August 11, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Open Letter to Cindy Sheehan
(I guess I should address you as "Mrs. Sheehan," but I've read all of your letters and feel that I know -- and like and admire -- you enough to call you Cindy. I almost fell off my chair when I read, in an editorial in today's NYT, that the LIC -- Liar in Chief -- who currently occupies the White House, though he's seldom there on the job -- called you "Mom." I hope you replied by addressing HIM as "Junior" -- or something less printable).
I've followed your pain since I first heard that your son, Casey, died for an unjustified invasion and a war that bore (and still bears, except in the negative sense) the stigma of manipulation/deliberate corruption of data, mainstream media, and the minds of Americans who were swept away by 9/11. I was numbed by 9/11, too, but (a) as I'm sure you know, 9/11 was preventable; the information was available to this administration, but they chose to ignore it; (b) 9/11 was falsely incorporated into an argument that was then employed as a justification for a war that had already been scripted by the neocons.
I realize that I'm telling you what you already know.
I grieve every time I see that the death tolls (both in Iraq and Afghanistan) have risen -- and will continue to rise. I was an activist (in Cambridge, MA) as a student and then (Ph.D. program dropout, so I got an early start) during the Vietnam War era. Several of my students died in Vietnam. One of my favorite fellow chorus singers in high school died there, too. I'm sure all their names are on the wall.
But, even in my late teens (college) and early 20s (grad school and teaching), I recognized the futility and the lies that got us into and kept us in Vietnam. My father erupted when when I started counseling college students on how to avoid the draft. Yes, I realize that Casey volunteered -- but he, along with the rest of us, were lied to. Continue to be lied to.
I'm writing mainly to support your constant efforts to give your son's life (I am so sorry that it ended so early) the meaning that this administration denied him. I wish I could join you in Crawford, TX (where I keep telling BuzzFlash that the landscapers must plant new "brush" on the "ranch" for Bush to be photographed clearing (I've also mentioned the crew that screws the training wheels onto his bicycle and pre-chews his pretzels) -- I would if I could get there and bring my 3 cats along -- but I'm one of the underemployed, uninsured, carless, broke millions of Americans that this administration doesn't care about. Just as they don't care about Casey or any of the others who died for no good reason in Iraq. (I'm happy that Jessica Lynch is now enrolled as a college student -- but you and I -- and anyone who follows the Buzz -- know that HER "ordeal" (no, I'm not minimizing her injuries, just noting the propaganda/photo op phenomenon her experience was used for. Sort of like Bush's "clearing brush" on his faux "ranch.")
I really do wish I could join you in Crawford, TX. (I wouldn't go there for any other purpose but to keep you company during your vigil.) I really, REALLY admire your guts and perseverance. I'm sure Casey (whose spirit lives on) admires you, too, and is grateful that SOMEONE -- certainly not this administration -- is giving his life the recognition and meaning it deserves.
You must be a WONDERFUL Mom. Don't give up: you have MANY more fans and supporters besides me!
Barb in Athens, GA
P.S. to Cindy: I was born and grew up in metro NY; got involved in anti-Vietnam war activities in Cambridge/Boston, MA. (Not too many Georgians agree with either of us, unfortunately.) Keep up the good work! If I had a van, enough $$ (or a major credit card), and could load myself and the cats up and drive to Crawford, I'd be sitting right there with you. Writing this letter seemed like the next best thing. Barb
Subject: US Army Could Recall Retirees 60-70 Years Old
US Army Human Resources Command
Mobilization of Retirees
[Excerpt] By law, retired solders are mobilization assets for life. Current Army policy removes you from mobilization and recall to active duty at age 60. However, volunteers may be recalled up to age 70. Retirees with critical skills may be recalled at any age.
The mailing address is:
US Army Human Resources Command
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: They're All Criminals (cont) - GOP Dirty Tricks Tobin Tied to white House
Your lead story is about James Tobin, the GOP dirty tricks expert who worked in New Hampshire and then the Bush presidential campaign.
