July 14, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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i find it impossible to believe bush knew nothing about the plame case. i think he knew all from the get go. there is also something very strange about this judith miller (oh my i must protect my source crap!) not buying that either.
Subject: Be Ready for Anything
The Rabid Rat that is the Right Wing has its back to the corner. Watch for an act of desperation that will put the lid on the remnants of a once-open society. If Rove falls, the wall will crack; the neocons would be subject to closer scrutiny. Their crimes against the Constitution and humanity are legion. They have everything to lose. They need to complete the consolidation of their power and put a stop to all inquiry regarding their excesses. The Downing Street Memo and the Valerie Plame affair have forced the mainstream media to ask questions or lose whatever paltry credibility remaining to them, as they did during the Vietnam war. ( Oh, come now; did you actually think that our mainstream media grew a spine and started doing it's job?) As BuzzFlash has already noted, the only way this administration gains in the polls is when "terrorists" strike. Add to this the fact that this is a government of corporate CEOs. They loathe any idea of accountability. Thus - my latest prediction:
Here comes the next huge "terrorist" attack. Here comes martial law. Here comes the end of all investigations. What better way to put an end to all of these inconvenient bumps on the road to totalitarianism? Am I paranoid? Yes, but with good reason. Remember, these wingnuts are the people who lied for the purpose of co-opting our armed forces in a failed effort to occupy a sovereign nation to the end of a corporate takeover of their resources. Remember, there is much about the events leading up to the attacks of 9-11 that just don't make sense - not the least of which is the possibility that our air defense was "compromised" somehow on that day and that Jeb Bush seemed to have some forewarning of that incident. This new American Right Wing will stop at NOTHING to complete their agenda.
Michael J. Fowler
Are the republicans now saying that it's unpatriotic to be offended by treason?
Subject: Re: "From the Archives" on top of page
Have you noticed that the article you posted establishes the fact that Plame was undercover within 5 years of Novak's article? Someone will go to jail for this!
It already is a useful article - this is just another nugget in the piece.
Subject: Dick Armey Proves He Has Two Sides To His MouthDick Armey’s Hypocrisy on CIA Leak Case
Appearing on Fox this morning, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey said the following in regards to his assessment of the growing leak scandal:
Here’s what Dick Armey said about the case back in October 2003 when we had no idea who may have been involved:
Indeed, Mr. Armey, hypocrisy is an easily understood story.
Republican Ethic Hypocrites are still at it. This time it is Dick Armey, former Repug House Majority Leader talking out of both sides of his mouth about Karl Rove.
Subject: Is the Answer "Blowing in the Wind?"
“Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Bob Dylan asked the question, we’d like to know the answers! Can we agree with George W. Bush that “Americans have turned the corner” and it is time we “IMPEACH HIM,” or at least take the first steps in that direction? Other then Rep. John Conyers and those who stand with him, is there a Senator out there who has the cojones to step forward on the Senate floor and NOT let this subject drop? Too may scandals too much secrecy, too much covered-up, Bush and Co. Bullsh*t meter is way over the top!
Yesterday I suggested an ad listing corruption, wrote a post listing a few, later on in the day another poster suggested the same. The Republicans will scream, but the big picture of corruption must be shown to inform and remind Americans of the corrupt and inept way our government is being run by an administration that is taking us in the wrong direction on many fronts!
Mark Drolette has written many articles all good and found on “Smirking Chimp” this one is outstanding: "The March of the Madder'n Hells." In the whole article and in this excerpt, DOESN’T HE SPEAK FOR ALL OF US WHO SEEK THE TRUTH TO TURN AMERICA BACK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION???
Thank you Mark Drolette!
Subject: Judith Miller, Six Flags Guantanamo Bay beckons!
It's sickening to see the highfalutin' characterizations of Judith Miller as the Joan d' Arc of free press.
She is no hero. As a person protecting an individual very likely involved in treason, she is a threat to national security.
And shouldn't that automatically qualify her for all expenses paid trip to this tropical paradise, where all her needs would be met (according to her pal, Cheney), and all the necessary information extracted in a prompt, and, of course, professional manner?
Or better yet, perhaps she should be considered for one of those impromptu friendly extractions to an exotic locale somewhere in, say, Egypt or Uzbekistan, where her 'heroic' silence would be broken in no time.
If it's good for a Muslim gander, it's good for an American goose.
Subject: The 'Big Lie'
The use of Bush's historical predecessors arouses debate when we talk about victims. But on the use of deceit and lying, there is no reason not to point out the similarities. His blatant dishonesty, shown again in this Rove story, is unprecedented in US history.
