August 9, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Cindy Sheehan
Dear BuzzFlash readers,
I would never know of Cindy Sheehan if it weren't for BuzzFlash. She has written some wonderful articles for BuzzFlash and I ended up contacting her after reading one that brought me to tears. We have been e-mailing for several months and she always keeps me posted on her goings on.
She needs some support now and whether you can make it to Crawford or not there are other ways to help.
Call the White House, Sens, Reps, local media about the situation. That situation being the Commander in Chief refuses to speak to the mother of one of HIS dead soldiers. My God, new terminology for chickenhawk or what?
She has been generously received by Crawford Peace House. I sent a donation to them at 9142 5th Street - Crawford,TX - 76638-3037. The blogs are full of info but Cindy's site, www.MeetWithCindy.org, and also afterdowningstreet.org, have crashed due to the traffic. Also a blogger called The Coffee Station there in Crawford and used his charge card to buy and send some bottled water, 254-486-2561 to the Crawford Peace House.
To all the regulars who write and share their thoughts with Buzz, thanks for keeping my sanity.
To Mike Allen in AZ, I know the despair you feel but NOW is the time to rally. If you can't make it to Crawford, don't forget about DC on 9/24/05. If you can't make that then get together with others and act locally and yes, please make sure of how you are voting in 2006, Cecile on Buzz pointed that out.
We have brand new Diebold machines here in my district and I guess that is how I will be spending my fall/winter. (Asking questions, getting answers, and more importantly getting a paper trail.) I don't care, it's my country and I'll fight to the end for my democracy.
To Marie France-Germain, thanks for your input and please let your friends, family, co-workers know that we really are trying hard over here to regain control of this mess.
Ok buzzers, thanks for letting me have my say and don't forget BuzzFlash, who introduced me to a woman who may become the Rosa Parks of our time. And yes, staffers at Buzz, I know I promised a donation last time, this time charge cards be damned, I'm donating. Good Luck to all of us and see you on the streets!
Isn't that the name of the game? After Watergate, Iran-Contra and Downing Street. How could anyone expect Treason-Gate to turn out any different? The only all out with nothing held back modern-day government investigation of America's highest ranking elected official was of our last president for that blow-job escapade for which he was almost nailed to the cross, missing it by only a few votes in the Senate. While said impeachment effort didn't succeed, it demonstrated that while there's no stopping the federales when it's a matter of prying into a president's extra-curricular activities, don't expect anything but wink and look the other way from these same authorities when we have a president whose lies bring on a war that's cost us to date more than eighteen hundred of our best and brightest.
That's because presidents are mere figureheads. What counts is the powers-that-be, and a president's downfall itself is no threat to them as long as it's the consequence of some personal indiscretion on the part of the commander-in-chief. Indeed, the powers-that-be may even be strengthened by such an outcome, as there's sometimes this "see the system really works" response from the public."
On the other hand these same powers-that-be are in serious trouble the instant a president is chased from office for having been caught taking America to war under false pretenses. Then It'll be "good riddance" to the powers-that-be as we the people take on the challenge of changing the world, and turn the whitewash into a thing of the past.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Much, MUCH more should be made of the fact that in the frantic weeks leading up to 9/11, no less than the head of the CIA knew all about the detention of Zacarias Moussaoui by the FBI - as George Tenet said himself in testimony before the 9/11 Commission. Presumably, then, he was aware of Moussaoui's alarming interest in NYC airspace.
Imagine what might have been had our Dear Leader been on the job and forced through those urgent requests for routine surveillance warrants to search Moussaoui's laptop and emails. No one has ever adequately explained why those urgent requests for a routine warrant were denied, or who exactly denied them.
They SAY there was insufficient evidence linking him to a foreign power or a terrorist organization. But that is total BS. Surveillance warrants required very little evidence at all. That's because, before the PATRIOT Act, at least, evidence gathered under the warrant was for national security actions only (for example, a deportation) and not for criminal prosecution.
Bush failed us. It's likely they even let it happen.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Is This Orwellian Censorship or What?
It pays to use a "safe subject" heading, because of the following:
Use "Andy Rooney and the military" or "CHICKENHAWK-a living example," and watch for a 'delayed' indefinitely or a NOT-EVEN-SENT. However, when you use a different "subject" ("Andy yaks" or "a living example") for the same material, you get instant FORWARD and received.
So what do you think is going on here? I seriously suspect gov't. censorship. Try my different emailing subjects and see if you get the same results. By the way, my two emailings were: 1.) Andy Rooney and the Military Andy has an interesting take on military waste and pork belly weapons. Video-WMP
2.) Jason Mattera proves himself to be 'the living embodiment' of the word chickenhawk. A 'must-see' for the true meaning of the word: chickenhawk. Video-WMP (clik on 'video')
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Judith Miller
Could you please address why you consider Judith Miller a collaborator? If we lose the free press, we're really sunk. And without source confidentiality, which she's ready to go to jail over, there's no *useful* free press. Y'all are usually right on. What gives?