Tobin is closely connected to the White House Chief of Staff 'teflon' Andy Card, who (a) has recently been implicated in the 'Rovegate' coverup; (b) was the one who whispered in Bush's ear at the school in Florida on 9/11; (c) is part of the Republican gang in Massachusetts that ran Logan Airport on the day the terrorists boarded the planes that hit the World Trade Center and killed 3,000 people (the planes were filled with Massachusetts residents); (d) was Transportation Secretary under Bush 1.
Here's Card talking about prayer to a group in Maine, where the dirty-tricks Tobin is actually from.
This is why the Rovian strategy of 'attack their strengths' is so important. Although the Democrats are not completely pure, they are much less corrupt than the criminal gang that is running the country. The GOP technique confuses the public on this point, by using their echo chamber to make both parties seem equal in this area, although they are not.
Subject: Pentagon Rally
Am I the only one who thinks this is NUTS? An America Supports You Freedom Walk followed by a country-western concert? What next, Rock n' Roll Remembrance for Pearl Harbor?
'Freedom Walk' to Commemorate 9/11, Celebrate Freedom (American Forces Press Service)
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: We'd like to see Gold Star Families for Peace, the "Jersey Girls," and all the peace activists join in at this taxpayer-funded event honoring our soldiers and the 9/11 victims. Or will there be a litmus test for those choosing to show up?]
Subject: Cindy Sheehan, Mother of Casey Sheehan, KIA 04/04/04 (sent to White House)
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this letter in hopes that you or someone/anyone can help to encourage those who have access to Mr. Bush, to help him understand the importance of the "President" of the United States of America, to meet with Cindy Sheehan, a Mother who lost her son, Casey Sheehan, KIA 04/04/04, to Mr. Bush's war. The son she will never again see. She is a Mother who has questions that need to be answered. It is logical, understanding, and the compassionate thing to do, as she mourns the death of her son in such a tragic circumstance.
She meets for herself and for thousands of other Mothers and Fathers and sisters and brothers and cousins, etc, who are right now grieving in the same way as Cindy Sheehan. We bore these children without the intention to have [them] die in vain. So they can go on to lead valuable lives. Not to die in an un-valuable and wasteful "war."
Thank you, and please give him the poem that has been written by Carly Sheehan, Casey's sister. Upon reading it, the Truth just may set him free. It is good I believe in miracles.
Dolores M. Dryden
Subject: TALKING WOUNDED
Terry Rodgers, wounded in Iraq, declined to meet Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice. This wounded soldier has lost faith in his leaders, and he no longer believes their repeated assurances of victory. 8/11
I think your title is great but the WaPo buried the lead. The big news in the story is what you highlight, but the WaPo stuck it near the end. Who are they trying to protect? How about highlighting their action?
... it reminds us how the MSM is still protecting the administration.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Re: Add Cindy Sheehan To The List
I've long felt that Bush's claim to Godliness was based solely upon people taking his word for it. "We think Bush is a believer." Okay, why so? "Well, he says so." Why is it that we can take him seriously? "He's a believer and believers don't lie." And so it goes.
One thing I'd like to make clear, Bush is not possessed. He's just a natcherly rotten human being. If Bush deals with the spiritual underworld at all, I suspect the Devil considers it beneath his dignity to deal with Bush directly. The Devil probably delegates someone like the ancient god of money, Mammon, to deal with him.
Richmond L Gardner
Subject: Okie From Muskogee
Damn ... looks like we're going to have to profile white guys from the South.
If a White Guy from Oklahoma Tries to Board a Plane with a Bomb, the FBI Makes It Sound Like No Big Deal. Bush Doesn't Want to Alienate the White Guy Okie From Muskogee Vote, You Know. Hey, White Christians Who Board Planes with Bombs Can't Vote for Bush from Jail. 8/11
Oklahoma man held before boarding plane with bomb (Reuters/Yahoo)
Subject: Does the D.L.C. support Cindy Sheehan in Crawford???
