July 28, 2005
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Air America is right when they assert that we (Dems, liberals, etc.) need to call this scandal by one name and one name only in order to make it stick. Air America is calling this "traitor-gate," and it would be nice if we could agree on this and nail the GOP with it constantly.
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One of the really big mistakes bush is making, and it makes me mad, is the fact that the idiots in charge believe that we are a superpower because of our military and its ammo. The real reason we are a superpower is our economy, and they keep wrecking it. If the bush group stays in power too much longer, we will be a bankrupt nation and then we will no longer be a superpower. China will take our place in the future. Maybe someone should spell this out to bush and his group and ask them if they really want a communist nation to be the only superpower in the world. Maybe that would wake them up. Just asking.
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Documents released today shows just what Roberts is all about.
He is anti-civil rights, anti-desegregation and against any programs that have helped people of color or of lesser means.
Subject: Treason for Dummies
Since the Republicans seem to be indifferent to treason, they might want to consider picking up a copy of "Treason for Dummies."
Subject: No Longer a War on Terror
NYT has story on how the administration is no longer wanting to call it a "war on terror." Why? Because, if it really is war time, and someone outs a CIA agent, thereby directly diminishing our capacity to thwart enemy attacks (wmd), then that person could be guilty of treason and or espionage.
No war, no real crime, you see.
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Subject: An Open Letter to Tony Blair
How dare you say that the world went to sleep after 9/11? We, in the United States, flew our flags proudly. We supported and honored our firemen and policemen and all the victims of this horrible outrage, both alive and dead. We collected and gave money to assist people in need. We initiated and supported the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Department. We initiated and supported color-coded warnings and even bought plastic and duct tape. We supported the efforts to go after the terrorists who did this horrendous thing. You remember the one over in Afghanistan? Osama? Bin Laden?
Then you and the pResident went to war ... with a country that had nothing to do with the atrocity that occurred, based on lies that you both fabricated. You have taken our valuable resources and have spent them on mass killing of innocent people, trying to take over a country and now trying to use all of their resources. You have destroyed rather than protected lives. You have destroyed rather than protected relics that were so important to the history of mankind that it would be worse than some other country coming over here and destroying the Smithsonian or going to England and destroying Buckingham Palace. You both have lied to your people and you've lied to other countries. You have chosen the wrong path. You have led us down a horrible road of continuous death and destruction. You have taken a country that was run by a terrible dictator and turned it into a hotbed of terrorist activists and activities.
I'm sure that our brave soldiers who have lost life and limb are really pleased to hear that they have been asleep and have obviously done nothing, according to you. I beg to differ with you, Mr. Blair. WE, THE PEOPLE, did everything we were supposed to do. WE, THE PEOPLE, depended on and expected you to do what you were supposed to do, but YOU DIDN'T!
NOW YOU ARE REAPING WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN.
Subject: Amy Goodman
You got it right on Amy Goodman as this week's Wings of Justice award winner. Before reading of her award this morning, I had been musing on the question as to why the radical rightwingnuts hadn't gone after her, trying to slander and smear her for telling the truth. They go after everyone else who does. Well, I'm glad they haven't, for she is a strong woman who does not deserve such treatment. Thank you, Laura Jones, for nominating Amy, and thank you Buzz for a bang-on decision.
Subject: Botched Opportunities
So 7/7 could have been prevented but at least this time the president wasn't trapped in a Florida classroom and out of the big loop for a dozen minutes yet the ship of state sailed on or so we've been told.
Let's face it, he was superfluous then, has always been - landed gentry whose ancestry goes way, way back when. Has a certain charm & is considered a regular guy. Never know when he's faking it, though, but it seems to be an awful lot of the time. There's his sneaky frown although he Lied about the WMDs with a straight face each and every time. Still does. So in addition to being superfluous, he's not to be trusted and his word is bonafide worthless. Are these the qualities of a leader? Of what? Surely not of anything that is even in the most remote and far out way connected to the task of changing the world from a chain of command mind set to of the people, by the people and for the people and for real. It's a don't miss!
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Subject: Patrick Fitzgerald replaced?
My wife and I were watching WGN Chicago news this evening [Wednesday] and they aired a report that speculated Patrick Fitzgerald may be replaced in the US Attorney office. This wasn't just a case of someone else taking over the Plame leak investigation, they were discussing the possibility that he might "leave" the Attorney General's office entirely. The angle for channel 9 was the Mayor Daley investigation.
I only caught the last part of the report so I don't have a lot of information.