[BuzzFlash Note: Maybe we hold a grudge. She was a key player in promoting the rush to war in Iraq using unidentified, now-discredited "sources" like Ahmed Chalabi, and false "facts" and justifications like WMDs. She routinely and uncritically voices the administration's talking points. And she won't testify now -- even though others, with seemingly the same sources, and same blanket permission from their sources to talk, have testified. It seems to us she is protecting herself, or liars in the administration, not the first amendment.]
Subject: The Democratic Party
I am a life-long registered Democrat who thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to REMAIN a Democrat. Recently, I sent off a change of registration to the Board of Elections and am now an Independent.
I did not take this action lightly but I feel that I have been left with no choice.
The Democratic Party DOES NOT REPRESENT ME anymore. To me, the government of this country has 2 heads: a GOPer and a DEM. Sometimes one is in charge; sometimes another. But, since the theft of the election by the current residing creature, I have had to conclude that there is little difference between the two heads.
The people who run the Democratic Party are rich and have an agenda just like the GOP. They make a show of standing up and doing the right and moral thing - for example, investigating the background of John Roberts, but when push comes to shove they will do NOTHING. They will NOT filibuster. They will make a lot of noise, but they will do NOTHING!
The Democratic Party, under the leadership of the Democratic Leadership Council now run by Hillary Clinton, believes this country needs to send 100,000 more troops to Iraq and that the military should have unrestricted access to the schools for purpose of recruitment. In addition, they are inviting into the party anti-choice candidates. So, I should support a party that now thinks I am a second class citizen who has no right to determine what happens to her body? And they think I'm going to continue to support them just because they are called DEMOCRATS? They're dreaming!
There isn't a smidgen's worth of difference between the two parties. The Dems use the excuse that they are not in power and don't have the votes. But if they truly cared and truly represented people like me, they would OPEN THEIR MOUTHS and tell the truth. People would LISTEN and come to their support.
They have no balls. They have no truth. They are liars and thieves as much as the GOP.
It seems to me that if we truly want change we MUST abandon the Democrats and go with an Independent 3rd party. My WHOLE life I have voted for the lesser of two evils - always a Democrat. I made this horrible mistake in the last election but have learned my lesson well. From now on I vote my conscience.
Unless the Dems change and truly begin to represent me, truly begin to stand up, then they will NOT have my vote again.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Is Moderation the Answer?
At their summer meeting the Republicans came to the conclusion that moderation is not for them! Fourteen members of Congress voted and may continue to vote as a block. In considering the hard “Winner Take All” dominant attitude, and power grab of Republicans, can we afford to compromise? Are some of the 14 stealth for the Republican Party?
Rather than conceal their conservative extremes, party leaders heartily embraced Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the guest of honor, who told fellow Republicans that his traditional values message "is a good solid message for every community in America.'' "Liberalism is an ideology;'' Santorum writes in his book, "conservatism is common sense.'' Does this sound like Republicans are ready to compromise? When all is said and done, even the moderates will rush to support the Republican party. Can we afford to do any less but maintain a strong left position? Moderation with Republicans is like shaking hands with Republicans, while behind their back they have their fingers crossed!
What have Moderates accomplished in completing the investigation of Bush Administration failures in 9/11? The whole investigation was stonewalled with Pat Roberts, the chairman, saying we don’t have to “REPLOW” old ground!!! Documents that were important to Bolton’s nomination were withheld. In an admission of weakness, and “My Way or No way” Bush used a recess appointment to put an unqualified candidate in position, one who failed at his previous job, and had nothing but disdain for the U.N. to represent us. Documents for Roberts are being withheld and the latest cover-up is the same old story replayed. A few examples, but not limited to those shown, make it clear a STRONG HAND must be used to end the cover-ups and deceit in the Bush government! We need more Boxers, Kennedys, Conyers, more representation for our citizens, less wimps trying to promote their coming elections!
Treason Gate and the unabashed protection of the Bush Administration higher-ups in this debacle and also in matters of torture, abuse and rendition should call for a stronger left demanding results, not compromise!
The Downing Street Memo, the UK Briefs, election reform, bold-faced lying to Americans about going to war, cannot be passed over as “old news” like "Harken" and many of the scandals that were lightly dismissed when anyone of them should have been enough to bring down a corrupt so-called leader and his Neocon accomplices! The question asked again and again to self-interested Americans is, “where is your outrage, how can you not be appalled, how can you live in DENIAL?
Theodore Roosevelt said, “In the last analysis the all-important factor in national greatness is national character!” In the face of out and out corruption, where is the American character? To not be strong in the face of corruption could be the ruin of our nation.
