July 6, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Re: Article On Rumsfeld From NYT 7/5
I have gotten into a habit of using the term "kristians" to refer to those who, very clearly, have no interest in the teachings of Christ. It's short for Ku Klux Kristians. I don't know why we don't send the "kristian army" to Iraq. Those who want and are waiting for "the rapture." Seems like it would help to satisfy both our needs in Iraq AND their needs to be lifted up to heaven.
Subject: Rove / Plame
I understand journalists wanting to protect their sources, but I do believe in the case of Valerie Plame it was the duty of the journalists to report who leaked such vital info, and who the party was putting numerous agents all over the world in jeopardy.
It seems to me the journalists (if there is a handful left) have it backwards. In the case of the Nixon story it was a good guy outing a bad one.
The difference here is, it is a bad guy outing a good one. In this case it was treason.
After all the truth came out about us going into Iraq, it should have been clear to Miller and Cooper they needed to tell the truth. They were protecting a traitor, not an informant or whistle blower. They should have supplied information on whoever was doing wrong to our government, instead they protected him and heaven knows how many people who may have lost their lives due to Rove's folly.
Protect journalists' sources when there is a need to get to the truth about government wrong doings, yes; protect journalists to cover up government wrong doing, NO!!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: Write your own letter to the NY Times and other major papers ...
... who have kept Karl Rove off the front page---in defiance of all reason. This is a page one story, folks. Let them have it!
Joanne G Murphy
[BuzzFlash Note: The Times has this AP story Wednesday afternoon: New York Times Reporter Is Jailed for Keeping Source Secret. Rove isn't mentioned.]
Subject: "Not Worth It" (by Cindy Sheehan)
To everyone who supports this war, and especially the people who work to report the news, I have a suggestion similar to the one Ms. Sheehan makes to George W. Bush near the end of the article that is the last one on the attachment: Work to send a member of your family to "serve freedom" by taking them to a military recruiter and helping them sign up for service. That would in effect, be putting your family where your ideology is. We should all strive to understand Ms. Sheehan by "walking" at least a "mile in her shoes."
Subject: GOP "Traitor of the Week"
Hi Buzz & friends,
I'm just thinking as I read of your GOP hypocrite of the week.......it seems that in light of what is going on, and of what ~went~ on, i.e, the intentional deceit of the American public on a matter of war and death, costs involved, 9/11, Enron, California's black outs, Valerie Plame, etc., the list is near endless...that anyone who STILL supports Bush, and yes, even those who will not muster the courage or loyalty to the American People enough to even *question* him, (damn fools) should be regarded not just as a hypocrite, but yes, as a traitor to America and all she/we have fought for, bled for, and stood for for 229 years. It is no small matter to wreck the reputation our country has earned in this time. It is no small matter of DC political fighting for our Constitution itself to be increasingly regarded as "outdated" or in "need" of whimsical wedge issue changes. No small matter indeed....it is EVERYTHING we claim to cherish, and everything that countless Americans gave their very lives for.
I know some progressives who are hypocrites, too, at some point in life we all must be......but I don't know ANY progressives who are traitors to America. These people ARE. No matter what happens, our duty is to 'Rage against the dying of the light.' Always. THAT is America.
Subject: Access Verboten
Okay I went to http://www.americasupportsyou.com/ to post a message of support for the troops. I started my post out with "God Bless America," then told the soldiers I was sorry they didn't have adequate armor and could I help somehow. I guess this was determined to be "inappropriate" and was removed. It's interesting though--I clicked on the "Contact Us" button at the bottom of the site so I could write DOD web page people and question why my comments were being censored, and here's the message that appeared:
ACCESS FORBIDDEN: Your client is not allowed to access the requested object.
Says it all, doesn't it?
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Same thing happened to us. Maybe to everyone? The "America Supports You" web site is a project of the Department of Defense.]
It has been suggested that all Americans must make sacrifices for success in Iraq. Somehow, the only sacrifices being made are the deaths of American military personnel. While I oppose the war, perhaps rationing of gasoline would bring the point home.
Great movie. But remember what happened to the people who testified for the prosecutor in 'Z': "suicide" from the 8th floor of the police department; "industrial accident", etc., etc. Conservatives don't like outcome-based education. But they sure like outcome-based politics (Florida 2000, Diebold, Coingate), don't they?
Subject: Corporate President?
Greetings again dear Buzzers and BuzzFlash.
