June 28, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Flag Desecration
Just a quick question: Does wrapping yourself in the flag constitute flag desecration?
Subject: Foot-in-mouth freaks
Here is my letter to the local paper:
Congrats to the Tribune-Star editorial for chastising Hoosier Congressman Hostettler (R-IN) for his foot-in-mouth faux pas. Namely, his rashly demonizing Democrats for supposedly “demonizing Christians.” He spoke of “the long war on Christianity” and accused the Dems of giving “aid and comfort to those who would eradicate any vestige of our Christian heritage.”
Piping hot political rhetoric has become the rage. It gets good press, especially after igniting outrage and demands for retraction. Apologies get more attention. But they are suspect. The danger is already done. As in the courtroom when the judge tells the jurors not to hear what they have just heard.
What we have heard from our congressman sounds like a battle between Christians and non-Christians. Barry Lynn, a minister and head of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, points out that most of the cadets at the Air Force Academy are themselves Christians but “simply don’t share the fundamentalist Christian view of those in command.”
After the heat has cooled, the evidence clearly supports charges of coercive evangelization. One professor was accused of requiring cadets to pray before a test. It may be a great idea and there is nothing in the Constitution prohibiting prayer anywhere any time. But there is a law against compelling prayer when an authority demands it. See the First Amendment.
Another charge was against a Protestant chaplain who warned that anyone “not born again would burn in the fires of hell.” A senior chaplain at the academy was transferred to Japan for criticizing what she saw as proselytizing.
Says Hostettler, “If you tell Christians they can’t tell others about their faith, then they can’t exercise their Christian religion.”
In a tax-funded military establishment? Let’s get real!
An amendment to condemn religious proselytizing at the academy (attached to a 409 billion bill to fund the Pentagon budget) was defeated by a mostly party-line vote of 210-198. One wonders why 210 members of the house voted against such an innocuous amendment. Surely the Repubs would not condone such flagrant proselytizing. Perhaps at the time of the vote they were not aware of the pervasiveness of the problem and therefore rushed to vote against rushing to condemn the Evangelicals. Apparently a political strategy to defend the Christian right, who appear to be under siege by less dogmatic Americans.
Anger management, come to think of it, might benefit Howard Dean as well as John Hostettler. The impetuous, broad-brush rhetoric by the DNC chairman against the “Party of White Christians” was hardly crafted to appeal to mainstream America. He was hired to entice not alienate voters.
He could have been politically -- as well as factually -- correct by sticking to the Democratic claim of being the party of minorities. This is less so today, however, as America has become a far more eclectic nation. Should not that diversity make us more tolerant than vituperative?
To those True Believers who preach eternal hellfire for the non-saved, I ask: What kind of monster-god are you planting into the heads of innocent children who grow up to be not-so-innocent adults? I ask the same question to Muslim True Believers who preach the same damnation.
America, unlike most Muslim-dominated countries, is based on a non-sectarian Constitution, not a holy book. Radicals on the right, however, including those on Capitol Hill and in the White House, would happily move us toward a more theocratized America.
The tail of the party wagging the whole beast?
And so it is with the jihadists who would hijack all of Islam, a far more frightening fate for the world.
As at the Air Force Academy, moderate Christians are awakening to the hubris of their brothers on the far right. While 75 percent of Americans are Christians, our Constitution argues for secularity, not a Christian nation.
Furthermore, Christians worldwide are a minority, with only one out of every three being of their faith. A list from the latest Almanac ( 2005 ) might be instructive -- and humbling -- as we face a new millennium, a swelling population, a planet shrinking via instant communication, faster travel, and a greater intermingling of religions and creeds. The stats follow.
Bahais: 7.5 million
Subject: Bush got exactly what he wanted
The hardliner won, which means the liberation of Iran is imminent. He needs another war against a country that might actually have WMD, but will the sheeple follow this time? Today Show says Rehnquist may resign today, and Bush will nominate a young one. If a TRIFECTA means 3 wins, what is 5 wins called? Shock and Awe for the Prez's birthday, July 6 or is it the fifth? Is he arrogant enough? You bet, even on a bad poll numbers day.
