June 24, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Harry Reid's Comments to Rove
I applaud Senator Reid for saying out loud that Rove should apologize or resign. I have only a slight disagreement ... Rove should apologize AND resign.
Neither which will happen, of course.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Supreme Court Private Property Decision
Finally, you liberals got something Right. This court is a liberal court and the five (5) ultra- liberals voted against the Fifth Amendment and personal property rights. Maybe you can be converted!!
[BuzzFlash Note: We hope you keep reading BuzzFlash, because ... "Maybe you can be converted!!" Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes (AP/Yahoo).]
Subject: SCOTUS - Em Domain Seizure of Homes
Who woulda thunk I would ever agree with Scalia and Rehnquist????
Should I ask God to kill me now, before it happens again??
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: gas prices
What high prices? By my reckoning of the current economic state of affairs, it should be costing Americans close to $200.00 to fill a gas tank. The artificially low prices are going to create a rupture in other sectors and the collapse won't be pretty.
Subject: AMERICAN CHICKEN HAWKS - ENLIST OR SHUT UP! (Sirota/Working for Change)
Reading this article really lit a fire under my butt - I know I've felt this way all along, but Sirota hit the nail on the head - really hard - and got me going! We should be all over the thugs for this - I mean non-stop - no let-up. Want more troops on the ground? Well what the hell are you waiting for? God knows there's a lot of you (apparently 59,000,000+ voted for this war). So go!! From now on this is what any neocon will hear from me if they dare to call me unpatriotic, unsupporting of the troops, not interested in protecting the USA.
Tell me rethugs, why are you here and not fighting the "war on terror" like a good patriotic American??? Why is no one in your family there?? Then just shut the hell up. If enough people shout this loud and clear every time a chicken hawk rethug opens their mouth, maybe the war cheerleading might slowly dissipate - in fact it is already. This should be our mantra from here on in. Because they really have no good answer to the question "why not enlist?" Enough is enough.
OK, I'm repeating a lot of what Sirota said - but boy, I gotta vent!!
Well, this is Barbara in NYC signing off - just came back from a vacation and you can see how relaxed and calm I am. By the way people, buy the BuzzFlash baseball cap. It's very high quality. It has even replaced my Yankee cap. (OK people, stop sneering - I can't help it if I've got the Yankee gene).
Congrats BuzzFlash on your expansion. You've earned it.
Barbara in NYC
Subject: MGM's Administration?
I know this has been pointed out before, but it finally dawned on me that this administration is actually a replay of MGM's 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." George W. Bush doesn't have a brain, doesn't have a heart, doesn't have courage, is rumoured to be a friend of Dorothy (have a gay friend explain that one to you), and keeps reminding us to "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." And he gets working people to do his dirty work by risking their lives in order to destroy the Wicked Witch.
Let's wake up at the end of the movie so that the next feature presentation isn't "Birth of a Nation."
Stanley R. Day
Subject: Mayor Daley, Senator Durbin Editorial
Congrats for the editorial: Senator Durbin Had Nothing to Apologize For. It says what we all know about how the Repugs invert criticism into fanatical anti-patriotism. One thing, however. You seemed to be unsure in your editorial what Mayor Daley's motives were in his scathing attack on what he perceived that Sen. Durbin said. Mayor Daley is one of those so-few-as-to-be-non-existent elected [officials] who actually have offspring in the Armed Services. Mr. Daley's son Patrick is in the Army and I think he is actually in Iraq. Your editorial would have been much better if this fact had been observed and maybe even compared to the sacrifices our President's offspring are making these days. It seems there are a whole lot of people in this country who are all gung-ho for this war except when it comes to their kids being a part of it. Keep up the good fight and never surrender.
[BuzzFlash Note: Yesterday's Chicago Sun Times column by Lynn Sweet gives additional background, including this: "Daley did respond well-aware that his son, Patrick, recently enlisted in the Army, and the recruit could be sent to battle in Iraq or Afghanistan. 'I know that his son is always on his mind and he is very worried about him,' Daley advisor David Axelrod, the political consultant, told me."]
So genes are important in whether an individual turns out to be a conservative or a progressive. A person's gut level response to three issues seals the deal: taxes, the draft and abortion. The individual's responses are about fifty percent DNA influenced. Let's see: taxes, that's about the importance of things; the draft, survival instincts; abortion, hmm, maybe the quest for immortality?
