August 19, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: "Culture of Corruption"
Greetings from Ohio, where Bush stole election 2004 and Gov. Taft has proven yet again that republicans are as corrupt as they come. Commenting on Taft's no-contest plea, a possible Democratic candidate for governor, Mayor Coleman of Columbus, noted the "culture of corruption" that has been cultivated by the republicans. Remember those three words. If we beat that drum again and again, the national media, even biased as they are, will pick up on it, and it is a message that can be used to great effect in 2006 and 2008.
Subject: Candlelight Vigil
On the CNN webpage, I saw an article about the candlelight vigils held around the country protesting the war in Iraq. As would be expected, a counter demonstration is being planned by a pro-war organization. Here's a snippet from the article.
Now I don't know Kristinn Taylor and maybe she's a good person that is simply horribly misguided about what the candlelight vigil is suppose to represent. In all likelihood she is from a military family and feels peace activists are a threat to her family members safety overseas. To those who feel as Kristinn does, try and follow my reasoning.
There is an obligation on the part of the government to produce evidence to justify the invasion of a sovereign country. This may sound like a technicality to you, but it isn't to the families of dead soldiers. If evidence cannot be produced, then those responsible must be held accountable for their actions and a withdrawal or exit strategy must be planned.
In no way is this lack of support for the troops. Protection of America's sons and daughters is everyone's goal.
I'm not going to question Kristinn concern for the Iraqi people but it is my feeling that the country stands a better chance of becoming stable if the Islamic militants' favorite target (Western troops) are not in Iraq.
There will be political upheaval and it will be chaotic, but we are not helping the situation by staying.
Now the article says that Kristinn is planning a pro-Bush rally. This isn't a pro-Bush rally, it's a pro-war rally. They are coming together to support an unjustified invasion of another country that has our troops fighting and dying in and effort to gain….what…I don't know anymore.
Why call it pro-Bush? Might as well say pro-Republican, and it still makes no sense. I don't know who made the characterization of a pro-Bush rally, Kristinn or CNN, but it falsifies the entire purpose of the event. I digress.
It saddens me to see that when people try and hold this administration accountable for their actions, there is always a group of people who come along and feel the need to stand up and defend the criminals and prevent justice from happening. Sorry, Kristinn, a pro-Bush rally, that's just phony-baloney to me. Just another pathetic publicity stunt.
A BuzzFlash Reader since 2001
Subject: Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan Misses Target Blows Self Up
To the Bush apologists who have taken to slandering Cindy Sheehan, I say "Bring It On"! By doing so, you have at long last shown the American public who you truly are, what you truly stand for, and how low you are willing to go to maintain power and shield these war criminals from accountability. Your Swift Boating of this lady has repulsed mainstream Americans including those with conservative sensibilities.
Bush has broken our military in this illegal war of choice, and as a result recruitment and retention levels are down by 30%. More than 6 out of 10 of your fellow countrymen think the war is not only wrong, but is being incompetently executed. As a result, three out of four parents would actively discourage their children from joining the military. And of course 0 percent of our civilian leadership have their children serving in this "noble cause."
This is a put up or shut up moment for the war hawks, the pundocrats and their followers. Until you have decided to risk sacrificing what Cindy Sheehan has, you have no credibility on this issue.
Armies don't go to war, nations do. The challenge is clear not only to the highest echelons of power, but to the rank and file ditto-heads; if you believe the cause in Iraq to be so righteous and noble, what have you done to ensure that your children carry their fair share of this burden? After all, if you can't convince your own kin, why should anyone else believe you?
Subject: Bill O'Reilly Made Me Dizzy Last Night
Just when I thought the lies couldn't get any more down and dirty, Bill O'Reilly is now blaming Bill Clinton for 9/11. O'Reilly is dangerous because he takes just enough information to make his comments sound truthful, he leaves out important details, and then he spins the hell out of facts until they no longer even resemble truth.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Being Rich the Only Way to Get Help?
Retirement means second career for me in this twenty-first century. There is no idyllic sitting on the back porch, sipping coffee after sleeping late days for me. To pay taxes, medical bills, I needed to work. It became apparent very quickly that I was not going to be working in my old field and just as apparent was the fact it was age discrimination disguised nicely. Overqualified is the term.