Subject: Euan Blair interning w/David Dreier? Hmmmmmmmmmmm
"The newspaper said Euan would be mentored by David Dreier, a Californian representative to the Republican leadership in the House, during his internship." (abs-cbnnews.com)
Isn't David Dreier the CA Republican who votes against gays all the time, poses as Christian family friendly, meanwhile, he is a homosexual? Tony Blair picking Dreier for Euan? How interesting.
Tony Blair's Son To Work For 'Outed' GOP Congressman (365gay.com)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Karl Rove isn't stupid. Therefore, he must be evil.
"Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said we will defeat our enemies. Liberals saw what happened to us and said we must understand our enemies." -- Karl Rove
Let us analyze this statement. Clearly Karl gets it. I think he's 100% correct . Conservatives believed that they could bomb our enemies into submission.
Now almost 4 years later the insurgency in Iraq grows, the War in Iraq wasn't a cakewalk, the Taliban in Afghanistan are resurgent, Osama bin Laden is still on the loose, 1,700 American soldiers can be added to the list of dead, another 15,000 U.S. soldiers wounded, 25-100,000 dead Iraqis can be added to the pile, the CIA claims that Iraq has become a more dangerous training ground for terrorists than Afghanistan was during the 80's, we have sunk nearly $300 billion into Iraq, Iraq is now on the brink of civil war destabilizing the entire middle east, and U.S. military leaders say that for every terrorist they kill they create three more.
Maybe if we had understood our enemies, things would be different. But then again we learned this lesson once, in a little place called Vietnam.
Hugs & Kisses,
Subject: 911 Doesn't Belong to the Republican Party
After the attack on 911 this Administration has managed to squander all of the good will from other countries that we had during our grieving period.
This Administration has managed to go from victims, to the aggressors. Bush had Democrats, Liberals, Gay, and Straight people standing by his side when he decided to go after Bin Laden in Afghanistan. Bush should have used every resource available to him to catch Bin Laden ... In Bush's words "Dead or alive."
911 doesn't belong to the Republican party. EVERY single Americans life was changed on 911. It's totally disgusting for the GOP to use 911 as if it's some sort of cool catch phrase. When Bin Laden decided to take those towers down, I doubt he cared who was Republican and who was Democrat. He only cared that most of the people within those buildings were Americans.
Subject: "Love" Means Never Having to Acknowledge Genocide
Congressman Jerry Weller (R-11CD IL) on describing Jean-Bertrand Aristide: "He was a brutal dictator, allowing children to be sold into slave labor, and if we hadn't gone in there, Mr. Aristide would be dead because the people would have killed him."
And on Saddam Hussein, Weller said, "... brutalizing the Iraqi people, using chemical weapons against his own people and committing gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity; and supporting international terrorism ... "
Compared to Weller's Father-in-Law, Rios Montt's reign of terror, according to an Amnesty International report: "People of all ages were not only shot, they were burned alive, hacked to death, disemboweled, drowned, beheaded. Small children were smashed against rocks or bayoneted to death."
Weller hugs and kisses the latter, because "love" means never having to acknowledge GENOCIDE.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Weller's wife is "... Zury Rios Sosa, daughter of a Guatemalan general and dictator who has been accused of running death squads during the civil war in the 1980s." (http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill...)]
Subject: 6/27 NY Times Story
I've been browsing BuzzFlash for about a month and like what you post, especially the "Dangerous Clowns" series. But I was surprised at the top story reaction today regarding the NY Times coverage of the suicide bombings (Bombing Attacks on Iraqi Forces Kill 38 in North 6/27). Given my journalism school training, I thought they handled it the right way. After the lead sentence they went right in to the contradictions between Rumsfeld, the Generals and Cheney. Only after that they reported the details of the actual bombings. To stay "fair and balanced" (hate that because of Fox) that's the way they have to cover the story. To go further is the place of the editorial page, and the Times has been clear that this policy would fail, has failed and cannot be rescued. Krugman, Rich and Kristoff have nailed Bush and even Friedman is starting to see the light a little bit.