It is ironic, but to close, I shall repeat the words of Republican Barry Goldwater. “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”
Subject: Point of Order
Dear BuzzFlash Familia:
One of today's BuzzFlash-referred articles reads:
"...Panel to protect rights in the War on Terror is 'a toothless, under-funded shell with inadequate support from President Bush.' He doesn't care about preserving American VALUES. 8/8..."
I respectfully suggest that we not refer to American "values" but, instead, refer to American CONSTITUTION or American CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS or American LAW. Because this is not a question of ethereal "values" but a bandit organization we are dealing with that seeks to dismantle democracy.
A BUZZILLION GRATITUDES FOR BUZZFLASH!
Subject: My letter to the Washington Post
Frankly, I am surprised that your readership declined by only 4%. I used to purchase your newspaper from time to time, especially the Sunday edition. I became disappointed when the Post began to report every little thing about President Clinton's personal life - and believe me, I was NOT a big fan of Bill "NAFTA" Clinton. Disappointment became disgust when the WP became the WHS (White House Stenographer) during the Bush Misadministration. The Post became a jingoistic megaphone during the time preceding the Iraq Adventure.
To be blunt, the Post was an excellent source for outright lies and propaganda. The Washington Post has betrayed its readership. Many older adults have followed the young folks to the internet, myself included. We would prefer to know the actual facts.
As the WP has become part of the problem, I really do not expect the Post to bother with changing its ways. I rather suspect that the Post will try to influence legislation to restrict the right of common people to access information on the internet. After all, that kind of action is what passes for "free trade" in the USA these days. One fact that you can bank on: I can foresee no reason as to why I would ever purchase the WP again.
Michael J Fowler
Subject: Outsourcing the American Military
RE: "America's For-Profit Secret Army" by Leslie Wayne, NY Times, October 15, 2002.
It was true then and is even more so now. Is this reporter still around and can she update her article? I find the closing of our military bases, when Clinton already cut back many not so long ago, alarming.
The President seems bent on setting up bases off-shore just like everything else with our tax dollars for his agenda and profit. This is not in our best interest and a threat to our national security. Congress plays along protesting but not discussing the impact on us and our safety ... security. CPSAN is televising the destruction of our military defense system for America and calling it "reorganization since the Cold War." New bases in Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc., everywhere but here.
Troops are foreign also.
It is war for profit.
The money doesn't even go to us but to off-shore British banks. This is theft and King George is robbing us. The British have troops in the streets of London but few in Iraq or Afghanistan. Who's fooling who, lying Tony Blair and his buddy in crime GW Bush?
"Mercenaries, as they were once known, are thriving--only this time they are called private military contractors, and some are even subsidiaries of Fortune 500 companies." from an article by Leslie Wayne, Tuesday October 15, 2002, NY Times, "America's For-profit Secret Army.
It is a problem for the following reasons:
1. The Congress, the American people, and shareholders lack oversight and control of their activities and agenda. It is secret so we don't even discuss it.
2. The estimated cost was $100 billion in 2002 ... more and growing to trillions now. "Guns or butter" is an understatement with this type of plundering for their "World Order" theft.
3. High tech weapons and operating systems could be used against us if a group of foreign generals takes control. Or even a group of them could steal. The foreign military of the Romans, who they train on their methods of war, etc., turned against them and lead to their downfall.
4. Unelected generals and international elite (CEOs, corporations, bankers) determine who lives and who dies for their profit and agenda. It will be the end of democracy for an oligarchy.
5. They have no concern about the safety or welfare of our sons and daughters sent off to war. They send them home injured and refuse to give them proper health care and benefits. It is inhuman for them and the societies they are sent off to kill for profit.
6. This mercenary army is lawless. "Private contractors are not obligated to take orders or to follow military codes of conduct."
The outsourcing of our military with our money is not even discussed by the Congress or the media. They have to be aware of it. We Americans are financing a world crime gang for corporate profits. This is taxation without representation, high treason, and murder for profit.
It is not democracy. International corporations are now sending us to war, too ... not just influencing opinion.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: "Soldier's Mom Digs in at Crawford, TX" (Cindy Sheehan)
Just read this morning's Buzz headlines. I have to confess that reading Cindy's pieces is usually too painful for me to bear. (Of course HER pain is much greater than mine, but I have a lower threshold.) But I read this one, top to bottom.
She's right on target: her son, Casey, DID die for a greedy, needless, lie-based war in a land where we never belonged in the first place. Or, for that matter, today.
I think, if given the choice, I'd rather spend a month in Hell than in Crawford, TX. But I admire her guts and perseverance. (I have 3 cats, no money, no car, and an FBI file to boot, so I probably couldn't have joined her anyway. Yet I still feel guilty about letting her go through this ordeal by herself.) But I applaud her courage and persistence. SOMEBODY has to tell the truth and make the points that will register with the (still) unpolitically aware. (Sorry, guys, but lots of Americans still get their news from FOX. Not everyone reads Buzz. Too bad!)
