July 5, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Re: Bank Monopolies
On 30 JUN 05 a BuzzFlash reader wrote: "With the virtual elimination of bankruptcy as a legitimate means of wiping out one's debt and the rise of monolithic banking institutions, it seems we can look forward to a flood of new credit card offers -- especially to people who can least afford to pay them off in a timely manner. Thanks, George ... "
I just wanted to say that since the passage of the bankruptcy law, I have seen and had a dramatic increase in the "new credit card offers." I once received 12 in one week (that's two a day), and the champion is Capital One, who keeps bombarding me and my wife: we once received 4 of these Capital One "offers" in one day; two for each of us.
Oh, did I forget to mention that I am retired and living on a fixed income (no $3,100 a year increase for me, though my wife continues to work at a minimum wage job to help meet expenses).
Good job to BuzzFlash reader to pick up on this.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: American Casualties
It has long been assumed that the American casualties that are published are not the actual number of deaths as a result of the war. The number of which everyone is aware, is about 1700 - 1800 deaths. This figure, as compiled, is the number of deaths on the battlefield or in theater as it's called. If someone is transferred to a hospital or out of country and dies, this casualty is not reflected in the published figures. What is the real number? 3,000? 5,000? Who knows and how do we find out? It's like the unemployment figures. If your benefits run out, you are no longer counted as unemployed.
When speaking of American casualties to the American people, honesty would be appreciated. But, we know how that goes.
i saw cnn headline news do a segment of college republicans having a dean scream contest making fun of howard dean. i couldn't help but wonder ... if the dems had an outrageous liar contest, repeating bush's most outrageous lies, would cnn have shown that? how many people died from dean's scream and how many have died from bush's lies? lost count? me too.
km in sc
I heard this on NPR this morning:
Keep up the fight,
Subject: Reporters Disclosing Sources
CNN and other news organizations are wringing their hands over a court order requiring reporters to disclose the person who leaked the CIA connection of Valerie Plame. They are consistently distorting the facts. Whoever in the administration outed Valerie Plame, presumably a White House operative, jeopardized CIA operations relative to WMD. That was a crime. Printing that information should have been a crime. The reporter is not only protecting a felon, but is an actual accomplice of the felon. This is not about protecting sources, it is about helping the Republicans cover up a felony. We need shield laws, but not laws to help reporters get away with criminal activity.
Arthur G Broadhurst
Subject: 42% Favor impeachment if Bush lied about Iraq
Well, well, well. It seems America is finally getting the message. Impeachment is now on the table, at least in some Americans' minds. But surprise, surprise, it seems the red haters in the South and Midwest don't share our assessment of the situation. Let me see. It is an IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE for Clinton to lie about a sexual liaison with an aide. But when it comes to Georgie boy it's OK to lie and send our brave troops to war and for some, tragically to their deaths. No impeachment needed there. No way. You know my own people are from the decidedly red state of Virginia. So I say this with the saddest of hearts. I agree with Bill Maher. SOME RED STATERS ARE JUST STUPID!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Personally, I find it odd that Bush wants to keep reminding us that 9/11 happened on HIS watch ... I mean ... would any of us want to keep reminding everyone of the greatest (ahem) 'screw-up' that ever occurred ... while we were "in "charge?"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: "Rampant partisan makeover" of government
Chris Mooney recently wrote about Rick Piltz, a senior official in the government climate research program who resigned in March. In a complaint document, Piltz wrote:
Recall that Christine Todd Whitman resigned from the EPA for many of these same reasons.
This problem is epidemic, like a cancer spreading throughout the entire government apparatus. The partisan whims of the current administration are overly-influencing and pressuring every nook and cranny of every department, program, and policy. From the rigged press (Gannon et al.), to faith-based initiatives, to the PBS "overhaul," to Ray McGovern's recent testimony about how CIA intel has been corrupted by intense pressure from this administration.
The impact of the harm that Bush has wrought throughout the government is so widespread and far-reaching that it will likely take many administrations in the future to fix all of the wrongs and get things back to where they were at least generally respectable and trustworthy. Granted, the government has never been perfect or without flaws, however it's never undergone this kind of rampant partisan makeover, esp. not to this degree.
Much of the transformation has filtered down into the blood-and-guts of all departments and divisions, affecting individuals that have normally been protected or shielded from such influence in the past. Prior presidents typically focused on effecting change through the very top officials, leaving the more career government workers alone to get the real work done, free from political interference or pressure. Not the case with GW, with analysts such as Piltz (and as Ray McGovern describes) feeling the heat and in turn lobbyists stepping in to pick up the slack.