DOES THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL STAND WITH CINDY SHEEHAN IN CRAWFORD?
Or does it support the military/ industrial Mafia?
We progressives demand an answer.
SENATOR CLINTON--DO YOU STAND WITH CINDY OR NOT? ONE WORD IN PLAIN ENGLISH, PLEASE.
Thank you, Ma'am.
Subject: Cindy Sheehan
Subject: Corruption by the Numbers; Keeping America Dumb!
The mainstream media and the Bush Administration are in collusion to keep Americans Dumb! If we gave a number to all the important stories, information, scandals that the Bush Administration has been involved in from the beginning, we would have corruption by huge numbers. If we tried to keep track of the collusion of Bush and cronies and his Pioneers in the Mainstream media we couldn’t keep track of the short shrift given to the many important stories and hidden facts that the public has a right to know!
Prime examples are the excuse of the Downing Street Memo as an “old story.” The short attention focused on the UK Eyes Only Briefings and now the waning attention of “Treasongate” and those higher ups who are to blame, which probably involves the whole Bush Cabinet if the truth were really known!
The 9/11 Commission has a bone to pick with the cover-up of information by the Pentagon, but they haven’t said an encouraging word about following up on the Bush Administrations failures in 9/11. Roberts, a henchman for Bush and the Republicans broke his promise, and said he did not think it necessary to “replow” old ground. Not a word from the rest of them about how the ground was never “plowed” to begin with!
Now it comes out that the already questionable election process has another glitch as the Republican Party quietly pays hush money to keep corruption hidden.
HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ON THE NEWS? OF COURSE NOT!
How can you pre-package corruption and cover your rear end at the same time? It’s easy, and has been used extensively by George Bush and his Cabinet; just SNEAK it by, whether it is an order or a few undeserved recess appointments.
Now he can hold up documents about Roberts or anyone else that could be stealth candidates!
The deception level of corruption in the Bush Administration has reached the “crisis” level, we must not live with denial, but expose the problems. To preserve our Democracy we cannot accept any excuse for letting this Administration or a protective media get away with corruption, cover-ups or power politics without checks and balances!
Subject: Barbara of NYC on Jennings and Clinton
I have challenged Mush Dimbaugh-RNC and many Republicans to this--
Tell me one lie (Intent to Deceive) President Clinton ever told us on policy. ONE.
I may be wrong.
I am a Political Historian of the administrations of Reagan-Clinton-Bush II.
I have tens of thousands of pages of written material on Clinton. Time-Newsweek-NYT-WP etc.
I have hundreds of hours of video on Clinton speeches.
I have been unable to locate a single lie (intent to deceive) he told on policy.
Newt and CBO Head June O'Neill both said--"President Clinton has presented the most honest budgets in history."
He intended to deceive on ML. Lie.
It was disgraceful.
If anyone knows of lie on policy please inform me.
This is making my life, and helping with the depression that my husband and I are struggling with vis a vis the war and economy.
This reminds me of my college days at BU, watching the protesters of the Vietnam War.
I am so proud of her, and as I heard on the news on a Rhode Island station, many more parents are joining her, and asking, "Why did my son and or daughter die in Iraq?"
I have often asked on different talk shows, as has Sheehan, why not his daughters???
Just saw Bush's little speech out there in Crawford. Someone needs to get him some new speech writers. He says the same old lines over and over. People just are not buying that stuff any more, and it makes him look stupid.
Subject: Re Bush says leaving Iraq would send 'terrible signal' (AP/USA Today)
My question about this story by AP is: Is that a "bad signal" like Bush sent when he said "Bring 'em on"? Or when he checked "did not want to go to Vietnam" on his military service form? What kind of signal did that send? Did Bush give comfort to the enemies by saying he did not want to go to Vietnam? What kind of signal did it send when he got out of Air National Guard early, while the Vietnam War was still raging? Someone needs to ask the tough questions. Instead of printing propaganda -- don't you think?