I took a job as a driver; no benefits, no compensation other than a flat daily fee. The saving grace is that the tax write off for this job is terrific. Now, today I see another 6 cent jump in the cost of a gallon of gas adding another 48 cents per day to the $1.40 per day it jumped last week. Forty dollars more per month, equaling the cost of the cell phone I am required to carry.
My prescriptions went up $30 this month along with a $12 increase in the cost of health insurance. It is hot this August and I am tired. I cannot take a vacation because I don't get paid. I didn't get paid for July 4th and I won't get paid Labor Day. So basically I am losing 4 days' pay for the months of July and August.
I haven't heard the President say one word about helping me with this. I do see where his energy bill helped the oil companies get multi-billion dollar tax incentives to go along with their spectacular multi-billion dollar profits. Why can't he help me? I don't require billions or millions or even thousands or hundreds. I am talking tip money for his friends. Why can't he do anything?
I thought he loved this country. Where is the proof that he loves this country more than he loves Saudi Arabia? Fuel is costing me over $400 per month. Three years ago it was just a little over $200. I can't put oil in the tank this winter. I couldn't afford it last winter, which by God's grace was warmer than normal. Why is everything going backwards? I used to be middle-class. Now I am damn near bankrupt which is almost against the law anymore. Am I alone?
Subject: Regarding the "Pizza Billboard Causes a Stir" link
I passed along the "Pizza billboard causes a stir" link from your website to a couple friends, and one came back with this very nice photograph of another billboard which appears to be in the same New Zealand marketing campaign.
Enjoy, I know I did.
Here's the link:
C'mon give us our wall,
make it stand tall
We need more years,
to fill it up
What do you say Rummy,
I feel in my tummy
Don't let "Tricky Dick",
make you all look like hicks,
Say George, why don't you send the twins
It would show all the world,
what a "noble cause"
Who cares about bringing Democracy,
So let's stay the course, not cut and run
Bebe Gordon 2005
The repairing of a legacy has officially begun ...
(a video clip from MSNBC's Hardball, where they state an absurd case that likens George to Harry Truman)
Subject: Root cause
In the 8/17 Mailbag, a contributor said we need to count future votes one by one. I agree that something has to be done. Since GW Bush in 2000, too many elections have left many legitimate questions about voting improprieties. There is too much evidence that our elections are fixed by republicans. I cannot stress how important it is that our voting process is corrected in the name of honest elections:
** Without verifiable voting, republicans will tyrannically rule infinitely
** War in Iraq will rage on, killing more of America's finest
** We could likely be in an additional war
** The Cindy Sheehans will be a thing of the past
** Investigations of the present administration will blow away like TX dust
** The US Supreme Court could be solid neocons
** Dishonest elections could put more republican State Governors in power
** Democratic voices would be silenced, possibly even BuzzFlash
** Protests would be unlawful
** Democrats/Independents may be forced to pack it up and go home
** The US could become more fascist than any country in history
** Etc., etc.
If we fail in getting honest elections, the US as we knew it, will be a country of the past... totally unrecognizable. We will have more of the same and worse. Most of the country's ills can be traced directly to fixed elections. They are the root cause of every debacle that has transpired over the last five years. Without foolproof voting, US citizens may as well stay home on future election days. Go to the root of the problem forgodssake.
Victims of extremely questionable elections: Gore, Kerry, Mondale, Cleland, Hackett and more that received little mention in the media.
Subject: Casey's Vigil
Just a report from the front lines. Just an incredible turnout. 200 in a little suburb. Everyone was proud and said, this is only the beginning, we have to keep going. The news stations were there and reporters as well. Nearly every car that drove by honked and gave us a peace sign.
Best sign: Sorry World, We Tried.
Waiting for the news coverage now. Another early news showed what looked like a thousand in a different suburb.
Brought my sister, she was the loudest, and her daughter. We sang, "give peace a chance," "we shall overcome," "god bless america." Then we had a chant, one side of the street said, "stop the war," then we chanted "bring them home."
It felt so good to be there. If you ever have the chance, it feels great. Remember this is only the beginning.
Thank You, Cindy. And as I told the camera, God Bless, Casey.