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Subject: Something There Is That Doesn't Love a Wall
"Mister Gorbachev, tear down this wall." That was President Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall in 1987. Two years later, the wall was toppled.
But a new wall will emerge in Jerusalem separating 55,000 Arabs in East Jerusalem from their schools, jobs, hospitals, etc., in The Holy City. This planned wall will be higher, wider than the infamous Berlin Wall of unhappy memory. Pictures of this new wall will become recruitment posters for suicide bombers. True, Israel is constructing the wall. But we in the U.S. are complicit in its construction. Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. aid, about $3 billion annually.
But virtually no one speaks of this unfortunate development in the Middle East. Why is that?
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Quoting from Ambassador Wilson's interview:
Who in the administration sent him to Niger?
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Subject: We Need an Official "Frog March" Theme Song Now!
I am not a musical composer, so I beg you to send my plea to those who are so gifted ...
We NEED an official "Frog March" theme song to rouse our patriotic spirits and to provide a rallying cry for our heartfelt wishes to see Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs.
I'm imagining the song has sound effects of handcuffs clicking around his wrists, of a scuffle as the police grab each arm and drag Karl. I'm imagining his rap-inspired desperate, rhyming pleas of "I didn't do it! ... it was Cheney, no uh, Rice, no, uh, Wolfowitz, no, uh, Dubya," etc.
I also imagine the song starts with a playful melody like the "Leave it to Beaver" tv show theme song ... but eventually progresses to a crescendoed climax of a military march that would made John Phillip Sousa cream his genes (yeah, pun intended).
Seriously, put the idea out there while Karl is still free and watch the "Karl Rove Frog March" theme song sound file make its viral way around the Net!
Does our Democracy deserve any less?
Kosta Gus Makreas
Subject: Karl Rove
You write "keep reminding people of the truth: Rove outed a covert CIA agent working on keeping WMD out of the hands of terrorists."
But, Buzz, it's so much more than that. Finally we've got proof of the administration's hard-ball political tactics. These sort of political shenanigans disgust mainstream voters, and in the first term, the White House was so successful at doing their dirty work behind the scenes so that it would appear that the President "brought integrity back to the White House."
Also, don't we now have proof that the administration was trying to sway the intelligence? Since the administration didn't like Wilson's views, the administration (aka Rove) attacked Wilson personally (by compromising his wife's career). A nice little warning shot for anyone else considering speaking out against the Iraq situation.
These are 2 other important points that need to be made to the press and the public.
Subject: National Security
The Bush administration has defended its use of torture around the world in the name of national security.
I believe we have much more evidence of a very serious national security breach by Karl Rove (and who knows how many more) than many of the prisoners who have been abused, debased, and even killed.
So why isn't he now chained to a floor ... ?
Subject: Has Karl Rove Telephoned Rehnquist?
Has Karl Rove telephoned Rehnquist yet and said, "Step down now, get me out of the headlines?"
Subject: Some Dare Call It Treason
I'm not sure the "what-ifs" matter anymore regarding Bush and his acolytes. Well, Rove, the talking head for Bush and *his* acolytes. What I mean is, haven't we got enough to arrest them all on suspicion of treason?
The "ongoing investigation" is really just a method of begging for time to cover up the damage of the Plame leak, as well as probably destroy as many documents as possible regarding the war in Iraq and the lies behind it. Sort of a la Nixon. I think that both the special prosecutor and the Attorney General have plenty to warrant the arrest of Bush and crew. I just think they will deliberately drag their feet.
Of course we know that the AG won't act because he might jeopardize his chances at a Supreme Court post. In fact, I'm willing to bet that kingmaker Rove has issued gag orders to everyone in the WH, including the kitchen staff, with violations punishable by vendetta. But what about Fitzpatrick? I'll bet the threat against him is nothing short of murder should he find cause to recommend prosecution and/or impeachment for high treason.
We have seen all of this before. However, I never thought that there could be another President that could actually make Nixon look honorable (for resigning when the jig was up rather than be impeached).
King George, when you set out to fail at life you certainly do a bang up job. Here's a news flash: treason still carries the death penalty and our Constitution DEMANDS revolution to overthrow tyrants and corrupt governments. If we are not afraid to fight in a fraudulent war, what makes any of you on Capitol Hill think that we would be afraid to defend our freedom and our Constitution ON OUR OWN GROUND!?
Subject: Karl Rove's Job Description
George W. Bush said he wanted to run the Bush Administration on a corporate management model.
