June 24, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Turning up the Heat on Rove
Anyone outraged by Karl Rove's contemptible remarks about Democrats and September 11th should call the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111 to complain. Then call your senators and congressman or -woman for good measure. With luck, we've got a Joseph Welch ("Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you no sense of decency") moment on our hands here.
Remarks of Karl Rove at the New York Conservative Party (White House/Washington Post)
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Subject: Class, Pay Attention This Time
Okay, Democrats, let’s go through this one more time:
Democrat Dick Durbin makes remarks comparing the torture at Guantanamo Bay to repressive regimes such as the Nazis. Democrats cringe. Democrats distance themselves from Durbin. Republicans shriek, “foul” through the media echo chamber. Media smells blood and pounces. Durbin apologizes. Lasting image: Democrats are weak and indecisive.
Republican Karl Rove makes ludicrous remarks that Democrats didn’t have the stomach to fight terrorism after 9/11. Republicans applaud. Republicans gather around Rove. White House approves. Democrats squeak, “foul” to anyone who will listen. Media doesn’t question the veracity of the remarks. Lasting image: Republicans are tough and resolute.
Subject: Dems Quick to Criticize Dean
But so slow to criticize Bush. Do you hear any republiklans criticizing Karl Rove, Rumsfeld, Rice, Bush, Cheney, Frist, DeLay etc.? Do you hear any of them criticizing the republiklans who refused to sign the lynching resolution? Have they called Bush on his lies to start a war? Has any of them apologized as did Durbin?
How dare you democrats criticize anyone, when you let [the Senate disrespect] your strongest supporters (the black vote), who have supported Dems at a rate around 90%, for over 41 years. That was very insulting. Do the republiklans treat their strongest supporters, the right-wing religious racists, that way? Do they criticize them? No, they appease them, via the no vote by 11 senators on the lynching resolution.
Just a thought, it appears, that quite a few dems seem to be appeasing them, also. I didn't think, nor did I believe, there would be so many people willing to give up the rights and freedoms of this country, for the almighty dollar. I THINK THEY CALL THEM TRAITORS. If we don't stop these republiklan fools, the country will go to h**l in basket. I know, I've already been there. Will we ever learn?
Symbolic Lynching Resolution Forced Concrete Political Choice (Terry M. Neal/Washington Post)
Subject: Supreme Court Decision
Our land can now be taken and used for ... whatever. The Supreme Court has decided our property can be taken and used for private development. Where do we go from here, God? We need an amendment to the constitution.
Subject: BF - U Got It Wrong
Rove Apologise ... ONLY the chicken sh.. DEMS do that!!!! WE NEED a NEW party run by Howard Dean.
Subject: Gov. Dean on The Daily Show
It was all too obvious that Jon Stewart was completely stonewalled by Gov. Dean last night when he asked what the Democratic Party position with regard to Iraq was. It was downright Scott McClellanish. Jon’s absolutely right! Without a coherent and easily understood alternative position, what is there to be in favor of? An amorphous “something better” doesn’t really cut it. I don’t remember which one said it, Jon Stewart or Gov. Dean, but purporting to have better values without any clear direction is a waste of time. The public now knows that the war in Iraq was based on lies. What do we do about it?
a) bring troops home now b) bring troops home later c) send in more troops d) parade around, saluting smartly, surrounded by aging military personnel and trappings left over from a war we lost 30 plus years ago e) nuke ‘em f) say that we think about it every single day, really!
Subject: Hypocrite Of The Week - Thanks, But It's Actually Worse Than That
Thanks for keeping up the reporting on the Times.
The paper is more than just a fawning mouthpiece for the administration. It takes opposition stands on - some - policy issues and preserves the 'character' of Bush, so people will continue to trust him.
The most sickening display was when the corrupt editors and publishers balanced the adulation of the 'likable' Bush with sly digs that helped undermine public perception of Kerry as a decent person. “Like a caged hamster, John Kerry is restless on the road.”
One blogger said that if the times was 'fair and balanced' they would have written this:
"'Like a starving jerboa, President Bush bounded into Cincinatti and quickly sniffed out an astonishingly large pile of lettuce.'"
The same blogger later suggested another version:
"'Like a sullen weasel, President Bush avoids unfriendly crowds on the road.'"
The so-called liberal NY Times is a straw created by the right wing.
We need someone to start printing and distributing BUZZFLASH as our new national newspaper.
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Subject: Rove Overreaches Again
Oddly enough, there's an even more revealing moment revealed by you in your very next breath. In it, you compulsively reveal the utter contempt in which you hold a standing US Senator, each and every victim of the September 11th attacks, their families, our troops and their families, the press, our first responders and the American people as a whole.