While I'm not a big fan of the American press right now and think they are too wimpy, I wonder how other papers handled this story. You could find better targets to nail than the New York Times.
All the same, keep up the good work.
Subject: Heads Up
If our Dear and Glorious and Divinely Appointed Leader declares war on Iran tomorrow night, as is hotly rumored (this is what happens when the POTUS's advisors tell Him that everything in Iraq is just tickety-boo), be prepared for a military coup d'etat to follow. The arrogance of this administration has pissed off the wrong people in the military for the last time.
Now, this is not such a bad thing, when you think about it. First of all we will be rid of an illegitimate regime that led this nation to ruination. Secondly, the Righties can't piss and moan about it because they don't want to appear anti-military. Thirdly, the military has a little list, and most of the names on it are NPAC and other conservative think tank members. And a lot of Second Amendment yahoos will be swatted like flies.
Do I favor a military coup d'etat? Heaven forbid! Do I advocate the overthrow of the Republic? But that has already happened. I am still waiting for the legitimate government of President Al Gore to take office.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Gas Prices
Someone once figured that a gallon of gas really should cost about $2000 ... we live in such luxury because of gas. Imagine how many people you would need and how much to pay them to push your car up a mountain at 2 am in the morning in the rain, with 5 minutes' notice???
I also heard that we have the equivalent of 20 or so slaves as per the living standard of ancient Egypt, based on our capabilities from gas and other forms of energy.
Subject: Nuclear Option Redux
[Tuesday] at 10:30 AM, Senator Bill Frist will be speaking at the Heritage Foundation. On Friday's Inside Politics, Bob Novak said that the speech would serve to kick-off another "nuclear option" war.
Judging by how the event is being billed, friends of the institution of the Senate should be very worried about the next Frist Holy War. Stopping GOP abuse of power requires constant support. Stopping the Nuclear Option is only a victory if it lasts. Now that the GOP is revisiting the issue, we need vigilance.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Knock it off with the apologies already!
For god sakes, why doesn't everyone stop asking (or should I say begging) Karl Rove for an apology? Does anyone actually think this fat little slob would ever apologize for anything? He'd give up his first born before apologizing to anyone for anything. This is the worm that leads an administration full of people who cannot bring themselves to admit a single mistake, let alone apologize. Let's stop this nonsense and go for the throat. Only democrats apologize and gee - look what it's done for them. This administration certainly is not about etiquette. Demanding an apology is laughable and I'm sure that's what Rove is doing right now - laughing his fat ass off.
I'm waiting with baited breath to see if you know who of the Supremes will announce his retirement. We all know it's coming, but the reality of it will certainly be depressing.
Love to all the Buzzers and The Buzz!
Barbara in NYC
Subject: Iraq Pullout?
"Rumsfeld Says That We'll be There 12 More Years."
Among other reasons we cannot just pull up stakes and say bye-bye is that we are building a dozen or more big bases there. Does it not seem likely they will always be under attack? Has any "news" source commented on this?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Mad Cow Story ... Again, a Criminal Offense by Big Business
The mad cow story is yet another criminal offense of big business. I'm glad to see the testing story, since that's the least they could do for us.
But it's also another case of criminal behavior of corporations which are outside the law and earning profits by putting the rest of society in danger. It's part of the 'laissez-fair' Utopia that Bush and his friends love.
There is absolutely no reason for cattle to be getting this disease. If they were treated as herbivores - like moose, sheep, etc. - they would not get this disease. We all picture cattle grazing, and processing what they eat in their famous digestive systems as we learned in school.
Doesn't it bother our elected representatives that cattle are now being fed MEAT? Over 30 years ago, cattle and sheep ranchers and other producers of animals to be slaughtered and used for food, started "factory-farming" - raising the animals in penned areas, in very close quarters, and feeding them hormones and other chemicals to fatten them up faster for market. They had to give them huge amounts of antibiotics because the animals became so sick so easily because of their terrible living conditions. (Their Immune Systems were NOT working right.)