Let's say you work at a large corporation. Someone at your business abuses their position to inappropriately promote their spouse for an all-expenses paid research trip. The spouse then returns from the trip and issues false results from the research that damages the company. When upper management finds out, they:
a. Fire the employee right then and have security show them out.
b. Make the employee refund the company for the trip expenses and demote them.
c. Take legal action against the spouse for issuing false information.
d. Have the assistant to the president of the company start a malicious secret smear campaign against the employee and their spouse to discredit them.
This really isn't confusing at all. Even if Karl Rove was just being a swell guy by heading off a bad story at the pass, which is today's Republican rationale for illegally outing a covert CIA agent, that's not the way to do it. Period. End of story.
What part of Rove's job description involves him keeping track of Valerie Plame's job and then initiating corrective actions regarding her performance through secret smear campaigns? The Republicans are accusing her of sending her hubby to Niger when she did not have the right to do so. And, incredible as it may seem, apparently the CIA is so helpless to deal with their own employees that the only recourse the entire CIA had was for Karl Rove to secretly get her.
What part of Karl Rove's job description is it to keep track of intelligence research trips and then, once again, issue corrective actions through secret leaks to reporters? Because that's what they are claiming; that Mr. Wilson's findings were suspect, and again, the only recourse the entire United States government had was to secretly unleash Karl.
And, if it were true that Joe Wilson was not sent to Niger at the behest of the VP's office, could it also be possible that the entire United States government has no procedures in place to deal with such an event other than Karl Rove issuing double super secret smears?
Mr. Wilson said his expenses for the trip were paid for. If the VP's office didn't authorize the payment, who did? Whose name is on the paperwork? This is the government, after all. There are papers in triplicate somewhere that show who initiated this trip, who okayed the payment of expenses, and who received Mr. Wilson's report when he returned.
Somewhere in this mess there is a written chain of command that shows who should have been in charge of Valerie Plame. And a written set of procedures for intelligence trips, whether they are ordered by the VP's office or the CIA. I'm willing to bet my piggy bank that Karl Rove's name isn't there anywhere.
If this White House had wanted to show that Ms. Plame had overstepped her authority by sending her husband to Niger, or that Mr. Wilson's trip was not authorized by someone other than Ms. Plame, they could very easily have done so, through legitimate steps. But they haven't. Why?
It's simply not enough to say that Karl Rove called six reporters to leak Ms. Plame's identity and scare them off of Mr. Wilson's story because she overstepped or his research conclusions were wrong. If those things were true, why wasn't the normal chain of command followed? Why weren't normal procedures followed?
And just what is Karl Rove's job description?
[BuzzFlash Note: Re Rove's job: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/...]
Subject: Rove leak violates Patriot Act Section 802
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Subject: Republican Attempts to Distract Media Regarding Rove/Plame
Here is some of the nonsense that the Republicans are trying to sell:
"Republicans are attempting to defend Rove by discrediting Wilson, saying the former ambassador misled the public about why he was sent to Niger and what he found there ..."
'The "Wilson/Rove Research & Talking Points" memo distributed by RNC Director of Television Carolyn Weyforth contends, "Both the Senate Committee on Intelligence and the CIA found assessments Wilson made in his report were wrong ..."
"Republicans also dismiss Wilson as a partisan because of his ties to the 2004 presidential campaign of Democrat John Kerry, the four-term U.S. senator from Massachusetts. He advised the Kerry campaign for several months on foreign policy and donated money to his race."
1. Plame was outed.
2. Rove outed her.
3. That may have been a crime.
4. Even if not, it's about as low as you can go. Even the mob leaves the families of their victims alone.
5. Bush said he would fire anyone involved.
6. Bush has not fired Rove.
None of the Republican statements changes or challenges any of these facts. Why, then, do the Republicans focus on Wilson? The answer is simple. It is a classic attempt to distract. They are trying to shift the focus away from Rove, and to make the matter as complicated as possible so people will stop paying attention to it. They will then claim that this is a complicated, entirely political "inside-the-beltway" controversy that no one cares about.
I think it would be a good idea to make the above points to anybody in the media who repeats this nonsense (or even reports it, without stating that it is irrelevant). The Republicans are attempting to distract people from the real issues. They do it because it works. It works because when media people repeat this nonsense, or even report on it without pointing out that it does not address the issues, no one holds their feet to the fire.
It's time to hold their feet to the fire.
Subject: Did I Miss Something?
Did I miss something? I remember reading "breaking news" about 2 or 3 months ago about a man wearing all black and carrying a briefcase standing around near the White House. I remember reading that he was "taken down" and no one was hurt and I haven't heard anything since.
It is quite possible that I missed it, but I read BuzzFlash frequently and don't recall anymore on that story.
Did they just ship the guy to Gitmo and not tell anyone?
Subject: WH Press Briefings
I'll bet Scott McClellan really misses Jeff Gannon these days.
