June 13, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Bush Lies
No one should be surprised by now when Bush lies. Every time Bush exhales he is lying.
Subject: I started reading Stonewall: The riots that sparked the gay revolution.
I am not even through the first chapter and I am ready to riot. In Calif., of all places, you could be put in jail for spending too much time in a public restroom. Here is a lovely little piece of law from page 13.
Speak up or they assume you agree!!!
I think you need to bring back from the archives the story of the soldier who was nearly beaten to death at Gitmo because he was portraying a prisoner in practice session. Or am I only person who remembers that?
Bonnie M. Matheson
[BuzzFlash Note: Help? We can't put our finger on it right now.]
Subject: John Kerry - MIA
Where the hell is John Kerry's promised statement on the Downing St. Memo?!?!
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Kerry's comment on the memo in early June: "I think it's a stunning unbelievably simple and understandable statement of the truth and a profoundly important document that raises stunning issues here at home. And it's amazing to me the way it escaped major media discussion. It's not being missed on the Internet, I can tell you that." But since then: Planned Kerry Downing Street memo speech stirs controversy; Mass. Democrat mum (Raw Story);also, no memo mention on Kerry's own web page, http://kerry.senate.gov/v3/cfm/headlines.cfm.]
Subject: Downing St Memo, media in full CYA mode
Regarding the mainstream media and the Downing Street Memo, William Rivers Pitt says it best in a Truthout article:
The mainstream media’s performance regarding the Downing Street Memo has been disgusting. I hate to continue attacking the media, when President Bush is the real villain, but their disgusting performance in the last month makes them an easy target. If the cable news networks would spend one percent of the time on the Downing Street Memo that they spent on the vapid Runaway Bride story, the world would be a much better place.
Start doing your job! Start reporting on the Downing Street Memo.
Compared to the perceived failures of President Nixon, who resigned, and President Clinton, who was impeached, the crimes of President Bush are infinitely worse. When Nixon tried to cover up a third rate burglary at Watergate, nobody died. When Clinton was entrapped into lying about sex under oath, nobody died. When Bush lied about WMDs in the lead up to the Iraq war, 100,000 people died. The world will demand accountability for this gross abuse of power.
Bush is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. He is guilty of high treason. President Bush should be impeached.
Subject: Teens & Sex
In a recent issue of Seventeen, the headline screams, "Stop! Read This Before You Have Sex." Okay. As the mother of a 15-year-old girl, I have problems with this article.
We're honest and up front in our family. We talk about sex. Our daughter knows how babies are made. She knows what AIDS is. She knows what a sexually transmitted disease is. She has friends who are sexually active. She has one friend who is pregnant. No one in her large network of friends has made a "virginity pledge" or whatever it is that the Christian right claims teens should be doing to avoid sex.
The very idea that abstinence is an option is unrealistic, stupid, and a cop-out by parents. If you want your son or daughter to adhere to a particular code of sexual ethics or behavior, then you had better spell it out. And you had better be prepared for questions about your own sexual behavior before you were married. Did YOU use condoms? Birth control? Did you ever have an abortion? Did your pharmacist refuse to fill your birth control prescription?
The Seventeen article advises that if you choose abstinence, you must "be strong." You must "pick a goal, choose your words, enlist a friend." And exactly what do all these words mean when you're in the midst of a heated moment with your boyfriend? Are you thinking about that article in Seventeen? Nope. Sorry. You're all hormones.
But for the parent of a teen, living in the real world - apart from Seventeen and the Bush version of reality - you'd better have a Plan B. Birth control. Condoms, the pill, both.
My former neighbor, mother of two sons, has had a drawer filled with condoms since her sons were in elementary school. "You want to have sex with someone?" she asks her boys. "Fine. There's the drawer. Use it," she says.
Subject: We Are the Majority
The exit polls, the votes stolen in every state, the polls after the debates, the large protest etc. Only because of the so-called mainstream media's bias, the diebold and touch screen voting machine vote riggings, secretaries of states and the vocal right wing talk radio hosts, have we been hoodwinked into thinking that we are in the minority and things appear hopeless.
Bush meets in front of captured crowds, such as the military in the background and screened audiences, because he and his puppeteers know those are the only type audiences he can attend, Why? They know we are in the majority.
We should start acting like the majority. When was the last time we saw a right-wing protest countering ours and numbering in the thousands? Not only are the right-wingers in the minority, they are a cowardly minority. They support the war and believe everything Bush says about it. Yet, there is a shortage in recruiting. If they truly believe him, not signing up makes them cowards. If they don't believe him, than where is the will, conviction to oppose us?
Without underestimating them, let's take the country back, it's ours for the taking.
How sad it would be, if we lost our rights, our country, our respect in the world, when all we had to do is kick in and fight like men and women. Gore won in 2000. The dems took the house and senate in 2002, and Kerry won big time in 2004.
Subject: so much news all at once
all of a sudden, it is like someone threw up every piece of news that they have been digesting since bush took office ... there will be so much more coming, i betcha. the problem is, when people like this crazy right-winger neo-nazi get cornered and caged--i am afraid that he will do something really suicidal for our country. i am not kidding.
Subject: Living in fear
I find it utterly amazing that democrats are criticizing Dean. Democrats are killing their own messenger. If the lily-livered democrats channeled their criticism toward the Bush cronies like they do Dean, the nation just might sit up and take notice. But that takes a spine, you know. Democrats need to realize that the truth is the only thing that will set them free. Are they afraid that Bush will steam-roll their grandmother's wheel chair or do they enjoy living in fear?!!!