The ranchers also cut costs by feeding their animals ground-up dead animals, animals that have died of disease - as well as humane society animals, cats and dogs that have been euthanised. ALSO being used as feed were road-kill and offal, parts of the animals not fit for human consumption. This process of grinding up diseased, dead animals for feed for other animals is called "rendering."
The equivalent disease in sheep is called "scrapie" because the diseased sheep scrape themselves against fences and other objects until they injure themselves. They develop other neurological disorders and eventually die -- and THEN, the ranchers grind them up and feed them to cows, chickens, pigs ...
Could Mad Cow Disease Happen Here? (Ellen Ruppel Shell/American Review)
Subject: Questions We Really Should Be Asking
Good Day Buzzers.
I have several things I would like to say and since my mind is spinning with rage I'm gonna try and be organized about it. First off I was startled to read on a web site titled The Seventh Fire that while Bush was "acting" as governor of Texas, he ordered the release of a known serial killer and Satan worshiper by the name of Henry Lee Lucas and granted him full clemency with little or no explanation given. He would later show the same mysterious preferential treatment to a serious offender known as Ricky Nolen McGinn. I've seen several pictures of Bush with his hand up displaying the extended two fingers and found it odd. He may say it's to represent the [University of] Texas Longhorns but he's NOT from Texas. He's a spoiled little rich boy from Connecticut. Given his self admitted background with the notorious Skull and Bones known for its members pulling strings and protecting each other as well as celebrating and glorifying war and death I find this behaviour troubling indeed. Where do this man's true loyalties REALLY lie?
Next I found the claim of 9/11 being an inside job to be extreme until I saw two videos entitled "Painful Deceptions," and "In Plane Site." These two videos once and for all DEBUNK the official story given the general public with hard facts. Neither video comes out and accuses anyone directly but they do ask some very disturbing questions about what really happened. And when I look really hard at how Bush flagrantly USED 9/11 to hurriedly PUSH through the first Patriot Act IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT without congress even being given a chance to study it I DO have questions. LOTS of them. Then there was Homeland Security, Total Information Awareness Act. Now the National ID and Eminent Domain.
I agree with the reader who said what we truly need to be looking at is the PNAC Document. That pretty much tells the story. Yet I've mentioned it to a few people and got blank questioning looks. It's TIME for the gloves to come off. For EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE who loves this country and the ideals we once stood for to SPEAK the TRUTH loudly, everywhere and often, all the time, EVERY chance you get. Tell all who will listen that our government, country, future, and once good name have honestly been HIJACKED by INSANE POWER-HUNGRY BASTARDS who are currently in the cockpit at the controls and are fixing on crashing us into God only know where. Repeat often that Bush is NOT spreading "Freedom and Democracy" but death, destruction, mass slaughter, and terror and seems to be enjoying every bit of it as he and his buddies reap enormous profits on a DAILY basis.
The only thing I've noticed recently these past two weeks is how terrified Rumsfeld and company seem to be every time any senator or high profile person tells the truth. The truth, said often and always, is one of our best weapons. USE IT! Those who are speaking the truth are gaining strength and numbers.
I heard a spokeswoman from the Center for Constitutional Rights speaking at the Tribunal on human rights abuses in Turkey and it was powerful. I heard her and the powerful human rights activist speak on Democracy Now. The Red Cross has been telling the truth of its findings for three years now. They have been joined by Amnesty International who (thank God) refuses to back down on their claims. Code Pink and so many others are finally being heard. And in response to the well written letter from Canada, I sincerely want her to know I deeply apologize for the ignorant Americans who have the audacity to go to her country and spout pro-war rhetoric. Please know there are millions of us Americans who are as genuinely horrified and repulsed by these henchman in office as you are. It's just that most of us have lost our jobs and our losing our homes and we cannot afford to travel to your great country to stand together with you. We have been the silenced majority for too long. But do not forget us. I let people from other countries know how I feel EVERY chance I get. And keep telling the neo-con whack jobs that it is NOT Durbin and people like him that are putting our troops in danger. It's criminals that steal elections, lie countries into unnecessary wars, and give all the profits to their corporate buddies like Halliburton as Baghdad goes up in flames.