Subject: Rep. Pete King and "America Supports You Freedom Walk"
Here's a letter I sent to Rep. Pete King (R - NY) just now:
Dear Representative King:
Today’s Daily News quotes you as saying “You do not defeat Al Qaeda until you stabilize the Middle East, and that's not possible as long as Saddam Hussein is in power.”
It would seem that our invasion of Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein from power is exactly what has destabilized the Middle East. It is thinking like yours that has trapped the U.S. in an endless, meaningless war that has nothing to do the war on terror – except to increase hatred of the U.S. around the world and expose us to greater risk of another terror attack.
America was told lie after lie by the current administration about ‘weapons of mass destruction’ to frighten us into supporting the illegal invasion of a country that posed no threat to us. WMDs never existed and the administration knew as much, as did anyone who looked past their propaganda. Now we are expected to forget those deliberate lies and ‘stay the course’ because … because why?
Billions of dollars that could have been spent on domestic needs and domestic anti-terror security have evaporated in the sands of Iraq. Over 1800 American troops (and countless thousands of Iraqi civilians) have died for no reason. How many of them were from your district? Do you feel any responsibility for the loss of their lives? Do you have children in their 20’s? Would you encourage them – or your friends’ children – to serve in Iraq?
You also said “we are at war. It's essential that we support our troops.” The way to support our troops is to stop using them as justification to continue a fraudulent war. Government-run propaganda parades belong in a totalitarian state, not a free society. Blind obedience to a dishonest political party will only deepen, not end this tragedy. I am tired of being told that if I object to this disaster taking place I am on the side of the terrorists; that is an un-American sentiment.
Representative King, if you truly love your country you need to take an honest look at what is taking place in Iraq, and level with your constituents and your conscience.
Pentagon announces September 11 concert (The Age)
Subject: Freudian Slips
George attempts to show empathy for Cindy Sheehan's loss, speaking to a crowd 4 miles away from where she is camped out on the side of the road:
In an effort to sympathize with loss of our soldiers, George states "anguish that some feel" ... Did those words actually come out of his mouth? What was he thinking? With the usage of the word "some" in this context, he is clearly indicating that he as well as others, do not partake in the anguish. If he feels remorse for the soldiers who have given their lives, wouldn't the statement have been something more like this:
I share your anguish regarding the death that takes place ...
I understand the anguish that some feel about the death that takes place ...
The first statement implies a sharing of grief, while the second implies a dissociation from emotional attachment and sense of loss. It is well understood that a cunning linguist, George is not, but these are simple words, in simple context.
Was it a Freudian slip, hinting of a psyche that is so detached from the consequences of his actions, that he indeed feels no remorse for the 1800-plus sons and daughters who have given their lives for his failed war? It appears to be a distinct possibility.
Please help get this message out - George showed us today that he has no remorse for the loss of our sons and daughters in Iraq.
Subject: Cindy Sheehan
The war spin machine attacks the messenger when they can't attack the message. Why are anti-war pacifists not surprised? Of course, if even a small percentage of American mothers were to heed Cindy Sheehan's message, and hold back their sons and daughters, where would Bush get his troops from?
The irony of the Iraq war is not only that American and coalition soldiers are losing their lives in horrendous ways but that Iraqi women just may wind up with less "democracy" than they had under Saddam's despotic regime. If that happens, the mothers in Iraq will have even more to thank President Bush for - as if they don't already have enough.
All mothers should unite and march on Washington to let this moronic administration know they've had enough of this war - what can Bush and his merry band do after all ... open fire on them?
Subject: Katherine Harris
Will someone please tell me the name of Katherine Harris' plastic surgeon so that I WON'T go to him/her for my F/L?
What a disaster ... when she speaks it looks like she's hurting ... yuck.