Subject: Letter (sent to "Stripes" Letters Editor)
Two letters, "Result of Quran flushings" and "Bell didn’t visit motor pool," inadvertently underscore one reason why Germany and France had refused to join Bush’s "Coalition of the Willing": the lack of cultural training of US military/civilian personnel. These writers apparently haven’t read President Bush’s latest epiphany—that reports of abuse of the Quran are responsible for the violence resulting from thousands of Muslim demonstrators in Afghanistan and beyond. Imagine how eager Newsweek, and its overseer, the Pentagon, will be to interview these writers about their own experiences with the Quran.
Germany and France also refused to send troops to Iraq because of a lack of evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. The recently declassified "Downing Street Memo," published in the London Sunday Times, is ample justification for our allies’ apprehension. The memorandum, of a July 2002 British government meeting between Tony Blair and his national security team, reported MI6 British intelligence concerns over Bush’s determination to oust Hussein despite "wobbly evidence" that Iraq posed a threat to the US. It detailed how Bush would have to manipulate the intelligence, and create conditions, such as goading Hussein with bombing raids in the no-fly zone, to justify war with Iraq. "… the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy," which led to our $400 billion a year "quagmire by design," a minimum 10% US military casualty rate, a 12% drop in army reenlistments in the last fiscal year, and dismal Army/Marine recruitment numbers whose media release the Pentagon now controls.
In a May 8 letter, Chaplain Zapsic explained that the fall of the Roman Empire was the result of Romans becoming "fat and lazy." Today Baghdad ranks as the world’s worst place to live, and yet I’ve noticed very few fat, lazy Iraqis. Prior to the US invasion, Baghdad was one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where Iraqis of all faiths, including Christian, worshipped freely. Not any more.
As to the Chaplain’s warning about America being "like Rome of old," fat, lazy, and soldier hating—isn’t it amazing where anti-Americanism breeds these days?
Result of Quran flushings-- http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=125&article=29502
"Bell didn’t visit motor pool" -- http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=125&article=29488
Downing Street Memo --
Zapsic letter --
Subject: Comfort And Complacency
In the face of the ever-increasing Everest of damning evidence on vital national issues from impugning the legitimacy of the current administration to the ongoing expansion of the American war machine across the globe and, now, even the dismantling of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I continue to be dumbfounded that most people continue TO DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! How can this be possible?! WHAT HAS BECOME OF US?
The only explanation I can come up with is: MEDIA SOMA and CREATURE COMFORTS.The latter paid for with the credit card with no limit called the National Deficit. "Soma" if you recall, was the drug that was used in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World to keep people passive and content. People are now almost universally addicted to the electronic media every waking moment and are thereby subjected to deviously subtle psychological manipulation controlled by cynical and powerful forces of the right. As a side note, soma is now actually the name of a real drug! This proves the observation that Capitalism can absorb all things - a bit like astrology, if you will!
Well-meaning Democrats uttering articulate, well-honed speeches with carefully-chosen words will no doubt continue to be heard by others like themselves, but beyond that they are mere voices crying in the wilderness and tossed about like tumbleweed in the windstorm of right-wing mass media propaganda and artful psychological manipulation. Howard Dean is no idiot! Enough said, if I go on like this I am going to miss today's re-runs of Leave it to Beaver!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Slandering Christians
first off let me say how much i depend on your website. it is the first and usually the only site i go to for news and you do a great job in seeking out the important details that would evade those that depend on the conservative media for their access to news. next, let me say i am a proud democrat and liberal. i work with websites such as move on and working for change and lobby my congressmen with all the ability i have (which is miniscule, i am far from well to do and live in mississippi). that said i am dangerously close to abandoning you. this blurb on the website says it all
New ABC poll says Bush supporters are by and large rich and Christian white people. Distance yourself from that. 6/10
i am a liberal and a democrat. i am also a committed christian. i believe in separation of church and state and believe that the first principle of being a christian is standing with the meek, the poor, and the powerless. the bible says it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. the key in winning over those who are moderates who care about so called "family values" is not to belittle them. the "distance yourself from that" remark is uncalled for, insulting, and flat out wrong. this plays right into the tony perkins, james dobson, and those types' hands. these comments sink to their level in the worst way. it is not sarcastic, funny, or ironic. just insulting. and self defeating. please desist from these sort of unnecessary blurbs.
Subject: Gop Hypocrites? What About Democrat Hypocrites?
It's time to leave denial behind: The "Busheviks" could not have gotten as far as they have without the complicity of the "Democrats". BuzzFlash should initiate a "Democrat Hypocrite of the Week". We must determine whether or not the Democratic Party will respond to the will of the people, and we must determine who within the Party will respond to us. I am not optimistic. I believe we can only rely on individuals, not on the Democratic Party. Too few "Democrats" are, and too many have clearly made their deal with the corporatocracy. Political "Parties" are easily co-opted, infiltrated, and led astray by operatives. Where were the Dems when we needed a paper ballot? Where are they now when we STILL need paper ballots? Where are the Dems now that we have proof, in the "Downing Street Minutes," that they and the rest of the country were lied into war? We have been sold out by Democrat Hypocrites. Let's begin to point them out!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Does anyone recall Colleen Rowley? The FBI worker who 'retired' after her testimony to Congress on how information she had on Moussaoui had been pooh-poohed by her higher-ups, and THEY, in turn received promotions ... Yeah, the FBI DID 'fail' ... in that they let Colleen Rowley 'get away' with her testimony.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Congress Approval
Congressional approval at 35% ... That's when you ask people what they think of "Congress." If you ask them what they think of THEIR representatives and then average that number, the approval is 60%. To be honest I don't know if the average is weighted or not, but either way, the poll number doesn't reflect a true "throw the bastards out" attitude. Unfortunately. Time to start tracking who's vulnerable and start attacking theirs and shoring up ours. America took this terrible turn when the House went Republican and it won't recover until the House goes Dem.
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