June 20, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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I did not agree with your take on Danforth. As the political mentor of both Clarence Thomas and John Ashcroft that's pretty hard to take. He sat on his hands when Bolton was nominated to take his place at the UN. Where was he as the Republican party moved to the right? I nominate him for hypocrite of the month
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Criminal Media
It's time to start calling the major media what they are - criminal. They promoted an illegal war and are now covering up for the war criminals. That makes them just as liable as the Busheviks they serve. I can't wait to see THAT perp walk!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: British Memo and Fallout (dems' culpability)
It's been asked over and over, why don't the Democrats raise hell about the "Minutes/Memo." Anyone with any sense and conscience knew bush was lying in pre-war Iraq.
The Democrats, my party, knew this also but chose to be complicit. God d***it let's clear the air and admit it. Quit pretending to not have known.
Guess what? The "Downing Street Memo" is bringing the chickens home to roost. The Democrats abrogated their responsibility to Bush-Cheney and PNAC and now they are f**king stuck with it just like the GOP.
"Nonfeasance" is the guilt that the Democrats and Republicans both carry.
Conyers voted against preemptively slaughtering hundreds of thousands and he has a clear conscience, therefore he can act.
Subject: Some of the Dems Knew
This is in response to Nancy Butterfield's post. I am quite sure, the dems who voted to give Bush the authority (giving him dictatorial powers as Senator Byrd so eloquently put it) to go to war, when he saw fit, knew. Hell, we knew better. I recall weeks or months before the vote on the resolution, tens of thousands of citizens including me, were sending e-mails, letters, and calling our democratic senators to vote it down. We were ignored.
If you want to know who knew, look at the vote on that resolution. Better yet, take a closer look at the response given to a request to investigate the vote [fraud] in 2000 and 2004. The african-american vote has been the most overwhelming supporters (around 90%) of the democratic party for about 60 years. In 2000 not one senator gave their support. In 2004, only one. They don't have to worry about that vote any more, the vote rigging (diebold machines) has rendered the black vote null and void, pre-1964.
What's the likelihood Al Gore would have invaded Iraq? This was planned long before 9-11, with the help of a rigged election in 2000. They got all their cronies in line. With the suckers of all suckers and the chumps of all chumps (right wingers), they did what the hell they wanted to do. Invade Iraq. Remember, the inspectors, Mr. Ritter for example, disagreed about wmds. Except for the congress persons pushing the downing memo investigation, the rest are bought and paid for. It's a mob situation they can't get out of. The only hope is us.
Subject: The Legacy of George W. Bush
I remember the day like it was just yesterday. June 12th, 1987. I was a 17 year-old exchange student in Germany. Standing there at the Berlin Wall watching the President of the United States state in words so clear, so commanding that they seemed to reverberate through the crowd like an electric current.
“Mister Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
An elderly man standing near me in the crowd saw I was an American, tapped me on the arm, asked if I spoke German, and when I said yes, he pointed towards the podium and said “only the American President could say that and mean it.” It wasn’t until days later back in Munich I asked the grandfather in my German host family what did he think the man meant by that. He explained to me at the end of World War II German soldiers were fleeing westward with one goal in mind: Escape the advancing Soviet troops and surrender to the Americans. It was a known fact that the Americans would treat captured enemy combatants in accordance with the Geneva Convention and if you were caught by anyone else you were taking your chances. It gave America a moral authority in the post war world that the Soviets didn’t have. It was “moral capital” that gave successive American Presidents from Truman to Clinton the ability to stand before the world, demand justice, speak for freedom lead the world and mean it.
It was moral authority that allowed Truman to fight communist aggression on the Korean Peninsula, Eisenhower to deliver his Atoms For Peace speech at the United Nations proposing an international atomic energy agency and peaceful development of nuclear energy. It was moral capital that gave Kennedy the ability pull the world back from the very brink of nuclear war and face down Soviet military ambitions in Cuba. It gave Richard Nixon the chance to move détente from being a nice idea, to real dialogue in China, and over a kitchen counter in Moscow. Moral authority that Americans and the world would find reassuring in hands of Gerald Ford, and it enabled Jimmy Carter to take two nations that had been at war since the time of Moses, and into the woods of Camp David leading their two leaders to peace.