Thanks, BuzzFlash, for the great job. Keep on buzzing.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Ugly Americans
Marie-France Germain from Nanaimo, BC, Canada, please do not give up on Americans just yet. If you would take each letter posted on BuzzFlash and times it by, let's say, 1,000,000 (I'm no mathematician), you might get an idea that there are tens of millions of Americans who couldn't agree more with you about our ugly (Republican) brothers and sisters. My family is full of them. Can you imagine trying to coax unconscious people into consciousness? It's nearly impossible. Several siblings no longer speak to me after having pounded home the truth to them.
Again, don't give up on us. There are many millions of enlightened Americans. You don't hear our voices, though, because our corporate media won't broadcast them, so here we are on the Internet thanks to such outstanding liberal sites as BuzzFlash. Remember, the last two elections were manipulated in favor of Bush. The majority of Americans DID NOT vote for him either time.
We look to Canada as a ray of light in this terrible darkness. We really do. And we wonder how to get there, too. We also apologize to the rest of the world for what's happened to us.
Subject: Bush's Tuesday Night Speech
I hope everyone reading this will join me in cutting off the boob-tube tonight during the squatter's speech. I hope you will e-mail all your e-mail buddies and ask them to turn off the tv. You know how they track how many viewers tuned in. Who's interested in him anyway? We can always read about "THE PARTY'S" propaganda on Wednesday.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Division In This Country....
The Division in this country is very bad, and it makes me very, very sad ... and it makes me very, very sad.
I have my views, others have theirs. I disagree with most of theirs, they disagree with most of mine ... and that is how it has always been ... but never before in my lifetime, and I am 66, has there been so much hatred, so much antagonism, so much division, within the ranks of our country ... that it now threatens, IMO, our very existence.
It took 224 years for this country to build the stature it was sitting on, from 1776 till the year 2000. To build a great reputation world wide ... to become the great country, the country that cared about all people, all over the world ... to see it all torn down in the past four and a half years, to see us hated by the rest of the world, to see our citizens being killed on foreign shores for a personal vendetta, to see us occupying a foreign country and to see their citizens being killed by the hundreds, by the thousands ...
And we, ourselves, have divided ourselves so much that we are now in the most vulnerable position that we have ever been in ...
And it is sad to see, and hear, Americans spewing out such hatred against other Americans ...
And this has all happened on the watch of George W. Bush ...
So, where do we go from here, and believe me, we MUST, we MUST find an answer because if we don't, then our eventual and ultimate destruction will get closer and closer with each passing day ...
We must unite, as one, and rid ourselves of the cancer, the scourge that is at the head of the animal that is devouring us ... George W. Bush.
Sure,this may sound as if it is a biased comment, coming from me, a known Bush Basher ... but, for as much as I despise George W. Bush ... my love for country far exceeds it.
And for those that love George W. Bush, I would hope that your love of country far exceeds your feeling for Mister Bush ... for if you can not put country first ... then you are going to be a part of its destruction ... and sooner than you think.
So, what do we do?
We must, because there is no other answer, rid ourselves, in a legal manner, of the cancer that is eating up this country ... George W. Bush.
By impeachment, by the imposition of Article 25 of the United States Constitution, or by any legal means that would cause him to be removed from office, imprisoned, or exiled.
If we all are Americans that love our country, COUNTRY FIRST, then there still IS one thing we can all unite about ... and that is the removal of George W. Bush as president of these United States.
Subject: Freedom Isn't Free
Amy Branham is a Gold Star Mother for Peace. She wrote an excellent article for BuzzFlash today, and in it she said the following:
I want Mrs. Branham and Cindy Sheehan, and all the Gold Star Mothers For Peace, and all the readers of BuzzFlash to know that in MY family, we have not celebrated the Fourth of July in years in the usual "American" way. We feel that America is no longer free and we can't go to the park and celebrate when we feel oppressed.
Last year we went as a family to the local movie theater and watched the afternoon matinee; "Fahrenheit 911." It was an excellent way to mark the day. Oh, yes, there were no police outside our movie theater, but then; we live in the "liberal" state of Washington.