The Chimp's refusal to even TALK with her disgusts me as much as anything else he and his handlers (e.g., Rove and Cheney) have done. For about the 80th time, I'll repeat: these people (the neocons, now allied with the (self)righteous religious right) will stop at nothing. If we don't stop them -- VERY SOON -- we'll have a totally rewritten Constitution (including NO Bill of Rights, except for a newly introduced one that benefits the rich and powerful -- and screws all the rest of us.)
Barb in Athens, GA
Subject: Not just talk
As much as I love spending hours every day going to all the links on your wonderful website, I have decided it's not enough to just stay personally informed, sign online petitions, email congress and work for the party at election time only. I'm convinced that if we don't get involved at the grassroots level to bring about change, nothing positive will happen.
That's why I've joined the League of Women Voters (good bi-partisan way to work for clean and fair elections) and Democracy for America (progressive grassroots organization founded by Howard Dean). It's time for action, fellow BuzzFlashers -- get out there and make a difference! Join a group -- get involved. Nothing we do will count unless we find a way to have honest, fair elections. If nothing else, it's a great way to meet like-minded people in another place besides the BuzzFlash mailbag (though I love the online community we have here).
Sue from FL/NC
Subject: Check Out Unit Had Asked For More Marines (Yahoo! News)
Buzz, These 2 paragraphs from USA Today/Yahoo News are critical.
So Secretary Rumsfeld, which one is it? And how in the world does this administration get away with these untruths?
George Bush, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney are some cold mean spirited people anyway. They should be prosecuted for starting this war with Iraq. Young men and women dying for nothing and billions of unnecessary dollars are being spent. If president Bill Clinton and vice president Al Gore had done this, the Republicans would have charged them with war crimes. I can't wait to see G.Bush leave for Texas for good.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Dignity Lost
Boy am I ever thankful after being unemployed for so long. I just got one of the few jobs left in town. That is since almost everything else packed up and went south WAY SOUTH Anyway I get to stand in this neat little line and take these cute little parts (made in China) and put them in this neat little package (made in China). Then I get to repeat this procedure until age 70 or death, whichever comes first. Then I get to pay $2.40 a gallon for gas to get to my new job.
I also have the honor of telling my daughter that I can't afford to pay school book fees color guard fees etc. Then I get to tell BILL COLLECTORS that yes I am working but the $5.70 an hour that I make at my neat little job will BARELY feed my own family let alone theirs (and if I practice really hard to learn SPANISH I might even be able to talk to the people I work with).
SO THANK YOU MR PRESIDENT FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE TO THIS ONCE GREAT COUNTRY. I MAY BE INDEBTED to you, yours, by force, but for damn sure not out of RESPECT.
Subject: Novak and CNN
Novak's disturbance at CNN should be viewed as a staged event.
Alan Vander Wey
Subject: Sometimes, Silence Speaks Louder Than Words
Greetings BuzzFlash and Buzzers,
Has anyone else noticed the pattern that is becoming all too common? The 9/11 Truth Commission is demanding hard answers about an investigation and questions that will just NOT go away and the White House with its idiotic, egomaniacal occupant and co. answers with...silence.
Rep Conyers submits over half a million signatures demanding answers about the Downing Street Memos and is answered with total and complete...silence.
Cindy Sheehan holds a very public and very brave vigil/protest demanding hard answers about exactly WHY her son had to die, and is met with a total arrogant...silence.
The more voices of truth and conscience rally around the issues, the more these criminals in office hide, go on vacation, or whatever they can to avoid the issues and the answers that are being demanded. To be sure, we are a nation in crisis at this time, but WE ARE A NATION. THIS IS STILL OUR COUNTRY AND THEY CAN'T HAVE IT!!! Those rights and Freedoms that were fought for and died for still belong to us no matter WHAT some ridiculous Patriot Act says. c'mon people, LET'S TAKE IT BACK!!!
Dominie K. Robinson
Subject: Four War Years
The four-year anniversary of the September 11th bombings fast approaches. I generally dislike the way the MSM handles these types of events, but since they'll be covering it anyway, I think it behooves those of us on the left to begin writing to our editors to remind them of what past Americans have achieved in four years.
The Civil War from Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender was only a few days shy of four years. Four months shy of four years after Pearl Harbor the Japanese were surrendering following bombardment by a class of weapon that did not exist when they began the war against us. Our war against Germany lasted 3-1/2 years. Those of us who are pacifists will not want to argue for another atomic solution, nor the total destruction of a city like Dresden (how close does Fallujah come to that, I wonder). But in the past we Americans were able to do amazing things.
