August 10, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Bush's 12th Century Brain Is Inadequate for a 21st Century world
America’s destiny is in the hands of a throwback to the dark ages.
Since the dawn of the Renaissance in the 14th century most informed people have tended to view knowledge empirically: i.e as the product of evidence. Beliefs flatly contradicted by data are to be discarded.
This isn’t the way George W. Bush’s mind works. For him, what passes for "knowledge" comes from "a gut feeling" regardless of evidence. On July 22, 2001 newly elected President Bush said, "I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe - I believe what I believe is right."
He "knows": that there are WMDs in Iraq, that Saddam is getting uranium from Africa, that Osama and Saddam are partners in terrorism, that Iraqis are greeting his invading army with kisses and flowers, that Social Security is in crisis and Draconian measures are required to fix it, that laissez-faire policies improve the economic well-being of all Americans, that enacting laws to bring windfall profits to the pharmaceutical industry improves the health of all of us, that John Bolton is a skillful and effective manager, that Karl Rove didn’t leak an undercover CIA agent’s identity, that the terrorists are "on the run" ... he believes all of these things (and more) in spite of evidence to the contrary. Even though our society is disintegrating as a result of his catastrophic policies he "can’t think of any" mistakes he’s made.
Simply put; Bush "knows" what he "knows" based not on an evaluation of evidence, but upon some unspecified feeling experienced in the churning of his bowels. The lemming-like behavior of Bush’s followers has brought us to the edge of the abyss, but there are hopeful signs for the survival of our country; recent polls indicate that the lemmings may be having second thoughts.
Subject: Welcome to BuzzFlash
Dear Bill Owens of TX,
Welcome to BuzzFlash. I'm glad they (the editors) posted your comments today. I can totally understand why you feel like Cindy may be doing an about face because it's apparent you haven't been following her story from day one. It's hard to get the facts also from a site, (wherever you got that from), that is going to chop up a story and then not post the entire article so you can make up your own mind. BuzzFlash is a wonderful news source, yes, they have some snarky headlines sometimes, but hey, laughter is the best medicine, right? And trust me, we all need a laugh right about now. They also will post the entire article for you to read and the Mailbag is a wonderful source for more information and the chance to not feel alone. After 9/11 I think we all felt afraid to speak out except for a few brave souls. BuzzFlash and its readers have helped me overcome my fear by realizing that I'm not alone, that I am the majority, and that we are going to take our country back. And yes, when a Democratic leader screws up, it is posted on BuzzFlash. They are presenting the news, worldwide included, and more importantly pointing out the horrible state the "real" news is in. An informed public is an intelligent public. Please research the entire site and join us in the fight for our own democracy here in these United States of America.
Subject: #1 Tourist Destination for the Orwellian Lifestyle
This link on today's BuzzFlash (col 2, item 6) says that "Officials are testing radio tags for foreign vehicles in Canada."
Officials Test Radio Tags at Canada Border (Washington Post)
This story, from the Washington Post, talks about US Customs officials using this technology at border points. Note that all this activity must take place *within* the US, since US border officials have no jurisdiction in Canada.
Subject: Cindy Sheehan
Just wanted to forward the letter I wrote to my Senator, Harry Reid, regarding Cindy Sheehan's valiant stance in Crawford, Texas.
Dear Senator Reid,
I'm writing to urge you to go to Crawford, Texas and acknowledge Cindy Sheehan, a true American hero.
I have become, since the 2000 election debacle, a cynical and disillusioned Democrat and any effort by any elected Democrat to show some support for Ms. Crawford would go a long way in restoring my faith in the party.
I frequent the internet for my news and, believe me, the most popular consensus is that Democrats have no cajones because they simply will not stand up to the odious neo-cons who have hijacked our country. A visit to Crawford might help change that perception. It's worth a try unless what I suspect is true; that BOTH parties feed from the same trough. Please prove me wrong.
Seize the moment Senator. The press will eat it up and tens of millions of Americans will applaud your courage.
Subject: I Love Your Site and my BuzzFlash Hat and T-shirt.
I've sent a couple of donations to you guys and now I have a BuzzFlash hat and t-shirt which I am SO PROUD to wear around town. You're my favorite news web site, period.
I get BuzzFlash Alerts and I just can't wait to read Barbara's Daily Buzz each afternoon as well seeing a Tony Peyser or Steve Bradenton cartoon. I don't mean to leave anyone out, though. I love it all.