Subject: Bill O'Reilly, Mean Drunks On Barstools
I can really understand the analogy of Bill O'Reilly and a loud mouth mean drunk on a bar stool and wanting him to shut up or turn off his mic. But we shouldn't do either and here is why: The drunk is more apt an analogy then you let on. Yes Bill O'Reilly is like that drunk on the stool. And like the drunk, he will misspeak, blather on, make people angry and yes, fall off the stool. But like a drunk in the bar, O'Reilly has done all that, in a manner of speaking, on TV. He is tolerated, like the drunk, as long as he keeps bringing business. The day comes for all drunks, (drunk on power, booze etc.) when they will not be tolerated regardless of business, or they drive business away. Though every trigger is different, their downfall only comes after they are afforded their post to rattle on from, bar stool, TV show, whatever. When you shut them down by force, you lengthen the time to their inevitable end, and deprive everyone from seeing it happen. No lesson for everyone, or entertainment for anyone. When the drunk is booted or barred, they then have to enter the 'real world' and deal with the consequences. This eventually leads to ruination, jail or both.... drunk and: driving; disorderly; bad judgment it will come.
Subject: A Toxic President with too Much Power!
A Toxic President engaged the U.S. with a "fixed policy" in an unjustified war, and we are losing his Toxic War! Through corruption, secrecy, and a major power grab, he and his Cabinet and Republicans have abused their power and the country suffers in every way because of it. Grabbing power is one thing, knowing how to use it is another, using it for self-interest, empire building, and a legacy, George W. Bush has shown he doesn't know how to use the power that some gullible citizens entrusted to him. His policies, his irresponsibility, show the only thing that is obvious, is that Bush's appetite along with the majority Party appetite for more power has increased! That goes for corruption in the Bush Administration, which also tell us why power never should be concentrated in the hands of a few!
Bush should be IMPEACHED!
Subject: Googling Christopher Hitchins ... Guardian UK
Ian Katz [guardian feature editor], in article "When Christopher met Peter" May 31st/2005 ...there is a quote from Hitchins in which he says ... "I can't stand anyone who believes in God, who invokes the divinity, or who is a person of faith. I mean that to me is a horrible repulsive thing."
This A.M. [Thursday 8/18/05] Hitchins was guest on c-span Washjrnl. He verbally slaughtered Cindy Sheehan. This should sit well with all the Christian RT wing and Muslims ... most of the world for that matter.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Maine Keeps Vigil for Troops - Demands Truth
In Maine's Central Maine Morning Sentinel, in Maine's most conservative district, support strong for troops, but not for war.
Show of support for woman's Texas protest (Morning Sentinel)
judith miller is sitting right where she belongs. she is trying to protect people who tried to destroy a whistle blower trying to expose lies to the american people. she basically worked for bush while being paid by the ny times. she should rot in jail.
Subject: Jamieson's second column on C. Sheehan
Here he goes again!
... Well, Mr. Jamieson, you're not alone in your ad hominem attacks against Cindy Sheehan. With this second gratuitous shot, you've joined a pretty prestigious club that boasts among its members the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin and Anne Coulter. Congratulations! Enjoy your new friends, and, presumably, the new readers who will replace the growing legions of former readers. This time, you even manage to demean the motives of Sheehan's supporters by suggesting that we are gullibly chasing after a saint or a knight on a white horse. Let me assure you, I was active in the civil rights and (previous) antiwar movement when you were still in pampers. I'm pretty hard nosed. And, at my age, I don't suffer fools gladly ...
You're right that Cindy Sheehan isn't Rosa Parks – different times, different situations. But I'm old enough to remember when freedom rides and lunch counter sit ins were dismissed as ‘stunts.' Smirking newspaper columnists derided the participants as publicity seekers and/or dupes of the left. Again, you've joined a wonderful club. And, you know what? I'm also old enough to remember water fountains and restrooms for ‘colored' people. Gee, where did they go?
You're lucky, too, that the PI has evidently decided not to publish any of the hundreds of letters they must have received in response to your last Fox News commentary. Well, let's face it, you're just plain lucky – no kids in Iraq, no cause important enough to disturb your comfortable placidity. Think about it.
Best from a former reader,
Link to column:
Chuck Van Wey
Subject: Rush Limbaugh Slimy Treatment of Cindy Sheehan
lt comes as no surprise that Limbaugh would trash Cindy Sheehan. In Limbaugh's case they must have thrown out the baby and kept the afterbirth.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Another Victim of the Vicious People in Power?
