August 23, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Get the transcript of today's (8/22) Limbaugh show
In it, you will find he is now actively and openly advocating violence against the anti-war protesters in Crawford. Today, while discussing the anti-war protests in Texas, he stated, and I quote, "Real Texans are getting their camouflage gear ready for hunting season, ... if you know what I mean" ... (said conspiratorially). It seems to me, that he is encouraging like-minded Texas rednecks to start shooting innocent and unarmed protesters! This fat, drug-addicted bastard has been advocating violence against liberals and Democrats for a long time, and now, Hannity, Savage, O'Reilly, and the rest of their ilk, are doing the same. It seems to me, that they are setting up a scenario for civil war. Is this treason? Isn't it against the law, and FCC regulations, to advocate violence against others? These fascist bastards are going to get someone killed. I encourage BuzzFlash to start a campaign against them for advocating violence ... before someone gets hurt.
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Subject: Cindy Sheehan and How She Helps Bush
The work Cindy Sheehan has done and the excitement and participation it has generated are fantastic. However, I think we need to examine a little closer why the administration is allowing it to happen. If Bush really wanted to defuse the situation and get the media off this story all he would have to do is invite Cindy Sheehan into the ranch, give her a couple of hours of his time. He could then say, “See I gave her a chance to talk, I showed her what a good heart I have, that I am compassionate, I have resolve…blah blah.”
Why doesn’t he do that? My theory: the protest against the war excites his base and gets them off their asses. So now the cable “news” channels have this story to add to the nonstop coverage of “Missing Attractive White Girls.” If they have to cover the protests and counter protests, when are they going to find time to focus on the things that could actually hurt this administration.
We sure haven’t heard a lot about Karl Rove’s illegal activities recently, and the interest in the John Roberts nomination is nearly non-existent. Even the sneaky little Rovian attempt to get conservative groups to come out against Roberts and make him seem more palatable has gotten little coverage. With the mainstream media focused on the Cindy Sheehan story, the independent media outlets are going to have to work harder to bring the spotlight back to the corrupt and dangerous activities of these guys.
Subject: Don't Forget "Fundamentalist"
Your headline about Rudolph's sentencing (Eric Rudolph, white Christian abortion clinic bomber who admires John Ashcroft, to be sentenced. 8/21) left out a key word: Fundamentalist.
Until we liberals and progressives get it that we are dealing with fundamentalists, we won't be able to beat them. They are not simply "conservative Christians." They are fundamentalists and the more we say it the more the "conservative" Christians will see just how radical the "fundamentalists" really are.
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Subject: Bush's New War Promo
I read with interest the link to CNN.com about Pres.' new war promo: comparing the war in Iraq to World War II. It would be more honest if he compared it to the 100 Years War.
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Subject: Another Job Left Undone!
Today we may be greeted with news of another benchmark of progress. The U.S. has been meeting every day, banging on Iraqis' heads to provide the Bush propagandists with good news, but also sacrificing the Iraqi Constitution to a watered down version so the U.S. can point to progress in Bush’s Failing war. The Sunnis will vote “no” on the referendum to pass, so even if the majority Shiite and Kurds caving to the U.S. demands and vote as a majority to pass the Constitution, there remains much unfinished that will come back and bite them in the arse! THIS IS ANOTHER JOB LEFT UNDONE! Bush motives of a Democracy are not as pure as he pretends them to be, his motive is more for political gain then Iraqi rights.
Bush has claimed victory over the Taliban in Afghanistan. Anyone looking hard at that knows that the Taliban went underground and now have come back with a vengeance as more soldiers have been killed this year than in the previous 4 years! The disappearing ink election was a farce passed off as legitimate, as citizens voted many times each. Karzai can’t leave Kabul because of violence surrounding his country! Another JOB LEFT UNDONE!
The tragedy of 9/11 is supposed to be celebrated at the Bush Propaganda Freedom Walk, but OSAMA and al-ZAHAWARI are still out there. Pat Roberts still won’t go through with the promised investigation on the Administration failures in 9/11. What’s to celebrate, in ANOTHER JOB LEFT UNDONE?
Another broken promise - to get to the bottom of Plamegate, as Rove and others in the Administration itself try to get out of responsibility for an act of vengeance and outing a CIA operative. ANOTHER JOB STONEWALLED, AND IT COULD BE LEFT UNDONE!
America listened as Bush and his cronies used false pretenses to get us into war, the DOWNING STREET MEMO ignored, as well as the UK briefs, as accountability is denied again and downplayed to hide corruption! TRUTH DENIED!
Bolton’s appointment was made in recess as this unqualified candidate raises hackles at the UN with demands.
Another JOB LEFT IN THE HANDS OF AN UNPOPULAR PRESIDENT AND HIS UNPOPULAR APPOINTEE TO MESS UP WORLD RELATIONS!