I wish more Americans who feel the way we do would forgo celebrating this old holiday that means nothing anymore. The nation it celebrated no longer exists.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Dick Durbin
I've been trying not to let the Dick Durbin apologia get under my skin, but I must confess that it is indeed starting to get under my skin. Just look around you -- everything is falling apart for the Bush administration. It's one big mess, and all the chickens are coming home to roost.
So why, pray tell, are Democrats still going around apologizing for things? It is absolutely ludicrous. Rove, DeLay, Cornyn, Frist and the boys don't ever apologize for one single thing, I mean nothing. Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney apologize for nothing.
Here is a pre-emptive line for all Democrats to throw out there when the right-wing cable channel echo chamber is demanding another Democratic apology: I will apologize for XYZ when Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld apologize for sending American soldiers to their deaths in Iraq based upon a pack of lies. I will apologize for XYZ when Bush apologizes for his ridiculous "mission accomplished" statement. I will apologize for XYZ when Bush apologizes for telling us that there was credible evidence that Iraq had WMD. I will apologize when Bush openly states that Saddam Hussein had no connection to 911. The list goes on and on; you all get my point.
Nevertheless, despite a string of Republican outrages that is simply mind-boggling in its sheer magnitude, Democrats still find themselves being pressured to apologize for stating the truth. We should adopt the Republican mantra of never apologizing for anything.
But then again, why am I surprised? Democrats have allowed this usurper in the White House to get away with untold outrages since the day he stole the White House in 2000. Ironically, despite the fear on the part of Democrats to take the fight to Bush's doorstep, the American people are still beginning to see through Bush's lies. It's becoming so absurd that we might soon have to witness the spectacle of Democrats in the Senate trying to defend Bush as his Gallup poll approval ratings crash into the basement.
What are Democrats waiting for? Isn't this the time to pounce? I know die-hard Republicans who are going silent in front of me when I rail against Bush. They are becoming too embarrassed to defend this man any longer. However, Democrats in the Congress are still fearful and are still treading lightly. It's quite disgusting.
Donald P. Russo
Subject: Supreme Court Decisions on Internet Monopolies
The Supreme Court got it right with NCTV v. Brand X, for Internet Service Providers are not common carriers, they are subscription services. They are also information services, not telecommunication services, because information delivery is the primary purpose for the Internet.
Freepress.net Policy Director Ben Scott's assertion that the decision "will badly weaken the foundation of the Internet as an open marketplace for new ideas, competitive services, and the free flow of information" is absurd, for the current DSL/cable monopoly situation is the environment that all development has taken place.
Finally, the permanent physical link between an ISP and its subscribers clearly indicates that DSL and cable ISPs are natural monopolies.
Subject: Ten Commandments and Law
I find it interesting that people think that the Ten Commandments are the basis of US law. In reading the Commandments I see only three of them, killing, stealing, and lying, as having any relationship to current law. The other seven are totally legal. Some people want to replace the law with biblical law, but what would that mean? Exodus 31:15: says, "Whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death." And that comes from the same book in the Bible that the Ten Commandments come from. I don't think Wal-Mart is going to have an easy time hiring help if we start enforcing that biblical law.
Subject: Gen. Who Oversaw "Spikes of Activity" to be Rewarded with Promotion?
Following up on yesterday’s post about the general who confirmed in a 2003 briefing the secret air war, known as the “spikes of activity” which preceded Congressional authorization for the Iraq War, we come to find out, care of Spoof News editor JJ, that the same general, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, was nominated by Bush on May 16 as chief of staff of the Air Force to succeed Gen. John P. Jumper who has served in the position since September 2001.
Call me crazy (I know you will), but I think Wednesday's confirmation hearing would be the perfect place to question Gen, Moseley, who served as the Combined Forces Air Component Commander for operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, about the “spikes of activity” that were alleged in the Downing Street Memos to have been designed to provoke Saddam.