Hopefully, with the country finally rid of GW in '08, we'll eventually be able to restore the government to the more democratic and Constitutional institution it once was (it's been so long, I can hardly recall ...).
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Re: Downing Street Minutes
since a congressional investigation is impossible, we have to start calling for IMPEACHMENT.
42% of Americans are already on our side, and we could get that up to 55%, which is Bush's disapproval rating.
we're not getting any leadership from the cowards in Congress, so we'll just have to launch this impeachment movement on the Internet.
if Dean could raise $50 million, why can't we?
he lies so much, reporters basically then say so what's new in the downing street memos? we all know they cooked the books. without a congressional process or special counsel, there is no process for them to follow and report on as developing "fact." the republicans are brilliant at hijacking legal action to achieve political goals. the democrats don't know how to do it and can't even if they did.
at a certain point with the downing street memo, we all have to start stringing the dots together more, because journalists are going to say, okay, but now what? it's a wedge to pry more loose.
Subject: Re: Dangerous Incompetence
Once again, the Iraq war is referred to as a quagmire. Many wars end up that way. Armies may fight one another for years, such as the Iraq-Iran war. In Vietnam, the US was involved in a different kind of war, but it was still a quagmire because it went on for at least a decade and in the end defeat for the US. The colonial powers were often involved in quagmires. Great Britain in many colonies, such as India. They were involved in a quagmire in Iraq from 1920 to 1930. Now, along comes the US joining the same old blunders of those countries who cannot avoid the mistake of becoming involved in conflicts in which fighting goes on, and on, and on, until the country is drained in every way. There is no honor in fighting an illegal and unjustified war. Our troops are being misused, abused and killed because of those who are guilty of abuse of power, or worse. The volunteer army is shrinking, without meeting their quota. The Iraqi insurgents will likely have plenty of volunteers among 1.3 billion Muslims.
Dangerous Incompetence By BOB HERBERT Published: June 30, 2005
Subject: 41 for clinton
scan through these polls: http://www.pollingreport.com/scandal3.htm
it's pretty consistent - 30-35% supported impeachment, while 55-60% did not.
and that was AFTER Clinton lied on TV and lied to a grand jury, which was then broadcast and discussed ad nauseam.
now compare that to the Downing Street Minutes, which have been read by perhaps 1% of the public ...
podesta's shop says it went as high as 41 for clinton
RE: president elect of iran
what i find very strange is that in all the photos of iran's president elect, he looks almost like a pigmy in height next to everyone around him. the photo of the man they are showing by comparison next to the people around him, he seems to be of about the same height. also, if it is true, why in the world didn't our cia have a clue? is that guy making the claim in any way connected to the swift boat guys? the white house? karl rove?
subject: Re http://www.americasupportsyou.com
... just an obvious observation. This taxpayer-funded site is censoring comments that are not pro-Bush. I have repeatedly tried to post very tasteful anti-Bush comments and yet they never appear. There are hundreds of anti-liberal and anti-Democrat comments. Out of a sampling of 266 posts I could only find one that was blatantly anti-Bush. There are also numerous suspiciously like-worded comments. My guess is that not only are they censoring anti-Bush comments, they have a crew of Republicans posting the most glowing raves about Bush. There's a town in Oklahoma, Enid, that has a population of 46,000. Staunchly Republican, it seems every person in this town has been able to post a glowing comment about Bush. Go ahead and try to post a series of anti-Bush comments. You will never see them appear. This web site is nothing less than illegal, tax-payer financed propaganda.
Subject: Fight them there or fight them here
Bush's mantra "We must fight the terrorists there or fight them here at home" is nonsense. What is preventing any terrorists from getting fake passports, flying over here and blowing something up? Probably they are just finishing up their training in Iraq so that they are super experienced and equipped with a dirty bomb or worse. Bush acts as though Iraq is Terrorist Fly Paper and no terrorist can leave and come here.
There were six years between the first bombing of the World Trade Center and 9-11. They are careful planners and they will come when they are well prepared and ready.
Subject: Automatic pay raises for Congress people
One BuzzFlash reader lamented in mailbag about Congress voting themselves another pay raise. And maybe someone else has already picked up on this. Actually, Congress, since 1989, under the Ethics Reform Act, in which they gave up Honoraria, eliminated voting on pay raises every year. They gave themselves an automatic cost-of-living adjustment similar to that of other federal employees. In other words, they get a raise unless the majority (I assume in both the House and Senate) vote to not have a pay raise. Now, isn't that crazy and yes, convenient!! Who among us if not given the chance, would vote against a pay raise?