You have to wonder how distressing it was for a mother to watch her daughter get ripped apart in the media by the killers of the Bushevik army.
They have to be stopped. They have killed too many people with their policies and their war on ordinary Americans.
Sorry About Cindy
[BuzzFlash Note: Psychologists studying women aged 70 to 75 also found that "stress remained a significant predictor of the new diagnosis of symptomatic CHD" (coronary heart disease) ... "the Perceived Stress Scale ... proved to be a significant independent predictor."]
Subject: High Oil Prices
Why, if costs of oil have gone up due to a shortage, refining, and such, are the profits skyrocketing??
I also feel that this is another way to get America's mind off the War and the other misadventures of the administration.
I also agree Pres. Bush cannot hold his own with Moms of Peace. How does Laura continue the charade? Knowing the number of killed and disabled in this country and in Iraq, due to her husband being led around like a bull with a ring in his nose. Profits, a mother, how does she do it, I could not, I would be out there. Being the First Lady is not worth it.
Also, in previous wars, (exception) Vietnam, sons of important people in this country fought. Kennedys, Bushes on and on, so why not the Bush Daughters?
Subject: What is happening with Jose Padilla? The pics from Abu Ghraib? Let's ask questions
time to move on to things other than cindy sheehan--now that we have some attention and credibility again in the media
1. what is happening with detainees at gitmo? trials?
2. what is happening to jose padilla? where is the proof of a crime he committed? why has he not been charged with a crime? why has he been held for over 3 years? for what? what happened with the ruling he was supposed to be released if not charged? they let yasar hamdi out.....he was caught on battlefield, padilla was arrested getting off a plane in chicago and there has never been evidence against him. WHERE IS JUSTICE--HE IS AMERICAN.....WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE ABOUT ALL THIS--AREN'T THE RIGHT SAYING WE ARE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM IN IRAQ?
... and where are the answers to all the other questions that have been asked that our media just let die? time to get the questions asked again. this is insane.
Subject: Give us a way to tell CNN and Fox we no longer even watch them.
Please give us a means in BuzzFlash to let the major media know, we have had enough and no longer accept their bogus news reports.
[BuzzFlash Note: Scroll down to the bottom of our home page to find "OTHER NEWS SOURCES" and "WHITE HOUSE/GOP PROPAGANDA MISINFORMATION SOURCES." Then click on the news outlet you want to contact.]
Subject: for anyone who knows bill maher ... put out the call
please get a hold of bill maher...personally. ask him to go thru or have someone go thru his old "politically incorrect" show tapes and pluck out all the right-wing pundits and others talking about when bill clinton lied about monica, and them talking about the events leading up to and including his impeachment, and whatever pompous tirades these people said about clinton. then, get clips of all those comments - (they will include coulter, barbara olsen (rip) all the right-wing whack jobs) and play them now and compare what they said then to what they are saying now about w.'s lies.
what a great video and audio that would make watching what they said about one president who never caused the deaths of soldiers and innocents for a lie and what they are saying now, trying to protect this one. this will nail the hypocrisy once and for all. please get a hold of these.
Subject: I Am So Angry I Could Drink Your Spit!
As reports describing the intelligence gathering of Operation "Able Danger" are slowly disclosed to the public, I am beginning to hear the familiar rumblings from the "Far-Out"---oops,--- I mean the "Far Right." Apparently FBI intelligence indicated that Mohammed Atta, one of the pilots of the 9/11 tragedy (along with some of his compatriots), were observed in this country prior to the attack on the World Trade Center. They were apparently on a watch-list of individuals who were part of an Al-Qaeda terrorist cell commanded by Osama Bin-Laden. The Department of Toxicity & Spew contends that President Clinton failed to protect our nation by either capturing or killing Osama when he had the opportunity. Nine months into the term of tough-talking, hard-walking, hip-shooting, take no crap, President Bush; The World Trade Center was demolished in suicide attacks.
When terrorists first tried to take down the World Trade Center with a truck bomb in February 1993, there was no outcry or accusation against George Herbert Walker Bush, who had completed his presidency merely six weeks earlier. Nobody sought political advantage by blaming Bush for the intelligence failures that allowed the terrorist perpetrators to conspire undetected for more than 3 years.