I can understand why you might chafe at Senator Durbin, a fierce advocate for American energy independence and an outspoken critic of your Administration's continued defiance of the rules of law, including your extremely liberal interpretation of the Geneva Conventions.
It is a very short list of Americans who have placed our troops in greater danger than have you, Karl. Don't kid yourself either -- you're on a first-name basis with each and every person whose name appears on that list.
The "savagery" you mention that occurred in the Sept. 11th attacks may well have been avoided and as a matter of pure fact, was the direct result of President Bush failing to attend to his daily duties. This dereliction of duty was compounded by a string of failures downstream, including the specific failure of Condoleezza Rice to act on sensitive intelligence contained in a memo "I believe" was titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike US."
Don't worry, Karl. You did get one thing right. We "liberals" certainly have indictments on the brain. They're just not the ones you're thinking of.
Subject: Rosemary's Baby and Billy GRAHAM
Mark one end of the pendulum swing regarding religion as 1968, when "Rosemary's Baby" used as a prop a Time Magazine cover that blared, "Is God Dead?"
Who would have guessed that today, both Time and Newsweek, network anchors, and cable yackers are hog wild over organized relgion as the new "in" thing.
Today, Time general manager John MEECHAM was peddling his interview with Billy GRAHAM, saying such things as, "He is what God looks like--white hair, blue eyes." He didn't even get the irony when he took a jab at his competitor, saying, "Even Newsweek has discovered that there is such a thing as 'Christians.'"
This from somebody who had just said God is white-haired and blue-eyed. And that running covers with Jesus on them four times a year sells lots and lots of magazines.
Subject: Left and Right Agree - Taking Homes for Developers Is Wrong
The Supreme Court decision to put the rights of real estate developers ahead of home owners should thrill Bush and his core constituency.
Let's remember that Dubya made a lot of money using the power of government to take private property so he and his cronies on the Texas Rangers could profit.
But it might be one of those issues on which both left and right can agree and fight.
You will hear the Freepers go nuts on this topic. Why not join them? And when they point out that our friends at the NY Times also use the power of the state to take private property, we might want to join in this criticism also.
The underlying point is that the Bushies are not for real economic competition in anything. The polluters and pharmaceutical companies would have to pay for what they take from our lives, tobacco, also, and commercial interests would have to pay for exploiting public lands (e.g., National Parks).
Freepers on the topic
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Subject: The Great Divide, Created By George W. Bush
The bickering and the hatred amongst Americans has never occured as much as it is today, since Bush took office. It began with the neocon legislature going after Clinton for a sexual escapade (no Americans died because of his lie about a BJ) ... and it extended right into Bush's terms in office, and escalated to a point where it now is beyond repair. Or, at least beyond repair until the cause (Bush) is removed.
Bush had an opportunity, when he was elected (or SElected), to do what he could to heal the wounds that had opened up in the last two years of the Clinton administration, created by the neocon republican legislature.
Instead, he did EXACTLY the opposite, and opened up the wound to a point now where it may not be fixed....
Until his removal, of course.
Bush had an opportunity to do what he said he would do during his first campaign, to UNITE the country. He has done the exact opposite.
Maybe, and I only say "maybe"... Maybe he DID have good intentions, but that was all thrown out the window when his daddy (and that is who I believe is running the show), when his daddy got all his old cronies onto the payroll, and now it is THEY -- (Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz -- who are running the asylum, not the head loony bird.
Subject: Can you guys help on this?
Adrian Zackheim is the head of the Sentinel imprint that is publishing Hillary Clinton's book and he is also the top editor there. He personally was involved in the editing and acquisition of the manuscript and I think people should besiege him with emails for publishing such a shoddy book.
His email address is Adrian.email@example.com
No one has that address so it will be quite a coup. Also here's a bio on zackheim:
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Subject: “Fool Me Once Shame On You, You Fool Me, You Can't Get Fooled Again” -- George W. Bush
George can mangle a saying and he can mangle a war! Yet we are now in the midst of “campaign two” to defend the war. Americans will not be fooled again! Mr. Bush is even giving us advance notice on a prime time speech Tuesday with all the hype the Bush/Rove Political Machine is noted for doing! Because of great sinking approval ratings, we can expect more of the same, here comes the retired military, here comes the Republican Senators, the Bush Hardliners, like Duncan Hunter, and maybe the Swift Boat scum will make an appearance, too! I don’t think they will complain about the Medal of Freedom honors given to George Tenet, Tommy Franks and Paul Bremer, do you? At the press conference, with a Rovian touch, MSNBC like good little Bush Do-Bees, showed a split screen with Iraqis voting! The election is vague in the mind of many Iraqis now, and enthusiasm has been replaced by worries of security! Bush would have us forget what has happened since! Sell the old points and keep up the repetition!