What's this all got to do with changing the world? Well, the scientists quoted in the article point out that sometimes it takes a life-shocking event such as the arrival of a draft notice or the murder of a loved one to bring out one's true ideology. Isn't that what's happening now? The draft's about to be resurrected and there were twenty-seven American loved ones killed last week in Iraq and Afghanistan and who knows how many Iraqis died, not to mention the toll here in America from poverty and neglect.
If, then, this is the moment, what are the progressive's chances to come out on top? Well, if the outcome is to be based on which way the popular response goes to the above three gut issues, chances seem good to me! Taxes - none will be wasted on conquests or prisons. Survival - has to be better, what with no war, no poverty, education and health care available for all. As for immortality, that would be nice.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Presidential Press Conference
I just witnessed the cringe-making Presidential Press Conference in which that guffawing moron attempted to answer a couple of simple questions. When asked about Iraq he said he thinks about it every day, all the time. He then called the Luxembourg Prime Minister "a piece of work."
I was ashamed to be represented by this half-wit. I have a son in Iraq who has been called to do-or-die for a lie, for which this President will not be called to account. Where can I find a video of this conference, also shown on The Daily Show -I would like to send it to my son in Iraq? If there is one, I think it should be included on Buzz Flash web site for all to see and distribute.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Here's the White House's June 20 transcript: President Hosts United States - European Union Summit, and the video is available at the same page.]
Subject: Mayor Daley
Does anyone have an email address for Chicago Mayor Daley? I would love to give him an ear full about him insisting that Durbin apologize. I live in Illinois and am so tired of all state politics being run out of Chicago. Our governor doesn't even live in Springfield! We taxpayers pay for him to fly back and forth to Chicago. I would like to see a deluge of emails to Mayor Daley's office about his interference in the Durbin affair.
Carolyn in Illinois
[BuzzFlash Note: MayorDaley@CityofChicago.org.]
Subject: DeLay, Abramoff, Scanlon, et al.
I want to know "who" would be responsible for charging these individuals with crimes/illegal activities? Does it fall to the State Attorney Generals or do their crimes fall under "acts against the U.S." and therefore, to the U.S. Attorney General's office or possibly the FBI, CIA, depending on the circumstances of the crimes?
E-mails: Reed knew tribal money funded anti-gambling campaigns (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Senators Hear of a Wink-Wink Lobbyist Move (NY Times)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Social Security -- Republican St. Vitus Dance
It is serious stuff, of course, but the latest from Team Snafu is pretty g*dd***ed funny. Let's review the history of the 2005 assault on Social Security, which has stopped looking like a Mac Sennett film and started to look like St. Vitus' dance:
1. The Sky is Falling -- the aerial bombardment that preceded the ground assault was the insistence that Social Security was in Big Trouble -- the first goal was to try to convince us that the program was in such danger that something simply had to be done to save it. An essential part of that doomsday scenario was the assertion that the trust fund -- the roughly $1.5 trillion we have been prepaying against the coming rainy day -- was a myth.
2. Privatization Will Save Us -- despite the failure of the opening gambit to convince most folks of the problem, Maximum Leader then rolled out his panacea, insisting that only privatization would save us from a "flat bust, bankrupt" Social Security system.
3. Privatization is Part of the Solution -- in the face of consensus that privatization would in fact make the problem worse, the Bush shills retreated to claiming that private accounts could at least be "an important part of any solution," walking quickly past the obvious fact privatization is so fiscally poisonous that any plan that included private accounts could be made more effective by excluding them.
And, finally, when even Congressional Repugs would have nothing of it:
4. Screw Solvency, Gimme Privatization NOW! -- The latest Ponzification to come out of Republican Fredonia turns all that has come before on its head. Solvency of Social Security is no longer within a country mile of the discussion. And the mythical, don't-count-on-it trust fund? Now it is the funding source for the private accounts.
So, to review:
1. We are faced with dire problem X; 2. I offer solution Y. 3. OK, so problem X won't actually be solved by Y, but we can do Y and still solve X. 4. OK, OK, OK. Forget about solving X, let's just do Y for the hell of it.