But this President and his sniveling media co-conspirators leave out one essential dynamic. This President who talks to a higher power, who takes responsibility for the good and bad (wink), who owns up to problems like a cowboy home on the range (wink-wink), was not interested in investigating the 50 some-odd reports of impending attacks. Nine months of his presidency were already in the books. There were nine months of multiple warnings that went unheeded. There were nine months of failure to address issues that were ‘clear and present.' There were nine months of failure to act on any component of these warnings. There were nine months of failure to pick up where the prior president apparently failed. This was a perfect opportunity for President Bush to show just how "on the ball" he was. Well, he succeeded in showing the world exactly how effective he is at leading a nation. As a fan of analogy, I offer this anecdote to describe one of the boldest attempts to cast off responsibility this side of the Garden of Eden.
Imagine this…A major league pitcher throws 8 innings of shut-out ball. He hands the ball off to the closer who comes into the ninth inning with a 5 – 0 lead. The closer then proceeds to give up 6 runs in the inning and loses the game. As he is walking off the field, the press surrounds him and asks "what happened?" The closer, with an oddly straight face, says: "Blame the starter…he should have finished the game."
If this is the person you want as President ... if this is the type of press you want covering world affairs ... if this is what makes you a proud partisan, then you've gotten exactly what you deserve.
Alan H. Levinson
Subject: A Letter to Cindy
I am truly sorry for your loss. Your son was also misled into believing he was truly serving his country's interests as I was when I went to Vietnam.
It is now evident that the only interests he was serving was George Bush's, the entire Bush family, and making millions for others like Cheney and his friends at Halliburton and others who are driven by greed and will stop at nothing to profit and fill their bank accounts, even if it means using the lives of thousands.
We Americans should be fighting our government and all the people that cause it to continually malfunction. It's time we take back our country.
Remember that over two hundred years ago there were some brave and patriotic souls who believed we could have and should have a better life, and they got off their collective asses and did something about it. They got rid of the King.
Americans have become too complacent, and lazy about whom they put into office at each election. We have been lied to and manipulated long enough. It's time to do whatever is necessary and change back to what our founding fathers intended. A government truly representative of its people and their interests, not the interests of the people we send to represent us.
We must stop this continued revolving door of professional politicians. Representing our people should be a privilege, and not a profession.
Your attempt to speak with one of this country's most well-known morons is commendable but is a waste of time. He has the compassion of a stone. His only interest is what someone tells him it should be. It's a wonder he can wipe himself, but maybe that's also done for him like everything else.
I send you best wishes and support your efforts, and may GOD BLESS YOUR SON, AND YOU.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Lance Armstrong
Back in the late 90's when liberal Austin was preparing to celebrate Lance's triumphant return, it was a major shock to everyone he stepped out of Air Force One with Bush. It's a shock that his gal-pal Crow is now singing for Bush best friends Dell Computers...and finally, Lance is now riding around Bush's property out there.
Kerry went over there, in France, to woo him; didn't he know the history? Kerry looked as silly courting Lance over in France as he did when he wanted Republican John McCain to join him on the ticket, courting McCain. I am so tired so saying "wake up Democrats."
Subject: GOPs on display
Ed Menken compiles a list of prominent people who did NOT support our troops in 1999:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: What word fits?
After reading Media Matters, "Conservatives, others in the media smear Cindy Sheehan," I couldn't help but feel angry. We've got a mother--an American mother--simply asking "What noble cause did my son die for?" and the Bush-oids try to destroy her, just like they have destroyed person after person who dares challenge Holy King Bush. Seeing their venomous lies, their attacks on her character, their endorsement-through-silence of violence against the crosses and flags and memory of our war dead, all the while ignoring her question--which is becoming America's question.
So I search for a word for people like "(Whatta-)Rush O'Liarity" and there is really only one phrase in American English to say about them: scumbags. Still, we concern ourselves overmuch with debunking these sickos. When in contact with any of them, as soon as they make another stab at Cindy we need to use this exact word, as in: "Attacking an American mother who gave a son to war because she's asking a President what he died for is the behavior of a scumbag. I can't believe you could sink so low." And then, whether dealing with a sicko or just the regular press, return, always return to her question: "What exactly is this noble cause Americans are giving their children for?"
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