The moral authority that came from America doing the right thing, the fair thing and the just thing in war, forty years later would empower Ronald Reagan to call an evil empire by its name, and demand the wall it has built through a city be torn down. The trust that America does the right thing, would enable George Herbert Walker Bush to say in his inaugural address, “When America says something, America means it. Whether in an agreement, a treaty or a vow made on marble steps!” The faith that America does the right thing would let George HW Bush meet with that same soviet leader and end a cold war that gripped the world for decades. The idea that America does the right thing would lead skeptical Arab nations to follow that same President Bush to free Kuwait from Iraqi aggression. The faith that America does the right thing, would lead a hesitant and fickle Europe to follow Bill Clinton when he said the world community could not allow the ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia to go unchallenged.
That authority, that capital, that faith in America as the nation that does what is right, has been destroyed by George W. Bush. The pictures from Abu-Ghraib prison, the FBI reports on torture and abuse of enemy combatants takes that great American legacy of doing what was right, and tears it to shreds. Rather than lead with the moral authority stemming from generations of American soldiers and leaders doing what was right. We have a President of the United States who has to attack Amnesty International, ridicule the United Nations and insult traditional allies all to avoid admitting his own massive mistakes. Such as claims in the State of the Union Address, they have to be "re examined" when they turn out to be completely false. Now we find when the President of the United States needs most to enlist the help and support of the global community, the best he can do is "You are either with us or you are with the terrorists." Now we find when America goes to war, it is for reasons that are continually changed as they are proven to be fabricated, cherry picked, and far more spin, than truth.
I was never so proud to be an American as I was that day in 1987. The American President, MY President stood before the Berlin Wall and before the world and affirmed that America would demand what was right and mean it. Now I watch the President and cringe. For the last century when the American President spoke, the world stood up to listen. Now when President George W. Bush speaks the best we can hope for is Scott McClellan won’t be forced to “clarify” things when reality, facts and the truth continue to prove the President to be either wrong, or deliberately dishonest.
Subject: Bolton Advocated Regime Change In Iraq In 1998
Here is a copy of a letter to President Clinton signed by John Bolton among others:
Subject: A Must Read
Want to know more about who Bush is holding hands with and calls a "Friend of the USA?" Check out this new book:
Saudi Arabia Exposed by John R. Bradley
This will certainly open a few eyes.
Subject: Voting Receipts-Keep Your Own
Since certain voting machines don't have paper trails, I wonder if it might not be beneficial if people could make out their own receipts and even photograph themselves with these receipts at the polls. I'm sure that sounds weird especially since a lot of people will want to keep their vote anonymous, but maybe that is a way to at least keep some kind of unofficial record that will be harder to refute than exit polls?
Subject: Evidence of deteriorating conditions in Iraq
For the first time I noticed today, June 18, that the little box under the stories from Iraq that the NY Times prints reads as follows:
"Iraqi employees of The New York Times whose names are being withheld for security reasons contributed reporting from Falluja and Kirkuk for this article."
I haven't been monitoring these little notices, but previously the Iraqi reporters were named. I don't know whether this is a permanent change or is only for Falluja and Kirkuk. Either way, it's not an encouraging sign.
Subject: Really like the new feature !!!
Just a note to praise you on the feature that allows sorting by time of new articles posted. What a time saver!
Garry S. Shay
Subject: Dana Milbank/Washington Post/John Conyers DSM Forum
June 18, 2005 Dear WP Editorial Staff: I am declining directly e-mailing Dana Milbank regarding his June 17th report, "Democrats Play House to Rally Against the War," as I am so disgusted with Milbank as a so-called "journalist" I cannot -- at this moment -- manage to address him in a civil manner. His attitude, arrogance, and astonishing ignorance with regard to the Downing Street Memo news story is inexcusable and places the Washington Post in a very poor light with Americans who have some respect for the profession of journalism. The fact that the managing editors of the Post chose to go ahead and publish his piece is deplorable. These hearings and the DSM story are not going to conveniently go away -- more than 500,600 Americans, including myself, signed on with Conyers letter to President Bush, 122 Democratic leaders have joined him. We are not to be dismissed as a "fringe" element. Many of us are military veterans, some of us know what it is to personally sacrifice in war (my brother Army WO Scott Craig Griswold was KIA in Vietnam -- he's listed on Panel 34W of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial if Milbank cares to stop by and pay his respects to Americans who weren't Vietnam chickenhawks, or AWOL/deserters), and many of us are or have been professional journalists (I'm a retired print journalist, earned my BA in Journalism, San Jose State University, class of '83). Deplorable, vicious, and unprofessional. Shame on Milbank, shame on the Washington Post.