Subject: A New Designation
... really enjoy and learn from your site.
here's a thought- why not use the designation (CH), as in Chicken Hawk, for every neocon who wants to send us to war but didn't have the nerve to enter the military. instead of peter king (R-NY) we could have tom delay (CH), dick cheney (CH), newt gingrich (CH) etc., etc.
Subject: The "W" Sure Doesn't Stand for "Washington"
In light of this week's press briefings with Scott "Stonewall Jackson" McClellan, this scenario popped into my head and I share with you.
The scene: Colonial America. We see a boy, his father and a felled cherry tree.
FATHER: George, did you chop down the cherry tree?
GEORGE W(ASHINGTON): Father, I appreciate the question. Believe me, nobody wants to get to the bottom of this more than the future first President of the United States. However I cannot give you an answer at this point. When that moment arrives, which I am looking forward to - believe me - I will then answer the question (which I do appreciate). For 'tis a good question and one truly deserving of an answer - which will be given at the appropriate time. That time, alas, is not now.
FATHER: Son, quit these foolish shenanigans! Did you or did you not chop down my favorite cherry tree?
GEORGE W(ASHINGTON): Father, again I appreciate the question, as I appreciate our father/son relationship. I do. Really. I look forward to discussing the answer with you. However, because of the ongoing investigation to find out who actually did chop down said cherry tree, I simply cannot tell you. "Obstruction of justice" and all.
FATHER: Why are you holding an axe?!
GEORGE W(ASHINGTON): That question is asked in the context of the cherry tree incident and I cannot respond to it (due to the pesky nature of ongoing investigations). While your query is truly appreciated and as much I would like to get the bottom of this matter - at this point, I simply cannot tell a lie.
Subject: PBS Official Agrees to Debate Bill Moyers
In the Senate subcommittee hearing on appropriations held 7/11/05, Kenneth Tomlinson agreed to debate Bill Moyers for an hour on PBS.
Subject: Karl Rove's Security Clearance
Many civilians work for the D.O.D. or a Defense Contractor and need Security Clearances to perform their jobs. Here is what is involved for a private citizen to get a security clearance: an extensive background investigation, a full accounting of every job, address, foreign travel and education going back a minimum of 7 years, drug testing may be involved, finger printing, coworkers and neighbors may be interviewed, a polygraph examination may be required and ... a credit check. You may also have to providing banking details.
All of this is to insure that a person with a security clearance does not leak classified information. Karl Rove has done exactly what this process is supposed to prevent. The fact that Karl Rove has, to date, kept his clearance, is an insult to all those who have paid the price and played by the rules. This also undermines confidence in a process that is supposed to be free from bias or political pressure and that is suppose to insure that only the truly trustworthy will be trusted.
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Subject: The Squatter
If any one wants to check out the 2nd "debate" between Kerry and squatter, you will see that he DOES resemble Alfred E. Neuman. I thought he looked like an alien, but Hillary hit it right on the nose. It resembles Alfred. As far as the Valerie P. situation goes, I knew, and I think every one with common sense knows, Rove, with the blessing of the "squatter," is the leaking culprit. Have you noticed how they are all squirming in their britches? Nothing will be done to either of them, tho, I guarantee it! Just a bunch of odorous slime occupying our White House. Lord, it's going to take hundreds of people with SHOVELS, not brooms to clean that place up, once we get rid of them.
Subject: Re: Another Blip on the Radar Screen
My point for slipping the three words--Downing Street Memo--into my last missive is that I'm positive that this Rove revelation will also, eventually, fly under the radar. Two months from now the focus will be on some other atrocity and calls will be made for resignations, BUT nothing will come of any of that either. It'll be "Rove who?" in two months, trust me. I'm that cynical about it.
My predictions: 1) Rove will continue to get a pass from the MSM. 2) Fitzgerald will be "influenced" by the White House and not aggressively pursue Rove. 3) Rove's penance will be that he'll resign as Deputy WH Chief of Staff. 4) Rove will be kept on at the WH as a Special Advisor to the President.
I'd love to be proved wrong.
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Subject: Rick Santorum and Massachusetts
If Boston is so bad, why does Mass. have the lowest divorce rate in the nation?
(The 10 states with the highest divorce rates are all Red States) http://www.divorcemag.com/statistics/statsUS2.shtml
For that matter, if Boston is so bad, why do red states have the highest rates of Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases?
The five states with the highest teen pregnancy rates are all red states: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/state_pregnancy_trends.pdf
The five states with the highest rates of Gonorrhea are all red states: http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats/tables/table12.htm
Massachusetts appears to be the most sexually "moral" state in the nation.
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