Subject: Re Wal-Mart
Good going! You and Mark. Wish more Americans were like you two. I hear Wal-Mart also hands out food-stamp applications to new hirees--because they are probably eligible. How much does that cost the rest of us? I hear Wal-Mart demands that their employees always be available to work any shift. That would prevent you from having the second job that you would definitely need--since it's not possible to live on the $7 per hour (my guess) that Wal-Mart would pay. By the way, in every other developed country in the world, there is never a problem with healthcare---everybody (and I mean everybody) has it. It's called single payer/nationalized healthcare. It would save the US about $200 billion every year. Before the last Walton death, there were five sharing the family wealth---about $19 billion each or $95 billion for the five. There oughta be a law.
p.s. I didn't even mention the 30-cents-per-hour slave labor factories owned by the People's Army of China where Wal-Mart buys their goods. Our trade deficit is $ one-half trillion per year and our budget deficit is $ one-half trillion per year. We cannot continue like this--we will become a failed state like we read about in South America. We had a trade surplus under Carter and we had a huge budget surplus under Clinton.
Subject: Coulter AND O'Reilly: We Own the Media Now
Oliver Willis found audio of Ann Coulter saying that conservatives have the media now.
It's not an accident, it's a talking point. Bill O'Reilly had the following to say:
The Right seems to be declaring victory over "The Liberal Media." Why now? What's the advantage of actually admitting it?
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Subject: In their own words ...
"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter had to give up their life?"
"You can support the troops but not the president" -Representative Tom Delay (R-TX)
"[The] President is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning. I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years."
"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for Mission Creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our overextended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing and there still is no plan today."
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
"This is President Clinton's war, and when he falls flat on his face, that's his problem."
"Bombing a sovereign nation for ill-defined reasons with vague objectives undermines the American stature in the world. The international respect and trust for America has diminished every time we casually let the bombs fly."
All of the above were made when Clinton was President, during the Kosovo action, during which NO US servicemen or women were killed. But, do remember how horrendously we were suffering financially under Clinton's reckless tax and spend economic programs?
Damn those liberals ...
[BuzzFlash Note: Sad evidence that partisanship trumps all else.]
Subject: Bush Signs America's Surrender
This headline is not from a strange dream of mine. It is closer to the nightmare we Americans have been subjected to under the controversial rule of Dear Leader Bush. The headline conveys the reality that America has lost the War against Usama Bin Laden. Devastating and humiliating, yes, but one should accept it because it was to be expected. Bush was in charge; and a C average-spoiled-frat-boy, an AWOL soldier, an unproven businessman like George couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag, let alone tries to lead a nation in time of crisis.
Look at how Bush has handled this nearly 300 billion dollar losing-war-effort. It's been longer from when Bush said he would “Capture Usama Dead or Alive” to today than it took from the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor to the day the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. Yes, it's true. More unbelievable but true, Bush has managed to increase the amount of terrorism according to the report from IISS. And even more frightening is that during Bush’s time in the driver’s seat, North Korea has acquired nuclear missiles, and he has done more to raise Nuclear threats worldwide by doing his best to end the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty - which happens to be the fundamental factor in the monumental reduction of nuclear warheads around the globe (less is more). Also, an independent panel headed by two former U.S. national security advisers stated that chaos in Iraq was due in part to inadequate postwar planning. And just for a kick in the head while we are all down on the ground, Bush’s top advisor is under investigation for treason, with possibly other members of his inner circle being brought into the prosecution. It is as clear as the space between George’s ears; when you go after a group such as al-Qaida and Usama Bin Laden it requires a police investigation approach and apprehension as opposed to an all out military assault on an enemy which doesn’t even have a beachhead to land on. To put it simply, you don’t use tanks to swat mosquitoes. Way to go, Dear Leader. Next time try using your head for something more than just a haircut.
When the un-Patriot Act lands on George’s desk, he’ll be prepared to declare Usama Bin Laden’s victory. Usama Bin Laden and al-Qaida were determined to attack the USA because, according to Bush, “they hate us for our FREEDOM.” So it goes Bin Laden’s mission was to destroy our Constitution and our Bill of Rights - our FREEDOM - the essence of America. Realize the harsh fact that when George scribbles his feeble signature onto the un-Patriot Act, it will be finalized: America has surrendered. My patriotic heart will be broken and tears will run down Lady Liberty’s face. How will you feel?
I know you already posted a link to this article in another article but why aren't you highlighting the fact that it proves that Novak lied. I have heard him say that he checked with the CIA and was not warned off on naming Plame, yet Bill Harlow, former CIA spokesman says he warned him TWICE not to name her. Please alert your readers to this. What he did wasn't illegal, but it surely was immoral. And he lied about it to the public. Novak needs to be fired for his dishonesty. This is worse than what Jason Blair did, but you can be the mainstream "liberal" media will ignore it unless pressured.
Prosecutor In CIA Leak Case Casting A Wide Net (Washington Post)
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[BuzzFlash Note: David Corn addresses this, too, in Rove Scandal: Cover Story Slippage.]