BuzzFlash I noticed one of your readers referred to Bush and his promises to Africa to give aid. Suddenly I remembered about two years ago hearing on the Democracy Now headlines that, Ii reference to giving aid to Africa, Bush wanted Africa to accept genetically engineered grain by Monsanto. Genetically engineered grain which had not been tested or approved by the FDA. Africa didn't want this genetically engineered grain soo Bush then threatened not to give the promised Aids funding. I remember thinking "what does genetically engineered grain have to do with Aids?" -- nothing, except it was a classic case of Bush giving to the BIG COROPRATIONS WHATEVER THEY WANT. Monsanto is a HUGE powerful corporation. IT has been reported that they and they alone have the patent on this genetically engineered grain which I understand does not reproduce itself giving them entire control of their product.Then I saw Bush give away whole sections of our economy like common household goods at a yard sale to these rich and powerful corporations. For instance, any school receiving money from NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND funding has to give its information on its students to the Pentagon. Environmentalists have their own horror stories about Healthy Forests and Clear Skies which are actually the opposite of their names under the Bush administration. Then there's the frightening Orwellian sounding New Freedom initiative demanding mental health testing on EVERY school age child. People, please, please see the Alliance for Human Research web site on this particular subject. AHRP has some hard-hitting articles on why this New Freedom is NOT going to help the children necessarily but will skyrocket the amount of children being medicated and subsequently skyrocket the pharmaceutical corporate profits. If one medication cots 530.00 a month and 7.5 million children are put on this medication, think of the profit margin. I can't tell if Bush is going to go down in history as the "Death President" or the "Corporate President." The give-aways continue, the profits rise, and we, the people, have quite possibly one of the toughest battles of our lives ahead of us. Halliburton, Bechtel, and Enron were only the beginning.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Haiku: Rove Is Not A Genius
I imagine that in thirty years, a very old Karl Rove will be asked why he wanted to take an uncouth, incurious, underachiever and make him a successful politician. He will answer "I just wanted to see if I could."
Subject: Rep. Peter King, Karl Rove, And Me -- Who Pays the Politicians' Salary?
How come our own state senators and representatives act as if we, the people, are irrelevant? It is every one of our tax dollars that allows them the power they so strongly hold onto. It's just incredible how easy that fact seems forgotten, just so we get lectured by those who are supposed to work for us ...
I want my money back!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: With Bush It Can Always Get Worse
Can there be any doubt that Dubya will issue a pardon for the treasonous Karl Rove when the time is right? One thing we know about Bush is that he rewards those who are "loyal" no matter how depraved their actions or crimes may be. (For that reason alone I suspect he'll nominate Ashcroft to the Supreme Court but that's a missive for another day.) Rove's illegal disclosure of the identity of an undercover CIA operative - Valerie Plame - should be enough to put him behind bars for 20 years, but does anybody really think that's likely in Bush's Bizzaro World?
For now it's enough to note that nobody has been as "loyal" to King George as Karl Rove and it will be a cold day in hell before Bush allows his Propaganda Minister to be indicted. First, I look for the Busheviks to put enormous pressure on the prosecutor, Fitzgerald, to fix the outcome of his investigation. That's probably happening now even though we're not likely to hear much about it. I hope Fitzgerald has enough dignity, ethics and self-respect to tell his bosses at Justice where to go when the "suggestions" start flooding in.
Second, assuming Fitzgerald has any cajones at all, look for Dubya to issue a pre-emptive pardon. He will claim that inasmuch as his Wartime Powers allow him to designate who is an enemy combatant, he also has the "duty" to support "Patriotic Americans" and prevent "atrocities against Freedom" from taking place. It will be a twist on the old, discredited adage that "If the President does it, it isn't illegal," only in this case it will be, "If the President's friends do it in the name of National Security - as defined by the President - then it isn't illegal." The fact that Rove's disclosure was an incontrovertible criminal act isn't going to stop a president already severely disconnected from reality from abusing his power some more.
I also expect the mainstream press to go right along with that bogus reasoning and "move on" once the dirty deed is done. I wonder how much public outrage will ensue? I know the CIA has not always followed the law and probably has done some very unsavory things in the past. But in this case I hope they see their way clear to ensuring that justice is done in this case after Bush gives Rove a Get Out Of Jail Free card. Treason and espionage are High Crimes and must be punished no matter what political affiliation the traitor may have. It would be most fitting should the first conviction in our country's history of a White House official for Treason and Espionage against the United States come at the expense of the Bush family legacy. It is important that history record the depths of depravity to which the Republicans sank during the early years of the 21st century.