Makes perfect sense to me.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: We don't have to impeach Bush
I read a blog which suggested that Congress doesn't have to use the Impeachment process to get rid of the worst. President. Ever. The blogger suggested drawing up articles of removal based on the 25th Amendment of the United States Constitution - which makes provision for having the President step down, should he become mentally or physically incapacitated to perform the duties of the Office of President of the United States.
Read more here: Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution (wikipedia)
I know many of us want to see this guy, and other players in his Administration impeached, tried, convicted and made to do the perp walk. Given that both houses of Congress, and the Executive Branch are under Republican majority (read: RULE), I'm trying to think of the most expedient means under the law to get this guy gone.
I know, I know, you're probably thinking "It Can't Be Done." But if you read Sinclair Lewis, "It Can't Happen Here," there is a part in the story where the guy who became America's dictator was undermined by the guy who put him in office. The fissures that are appearing within the GOP rank and file (Walter Jones and an elected official in his home State who also is complaining) suggest that someone probably can be persuaded to cross the aisle and draft up something that would be an effort to save democracy in America.
My friend, Autoegocrat, has the goods on the lady running for the North Carolina Supreme Court, and how she's quit the GOP:
Something for all of us to think about ... and create a dual movement, perhaps? As in demand impeachment, but have a backup plan which involves citing the 25th Amendment?
Oh yeah, if Cheney has to take the job, it won't be long. He's so odious, his very presence should result in voter disgust with the GOP and net gains of seats in the House and Senate to make real inroads in restoring the country, embracing and encouraging dissent, and repairing democracy at home and globally.
I can't think of everything ... that's why I depend on fellow BuzzFlash Readers and Big Time Patriots!
Leutisha Stills - aka The Christian Progressive Liberal
Subject: The National Campaign to Impeach President George W. Bush; the truth of the matter is that America is still the oldest Republic in the world today. "We the People of the United States" must fight to keep it that way! 6/24
Did you ever hear of San Marino? I am used to buscists making false claims and I would prefer reality-based sites to stick to reality. The USA is NOT the oldest republic in the world today.
[BuzzFlash Note: The CIA's World FactBook gives 301 as the founding year of the Republic of San Marino, with a constitution in 1600. "The third smallest state in Europe (after the Holy See and Monaco) also claims to be the world's oldest republic." Our readers are so well-informed! Thanks.]
Subject: Angry at Rove (AP story)
I am so angry at Karl Rove and hate these people and all that they stand for, so I wrote this piece that I am passing on to anyone and everyone I can. I just sent this over to truthout.org and hoffmania.com so I figured I'd send on to you, too, because I support your work too.
You said liberals were wimps about 9/11 and "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war.'' - Let me just ask you Karl, why did it take 9/11 for you conservatives to get prepared for war? Why did your lap-puppet take a month long vacation in August 2001 after getting a briefing that said "Bin Laden Determined to Attack America?" And on the day of that savagery, how come your little shrubbery sat there in school with that wide-eyed 'where's my mommy' stare instead of leaping into action? Was a goat story that comforting while NY burned?
Here are some headlines about the great conservative preparation and management of this war and the support-the-troops GOP Republicans who send our kids to die for your lie:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Nearly $9 billion of money spent on Iraqi reconstruction is unaccounted for because of inefficiencies and bad management, according to a watchdog report published Sunday.
GOP blocks war-profiteering amendment By John Stanton, CongressDaily
Republicans Wednesday blocked an effort by Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Judiciary ranking member Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to create stiffer criminal penalties for war profiteering.
CBS - SIXTY MINUTES: GIs Lack Armor, Radios, Bullets
With a $400 billion defense budget you might think U.S. troops have everything they need to fight the war, but that's not always the case. Correspondent Steve Kroft talks to a general, soldiers in Iraq, and their families at home about a lack of armored vehicles, field radios, night vision goggles, and even ammunition - especially for the National Guard and reserve units that now make up more than 40 percent of U.S. troops.
TOUGH QUESTIONS - NewsHour December 8, 2004
Ray Suarez looks at some of the questions that U.S. troops put to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld while he visited them in Kuwait.
SPC. THOMAS WILSON: We're digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that has already been shot up, dropped, busted-- picking the best out of this scrap to put on our vehicles go into combat. We do not have proper armament vehicles to carry with us North.
SPC. THOMAS WILSON: Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles and why don't we have those resources readily available to us? (Cheers and applause)
RUMSFELD: As you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.