How to re-sell a war? At the press conference, with his usual audacity, Bush made the statement the insurgents were trying to “Shape our will!” Do as I say, but not as I do, and avoid all Smoking Guns like the Downing Street Memo. By all means, do not answer 89 Congressmen’s letter and do not respond to other letters and petitions delivered to your door and signed by 122 Congressmen and 560,000 people you are supposed to represent! Keep Cheney making statements of “insurgents in last throes.” Do not mention the complete destruction of cities by the U.S. bombs that kill ordinary citizens and destroy their homes. Above all totals are out, like 1730 deaths of our soldiers, 13000 injuries and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, keep the media in line and OFF totals!
Richard Clarke made a statement in a recent article, he asked a great question and posed a strategy: "Maybe it is time to at least begin a public dialogue about ''staying the course.'' Opponents of an ''early'' departure of American forces say it would result in chaos in Iraq. Yet we already have chaos, and how sure can we be that sectarian fighting will not follow our departure whenever we leave? Is it unpatriotic to ask if the major reason for the fighting in Iraq is that we are still there?"
Paul Krugman’s article about “The War President” in the NYT should be read!
The White House along with the Pentagon rhetoric is not convincing us any more, and they are losing their claw-like grasp on public opinion! A massive propaganda offense waged in George Orwell style is being prepared to try and reclaim what they are losing! We must unite and sustain a massive counter-offense against their fabrications, because they can NOT fool us twice! Stanislaw Lec described the rhetoric we will hear from Bush and Company in the coming weeks when he said, “I give you bitter pills in sugar coating, the pills are harmless, the poison is in the sugar!”
Subject: Letter to House Ethics Committee regarding Rep. Weller R-IL
Kankakee Voices, a group of Human Rights activists, have sent a letter to the House Committee on Standards/Ethics regarding Rep. Gerald Weller, (R- 11th, IL) and his conflict of interest caused by his marriage into, and previous personal relationship with, the Rios Montt family. Both Rep. Weller and his Wife Congresista Zury Rivers Montt (www.zuryrivers.com) worked on legislation for CAFTA for their governments. Please keep in mind that, because of the Republican majority in the House, Senate and White House, it is very difficult to get legitimate concerns investigated. Rep. Weller's conflict of interest has been commented on in the press but never officially looked into by the House Ethics Committee. Right now they are bogged down in the DeLay ethics problem.
In the upcoming weeks Rep. Weller, a very ardent supporter of CAFTA, will be voting on CAFTA in the House. He promised during his campaign last summer - 04 - that he would not vote on "any legislation that concerns Guatemala." CAFTA is ALL about Guatemala, and Nicaragua, where Rep. Weller owns property. He should haved stepped down from the International Relations Committee as soon as his engagement was announced. He did not do that simply because he knew, as faithful Bush-DeLay Republican in the House, he had the power and would not be held accountable. He should not be allowed to vote on CAFTA. The letter that was mailed by registered mail is [linked].
Michael Moore could be forgiven for feeling a bit smug right now. As support for the war diminishes by the day and results of the Downing Street Memo become generally known, it must be apparent to many who originally panned the film as an exaggerated political statement by a left-wing extremist, that the film was, in fact, a rather prescient and defensible condemnation of the war in general. Maybe HBO should run it again with a little promotion to encourage viewers who "missed it" the first time around.
Subject: Re: US general says troops question support (Boston Globe)
Here's the latest ploy. As if this sorry-assed general (Abizaid) talks to ordinary grunts on the ground, he wants us to believe that those same grunts are worried that we don't support the war. This latest ploy -- dutifully reported in the Boston Globe -- is what back in the sixties was called a "guilt trip." He doesn't use the word "traitor," but that's what he is implying.
Hell no, we don't support the war. We support the troops. That's why we want them to come home in one piece. They KNOW that. If they think anything different, it's because Limbaugh went over there and told them Democrats are traitors, etc., etc., etc. Or how about Rove telling his base that liberals are traitors, Dick Durbin is a traitor, etc. Or any of the other propaganda they're hearing regularly on Armed Forces Radio? Do they ever have the benefit of hearing "the other side?" A one-minute clip of commentary from a Texas liberal does NOT provide them with a balanced opinion.