This 57 year old progressive Shoreline, Washingtonian (North Seattle) says thank you and keep up the great work.
Sure wish you'd let Barbara know just how much I enjoy her Daily Buzz.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Once the "war on terrorism" ... it's now called by the Bush administration a "struggle against extremism." Does this mean the Bush administration is on its way to downgrading terrorism to a "nuisance"?
I seem to recall Senator Kerry getting A LOT of flack for his suggestion that someday we'd be looking at terrorism as anything but a war.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: A Quote for Our Times
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: G. W. Bush
We are told G. W. Bush means George Walker Bush. That's not true.
G. W. Bush really means Gutless Wuss Bush.
What kind of man would shun the mother of a dead soldier? What kind of man would send two of his flunkies out into the hot Texas sun to meet with a Gold Star Mother? Why didn't Bush tell his flunkies to show Cindy Sheehan to the ranch?
Gutless can't find the intestinal fortitude to attend the funerals of any of our sons and daughters who have died for his abhorrent lies -- but he can find the time to address the Boy Scout Jamboree?
Gutless Wuss Bush.
If Gutless Wuss is a real man, then I am the King of Siam.
Subject: Howard Dean ... Stop talking about how we need to take the offensive and ...
Just do it! All of us. Just start doing it NOW. There isn't much time left. Howard, go to Crawford and sit with Cindy and get some press. Howard, attack this war and its lies. Howard, let's get the hell out of Iraq NOW. If you want to take the offensive, then do it. If 61% of Americans believe this war was a mistake, then Howard, articulate this position. Put Bush and Rove on the defensive, NOW. Let's make them sweat and call a liar a liar. Point out just how they lied and don't let up. Pay for a half hour of TV time and do a Ross Perot type chart thing. Never mind 30 second ads. Call for his impeachment. Call for elections that have audits, not paper trails. What good is a paper trail if nobody can follow the trail? Remember, recounts only occur when an election is close. They only have to cheat to the extent that it will not be recounted. Like Ohio in 2004 and Ohio's special election just last week. If election is won by over 3% then no recount ... so what good is a paper trail? What we need are people who will commit to destroying these machines and the crooks who built them. We must insist on large scale exit polls. We must insist on elections that can be verified. No trust unless verified. Paper ballots would be best. Who needs instant results? We need correct results. Never again should we be at the mercy of Diebold. We need people to work for these slugs and find ways to expose or neutralize the threat to this country. If the election is rigged, what point is there? We have all been led to inaction because we think maybe Bush won. We can't process the facts that Bush and the crooks stole at least 2 elections, and probably more, if you take in some very strange state and a Congressional special elections. You can't fool all of the people all the time, but you can cheat them all of the time. Time to take the offensive. Quit whining and take the mike. Go to Crawford and call bush a coward. NOW.
Subject: Cindy Sheehan and Those Who Stand With Her in Crawford
Yes! This grieving woman, Cindy, and others like her are putting themselves at risk of arrest due to their beliefs and demanding answers from the corrupt emperor of the US. Cindy Sheehan is very brave, yet very astute too. Should she be arrested and jailed, she will cause the uprising of many citizens who agree with her and support her cause. Mothers who lose children through accidents and natural causes suffer enormous heartbreak. Mothers who lose children through illegal wars forced on a country through sheer deceit are doubly wounded and betrayed. Cindy knows that there are people out there who only need the fuse to be lit with a cowardly act on orders of the one who must be obeyed, dear Leader, to rise against this totalitarian regime and oust them.
And on what charges will she be arrested? Trespassing in public ditches? Disagreeing with the administration's lies? Catching the MSM's attention? Exercising her freedom of speech? Being a grieving mother? Bringing attention to the insanity of war and violence? Possibly, it could be the charge of showing the Whole World what a coward your dear Leader is. One petite, yet strong woman scares the puling moron! That is really rich. I hope that more truly fearsome women come out and show the world how democracy works. Right on Cindy, Amy and Dede! Right on all of you who are willing and able to stand with her in the ditch. The world is watching and I bet that it is not only those in the "free" world.
Subject: Petrodollars vs. eurodollars=more war
Your link, Petrodollar Warfare: Dollars, Euros, and the Upcoming Iranian Oil Bourse (Media Monitors), is so right-on-important that it deserves top page space.
Yesterday: Star Tribune, front page, top, left: Military set to react to attacks.