Published on Monday, April 25, 2005 by the New York Times
Marines From Iraq Sound Off About Want of Armor and Men, by Michael Moss
On May 29, 2004, a station wagon that Iraqi insurgents had packed with C-4 explosives blew up on a highway in Ramadi, killing four American marines who died for lack of a few inches of steel.
'Hillbilly Armor' Defense sees it's fallen short in securing the troops. The grunts already knew. By Michael Hirsh, John Barry and Babak Dehghanpisheh Newsweek International
So explain it to me again, Karl, about how you conservatives are so patriotic and prepared for war?
Explain to me again how your sheer laziness prior to 9/11 endangered this country and it is not your fault?
Explain how you conservatives lie without remorse while killing our best and brightest with your lies?
Downing Street Minutes, ring a bell? WMD? I forgot - WMD is White House humor. War can be so funny! Tell you what, Karl, kiss my a**! You draft-dodging chicken-hawks of Lilly-livered Hill never want to die for your own causes as long as you can send others to do the dying for you. You make me sick, you pasty-faced excuse of modern political hate-speech! You are a despicable little pervert who molests dead bodies over and over and over again.
You didn't show up for war when you had the chance in Vietnam. You can't manage the war you just started. Your incompetence is only exceeded by your outright greed and refusal to accept responsibility by whining about liberals. You're lower than eel puke on the bottom of the ocean.
Media? Helloooooo? Story here! Anybody home? Oh, right, - moved to Nantucket.
Karl, quit molesting the dead and just pack your bags and get the h**l out of the people's house! And on your way out, Karl - kiss my liberal combat veteran troop supporting a**!
Subject: Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia/Arms Services Meeting June 23rd
You guys should do a little write on the comments of Senator Robert Byrd toward Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. Senator Byrd put Rumsfeld in his place when he told him to get off his high horse and stop lecturing the senators.
I think the old Senator deserves some mention on this site.
[BuzzFlash Note: We have often lauded Senator Byrd, as a Google search of our site will show. Now, this from the Globe and Mail: "Mr. Rumsfeld's usual dismissal of any criticism was met with disdain from 87-year-old Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia. 'I've been here a long time, longer than you have ... I don't think I've ever heard a secretary of defence who likes to lecture the committee as much as you do.'
'I don't mean to be discourteous,' Mr. Byrd continued.
'I've just heard enough of your smart answers to these people here who are elected. ... So get off your high horse when you come up here.' Mr. Rumsfeld was strangely silent in response."]
Subject: Loss of Faith in Demos (one in same)
The one clear thread that is running through the posts on this site and others that I read regularly is that Democratic supporters are disillusioned with their party leaders. It seems you can't tell the demos from the republicans in their actions. Our party is, I believe, in serious trouble and will not be a serious contender again for some time, if ever again.
The Democrats are losing support in their base daily but they do not seem to care. They are all tied to the same corporate interests and lobbyists that control the Republican Party.
Its going to take some fresh blood. I do not see the old guard letting any challengers in though.
Subject: So Rummy thinks we're winning, eh?
I'm still staggered by the MSM's refusal to confront the blatant liars/propagandists who compose the Bushevik administration. But I was happy to read [I'm too inept to imbed a link, but the path to the story is news.independent (today's issue)] that Sen. Ted Kennedy pointedly asked Rummy if it wasn't time for him to submit his resignation, given his track record on the Iraq war?
Rummy insists that, in spite of enough signs of increasing insurgency to give credence to those who believe in the Rapture (I'm not one of them), we're WINNING the war. Hmmm. I wonder what he has up his sleeve. Probably a few nuclear strikes, strategically aimed -- oh, yeah: those "surgical," "clean" attacks that cause just a bit of "collateral damage." That would free up the troops for the invasion of at least one other country (most likely Iran, since it contains/controls much more oil than, say, North Korea). All in the name of "spreading democracy."
Here's my proposal: since (even with the defeat -- so far -- of the unrestricted/unannounced/unaccountable free-form library search provision of the -- haha -- "PATRIOT" Act) any "democracy" we're exporting seems to occur at the expense of our own version, we should rename ours. How about "DeMOCKracy?" The fakery, falsification and misrepresentation of what's going on right here at home deserves its own special category.
Barb in Athens, GA
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