Out of the second world war emerged the United States as a superpower. The GI Bill helped create the middle class. Countless technological advances occurred, the kind that benefited not just the military nor the profiteers but the common man. Women and blacks started the powerful move toward equality.
What have we to show for the last four years? Bin Laden is still alive and plotting. Zarqawi the same. The Taliban is rising again. Hussein gets photographed in his underwear, while the Iraqi troops we are training are secretly singing songs that exalt his return. We are deeply in debt and the primary note-holders are a communist country and a state sponsor of terror.
We have shown in the past who we are and what we can do to change the world in four years. But for these last four years we have been a thoroughbred horse ridden by an incompetent stable boy.
I mourn the loss of the soldiers, the lives of innocent Iraqis, and the 'terminal' diagnosis given to the American dream by the neo-con bumblers.
Subject: Cindy Sheehan and the Bush Twins
A new national hero and a coward.
A soft-voiced woman with powerful words has just become the national hero this country has been waiting for. Cindy Sheehan has done what no national leader has managed to do. She has forced the president to the table of accountability, which is unfamiliar territory for this president. He either answers this woman’s questions of why her son had to die and why those who sent her son to war are not prepared to make the same sacrifice, or he cowers within his ranch fortress, uses his traditional smear tactics against her and hopes she will go away. Either option is hardly going to improve his situation. The following scenario might save him:
The president brings Barbara and Jenna to his office and states, “Girls, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Karl has found a way to boost my approval rating. The bad news is that we are sending you to Iraq.”
Subject: A Poem For Parents
Gathering. For Cindy Sheehan
While ghosts wait on the horizon
Subject: Bush Wants To Delay Saddam's Trial. Bush Is Afraid Saddam will Win And Become President Of Iraq Again.
Bush is doing whatever he can to delay Saddam's trial. You won't hear that said, but I believe that is EXACTLY what is happening, especially since public opinion on Iraq is now going against Bush. And, here is MY reasoning.
First, let's remember that it was Bush that wanted Saddam tried by an Iraqi court, not an international court.
And, you ask why? I will tell you why.
Bush, if you recall, did not want the United States to be a part of the World Court system.
And, you ask why? I will tell you why.
Because if we were part of the system, then both he, his father, and several other of his cronies just might be brought up for trial for crimes against humanity.
Now, why did he want him tried by an Iraqi court?
Seeing as you asked, I will tell you.
In an Iraqi court, he can NOT be brought up for the crimes he committed against the Iranians by gassing them. This was done during a time of war between Iraq & Iran, and as the President of Iraq, in a time of war, what he did was NOT against Iraqi law.
And, let's remember...that a good portion of the weapons he used against Iran were either bought from, or helped to attain, by the United States, including George H W Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney and even Ronald Reagan.
Therefore, in an international trial, all of that would be brought up as evidence and implicate his daddy (Bush's) so therefore the trial has to be in an Iraqi court.
But, Bush did not count on the war dragging out this long, and going as badly, with as many American and Iraqi deaths.
And, a trial at this time would bring out testimony by Saddam that Bush does not want given at this time of the "war."
And, I believe that Bush now knows that the trial just might end up with a verdict of "Not Guilty," because if the trial is, allegedly, going to be run under democratic principles, there just may not be enough evidence, or any verifiable witnesses to testify against Saddam, to convict him without any shadow of doubt.
So, Bush is afraid Saddam gets acquitted. And, if he gets acquitted before the election for Iraqi President that is due next year, then he WILL run and probably win, and that is something that Bush knows will destroy him and his administration. No one will testify that they saw him give the orders and there is no documentation to prove that he did...and he has denied giving any orders to kill all those people that opposed him. I believe he will be acquitted, too.
So, that is my theory. Some of you may think I am off my rocker, but believe me, I know, I really know and believe that this is all the way it is going to come down.....
Subject: local Graffiti..........
Saw this graffiti on a building in our small town. In BIG red letters...
Says it all.
Subject: It Takes a Family.......Title of Santorum's book needs a few more words in title.
Not only did he have to steal the idea from Hillary, but Santorum must have missed the last few words in his title to better explain.
Should read, "It Takes A Family of Twelve Working Full time To Make It" ... unless you are a Senator who makes a fortune scre**** his constituents."
Subject: Where were they when we could have prevented this fiasco? (sent to corporate media)
54% now say going into Iraq was a mistake. All those who decided to call the few, the angry and the defiant, "traitors," can start apologizing, make yourself a sign and get in line.
Unfortunately nearly 1900 GIs are dead and way too many innocent Iraqis to count. There isn't one ounce of compassion in the entire Bush Administration. He never has been and never will be interested in rescuing anyone from oppression unless it will benefit him financially.