With the economy, the scandals and lies, and the Iraq War, this President, George W. BUSH, will go down in history as the President that LEFT AMERICA UNDONE!
Subject: Salt Lake City Mayor Anderson
At least one democrat has found some spine and stood up to the Bushites. He has instituted an e-mail campaign to demonstrate against bush when he visits his city. He is being lambasted for his patriotic actions but he has held fast.
THANKS TO MAYOR ROCKY ANDERSON.
Subject: Democrats and Diebold?
Diebold has hired ex DNC chairman Joe Andrew to push its vote theft machines across America.
WILL RIGHT-WING CORPORATE DEMOCRATS USE THESE MACHINES AGAINST US AND COMING PROGRESSIVES?
It seems we are going to have to fight them from all sides of the spectrum.
Subject: Treason? More Halliburton War Profiteering
Should we even be surprised any more? My favorite line is this, "We do not tolerate this kind of behavior by anyone at any level in any Halliburton company." I guess she can say that since Cheney is no longer technically their employee. I hope a whistleblower comes forward to explain how Halliburton is getting the kickbacks to Cheney.
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Subject: Where Are the Democrats?
There are times when the silence becomes so deafening that there is no alternative but to speak, no, scream. Where in the Hell are the Democrats. When Cindy Sheehan is standing in the hot August sun in Texas, demanding answers, the Democrats are nowhere to be found. When the Republicans were shredding our Constitution for use as Toilet Paper, where were the Democrats? Lining up to vote for the Patriot Act, that’s where the Hell they were. When George W. Bush went to Congress for the Unconstitutional and Unprecedented power to wage War unchecked by Congress the Democrats let go of their ankles and stood up long enough to vote for giving these Imperial Powers to the President.
The lies and distortions that brought our country into a disastrous and un-winnable war are finally being discussed in the Mainstream media. The Media, in the fashion of a teen-age boy who thinks he invented sex, is acting as if these revelations are just coming to light. The Downing Street memos clearly show that it was administration policy to make war on Iraq many months before it was even mentioned in public and that if facts supporting the case for it were not available, they would make some up. Writers such as Richard Clarke and others have been stating this and the deliberate cooking of facts or “Stovepipng” of intelligence for years. Where were the Democrats? Running scared is where they were. Tail between their legs and urinating on themselves.
The United States has become a Nation that tortures. That is a sad and shameful fact. There is no excuse for it and it is the pinnacle of depravity. Photos and sworn testimony have established the fact that yes, Virginia, the Land of the Free is also the Home of the Sadist. The military and the administration have sold the country on the lame idea that these acts were committed by a few Bad Apples. Bullarkey. Torture and Extraordinary Rendition, (the Secret Transport of Uncharged Prisoners to countries that have no compunctions on the use of Torture), have become the policy of the United States Government. Last I checked there were more than a few Democrats in National, State and Local Government, so where the Hell have you been? With few exceptions (Nancy Pelosi being a notable one), you have not been present. Interestingly enough it was several Senate Republicans that took the moral high ground on this issue in hearings. As the Loyal Opposition you have a duty to loudly and forcefully oppose this sort of Un-American behavior. As a Nation we will never live down the shame of Abu Ghraib and you, my Democrat friends, are complicit.
When the Bankruptcy bill was in Congress and being debated, where were the Democrats? With a few courageous exceptions, they had their palms out to the Credit Industry. I suppose that taking a stand can cost you money. Courage is never cheap. This bill, this huge gift to the Banking Industry, became law with very little Democratic opposition and is now Law of the Land. Ordinary people who find themselves in dire financial straights are hurt enormously by this legislation. The rich, however, are given protection under this Law that the middle class and workers will never enjoy. The natural constituency of the Democratic Party should be the middle class and working families, not the wealthy and their bankers, yet there they were, taking the money.
The Energy Bill which has just been passed and signed into law did so with very little real Democrat opposition, where the Democrats? Taking money from the Energy Lobby? Why isn’t the Democratic Leadership at all levels using their unique access to the media to educate the public about the giveaway the Energy Industry got for their money?
The Highway Bill that just passed was the most blatant waste of the tax-payer’s money since the last Iraq emergency appropriation. The “Pork-Barrel” spending in this fine piece of Legislation goes far beyond scandalous and straight into Criminal. How come no Democrat took a stand and asked why we in Texas are paying for a Bridge to nowhere in Alaska? Where the Hell are you?
When Texas has the lowest rates of High School Graduation and highest rates of teen pregnancy why aren’t the Democrats out ahead of this? Where is the funding for our schools? How come my 5th grader has no textbooks? Where the Hell are you, Democrats? Just where are you hiding? Child immunization rates are the lowest in the country. Mental Heath funds are nearly non-existent. Our streets and Highways are deteriorating faster that they can be rebuilt because the money for infrastructure is drying up. Republicans do not want to pay taxes. That is why we can’t even buy books for public schools this year. Where in the Hell are the Democrats?