Subject: Gitmo torture
If it weren't so sad, I would get a laugh over the organized Republican brouhaha about Dick Durbin's comments about Gitmo. Of course, what Durbin is saying is that such torture -- undisputed, by the way, and read from an FBI report, is more at home in a place like Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany than in a modern Democracy.
What don't conservatives understand? Democracies abhor torture. Dictators are the ones who use torture. Why are conservatives criticizing Sen. Durbin for standing on principle and saying this? Torture is unAmerican and immoral.
Committing torture is like pouring fuel on the terrorists' fire -- it makes our country weaker by giving those who would harm us a rallying cry and making us look hypocritical. I thought the conservative [goal] was to remove Saddam Hussein, not take his place.
And that's the truth. Plain and simple.
Subject: Letter to Michael Getler (Washington Post ombudsman)
This is a note regarding Mr. Dana Milbank's article on a congressional meeting headed by Congressman Conyers. This meeting was about discussion of The Downing Street Minutes. I watched the meeting on CPAN3. Having previously viewed White House press corps briefings on CSPAN, it is my observation that Mr. Milbank has achieved the journalistic level of his former colleague, Mr. Jeff Gannon (aka Mr. James Guckert).
Scott E. Friedberg
Subject: What Will Change?
Despite six out of ten Americans saying the war was not worth it and Bush’s approval ratings sinking like a lead balloon, he contends “Nothing but Victory!” in Iraq will do. Just because he has claimed the “right” to this unjust war that he has lied us into, does not mean it is the “right” thing to do! What makes him think that in 2, 6, or 10 years the insurgents will give up? The jails are bursting with detainees now that get replaced faster than we catch them! Decades have passed since Israel and Palestine have had peace. Does Bush really believe that the “insurgents” will throw in the towel and accept occupation? Many insurgents, more than the U.S. will admit, are homegrown!
In the meantime, more lives will be lost, more soldiers seriously injured, more American and Iraqi families torn apart, more Iraqis will die, and more of their cities and homes will be destroyed. The next generation of Iraqis and the Middle East will not be more kindly disposed towards the U.S.! Money is also being wasted by the billions, money that could go to better use in helping the citizens of the U.S., such as health care! Today was just another incoherent, misleading speech from an incoherent mind!
Subject: New Book
Josh Marshall said one of his readers gave a good review of Michael Hiltzik's book, "The Plot Against Social Security." Just bought it myself and wanted to alert BuzzFlash about the book. Josh stated he had not read it when he made the post about the book.
Subject: Downing Street Memo
We are at a point in history that compares to the discovery of a taping system in the Nixon white house. With the first congressional meeting about the downing street memo taking place in the BASEMENT of the house, and 11 votes scheduled on the very same day, the cover-up has already begun. Now is the time we will [need] our Peter Rodino, Sam Ervine, Daniel Inouye, and yes, Barry Goldwater. John Conyers is a true patriot and has started something that will take on a life of its own. It is up to us to push our congressmen into doing the right thing. Bill Clinton was almost impeached for lying about sex, something that was personal and was nobody's business but his and Monica's. What should the punishment be for a president who lies to the American people, and breaks the constitution, which results in tens, and very possibly hundreds of thousands of dead Americans and Iraqis? America is NOT the home of the free and the brave----It is the home of those brave enough to be FREE!
Subject: Howard Dean
So, I went to a rally in the red state of Texas, for Howard Dean. What a breath of fresh air. But, my question is this. We know we outnumber the Republicans, but what do we do, in the face of voting machines owned and operated by Republican companies? How can we achieve fair elections, in light of these facts? All 3 branches of government have been taken over by our opposition, there are no checks and balances any more, so what are we to do?
Subject: Troop Strength
Correct me if I'm wrong, didn't some 60 million people vote for Bush? I'm sure some of these 60 mil. people have kids aged 18-26 who also voted for Bush, so why do we have a problem with recruitment? You'd think that all these young voters would jump at the chance to serve their country after voting for Commander-in-Chief, where's the disconnect? Why aren't they serving? What are their excuses? Don't they love their country? Could someone, a supporter of Bush, please answer my question?