Today: CNN: President Bush said Tuesday that he is deeply suspicious about Iran's nuclear ambitions, but that the country's new leader has indicated a willingness to negotiate.
The dots are there for your readers to connect. Help us do that.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The perfect time
Dear Buzzers/Buzzies/Buzzites (what DO Buzzflash readers call themselves?):
According to BuzzFlash's interview with Cindy Sheehan, there are several dozen supporters hanging in there with her to shame Bush into granting an audience with his cowardly eminence in Crawford, Texas. I know there are several large demonstrations planned for September in Washington, but hey--the time is ripe, the media is THERE (and will be throughout Bush's August vacation). It'll get media attention other planned protests probably would not.
What if---day by day, more and more people arrive, to camp out in the ditch with Cindy? What if---instead of a few dozen, the crowds swell to hundreds, or even thousands? Shouting: "Meet with the PEOPLE! Listen to the PEOPLE! Explain this war to the PEOPLE!"
Bush would ignore this at his peril. And even if he deigned to come out and speak to Cindy, he'd be assailed with more questions (more moms of soldiers, more angry citizens), a crowd who won't buy his scripted responses and fancy photo ops. This crowd won't applaud, and for once, in front of the cameras, the rest of the world can see what everyone else is thinking: the king has no clothes.
Just a thought. If I could go, I would. Maybe the bloggers could send someone and have day by day reports, tallying the daily supporters/arrivals.
Now's the perfect time!!
A Buzzflash Reader
Subject: The right to privacy is "mythical"???
Just read the John G. Roberts comment/opinion calling the right to privacy a unicorn ... or a leprechaun ... or some other mythical creature. Sorry, but -- dragged, kicking and screaming, into American history courses -- I came out with a totally different opinion. The founding fathers did NOT intend the government to peek through windows to observe Americans' sexual behaviors. For someone (ANYONE) to claim to be a literal "originalist" interpretation of the Constitution and then become -- yes, the word the Repugs hate most -- an ACTIVIST judicial presence (i.e., where does banning contraception and/or abortion factor into this picture? Answer: nowhere). Our constitution was designed to allow for changing times. It was flexible -- unlike this administration (and a few others) that have tried to fix their personal/political/religious views in stone -- just like those tasteless stone monuments to the 10 commandments they're trying to shove into our faces.
The original revolutionaries -- and I'm STILL impressed how even ideologically and personality differing types like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson managed to compromise on values that held our country together for so many years -- DELIBERATELY kept restrictions on (a) the imposition of religion; and (b) the "rights" of any governmental agency to invade the privacy of any citizen. Period.
We have another Rove-ian moment going on right now. Anyone who's actually READ the Constitution (which I was forced to do in those history courses!) realizes that protection from search and seizure IMPLIES (almost GUARANTEES) a right to privacy. The current religious right/neocon control freaks want to take this away -- and -- ironically -- base their arguments on the "original intent" of our Constitution. That is bulls... pure nonsense. I read and studied the Constitution reluctantly (I was an English major forced to minor in history; this was decades ago; I'd rather have minored in biology or biochemistry and become the second Stephen Jay Gould: a literate science writer.) But I DID read -- and study -- the Constitution -- and the attempt to deprive Americans of our private life is just one more attempt of the neocon/religious right coalition to hijack our clearly defined rights.
Oh -- even though Margaret Atwood (hey, I AM a former English major) is from Canada, everyone -- especially those of the female persuasion -- should read her book, The Handmaid's Tale. It's absolutely as relevant as George Orwell's 1984. And, with the continuing encroachment of this regime on women's rights, possibly even more so at the moment. Brrrr. It may be 90 degrees here in GA, but I feel a chill in the air.
Barb in Athens, GA
Subject: Cindy Sheehan and the Power of Peaceful Protest
Rosa Parks sparked the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s when, in 1955, she REFUSED to sit at the back the bus -- as African-Americans were required to do in the American South at that time.
Her refusal and subsequent arrest by the Montgomery, Alabama police led to a bus boycott by the black citizens of Montgomery -- who happened to provide a large part of the bus companies' revenue.
Their courage and resoluteness brought the Montgomery town officials to the point of surrender, and blacks no longer had to sit at the back of the bus.
Martin Luther King, then a young and little-known preacher, came to national prominence after that by organizing other peaceful protests against the segregation laws of the South.
