nonetheless I want to thank Mark Felt for being loyal to the people of this great country.
Subject: Deep Throat
It is interesting that W. Mark Felt, former #2 man in the FBI, claims that he leaked information about Nixon and his gang to Bernstein and Woodward to save the country.
Is it possible that we have other patriots in our government agencies who could save America from the Bush gang? Oh silly me ... they have all been threatened or bought and paid for.
Subject: British Minutes!
It's about time we BuzzFlashers concentrated on one agenda, and let's get this "British Minutes" things off the ground. It can be pure nitro! We need to start a national movement that calls for a full investigation into the lies and misinformation that led us to attack a sovereign nation preemptively. Most democrats are not picking this up because they voted for the Bush lie. They can always say they were lied to and duped like the rest of us, though. All of those with common sense and who had no bloodlust knew Bush-Cheney were feeding us a pile of stinking manure. That should get them (Dems) off the hook. Let's put the pressure on them and make them show their true colors!
[BuzzFlash Note: Some links: http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/
Subject: Mark Felt should have receive a Medal
I’d like to nominate Mark Felt for the Congressional Medal of Honor. That Nixon Administration, including the Justice Department with John Mitchell, would have killed Mark Felt had they known. He put his own life at risk on behalf of the people of this country. We have such People of Honor now, in regards telling the truth about the lies behind the Iraq War and the stealing of the Presidential Elections, but the Mainstream Media has ignored them. Where was/is the Washington Post now when our country needed/needs real honest reporting?
[BuzzFlash Note: Medals of Honor are bestowed on members of the Armed Services.]
Subject: Jim West on the Today Show
...Just a closeted self-hating, gay-bashing, homophobic hypocrite, i.e. a Republican
On the Today show, West says that he is a vocal opponent of gay rights as a former state senator and as mayor, defended his voting record claiming that he was merely representing his constituents, insisting almost to the point of bragging that he was a Conservative, not a closet liberal.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Downing Street Memo (sent to corporate media)
I am sending you this email to inform you that I will also be joining the boycott of mainstream media tomorrow, June 1st. This boycott is to represent your refusal to cover the Downing Street Memo & its implications for the US folly in Iraq. You will not be receiving my viewership of your news outlets until you decide to cover this story.
Tricia Anne Wyse
Subject: Nightline's Honoring the Fallen
While I wholeheartedly support the honoring of the soldiers who have died in Iraq, I must take exception with the phrase Ted Koppel used: "died in the cause of freedom." It is my understanding that while Bush is now using this idea as justification for his invasion of Iraq, these brave soldiers are certainly not fighting for my freedom. I am also sure that the families of the Iraqis who have died since our invasion would much rather we had stayed home and left well enough alone!
Subject: Bush supporters sought for new TV "reality " show
By Riverbend,"Girl Blogger" who lives in Baghdad:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Electronic Vote Fraud
Forget the disenfranchisement! Forget the absentee ballot manipulation! Forget the voter misinformation! The gravest threat to our democracy and the thing that has stolen three consecutive elections is hacking into the primary servers all over this country and changing vote totals. Yet this primary problem is virtually ignored.
I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but all of the political commentary in the world is not going to change anything. This country is fed up with George Bush and the republicans but their votes are being changed. How can we as concerned citizens be silent in the face of the very machines that count our votes being made by companies in republican hands?
It has been proven by many different statisticians based on exit polling that it was statistically impossible for the votes to swing at the last minute in favor of George Bush. Late Tuesday afternoon John Kerry was leading in the exit polls in 8 of the 9 battleground states. The lead was so great that it led Zogby International at 5 p.m. to call the election for John Kerry. Yet somehow, Kerry managed to lose by the same number of percentage points that he was leading in the exit polls. This speaks to direct switching of vote totals.
Bev Harris has proven that hacking into the machines is so easy it is absurd. Let's go back to 2002. The entire state of Georgia was switched to Diebold electronic voting machines. Max Cleland and the democratic candidate for governor were leading by seven to eight points in the pre-election polls as was Walter Mondale in Minnesota. Guess what, that was their margin of loss!! The patch files were even posted on the internet for access by anyone. One was even titled, "Rob Georgia."
You ask why the republicans are adamantly against valid paper trails on electronic voting machines and fight it tooth and nail? How in the world do you think they now control every branch of government? It certainly is not because of the votes of the people. We now have a president elected for the first time in history who went into the election with a 48% approval rating. By the way, the president lost the popular vote by half a million votes in 2000. You only have to look to the voting machines to find the corruption.
Please get on this topic and be relentless until it is solved. It is the only way to restore the will of the people and recover the democracy we have lost.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: RE: Deep Throat (sent to Washington Post's Howard Kurtz)
I wonder if you would care to comment in your column or on your show about cable's treatment of the deep throat revelation? It seems that a steady stream of Nixon apologists has been paraded on cable to denounce Felt. Why has more time been given to the apologists than to people who believe he did the right thing? I've seen Liddy, Colson, Buchanan, Monica Crowley and David Gergen to mention a few all denouncing him as a criminal on multiple shows, with little or no balance to their position being given. MSNBC was the worst with a steady stream, CNN was a little better, and I can't speak for Fox--but we can figure out how they played it. Buchanan was on every show -- I went to bed with his ranting on Scarborough and woke up to him calling Felt "The Lowest Form of Life" on Imus.
If we really had a liberal media, would this be happening?
[BuzzFlash Note: Here's a nice counterpoint: Felt didn't betray his country, Nixon did.]
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