You notice he got his energy bill and we still don't know who wrote it. It was the energy industry who wrote it. They are still trying to hide their deliberations because this administration has deliberators who don't want the rest of us to know who they are. Remember when people were proud to admit they had advised the President? It was good for business.
According to John Dean, if you don't want people to know you advised the President, then you know US citizens will not approve of your council.
I am still being accused of not supporting the troops because I don't support using the troops for whatever adventure benefits the people who won't be fighting. I will of course be demanding they give the troops whatever they were promised. They have done their duty, even if they were used and abused.
And to the idiot Warrant Officer Theismeyer who had a letter in USA Today about some TV show that supposedly depicts the war in Iraq, just because you didn't personally see anything like that in Iraq it doesn't mean it didn't happen and if you feel they are picking on you, then you might be guilty.
I will not be supporting the idea of white-washing this war like they tried to do with Vietnam, which sent many veterans to street corners because no one believed what they saw or were forced to do and then refused them the treatment they needed. They will not be forgotten soldiers who are told they imagined the whole thing. Never Again! Not Here! Not Now!
Kelly Ogle, there are still no WMD, nor any connections to bin Laden, no matter what Rumsfeld said this week. We destroyed Iraq and we still don't have oil to pay for the rebuilding, gas prices are $2.25 in OKC and they still only have electricity for a few hours a day in Iraq.
The bombings in London are because they want us out of their country. This crap about it being the fault of Islam is pure poop. Bin Laden wanted us out of Saudi Arabia and now they want us out of Iraq.
Speak up or they assume you agree!!!
Subject: A Soldier's Mother Protests
To: Editors, USA Today, Re: A Soldier's Mother Protests
My heart goes out to all of the mothers who have lost their children to a war that did not have to be. Thousands have been murdered and maimed -- not only our sons and daughters, but helpless Iraqis as well. We have been given at least three different reasons at three different times: - To uncover WMD (oops!) - To capture Saddam (then what?) - To free Iraqis (too late for that ploy)
These reasons are not worth the chaos and disrupted lives in the U.S.A. Cindy Sheehan should be joined by other mothers in a "Million Mothers March" on Washington. Maybe others will listen to angry mothers.
Subject: Cindy Sheehan, American Patriot
God bless Cindy Sheehan, bereaved Mom, for teaching our nation the true depth of George W. Bush's moral and physical cowardice.
John Ford "Jeff" Leon
Subject: Something Other Than Repugs And Dems
In the August 5th Mailbag, Robert L. Swanson of Minneapolis, MN asked the question, “if there are others out there that would like to see a brand new slate of potential candidates run for office.”
YES – count me in. I too “would like to see some drastic changes in our representatives and senators.”
I am still a registered Democrat, but I voted for the Green Party candidate for Senator in California in 2000, against Dianne Feinstein. If Feinstein runs again in 2006, I hope someone will run against her in the Democratic primary. But it seems that the state Democratic Party committee will be behind Feinstein once again. Feinstein is such a sorry excuse for a Democrat. It appears to me that she votes with the Republicans more often than she votes with the Democrats. For the most part I believe she is voting for her own wealthy family’s self interest and against the interests of the vast majority of California citizens.
I long for a strong third party. The Democratic party is on life-support.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: John Roberts
As an attorney for 27 years and an active litigator in federal district and appellate courts, let me just say that I definitely do not accept the notion that John Roberts had legitimate cover for taking strange positions on behalf of a client because -- oh well -- he was "merely representing the interests of a client." Where did this idea come from? Is this a Republican talking point? This is an absurd sophism, and it is simply not going to wash.
As lawyers, we make choices every day regarding the kinds of clients that we choose to represent. Granted, there are some lawyers who, because of their lot in life, are consigned to take on any clients who are willing to give them a ring and pay them a retainer. But believe me, when you're the editor of the Harvard Law Review and you've clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, there are a hell of a lot of options open to you. It's just that simple.
The fact of the matter is that this guy is a hard-right, movement conservative. Granted, that should not, per se, be enough to disqualify him for service on the bench (wait, don't jump all over me, I'm just speaking theoretically here). Having said that, I also want to say that I genuinely hope that Leahy, Biden, Durbin et al. do not buy into this specious notion that Roberts was philosophically and intellectually disconnected from his cases, and that he was "just representing a client." Any Republican lawyer who posits that mendacious position should quickly ask why he hasn't been out filing pro bono legal papers for Charlie Manson.
Donald P. Russo
Subject: Support Cindy Sheehan!
Isn't it so often a mom who finally stands up to a schoolyard bully like George Bush?
Cindy Sheehan is a true American patriot. If we don't fully support this brave lady, we do not deserve to call ourselves Americans. The time is now for us to stand with her and stand up for the freedoms and values this country is supposed to represent.
Please read The New York Times editorial, "One Mother In Crawford."