Bush and Cheney and Rove and McClellan may be able to dodge questions about the DSMs posed by a still rather complacent media, and Sensenbrenner and the other GOP jackholes might be able to relegate Congressman Conyers to a basement, and perhaps the Dems will never be able to secure the formal inquiry based on the Memos that they warrant, but surely, surely, Gen, Moseley cannot be appointed to serve as chief of staff of the Air Force while there are unanswered questions about the legality of a military action which was executed under his command.
Wouldn’t it be swell if some enterprising reporter asked the president about all this? Gen. Moseley oversaw the "spikes of activity" referenced in the Downing Street Memos and currently being reported in detail at Raw Story. He has been nominated as chief of staff of the Air Force, and the hearing is Wednesday.
The Big Brass Alliance is trying to make as many people aware of this as possible and push the story into the media in the hope that Moseley will not be confirmed without even being questioned about the air strikes that were designed to provoke Saddam into war.
Subject: Excuse me, but we're paying for what?
Here's a list, and I hope someone adds it up and provides the answer at the end.
1st, I was thrilled to see your link to tvnewslies "Cancel Your Subscription—The Time Has Come" http://www.tvnewslies.org/html/cancel_your_subscriptions.html
2nd, From your link to "Big Media Interlocks with Corporate America" ...
... just a quick look at Big Media's short list, and the Corporate Boards it interlocks with:
Carlyle Group, Lockheed Martin, G.E. Investments, 3M, Bechtel, Boeing, Halliburton, Microsoft, Ford, GM for the "security/manufacturing" sector;
Dun & Bradstreet, J.P. Morgan, Moody's, Allstate, Rothschild Investments, Citigroup, American Express, Prudential for the financial sector, and a whole slew of companies that make most of the chemical-laden stuff that becomes household products, food, refreshment, grooming, and medicine. Here we see the true captains of the Media Cartel.
Taken together, the other interests of Media Board members can be summarized thus: war/security, oil-based transportation and products, keeping exotic chemicals as a key part of daily life, pharmaceuticals, financing. Each and every one is committed to making as much profit as possible for as little effort as possible. Each and every one expects to get that profit from you and me. (And, for the Moolah Kings, their pals at the Federal Reserve can just print up some bucks to help them out.)
3rd, Did we not see that the bastion of liberalism, The New York Times, is "reforming" based on some corporate hocus-focus-group telling them to get away from being liberal? [Times to Look Beyond Liberal Base http://www.editorandpublisher.com/...]
4th, Have we just not seen that Big Media/Business has been confirmed in its monopoly of the internet? Control is being completely centralized.
5th, Did we or did we not just witness yet another questionable election being completely glossed over? Did we or did we not see hugely transparent lies reported as credible evidence, while truths disappeared? Have we not seen this for years now in our media?
6th, Is there or is there not a massive assault on everything America has ever meant, and to individuals, families, and the world?
7th, We've seen what Media did with the Downing Street Minutes. This is just a drop in the bucket. We've had a flood of stuff like this in the last few years. Stalin kept his press shaking in fear, Goebbles jovially indicated which interesting stories needed covering. Ours are just plain whores. The result is the same. And it's working for them, so why would they change?
8th, It ain't working for me, or my kids' future. How about for you? Neighbors? Community? Nation?
9th, We finance them with our subscriptions and purchases. We give Media literally tens, maybe hundreds, of billions each year. Our money is the media-machine's grease. We are the lynch-pin holding their whole contraption together.
10th, The next election is only a little more than a year away. What happens when the next election gives us 67 republican senators? Do you doubt it'll go the Republicans' way, no matter how bad things get by then? Would America then be, like, completely over? Remember, you are betting everything you have on this answer.
11th, You've spent how much on seeing "The Godfather," "Pretty Woman," or "Green Acres" how many times? Papers, magazines, ignoring issues affecting you, and pushing issues that hurt you—how much have you spent?
Now, please add this all together, and please come up with an answer: Is there any way that we can bring about an unfiltered media—break their monopoly on content—well before the next election? (And optimally by the end of this year.) What tools do we have? Can we find allies on this in other parts of America? And why oh why are we talking about anything else, since it's all in the crapper after 2006?