Subject: Washington Post/Dana Milbank DSM Hearing Report
This is the letter I sent to the Washington Post:
In his June 17 column entitled "Democrats Play House To Rally Against the War," Dana Milbank was arrogant, rude and wrong in his coverage of the hearing that was held in a small room in the basement of the Capitol on Thursday. I watched those hearings. Given what he wrote, Mr. Milbank must not have seen the same hearings I did. His writing was sarcastic, snide, and judgmental. It was not a report, it was an opinion piece. And he, as well as the Washington Post, derided not only the people present, and the people who have been asking the same questions since 2002. The Washington Post and Dana Milbank reprehensibly disrespected the men and women who have lost their lives, their limbs, their hearts and souls to this illegal and immoral war.
We have the right to ask and the need to know whether our president lied to us. And frankly, it is your responsibility to investigate. You are the one to be derided for not doing your job. If the questions being asked were not so serious; if the information currently known to the American public were not so frightening; and if the 1700 + American lives that have been taken in the illegal war (that the Washington Post seems to support), the issue of where the hearing was held might really be an issue. A question that might have been raised by Mr. Milbank is, "Why are the democrats forced to hold this most important hearing in a room in the basement?" Another question should have been, "What are the Republicans so afraid of, that they would arrogantly deny a hearing to be held that asks the questions about lies, war, death, and possible impeachment?" Why is the Washington Post not asking questions that might bring to light the truth about the war in Iraq, what really led us there, who is profiting from this war, and what role does the Project for the New American Century play in the war in Iraq? How can you and your reporters belittle those who are so courageous, that they would challenge this administration? The people speaking at this hearing have placed themselves at great risk, given the predatory and punitive nature of this administration. What risks are you taking?
Subject: Musician Ry Cooder and the Story of the City's (Los Angeles) Ruthlessly Evicted Latino Community
Thanks, again, BuzzFlash ...
for your link to another stop on the shrub's controllers' trail of destruction under their "World Leadership": "New US move to spoil climate accord," Mark Townsend in Sunday June 19, 2005, "The Observer." On the mark again, and just the damning facts.
Looking through the Observer for other items of interest, I found something else almost as important, about my favorite musician, Ry Cooder, and his latest work: "Sounds of LA's lost souls echo down the years: Musician Ry Cooder tells Dan Glaister how a book of extraordinary images led him to the story of the city's ruthlessly evicted Latino community" (The Observer)
I see in this article (and most likely in papers and books to follow Ry Cooder's new CD), evidence, with documentation, of another of the many causes of, and contributors to, "the gang problem": an absolute lack of respect for hard-working, honest, and Christian/Catholic Mexican people in this Country, most of whom had no vote, no say in any gummint actions.
In part, the article contains the following paragraphs:
So, some things never change, and never will, apparently. People, our "Leaders," screwing over people who mean nothing to them, these days under the banners of pseudo-Christianity, until the next election when they, ahem, "reach out to the XXXXXXXX community" ...
Ry Cooder was right when he's quoted as saying: "I'm sad. California was heaven on earth but they fucking ruined it, the bastards."
Our great United States was Heaven, as was "The City of Angels;" the difference is, LA is ruined and "they" are still trying to ruin the United States, along with the rest of the World, the one we all have to live in, including the plunderers.
Thanks, and don't weaken!
PS: please look through the amazing and diverse work from the mind of Ry Cooder, at http://www.ryland-cooder.com. And no, I have no financial interest in this, other than spending money to buy his CDs!
Bill "Watermelon" Darbyshire
Subject: Consequences to cutting public television and radio
Our public television station is no longer on the air and we are angry about that. Since the House Appropriations Committee has chosen to cut appropriations to public television and radio, my husband and I have decided to eliminate our appropriations to any Christian Faith-based initiative such as The Salvation Army, the Red Cross, and any Christian Church sponsored money-raising events. As long as the Republican Party and the Christian churches allow themselves to be hijacked by the intolerant, anti-intellectual, anti-science, fear-mongering scam artists among them, our money will go to making sure that Republicans don't get elected or re-elected.
Subject: Absurdity Reaches New Heights
What a week for the absurd. NBC news thinks the most important earthshaking event of our times is a woman who gets nervous on her wedding night, Bill Frist thinks he didn't say what he said, and Jeb Bush wants to prosecute the husband of a brain dead woman. Not Kafke, Ionesco, or Mel Brooks could have made these things up. Are people's brains being fried by radiation from cell phones?
Subject: Nero and Bush
What do Roman Emperor Nero and President George W. Bush share in common?
Answer: Both leaders played a lyre while their nations were being destroyed.