E-mail it to everyone you know to make it the most e-mailed story of the day.
Then, head to Crawford, Texas to stand with Cindy Sheehan to say to George Bush and his deadly lies, ENOUGH!
Subject: Support Cindy Sheehan
Let's all turn on our headlights day and night to show our support for this courageous woman. It can be our own vigil, and it can continue until Bush and his culture of death are removed from our government.
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Subject: Enough Is Enough
Dear BuzzFlash readers,
Can someone please tell me, at what point in time did the heart, true patriotism, and soul of this great nation of ours get hijacked, only to be replaced with empty words and cheap yellow magnetic ribbons made in China? At what point in time did millions of christians in our country, drink the proverbial "kool aid" and become totally hoodwinked by a President who is about as christian as Joseph Stalin? And what ever happened to the hippies of the sixties? Did these "hippies" so partake in the nectars of the wealth and prosperity that our nation had to offer, their mind set (from youth to middle age) went from "united we stand" to "every man for himself"?
Was it fear, laziness, apathy? What has become of the "us" in the most cherished of acronyms, "USA"? Has it really hit anyone that we are in the 21st century? Oh, how far we have fallen indeed, from the great promises of peace, love, a "green earth," and an end to poverty. As a nation, we are not supposed to be in what has become the Orwellian nightmare in which we currently find ourselves, not by a long shot. The biggest question of all, is when did the concept and standards of right and wrong get replaced with the concept of conservatives and liberals? To the point where the rule of LAW no longer applies, as long as the "mission" is "accomplished"?
How many scandals, lies, deeds of corruption, and acts of treason is it gonna take, before the average American stops supporting the most deranged gaggle of megalomaniac leadership this nation has ever known? When is the silent majority in this country gonna become not so silent anymore? When will more than just a handful of Democratic leaders get some intestinal fortitude (like John Conyers and Howard Dean), and stand up to the GOP, with "no holds barred."
This nation is teetering on the edge of an abyss that leads us back to the likes of Nazi Germany, except this time there won't be the great liberator known as the USA to defeat the "Axis" leaders. This nation has let a bunch of lying, thieving, crooks, lead by "dubya," herd us like a bunch of lemmings to the cliffs of deceit and fascism.
How far have we sunk as a nation of people, that we stand by as our brave men and women in the armed forces shed their precious blood fighting a war based on fiction? A nation where WE tolerate treason on a daily basis? A nation in which We have allowed TWO presidential elections to be stolen, with nothing more than a mere whimper? Where after 40 years, there is a debate in our nation's capital in regards to the landmark legislation passed on voters rights?
Hello, America, George Bush and his buddies didn't steal this country from US, we GAVE it to them. The current administration is just the Ace of spades, in a house of cards, the former actor who became known as the President of the United States built under the title of "Reagonomics." We gave it to them when we decided, as a nation, to become the "me" nation, during the Reagan era, and never looked back. The neocons did not take anything, but the opportunity WE gave them. We let our freedom slip right out of our selfish little hands, as we gleefully drove ourselves to the same above mentioned cliffs in our SUVs. All the while drinking a cup of Starbucks coffee, which was purchased with a credit card.
There is, however, a bright and shining glimmer of hope, and she is standing on a roadside in a little Texas town known as Crawford. One lone woman, with the heart of a lioness, who has experienced on the most personal and tragic of levels, how far we have allowed this country to fall. No longer as a nation can we turn a blind and ever so complacent eye to the events in which our President has embroiled us, without regard for anyone.
As our most beloved and courageous Ms. Cindy Sheehan is doing in Crawford, it's time for EVERY AMERICAN to stand up and say "enough is enough." We must ALL start to care, act, sacrifice, and believe as she does. This beautiful little lady has taken a stand, that we as a nation of people, should have taken a long time ago. We must put the needs of our country, our liberty, and our freedoms, ahead of the needs of ourselves, and fight these neocon barbarians at the gate. If not for ourselves, then for the love of our children. Just as Cindy Sheehan is doing, for the love of her child.
Subject: The Peter Jennings Story MSM & Right-Wing Media Want Hidden
Jennings is potentially a grown male version of the 'pretty missing blond girl' story. A decent, attractive man cut down by a very bad disease.
So why isn't it covered that way?
Does MSM fear its owners and advertisers? Does the Bush media want to conceal any threat to its ideology? Is the Pope Catholic? Does the bear...well you know the rest.
So check out the great Amy Goodman who does it again on Democracy Now.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005 Leading Cigarette Expert: “The Tobacco Industry Helped Kill Peter Jennings”
"Peter Jennings died of lung cancer over the weekend. He was one of five million people globally who die each year of smoking-related diseases. We speak with longtime tobacco industry critic Dr. Stan Glantz and Anna White of Essential Action."