The new age of Republican rule has meant what Jim Hightower rightly called "Cash and Carry Government." Is Lobbyist money more important than your integrity? Why won’t you stand up for us? Are you scared? Are you afraid to take a stand that puts you on the wrong side of Tom DeLay? Are you afraid that Karl Rove will come after your character? I have news. Tom DeLay and the Republican Leadership will utterly destroy you when it suits them. They understand something that you don’t. When you try to play along and be reasonable with a bully you are seen by that bully and his friends as weak and stupid. You are to be exploited and abused. If you want the bullying to stop you must stand up. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose but you simply must stand and if they knock you down you get back up and stay in their faces.
Finally, we have the Democratic Leadership Council, in the person of Will Marshall, saying that being against the war in Iraq makes one “Un-American.” I would venture that is the attitude that will make the Democratic Party irrelevant. Un-American indeed, infringing on my right to disagree with my government is what is Un-American. The DLC has given us Hillary for President, a sure-fire formula for electoral disaster, Joe, (Joementum), Lieberman and now this. Keep it up and you will be obscure. By the way, where was Will when John Kerry got the Swift Boat treatment?
It does not surprise that you do not stand with Cindy Sheehan. That would take something you do not have, a spine.
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Subject: Joan Baez and Camp Casey
Joan, you are an angel for coming to Camp Casey and continuing the momentum of what is going on out there while Cindy tends to her mother. You still have one of the most beautiful sweet voices of anyone I know... Thank You!
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Subject: Benedict XVI and the Hitler Youth
I am not trying to defend the new Holy Father but let us not judge him because he used to be an officer in the Hitler Youth. That is between him and God when he dies. One must remember how youth are persuaded by ideologies and the pressure of the German government to join its ranks. Those who did join it were ashamed after the war and lost hope and despaired because the ideology of the Third Reich that they believed in all of a sudden was gone and there was this vast emptiness with nothing to replace it. Some young people could never believe in anything again, or have any faith in God again because they felt guilty and ashamed. Many cannot talk about it to this day...
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Subject: Coincidence or Connection
The two top stories on one major internet server's homepage today are "Terrorists May Case Scene as Homeless." and the one about the president's approval rating falling to 36 percent. What possible connection between these two stories?
Only that it's when our president's popularity tanks that he unleashes his fear-mongering. He knows from past experience that the more he frightens the public, the higher his approval ratings. He must be desperate, though, because he's really reaching with this scapegoating of the most helpless and defenseless among us. What's the president going to do next? Throw the homeless in concentration camps as per FDR's treatment of Americans of Japanese descent during WW II? And If the scapegoating of homeless people (along with Arabs and Muslims, of course) doesn't increase the president's popularity, what's his next move going to be? Remember he's a mass-murderer. He lied about WMD and as a result more than eighteen hundred of our best and brightest have been killed in Iraq. Obviously he'll do whatever it takes to keep empire-USA on the dead-end straight ahead.
This means that if there's another big explosion here in the homeland then the president will be the number one suspect and don't nobody fall for his "I had nothing to do with it." He can tell that to the International Court of Criminal Justice where he'll be on trial for all of his crimes against humanity. . .
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Subject: Meet The Press Or Educating Reuel - Meet the Press on August 21, 2005.
Reuel Marc Gerecht is such a Prince Charming, isn’t he? He’s “not terribly worried” about the rights of women---Iraqi women today or American women in the early 1900’s. Wow. Whattaguy. Mensch. Prince among kings. I rabidly fussed and fumed for a good thirty minutes after watching MTP on Sunday. Here in Hockenheim, Germany, MTP comes on at six in the evening. My husband of thirty years plus and I watch it together. He’s become accustomed to my political fumings over the years.
Reuel’s MTP rhetoric ignited almost a four alarm political fire in our house---I ranted and raved about what idiots men are, my husband assured me not all men are idiots and that I don’t really believe in stereotyping, that I was just letting one man upset me and that reasonable people would not listen to Reuel and that Reuel’s mother or sister would probably clip him on the ear a good one when he got home.
I waited and watched throughout the day Monday. Reuel was not taken to the emergency room for the bandaging of womanly inflicted wounds from his female family members. Reuel was not committed for psychiatric treatment of the unreasonable fear of ghostly suffragettes (suffrageistophobia). Reuel didn’t make the Top Ten Male Idiots of the Week.