A Bush pardon for Rove would amount to yet another impeachable offense. I'm starting to lose count. Obstruction of Justice comes to mind, and with that Bush will yet again bring shame to the Presidency. With Bush it can always get worse. A presidential pardon in this case would possibly turn the entire intelligence community and a good portion of the military as well - both active and retired - against the men who now control our Executive branch of government. In that respect I almost hope Bush does it.
And finally, you might wonder how a president can pardon someone if they haven't even been charged with a crime, much less convicted of one. You need look no further than Gerald Ford who set that precedent over 30 years ago when he let the evil Tricky Dick off the hook before justice had a chance to run its course.
Subject: KING OF DEBT-- Reagan was King with 1700 Billion and Bush will replace him with an awesome 3759 Billion Increase in Debt
Bush 2005 Budget-Five Year Forecast--Historical Tables 116-117.
Republicans scream--CUT GOVERNMENT--BALANCE THE BUDGET--TAX CUTS WILL PAY THEIR WAY.
CUT GOV--Reagan said it many times. But, he increased the size of government more than any president. He increased Spending by 80%. Some Cut.
TAXES PAY THEIR WAY--
Reagan cut by 750 Billion but borrowed 1700 Billion to pay for it. Reagan Income Tax Revenue Increase was 140 Billion. Little short of 750.
Bush cut 1700 Billion but will borrow 3759 Billion to pay for it.
Democrat Presidents use Fiscal Policies which spend but tax to pay their way.
Republican Presidents spend but borrow and let our kids pay tomorrow.
From 1921 to 2004, Democrat Presidents created an average of 1,800,000 (rounded) new jobs per year.
Republican Presidents created an average of 800,000 per year.
Which party would you want managing your business?
Subject: The Free Flow of Information Act
Where the Plame Rove Miller case will lead, who it will pull in, remains to be seen. I worry most about the fallout -- works in progress like The Free Flow of Information Act (S. 340 and H.R. 581) -- that fail to cover internet and blog news sources in their blanket protection of journalists. I mean, imagine the past five years without the internet. Who's been breaking the news, keeping important stories, the ones starved by major media, alive?
Most of all, where would the Downing Street Memo be without the net -- past, present, future?
Think about it.
Subject: Life Or Death
The only point that I have at this time is that Rove, if found guilty of treason, would face either a) life in jail or b) death. Those are the the only two options for treason that the law will provide for.
Right now, it sure looks like Karl betrayed his country. This isn't idle BS. It's the real deal. This man is looking at life in prison.
I love it.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush Concedes on Global Warming
Can't he talk without a lie on his tongue? First it's "there are no weapons of mass destruction after all" and now this "by the way, we humans are partly to blame for global warming." Anyway why do we pay so much attention to this president? He never surprises us as we've been on to him for a long time now. We know he's gonna lie in order to protect his rear and to date that's been just about every time he opens his mouth. Still it's not enough for we progressives to feel totally vindicated by the truth. Self-righteousness won't change the world. Of, for and by the people - that will.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Hmm. Maybe karma works after all
Just read today's NYT piece on how the Busheviks are trying to curb their foaming-at-the-mouth evangelical base in opposition to (torture justifier) Alberto Gonzales for lack of conformity to conservative "principles." (WHAT?? Justifying torture wasn't loyally conservative enough???) Meanwhile, "moderate" -- and even "conservative but not quite conservative enough" by the new standards are losing sleep over their re-election prospects in 2006 or 2008. (No wonder they're rebelling!) I'm hardly an expert on religion, but as I understand it, karma means, put simply, that "what goes around comes around." GWB, totally wrapped up in HIMSELF, of course, doesn't actually give a...(oops)...CARE about anything except the Great Me. But -- even though the message about Iraq (totally out of control) and growing discontent among his formerly most ardent supporters hasn't quite penetrated his brain -- the message seems to be out. The "coalition" between the neocons, the more-or-less "secular" conservatives (by comparison), and the Rapture-vision-driven evangelicals is beginning to collapse. Now, however, the most important question of all emerges: where are the Democrats? Where is Howard Dean when we really (REALLY) need him?? And where is the (HAHA) "liberal" media????
Barb in Athens, GA
Cassandra bore the curse of prophecy; a curse because she could see the future, but nobody believed her when she had foreseen the fall of Troy. I'm beginning to feel like Cassandra.
"Oh, boo-hoo," as Blondie used to say to Dagwood. A couple of years ago I predicted that we had seen the end of free elections. The corporate shills who run our government can no longer afford to allow others to share in the power or they would risk being held accountable for their numerous crimes against the Constitution of the United States of America and, indeed, crimes against humanity.