"Longtime ABC news anchor Peter Jennings died this week of lung cancer. 89% of people with lung cancer smoke cigarettes. Peter Jennings was a heavy smoker. He quit, but started smoking again after 9/11. We look at the industry behind Jennings' untimely death."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Cindy Sheehan
God bless Cindy Sheehan for having the guts and integrity to stand up to Bush and his gang. I, as a patriotic American want to commend her and all who stand with her!!
WHERE ARE THE DEMOCRATS????????????? WHY ARE THERE NO DEMOCRATIC SENATORS OR CONGRESSMEN in Texas standing with this brave woman and against this disastrous war which we were mislead into? Why are there no calls for investigations of all of these matters, no calls for Bush to explain himself? Have the Downing Street memos been forgotten already???? How many more will die before something is done?
It is no wonder the Bush cartel have control over all three branches of government, and continue to solidify their power. NO ONE EVER STANDS UP TO THEM!!!! Progressives and all who care about the truth long for leadership; real leaders who will stand against these thugs and their mass media allies. Are there no Democratic politicians left who have the courage to represent us?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Cindy Sheehan
"I now know [the president is] sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis. I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith." She added that President Bush "gave us ... the gift of happiness, of being together."
This is a quote by Cindy Sheehan from the Vacaville Reporter after her meeting with President Bush in 2004. I guess her liberal buddies have forgotten this recent bit of history.
[BuzzFlash Note: Several readers have circulated this to us. These quotes are presented out of context by Bush supporters. Please read the whole article, Bush, Sheehans share moments, where Cindy clearly states her position, including: "We haven't been happy with the way the war has been handled," Cindy said. "The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached."]
Subject: Cindy Should Create: MADS
Cindy should create: MADS. Mothers Against Dead Soldiers (MADS).
All mothers of dead and injured soldiers, et, al. should march on Washington and turf this President (?) and his administration out of office. Leo
[BuzzFlash Note: She already co-founded Gold Star Families for Peace.]
Subject: Message to the Dems
In the Aug. 9 New York Times, an essential op-ed piece every Democrat and progressive should read.
The editorial concerns Tony Blair’s recent proposal to ban, deport and otherwise shut down extremist religious leaders who espouse hatred against England. The writer of the piece -- a Toronto author named Irshad Manji -- argues that Radical Muslims view the Western concept of inclusiveness as a form of corruption that makes America and Europe, “soft and rudderless”; a weak and ultra-tolerant culture “that deserves to be vanquished.”
Not only is Mr. Manji correct, he has hit upon the reason why the Democrats are so ineffectual nowadays. The Dems have become so mealy-mouthed that their vaunted “inclusiveness” has reduced the party message to complete nothingness. Indeed, the Dems have embraced tolerance so passionately, that they’re tolerating the most corrupt administration America has seen in decades. How can voters trust the Dems to prosecute a far-flung War on Terrorism when they won’t even fight the guys across the aisle? The Democrats will regain the House, the Senate and the White House when they articulate a strong, clear, feisty message and stay on point.
Message to Howard Dean and the Dems: STOP TOLERATING CORRUPTION! Represent the millions of progressives who want a real opposition party! Fight the thug Bush administration and its fascist, neo-con supporters!
Fight, dammit! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
Subject: Dem hopes for the future
It boils down to two simple strategies.
1. New Progressive challengers in our part .
2. Taking the election results out of the hands of DIEBOLD and political republican cronies, SECRETARIES OF STAT .
Subject: Bush's Comments to Sheehan
1. We are in Iraq because they believed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Translation: We were ignorant. Comment: Now that's always a good basis for going to war. Of course we have little reason to believe this argument, since they savagely attacked anyone who disagreed with the tissue of lies they constructed to justify the war. Now they want to claim they just didn't know any better and were the victims of their own bad information and their own bad advice.
2. That the world's a better place with Saddam gone. Translation: War is better than peace. Comment: A patently absurd statement. Having Americans and Iraqis kill one another unnecessarily is not better than having Saddam in power. Engaging in preemptive war when there was nothing to preempt at the cost of many lives is certainly not better than a state of peace possibly accompanied by prosperity if billions aren't being spent in one of the stupidest wars known to humanity.
3. That we're making the world a safer place with what we're doing over there. Translation: Ignore the bombings in Europe. Comment: The murderous bombings in Spain and England have been directly attributed to the roles of those countries in Iraq. So this argument, too, is as fraudulent as the rest.
Therefore the Bush administration's explanation to the families of the dead and wounded soldiers from the Iraq war he alone started is that he was ignorant but that war is better than peace and you should ignore the bombings in Madrid and London.
I hope my family and friends are not called on to sacrifice life or limb in such an ignoble cause as we 'stay the course' of death, destruction, and stupidity in Bush's efforts to steal Iraqi oil.
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