The modern spelling of Bush's instrument is; LIAR. The Republican penalty for not playing the liar, is extreme retribution and character assassination, using your U.S. tax dollars to inflict the punishment. To make your demise absolute, the Bush administration will then be aided and abetted by the mass media to complete your elimination.
To avoid GOP retribution, today's American must pledge loyalty to George W. Bush (who alone speaks to God) and must become a reborn Christian who believes in Creation and will accept that the Rapture is coming soon.
Subject: Conyers' Legacy
Rep. John Conyers has something most Congressmen don't: courage. His Downing Street Memo petition is going to fall short of its goal, however. Think about it. The petition merely "asks" that Bush respond in an honest fashion to the DSM. That's not going to (A) work with the most secretive President in U.S. history - Bush makes Nixon look like an FOIA champion - and (B) it could NOT work because Bush is incapable of telling the truth, be it about fictional WMDs or what he ate for breakfast this morning.
I suspect the real motivation behind the petition is to raise awareness of Bush and the Neocons' crimes against America and the world so that they can be publicized during the 2006 election season. I hope enough people are disillusioned with Dubya and his cronies that they decide to work for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House and Senate next year, either as paid staffers or volunteers.
If just one of the houses of Congress can be taken by Democrats then hopefully the gang of war criminals now running the Executive branch will not get away with their crimes red-handed. It is important that this Administration be seen accurately 10, 20 or even 50 years down the road: [one of] the most hypocritical, cynical, ineffective and CORRUPT administrations in U.S. history.
We need more Democrats in Congress if we really want investigations with clout ... if we want war criminals brought to justice ... if we want to make sure Bush and the Neocons are tarred with the brush of corruption they so richly deserve.
In the early 1970s I remember wanting Richard Nixon to serve prison time for his crimes. I mellowed in subsequent years and gradually came to agree with those who said our great country should never suffer the stigma of seeing a President - or ex-President - in jail. The blow to our reputation around the world would be too great.
Bush has committed high crime after high crime against our country. He has committed a heinous act of war against a country that posed no threat to us. If Justice is ever to be taken seriously in this country again it is imperative that he and Cheney not only be convicted, but do hard time.
Bush has already done more damage to our reputation around the world than any stigma of seeing a President in prison could ever do. With Cheney, he has totally drained the reservoir of goodwill towards America we have enjoyed for a century. They both deserve to be charged with crimes and convicted of those crimes. A sense of Justice demands it. Indeed, it may be the only way we can ever begin to recover our position of moral leadership in world affairs.
Subject: British Memos Haunt Bush - Cincinnati
I opened the Cincinnati Enquirer today (Sunday 6-19-05)) and right on the front page was an article entitled "British Memos Haunt Bush" ascribed to Warren Strobel of Knight News Service. Inside on A8 was a whole page with excerpts from the minutes, etc., with lots of web sites that have the memos in full. Wow. This area (southwestern Ohio) is about as conservative as you can get. To see this displayed prominently here was just unbelievable. I thought it was too good to be true. Obviously, it was too good to put it on the web site for the newspaper. I went here
and couldn't find the article at all!
Finally, on this page http://www.enquirer.com/editions/pdf/OH_CE_190605.pdf it was shown; but with no link to get to the rest of the story inside.
Subject: Let Your Imagination Wander for a Moment
Hi BuzzFlash Readers,
Picture the following for ONE Moment:
Clinton HAS BEEN President since 2000 and The Republican House and Senate have been in the MINORITY since 2000.
The "Liberal" American News Media has just found out in May 2005, about some "new fangled thing" called "The SECRET Downing Street Memo," where "Clinton had lied us into war" with Iraq, which he had been planning to do since 1999, which is also recorded on tapes.
Now picture WHAT The Washington Post, The NY Times, The Washington Times, and all other papers along with Faux and ALL "the news networks" would be reporting INSTEAD OF their "24/7 Schiavo, Jackson, Runaway Bride" Info-tainment News.
Also "imagine the screaming" coming from your radio via LimBORE, Hannity, O'LIEly and ALL "the rightwing radio programs" if ALL the above had happened.
Then, to add salt to the wound, picture those same people and the news reported from the newspapers, television and radio, if "The DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY" did NOT allow the "Congressional Republican MINORITY" to hold a Hearing and instead, SHOVED them down into some basement room with 11 amendment votes during the Republican Hearing on The Downing Street Memo.
Have you had ANY Sights and Sounds of how today's media would be reacting "Very Harshly" Against Clinton popping into your head yet?
I thought so.
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