Rosa Parks' "simple" gesture of refusing to be discriminated against led to the eventual passage of the Civil Rights Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Mohandas Gandhi and his followers walked hundreds of miles to the sea and obtained sea salt. When he started on the march, Gandhi had only a few hundred followers but, by the time they reached the sea, they were a group of many thousands of people. People from many villages that they passed through decided to walk with them. After Gandhi's salt march, in 1930, all the natives of the coast of India learned how to make and sell salt. As a result, the Indians did not have to buy the salt of the British. That march -- which started with a single step -- led, eventually, to the British giving up their control of India.
CINDY SHEEHAN started what may be a similar Event of Great Magnitude when she walked down a dusty road to ask the president of the United States what "noble" cause her son had died for in Iraq.
That's about what "they" said to Gandhi:
A Loyal BuzzFlasher
Subject: Changing a light bulb
How many members of the Bush administration does it take to change a light bulb?
1. One to deny that a light bulb needs to be changed; 2. One to attack the patriotism of anyone who says the light bulb needs to be changed; 3. One to blame Clinton for burning out the light bulb; 4. One to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a secret stockpile of light bulbs; 5. One to give a billion dollar no-bid contract to Halliburton for the new light bulb; 6. One to arrange a photograph of Bush, dressed as a janitor, standing on a step ladder under the banner: Light Bulb Change accomplished; 7. One administration insider to resign and write a book documenting in detail how Bush was literally in the dark; 8. One to viciously smear #7; 9 One surrogate to campaign on TV and at rallies on how George Bush has had a strong light-bulb-changing policy all along; 10. And finally one to confuse Americans about the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Cindy, O, Cindy...
I just tried to e-mail a letter of support to Cindy Sheehan, but AOL had a message that told me:
"The following problems occurred while processing your request:
SCINDY121 - This member's mailbox is full.
Your mail has not been sent. Please correct the problems listed and try again."
Someone should contact AOL and ask if that isn't a most unusual incident for a private mailbox holder.
Subject: I Believe Bush Is Mentally Deficient, Simplistic...and.....
...and very, very dangerous.
I honesty believe that he is a very sick man. I find him simplistic, almost to the point of being mentally deficient, retarded if you must say.....and that he really doesn't fully comprehend what he has unleashed....
You can almost tell that by the way he responds to questions that he didn't expect...like a child, like a little boy who has had his favorite toy taken from him.
I believe his mind is that of a much younger person and that he is constantly being helped by those around him...and yet, whenever he opens his mouth, he is a simplistic fool.
I don't think he really understands what he has done, not at all.
It is very dangerous to have that kind of a person in the most powerful position on earth...as we now see.
Subject: Cindy Sheehan -- Wouldn't It Be Great?
First; you guys do a great job.
Wouldn't it be great if you folks, Bartcop, DU and others could find a few Email addresses that us 'common folk' could send a note off to in support of Cindy? Ever have a week, whoops rather a month of rained out vacation? If we could all 'pull together as a team' August just might become the monsoon season in Texas. Just a thought.
[BuzzFlash Note: See "Cindy O Cindy" above. An alternate way to reach Cindy Sheehan would be to contact the Gold Star Families for Peace: http://www.gsfp.org/.]
Subject: The DEA Dealings in Canada
Okay, I was not going to comment on this subject at all to BuzzFlash, but I am steaming mad about it, and have been since Marc Emory was first arrested in the name of the DEA, an American agency that should have no say over Canadian policies. I decided to write about this after reading an article by an American writer, Keith Gottschalk at the Rabble.ca internet site.
Marc Emory is the leader of the BC Marijuana Party, a legitimate party in our province. He owns and operates a store in Vancouver that sells hemp products along with other marijuana products and paraphernalia and who supports the legalization of marijuana. I have no problem with legalizing the ingestion (smoking) of marijuana or hash(ish) because it is relatively harmless in comparison to legal drugs such as alcohol and cigarettes. Many in Canada believe this as well, though certainly not all. What is understood though, it that marijuana has qualities that are beneficial to health, regardless of those who would deny the research.
That said, what has me feeling this anger, is the fact that it was done to kowtow to the American administration and not as a response to public Canadian pressure. Should Marc Emery be tried, there is no way that it should be in the abusive US justice system. It should not even go to trial at all. He did not evade taxes, he did not hide what he was doing nor do many of us think that it was particularly illegal. Our government is getting far too accommodating to the US administration and it should be put out of its misery (bye bye Paul Martin, no way Babybush Harper) to allow true left and progressive persons take charge of Canada and take back our sovereignty.