It really is time for all of the sane U.S. citizens to vote out our incumbent Senators and Congresspeople. I live in the state of Nebraska, which has 5 conservative reps or senators. Ben Nelson is a Democrat in name only. Chuck Hagel only goes so far in criticizing Bush....then gets back in the fold. Jeff Fortenberry, elected in 2004, was brought in a few years back from Louisiana to snooker us. Coach Osborne is a nice guy and is into "mentoring", but he is a sheep. Terry Lee from the second district which includes Omaha is another GHP clone. None of them represent us. It is time to get them all out!!
Thanks for listening to me rant.
Hearing about another evacuation and that Bush was in the White House just reminded me of the last one when Bush was not even told about it. I guess they decided they better do another one ... a better one. And, of course, the importance of learning that the color of the alert was bloody red, sited by Scott McClellan. Every time I hear about Bush and his protectors, I think about all of the people who are dead because Bush was responsible for not protecting them ... starting with 911.
Just a thought, Thanks Buzz Flash,
Subject: What is the difference between Tom Cruise and Tony Blankley?
What is the difference between Tom Cruise and Tony Blankley?
Tom Cruise admits he works for Scientology while Blankley doesn’t admit he works for Moonies.
Subject: White House phone number
I hope you can help me again as you have so many times in the past.
I'd like to call the White House and tell them how I feel. I'll bet there are many others who would like to do the same.
Isn't there a phone number where folks like us can call to voice our opinions? Although I have a feeling nothing will reach el presidente. But at least I can tell myself, I really tried, and I'll keep trying.
Thanks Buzz, you are terrrrrific!
[BuzzFlash Note: The White House web site is http://www.whitehouse.gov/. If you click the "Contact" button at the top, you'll find a phone number: 202-456-1111.]
Subject: Democrats Are Derelict in Their Duty
Why have the democrats not called for verifiable voting machinery? (The most important issue.)
Why have the democrats supported bush while professing not to? (Check their voting record.)
Why do democratic representatives not return e-mails and answer letters that ask them to stop the criminal activities of the bush administration?
Why have democrats allowed three of the most despicable human beings to be placed on the federal court of appeals? What good is filibuster if you don't use it?
Why do democratic leaders take turns supporting bush on corporate news networks? Lieberman, Biden, Nelson and others.
Why have the democrats not called for a complete investigation into the Downing Street Memos?
Why are democrats calling for more soldiers to be sent to Iraq?
Why haven't democrats blown the lid off the Valerie Plame outing issue? Why is the "prince of darkness" Novak not in prison?
Why is Bill Clinton promoting sales of weapons to Indonesian countries after he and bush senior traveled together the tsunami-ravaged nations for two weeks? Bush senior is involved up to his neck in Carlyle Group which owns billions of shares in weapons manufacturing corporations.
Why do democrats not support Rep Conyers one thousand percent?
Why are the democrats not taking the fight to bush on these and hundreds of other issues of corrupt government?
What are democrats afraid of?
These are questions I believe we as democratic supporters must have answered. There are dozens more. Democrats are losing the support of its base.
Subject: Impeach Bush
Come on, people, it's time to start discussing this seriously. Rise up & revolt! Bush needs to be impeached because of this God-forsaken war he led us into by lying to Congress and we, the people. Let's organize & send this bum & his ilk to jail.
Subject: Happy Birthday America
May I be so bold to wish all the American people a Happy Birthday to a great nation. The nation is made up of wonderful and indeed awe-inspiring people. People who have emerged from grinding disadvantage to open our eyes to many views of our world. We are lucky to behold what a Free people can and have done for the world, but what became of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
These men suffered. Educated, land owners and lawyers, these men overthrew their government, the British. They lived under a totalitarian regime which was ripe for overthrow. They had position and power but valued LIBERTY, "with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence," they aligned themselves with liberty not power and privilege.
Where today are such men, not only does America need you but also Britain. They suffered, and were hounded like the lowest animals, but their nobility eclipses the mere poodles of today. The shame that America has descended to the level of the gutter is for all to see.
I say rise up and take that what was written for you, in blood and honour, back. Show the rest of us in the world what democracy is. I can feel the hesitancy in calling for such action, the secret services would surely stalk and destroy you before approaching the Washington bubble. Then, it is to those men and women in those services to guide honourable men and women to the vulnerabilities of the bubble. You have a duty to the President and his cohorts, but also to the PEOPLE, do not forget.
Leaders can be wrong and should be helped to make the right assessment, just as those asignees of the Declaration of Independence did. America the wonderful.
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