"Oh, don't be such a pessimist," I was told. "It's Kerry's election to lose," stated the blogsters. "Kerry would appear to be the next POTUS," said the exit polls. "George W. Bush has won the presidential election of 2004," said Diebold. So it would seem. Never mind the fact of missing absentee ballots. Democrat ballots found in the dumpsters of Ohio notwithstanding. Forget about the Hispanics in Arizona who were sent from one polling place to the next and being told at each of those polls that they were at the wrong poll.
Well, I have another prediction that will be very unpopular. Karl Rove will not be convicted of treason. Karl Rove will not see the interior of a prison. At the very most Karl Rove will be very carefully placed in a jail for a few hours in a newsotainment media circus that will be orchestrated not for the illustration of Republican guilt, but as proof of how vicious liberals will stop at nothing to smear "true patriots" like Karl Rove. It is more likely that a loophole will be found for poor, poor Karl by his trial attorney.
Because if Rove is guilty - guess who else is guilty? I hope that I am wrong. But this is no longer our government. This is no longer our country. This is the Corporate States of America. And so it will remain unless "We the People" do something about it.
P.S. Consider the fact that our home grown nazis will use bald-faced lies to start a war for oil and the enrichment of cronies as the Downing Street Memos should inform anyone with half a brain. Is it such a stretch to suppose that these thugs would sabotage the World Trade Center to further their agenda?
Michael J. Fowler
Subject: You want your viewers back? (sent to networks)
CBS (and the other networks) are losing viewers to the Internet, but it has nothing to do with the presentation. The network news has been seen by Americans as serving the government's interests, including complicity in the lie of the century that tricked this nation into war. When the network news starts reporting the truth, the audience will return.
It is that simple!
Robert O'Donnell, CWO USN (Ret)
Subject: Re: flag burning amendment
Since I am a gentleman, discreet, habitually, if not genetically, inoffensive, always respectful, and kindly to a fault, I am NOT going to call the majority of the U.S. House (including demented Democrats) who voted to ban flag burning, a pathetic pack of impenetrable, sclerotic-brained, fanaticized, arrogantly idiotic ideologues and troglodytes.
I will not call them a clownish cabal of clumpish quacks, shallow-minded show-offs, self-righteous prigs and puerile, pea-brained patriots.
I will not call them philandering freaks, a clutch of clamoring clods, clubfooted boors trampling upon our most precious heritage, the First Amendment to the greatest political document ever written.
I will not call those sycophantic phonies sucking up to the limpest brains in America (a minority, thankfully) who can’t figure out that defiling a symbol, which you happen to own, has no moral or criminal equivalence to burning someone else’s property. Those who can’t seem to figure out that bonafide patriots died that we very lucky living Americans may have the inalienable right to burn the flag in protest against a government gone awry.
Who can’t figure out that anti-desecration litigation will only enrage, energize, and activate flag burners across the country because of the very inherent insanity and imbecility of such legislation.
Who can’t figure out that such a ludicrous law could cut at the very foundation that Tom Paine, Tom Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, George Washington, etc., strove to build into our country and for which thousands have died to protect in the 18th, l9th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
Who don’t understand that only in fascist or communist countries are flag burners criminals who are imprisoned or executed.
Who don’t seem to comprehend that true patriotism resides in the heart, not in a decorative piece of cotton or polyester...
Who can’t seem to envision how a bad law can ignite violators and fire up a hundred ways to flout it.
Who don’t realize that defining flag desecration and meting out punishment for it will lead to a legal quagmire approaching insanity. Consider cutting and eating a piece of cake festooned with a flag in tri-colored icing; or cauterizing off from your arm a tattooed flag; or soiling a flag-imprinted T-shirt with ketchup or panties or boxers with a sudden attack of the “runs”; or even burning your own flag in public or on private property to protest the infringement on such a right or on other rights.
Hell, as long as our honorable solons on Capitol Hill are bent on ram rodding through an amendment, why not, in the cause of simplification and uniformity in the administration of justice, just include the death penalty for any and all forms of insult to Precious Old Glory? And throw in verbal assaults as well. Next, let’s get prayers, the Bible, and Creationism back in the schools and sex education out of it. And abortion out of our country. (Death too for murderous mothers?) Let us sanitize school texts, libraries, and the Web in the name of homeland security and fighting terrorism. One nation under God (at last!), indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. (At least quasi-liberty and quasi-justice.)
Subject: The U.S. and the Coup in Greece
I was reading BuzzFlash's rundown of Costa-Gavras' film "Z."
In it, the statement is made that during the 1960s, the Greek military, with a "greenlight" from the United States, staged a coup and installed a right-wing dictatorship.