For another article by Mr. Gottschalk about Canada, go here, http://www.rabble.ca/columnists_full.shtml?x=40576.
Subject: Recess Appointments
I wrote to both Senators Boxer and Feinstein about the Recess appointment authority presidents think they have per the Constitution. Since my request only went out a few days ago and since I requested snail mail responses, it is too early to report on their take on the subject.
However, the Constitution says in Article II, Section 2, paragraph 3:
"The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the end of their next Session."
The Constitution does NOT say, "The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies during the Recess of the Senate ..."
I think those three little words "that may happen" are pretty darn important. Those three words prevent a President from overriding the Senate when it holds up an appointment that was made to a vacancy that occurred prior to the Recess.
I think the purpose of that statement was to fill an important, unexpected vacancy when the Senate was not in session, although the President has the authority to call the Senate back to act in such an event.
What do you think?
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Interesting point, but there are many precedents, as this site documents ... http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia....]
Subject: What are you afraid of?
Dear President Bush:
I think that Iraq Gold Star Mother Cindy Sheehan deserves some answers to some simple questions. Why do you not just stroll on down the driveway and talk to her? What are you afraid of? She is just the 48 year old Mom of Casey Sheehan, KIA in Sadr City on 4 APR 04, not a "national security threat." The only threat she poses to you is an acceleration of your current free fall in the polls, and you have no one to blame but yourself for that. You can even wear your ear piece and radio pak under the back of your jacket so Karl Rove can coach you on what to say. Come on, you're not afraid to talk to girls, are you? It is beneath the most powerful man in the free world to be afraid of a Mom from California. Why don't you show the sort of courage that you lacked in 1972 when you deserted your Air National Guard unit?
Subject: There's Only One Story Right Now....Cindy Sheehan
As a mother, I know that the only fear I have in life is the loss of my precious child. When I read about parents who have lost a child through murder or illness, I always wonder: "How do they breathe? How do they raise themselves to face another day? What other thoughts could possibly enter their minds after they realize each morning that their child is dead?"
Cindy Sheehan so eloquently speaks about that absolute primal pain of losing a child. We are all right there, with her.
That Bush refuses to meet with her simply illustrates the fact that the man has no soul. Surely this has been proven time and time again, with his Texas death-row assembly line, and his gleeful abandon at the mere thought of WAR, let alone his nonchalance at sending our children into the quagmire of Iraq. Bush is a human void; there is not one single hint of compassion in his words, his actions, his cocky, swaggering, cowboy attitude.
Contrast that with the raw emotion of a mother whose heart has been ripped apart by her loss. There is no one in this country, except for the neo-con bastards like Bush, Hannity, Drudge, etc., who can listen to Cindy Sheehan and not feel that pain. None of us can watch her and stop ourselves from imagining what we would do if we lost our precious baby in a horrendous, horrible war with no cause, no reason, no hope for peace or settlement.
That's why small, insignificant Cindy Sheehan, a mom from Vacaville, California, has become the David against Goliath. Her peaceful yet powerful insistence on the truth, her refusal to walk away without the confrontation she needs to justify her son's death, and her dignity, above all else, will topple that little man Bush as easily as one blows out a match.
We owe Cindy our support, our prayers and our voices! Don't stop now, America. Bush is between a Rock and Hell, and we all know where he belongs. Let's send him there.
Cindy, my prayers and thoughts are with you and I'm sure millions of people reading BuzzFlash feel the same. I hope you or your supporters there in Crawford will read BuzzFlash and feel our energy and use it to be strong, stronger than you already are. God Bless You, you are our Heroine!!
Elaine in Petaluma
Subject: Rescue Baghdad from Bush
Dear Buzz and American Patriots,
We as Americans MUST care about our fellow human beings in Iraq. Our Constitution is not written in latin. It is written in english. It is the simplicity of the ideals that it embodies that gives it the eloquence that it shares with the Declaration of Independence that in turn reflects the the fervent yearnings of our country's founders to create a system of governance where each individual system can live in freedom under a system of governance that treats each citizen equally under the law.