But just suppose our troops really do worry that we don't support the war:
If so, could it be because they don't have proper equipment in sufficient quantities to do their jobs?
If so, could it be because the brass live in the Green Zone, equipped with swimming pools and restaurants and all the finer things, while they live in tents under a constant barrage of mortar shells and rocket-propelled grenades and eat their meals with a generous helping of sand and feel like prisoners themselves because can't leave their compounds unless they drive in heavily armed convoys?
If so, could it be because the unfairness -- the grunts were prosecuted but the officers responsible for the atrocities at Abu Ghraib and Bagram and Guantanamo were never held accountable, some being promoted instead?
If so, could it be because there were never enough troops to get the job done?
If so, could it be because they don't trust their Commander-in-Chief or the SecDef to make the right decisions, given their sorry-assed track records to date?
If so, could it be because they are demoralized from watching their buddies blown up, slain, or maimed with no end in sight?
If so, could it be because they hear stories from their injured buddies who are having a horrible time getting medical care for their injuries after they arrive back in the States?
If so, could it be because they hear stories and read the news that the Republican congress refuses to fully fund the VA and votes instead to increase the cost of their medical care?
If so, could it be because the administration refuses to honor them by allowing the news to cover the returning caskets or the returning injured, ferrying them instead back into the U.S. in the dead of night?
If so, could it be because our Commander-in-Chief refuses to attend even one military funeral?
If so, could it be because our reserves and guard members can't get paid on time and in the correct amounts?
If so, could it be because those troops who've returned home could not count on the Pentagon to enforce the laws that say an employer cannot fire members of the military because their deployments last too long and refuse to hold their jobs for them?
If so, could it be because small businesses failed because the proprietor's deployment took him/her away too long?
If so, could it be because our troops are losing their vehicles to the financial institutions that hold the notes or are losing their homes to the institutions that hold the mortgages because they can't pay their bills -- the gap between their civilian pay and their military pay is just too large and the deployment too long?
If so, could it be because they have lost or are losing their families due to the stress of long/repeated deployments?
If so, could it be because they have buddies who are homeless?
If so, could it be because they are forced to remain in the military long, long after their scheduled release date because of "Stop Loss"?
If so, is it because they know that the military is disintegrating because of gross mismanagement?
The best way I know of to support our troops is to provide them with a real leader. Let's impeach and convict the real war criminals: Bush and his entire cabinet. Get the bastards out of office.
Subject: Oh the irony ...
My dearest BuzzFlash:
Maybe it's just me. But by passing a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning, isn't this going against the very freedom that the U.S. flag represents? Oh the irony?
Subject: Defining Liberal Democratic Values
For too long we've let Right Wing demagogues define us. I propose that the Democratic Party promote a simple, straightforward list of Liberal Democratic Values.
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Subject: Rush Limbaugh's Naughty Sense of Humor
Oh, Rush, you scamp! Club G'itmo! You are a clever fellow.
What? The t-shirts are so popular they are creating too much traffic at your web site?
Well, sure I'll be happy to help! You want me to just host your line of clothing on my web site to split the load a little?
Sure thing, ol' pal.
Hey, you got a bit of dust under your nose, there, you might want to ... there you go.
So, sure, Rush, I'll post your clothing line at:
Hey, buddy. Anything to help the cause!
Subject: Amazing: Bush Finally uses the Q - WORD and points out the truth at the same time!
Today, I heard Bush offer up in his Q&A session his second term is in a "quagmire."
In fact, he interrupted a reporter's question about his lame duck status and the "slump" in support for his policies, in order to draw attention that it is a "QUAGMIRE!"
Although, I couldn't find this transcribed in a quick search, she quickly pointed out, this is his choice of words, and not hers.
Now, I'm waiting to read a related story about Karl Rove's brain aneurysm.
There were mentions of it in these articles (bold type added) ... WHITE HOUSE President Bush is shrugging off the polls showing his job approval rating at low ebb. At a news conference with Iraq's visiting prime minister, Bush jokingly suggested the word "quagmire" to a reporter asking about a possible "second-term slump."
He said he would stay the course in Iraq despite public opinion polls showing dwindling support for his policy. He indicated his awareness of his domestic critics when a reporter began asking a question about whether he was concerned about a "slump" in his support.
"Quagmire?" the president asked, employing a word that some Democrats in Congress have begun to use to describe the military presence in Iraq one year after the transfer of sovereignty. An AP-Ipsos poll this week showed public doubts about the war reaching a high point -- with more than half saying that going to war in Iraq was a mistake.
Bush Says No Timetable for Iraq Withdrawal (AP/Yahoo)
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