Well, here's a little anecdote about that.
I happen to be of Greek descent, and I have an uncle in Athens who, during his working career, was a distinguished lawyer working in that city and in Greek government and politics.
In any event (so the story goes), in the mid-1960s, a CIA operative clandestinely approached my uncle's law partner and made him the following offer: If he was willing to play along, the United States would lend its support to an effort to overthrow Greece's then-democratic government and install a new government that was more in line with American "interests," with my uncle's law partner as either its leader, or one of its leaders.
My uncle's law partner refused to play along.
Nonetheless, the United States was undaunted. For, if you know your history, they succeeded in getting a group of colonels in the Greek army to stage a coup. In 1967, the so-called "Colonels' junta" came to power and (mis)ruled Greece until 1974, when, as a result of the machinations of one Henry Kissinger and the colonels' own hubris, this junta tried to annex the island of Cyprus to Greece.
The resulting debacle brought down the Greek dictatorship. But not before thousands of Greek Cypriots were killed by Turkish forces that invaded Cyprus in an attempt at "protecting" the Turkish Cypriot minority.
Cyprus remains a divided island to this day, even though within recent months there have been attempts to bring about some kind of united Cyprus.
In any event, that's another feather in the cap of America's "wonderfulness."
Like I've been saying all weekend, "America. Do we live in a great country, or what?"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Letter to NY Times
Anne Kornblut reported that "Several dozen other protesters demonstrated against the war in Iraq, chanting, "Please support our troops, not the president!" Was she really in Morgantown? There were 300-400 protestors including doctors, lawyers and university professors. The local radio reported that, as Bush spoke, its reporter heard a "dull roar" from the protestors shouting "Bush lies." This was all arranged with little advance notice and no news coverage of the location of the protest.
Morgantown, like most of the US, has a large number of individuals who do not trust the President. Dismissing us as "several dozen other protestors" suggests that Ms. Kornblut was either not in Morgantown for the speech, did not check out the large crowd that congregated prior to the time that the President arrived or intentionally downplayed the protest for political reasons. I have been reading the NY Times for over 40 years. I am starting to wonder if it is suffering from the same decline in integrity as the rest of the national media.
Subject: "Punish an honorable journalist"
I heard Judith Miller’s attorney say it is wrong to "punish an honorable journalist." Judith Miller of course has never been what one could call "honorable" by any stretch of the imagination.
Subject: Bush Drunk Again - Just Asking???
He ploughed his bike into a British Bobby... I NEVER did that and I learned to drive a bike when I was 8...huh. Jack Daniel's MAY be the 'fall guy' this time, since the GOP always manage to find ONE - a fall guy that is!!!
Did COOPER or should I say Carl Rove find ONE, too, to let Cooper out of the 'jail deal'????
Subject: Judy Miller Is Protecting Future Whistle blowers...
When BuzzFlash says that Judy Miller "goes to jail for protecting a possible felon" and that "no tears" should be shed for her, it is making wholly unfounded assumptions about her motives for refusing to disclose her source. A progressive from her student days, Judy would probably be the last person in the world to protect a White House felon, if she felt she had any other choice. Everyone who would like to leak information about something unethical or illegal now going on in the present Administration is watching this story. If Miller divulges her source under the pressure of this jailing, they have every reason to keep their mouths shut. If she keeps hers shut, they may talk in the future to other reporters. There is much to come out, regarding this Administration. Why would you wish to jeopardize that?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: When Do We Call It Corruption?
Today, I was listening to the radio (Air America Radio news), when I heard a report on the G8 meetings. In that report, Bush was reported to have said the he "could not look (the Americans) in the eye and justify giving aid to corrupt nations." (This, I believe, in response to questions about debt forgiveness to Africa.) I nearly ran the car off the road! Where does this man, whose family and cronies have done nothing but profit from their relationships to Bush and the administration, have the nerve to challenge the honesty of other nations? Halliburton, Enron, Bechtel, Carlyle Group, the Saudis, the Bin-Laden family, Pfizer, HealthSouth, MCI and WorldCom, (etc. ad nauseam) have benefited from the wars, the medicare reform, tax breaks, No Child Left Behind, Clear Skies. . .
There is no shame in this man. I am currently reading John Dean's "Worse Than Watergate." I recommend it. I wish I had purchased it as a BuzzFlash premium. Instead I took it out of the local library. And when I did, I told them to PLEASE give my name to the FBI should they ask. Because after all the letters and e-mails and petitions I have written and signed, if they don't already know how I feel, there really is a problem with the intel gathering in this nation.