Nothing could be clearer than the traitorous conduct of bush and cheney. They hold themselves above the law and are therefore in violation of their oaths of office. These two individuals and many others must be removed from office and brought to justice. No one is entitled to send other humans to be tortured in foreign countries with a wink and a nod that they will not be tortured or otherwise harmed. We have - or had - a judicial system in this country that is entirely capable of dealing with any type of criminal behavior and to dispense justice under our state and federal laws.
We have been duped. We, and most importantly including the members of our military forces, were lied to. We were told that Iraq represented an imminent threat to the security of the United States. This was not true, and the conspiracy that led up to our invasion and occupation of this sovereign country has now been exposed. Even under Saddam the Iraqi people did not suffer as they are now. Following a link from BuzzFlash, I read about young male children being forced into sexual slavery because of the breakdown in Iraqi society that resulted from our occupation of their country. Our service men and women did their duty when they defeated Saddam's army and successfully occupied Iraq. But now they and all the rest of us know the perfidy of bush and cheney. Our soldiers have a duty as citizens higher than their obligations under military law to cease and desist in the fighting there - to refuse unlawful orders and do nothing to further harm the citizens of Iraq. Each and every American must fully voice our opposition to this unlawful war and do everything in our power to legally rid ourselves of this petty little tyrant bush. We can ameliorate any further damage that this traitor can do by making our voices heard using every means at our disposal. Our system of government was so well designed that we will have yet another opportunity to impeach and remove both bush and cheney from office by changing the balance in the House of Representatives in 2006. The time is ripe and the hypno-toad Rove is losing his insidious influence over well intended Americans. His machinations and crimes are being laid bare - or at least partially denuded. Cover yourself Rove - you're an embarrassment to America. We know you for a snake in the grass and a traitor as well. Call somebody queer if you dare, or have your slimy underlings do it for you - we're onto your tactics and the focus is on YOU.
With the House restored to democratic control, the slime balls in the executive branch will finally be subject to investigation. We all know that we won't have to scratch very deep for the pus to start gushing out. bush and cheney are an inflamed wound in our democracy that will require a diagnosis by the House and an excision by the Senate.
America! Leave the fate of Iraqis to Iraqis and tend to the beam in our own eye. Our government is in the process of being overthrown and the White House should be painted black, it is such a center of deceit and immorality. Think how inured we have become to the republican lexicon. The word "ridiculous" is republicanese for "true." Even the honorable concept of "hard work" is reduced to fu**ing around on a ranch in Texas while Baghdad burns and American soldiers continue to die for a cause that is WRONG. And worst of all it is doomed to failure - because Iraqis - those freedom haters - want the freedom to determine their own fate.
Where is Osama bin Laden? Playing gin rummy with bush, cheney and Rove? Wouldn't surprise me at all.
BTW: S***w John Kerry, Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein and even Hillary Clinton for being such stupid nabobs.
God Save America,
Subject: Thoughts late at night . . .
I have been reading of late about the book the CIA refuses to allow. ( Ex-CIA agent sues to publish Tora Bora account ) It is about letting Bin Laden "slip away" at Tora Bora. It was no accident. I think BushCo will "let him slip away" again and again and again. Because if we capture Bin Laden, we will have to give up this "war on terror" charade. We will have "won." And we will have no reason to "stay the course" because the "course" will be finished. We cannot be in this war for oil, that would be un-American. We cannot be in this war for empire, that would also be un-American. Besides, didn't Bush state in his 2000 campaign that he was not pursuing empire building? We are pursuing "noble goals" ... WMDs? Freedom and Democracy? Fighting them there so we won't have to fight them here?
Bush has every reason to continue his "war on terror" (or terra - earth) - Halliburton, Bechtel, General Motors, CACI, Chevron, IMF, World Bank, FOX News. (http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?list=type&type=176 )
Without war, he could be seen as the true dictator he is - or wants to be. Without war, he could be accused of and tried for war crimes - even in absentia. By god, I'd love to sit on that jury. We can never ever win this war . . . BUT we can never ever lose. So we keep fighting.
And Halliburton gets richer, and Bechtel gets richer, and Bill Gates gets richer, and Intel gets richer, and General Motors gets richer, and Rupert Murdoch gets richer.
And the poor get poorer. And our children keep dying, and the Iraqi children (or the children in the next sovereign nation we invade) keep dying in this never ending war of George Bush. Because he is a "War pResident."
Thanks Buzz for being here.
Leslie . . .
P.S. ... and if you watched The Daily Show tonight (Tuesday) you saw Jon Stewart showing Bush repeat the word "war" over and over and over again in his speech last Wednesday. And when he finished, he had that same evil smirk on his face.