Early this morning inspiration came to me (after a cup of coffee, of course) about redeeming Reuel. He lacks understanding of the female condition. He needs enlightenment. Indeed, he brays for it, but I malign the noble ass. WWW.EDUCATINGREUEL.ORG appeared before my eyes and floated with cyberstars and shooting comet applets around it. Maybe WWW.REDEEMREUEL.ORG would sound better. These are just working titles. Women could unite across the world; women could send in a portion of their meager savings to enlighten Reuel. Sex changes cost money and that trip to Iraq isn’t going to be cheap. We won’t have to raise much for his new wardrobe and makeup, though.
Subject: Pope Benedict XVI for Hypocrite of the Week
There he was last weekend in Cologne telling a group of Turkish-German Islamic leaders to get their act together. He couldn't have been serious, though, because if it truly mattered to him, this getting one's act together, why he'd have fessed-up long ago to his role, while Protector of the Faith, in permitting pedophile priests to run amuck in parish churches and prey upon the very children whom they had been ordained to protect, not to violate. Until the Pope comes clean on his pedophile enabling past how can he go around urging people to get their act together. You first, Pope Benedict XVI.
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Subject: We Aren't Going To Take It Anymore
Time to redefine ties with U.S. (Toronto Star)
Canadians are finally smelling the skunk cabbage that is NAFTA and are getting tired of being assaulted by its stench. No, we aren't going to take it anymore as the song goes. So many of us are really angry and appalled, and have been for many years, at the slights that have been heaped upon us with your slavering, money hungry, oil needy administration. I applaud Axworthy for making it more public so that some of those who do not follow public policies as eagerly as others of us do, will finally start wondering where Canada is going in the future. Are we just to be a puppet of the US as Britain has become, or are we going to demand our sovereignty? I demand our sovereignty. I love my Canada with all its bumps and warts and do not want to be part of America at all costs.
Cheney's visit to Alberta will hopefully have some repercussions with those of us who despise your administration.
I would love to be able to afford to go there to protest when he shows up wearing his Halliburton costume. All I can do is hope that some group in Alberta recognizes the dangers of the US imperial acquisition of their oil sands. Cheney should be arrested as a war criminal while in Canada just for good measure. He can't run for prez in 2008 if he is rotting in jail. This would be the best thing for both your country and mine, don't you think?
Subject: Love your neighbor. Kill Chavez.
Jesus: "Thou shalt not kill." Pat Robertson: "Assassinate Chavez."
Robertson Calls for Chavez Assassination (AP/Yahoo)
Isn't this sort of incendiary talk like what we go into Muslim religious places to arrest people for - "spreading terrorism"?
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Bush: Less Popular Than Nixon During Watergate
Via Atrios, an American Research Group poll released today shows that George Bush has dropped to staggering new lows:
and what was clinton's approval ratings the day after he was impeached?
oh thaaaaat's right, it was 64%
Subject: Start Reporting Both Wars
We're letting Bush & Co. off the hook by only reporting U.S. troops who die in Iraq; what about those who die daily in Afghanistan? Please report the rest of the story. Thanks for all that you do.
[BuzzFlash Note: Afghanistan statistics are here: http://www.icasualties.org/oef/.]
Subject: What We Fight For
Para. 1: Islam is the official religion of state, and is a fundamental source for legislation.
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Subject: No Law Can Contradict Islam?
How strange that Dubya's mouth piece, on the Today Show, said that the Iraqis have met all of Dubya's deadlines. He said they met the deadline for a draft constitution and now they have 3 whole days to iron out the sticking points. What could those sticking points be?
The Shia are delighted because the draft constitution says "No Law Can Contradict Islam." Obviously they think it will be their job to decide what contradicts Islam. Does Dubya care whether Iraqi women are sent back to the dark ages? Obviously not, he certainly doesn't care if they let young girls burn to death in Saudi Arabia because they aren't dressed properly to rescue. He invites the guys in charge in Saudi Arabia to stay at his house. Sounds like the controversy we have here about judges, the Christians fundamentalists believe nothing should contradict THEIR interpretation of the Bible even though there are thousands of contradictions over its interpretation.
We are hearing that in Afghanistan the Taliban is reasserting itself because they have the only valid interpretation of Islam. And Pat Robertson is calling for the assassination of the President of Venezuela. He says we can't afford another war, so we need to go the way of clandestine murder. He says we already have the capability. Well I think we just need to send Pat because what he is saying is not only contradicting the commandment dealing with killing he is also endangering every missionary of the planet because they will be suspected of being the hit person. I think he needs to get with Dubya because Dubya is talking war all over the planet because he is getting one in Iraq, he wants one in Iran.
And Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and Joe Biden will no doubt be following their leader Dubya into Iran or where ever he chooses to go because they agree with him that patriotism involves following no matter how many deaths. Take this to the bank, Hillary, you send Chelsea first. I know that sounds harsh, but I say the same to George and Laura. If you want kids to die for unverifiable reasons, then send your own.