Subject: The Iranian War Beat
It's starting again...
This time, Donald kicks it off, in response to the trafficking of advanced weaponry through the Iranian border to Iraq:
"It is true that weapons clearly, unambiguously from Iran have been found in Iraq. That's a big border and it's notably unhelpful for the Iranians to be allowing weapons of those types to cross the border. It's a problem for the Iraqi government. It's a problem for the coalition forces. It's a problem for the international community. And ultimately it's a problem for Iran."
With a follow up from George, regarding Iran's nuclear intentions:
"We'll work with our friends on steps forward, on ways to deal with the Iranians if they so choose to ignore the demands of the world. We're very deeply suspicious of their desires and call upon our friends in Europe... to lead the diplomatic effort to convince the Iranians to give up their nuclear ambitions."
And don't forget, Dick already gave the order to prepare for war...
The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons.
Interesting that the means popped up before the motive... Don't you think?
They're planting the seeds for war again...
Subject: Do As I Say, Not As I Do
I read this in a HOUSTON CHRONICLE news story on the filming of THE DA VINCE CODE.
"A lot of people are getting their view of Christianity and the Bible from the book," said Alex McFarland, a speaker and writer for Focus on the Family, an evangelical group.
And whose fault is it that people get their idea of the Bible from DA VINCI? Could it be that they are staying away from organized religion in droves after seeing how religious leaders act? Like Dobson?
Subject: Saddam's Trial and Cindy Sheehan
Likely, one of the reasons Bush wants Saddam's trial delayed...is that he does not want anything to slip out at that trial that might make him complicit in anything...Just a thought!
And to Bill Owens, Dallas, Tx....as Buzz explained...and I remember reading somewhere, I cannot find it now, the complete transcript of that statement made my Cindy Sheehan. If you do take it out of context, as you have....it takes on a completely different meaning. You really..to be fair, must include the entire statement. And, I can tell you from experience, not as a mother, but as a sister.......you are in total shock the first year for me....and likely for Cindy. Although...I am very sure that she made an Anti-Bush commercial for the election last year...in which she could not hold back the tears after watching the horrid display of unfeeling arrogance....at the Press Club dinner...when he went looking for WMD...pulling back tablecloths...and looking under different pieces of furniture...with a stupid remark, "They have to be here somewhere"... It was insulting to me....for any soldier killed in Iraq...for the death of any child...innocent children and women...of the Iraqi resistance. But, if I had lost a child there.....I think it would have been much too much.
Subject: All mothers who lost their sons and daughters in Iraq
Perhaps other mothers, and fathers too should go to Crawford Texas to be with Cindy Sheehan, make it sisters, brothers friends as well, demanding the same thing she is. What did my child die for? They have the right to know. We all do.
If you know any bus, plane or train schedules or find out, you might print them for these people. Perhaps someone could get a few carpools going, although with the price of gas make sure others chip in.
I lost someone I loved dearly in Viet Nam in 1968, six days before he was due to leave and come back home. I still don't know why he was killed. A beautiful man gone forever for nothing.
Subject: Refreshing truth
Amy Branham, of Gold Star Families for Peace, wrote an excellent article filled with truth. When it comes to Bush, truth has been relentlessly avoided by the American media. Amy's article should be published in every newspaper in the country, unedited and completely in context. Ms. Branham surely represents the reporting we once had in a free country before Bush. Rather than say, "What you don't know won't hurt you," it would be correct to say, "Americans are starved for truth, candidness and honesty in the media." Freedom has been strangled and no longer rings there.
Subject: New York Times Reaches a New Low
The Times shows again just how corrupt they are.
They chose to mention the war on the front page today - something they are very reluctant to do - but they made a joke about it.
Like W doing a frat boy routine when people are dying - amused that he could not find weapons of mass destruction, his friends at the supposedly 'bleeding heart' liberal paper decided to provide a little amusement for their constituency today.
"Why Baghdad Must Make Do With Take-Out"
Is this supposed to be an inside joke? Sort of a Woody Allen meets civil war?
Their financial problems are mainly due to the Bush economics - companies are spending less on advertising, just as citizens are spending less on movies, music and everything else.
But I'm going to be cheering for every step toward the collapse of this criminal gang.
When Judy Miller REALLY goes to prison we hope some of the editors and publishers will join her.
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