August 25, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Robertson's apology
It's ironic that, by releasing an apology in written form, Pat can have his cake, and eat it too.
His call for the assasination of Chavez was issued verbally to all watchers of his show -- the majority of whom shun the mainstream media. So it's quite doubtful many of them will be aware of its contents or even that he's apologized -- thus assuring that the call for killing will live on, unretracted, among the religiously psychotic.
Subject: Pruitt "winning" 5 to 1?
Bush spoke to Mrs. Pruitt from Idaho who has, I think he said, 3 children in Iraq and her husband and another child just got back. She's ahead 5 to 1, against Cindy, but none of hers are in a body bag, yet.
Why are the Pruitts, who are very patriotic and serving this country, hanging out with Bush when no Bush has been in combat since his dad was in World War II? Every time Bush used the term patriotic sacrifice someone should ask when he is going to start sacrificing his own kids.
Bush said we are staying until Victory. He said God wants everyone free and obviously God can't do it without Bush and the neocons. Obviously God doesn't want it done peacefully. The more blood and guts the better.
Bush is going to get a lot of kids killed trying to correct a mistake he won't admit he made. The kids will stay until victory and he will continue changing the definition of victory.
This is his war and he doesn't care who gets killed or who sacrifices what. I am waiting to read where someone rips the statistics about what he has done for military families in exchange for their lives.
What he has done is gotten a lot of kids maimed and killed and they aren't his.
Speak up or they assume you agree!!!
Subject: CNN showed something about Bush's big lies, where did it go?
Surprised and disappointed that there has been so little discussion of CNN's show, CNN Presents, 'Dead Wrong: Inside an Intelligence Meltdown'. It presented a very compelling review of Bush's fraudulent rationale to invade Iraq. Seemed like a good first step!
Subject: You have to make a sacrifice. But what kind?
I don’t agree that GW Bush has not asked Americans for sacrifice in this war. Well, he didn’t actually ask us to sacrifice, but just went ahead and imposed sacrifice on Americans. Isn’t that the way he always works... imposing... not asking?
2000 American soldiers have sacrificed their lives. Their families have sacrificed loss of their loved ones. Americans have sacrificed severe loss of the very Constitution that made this country great. Additionally, US citizens have sacrificed the reputation of real Americans because of Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq and Bush’s bullying of other nations.
Americans have sacrificed a fair Federal tax system, which gives moo-goo tax breaks to the top 1% of the rich and leaves the rest of us holding the bag. Americans are sacrificing their household budgets to pay obscene gasoline costs in order to get back and forth to work. Soon, they will sacrifice more cuts in household budgets due to inflation, which follows inflated fuel costs.
Many have forcefully sacrificed their planned upon work pensions and GW is busy tinkering with sacrificing their ace in the hole, Social Security.
No one need ask about sacrifice in getting to the airport two hours before take-off so that we can stand in long lines, practically having the hair in our noses inspected while commercial air cargo [included on your trip] is merely inspected intermittently and sitting out unguarded.
Our environment has been sacrificed to fit Bush plans. Honest elections have been sacrificed under Bush and millions of American families have had to sacrifice health insurance under this regime. World peace has been sacrificed. There is much more sacrificing from Americans, but it’s safe to say the American way of life has been dramatically sacrificed. Will they be sacrificing us into the ground before its all over?
Subject: Goose and Gander
Subject: Short & Sweet
From the Sunday Oregonian's "Short & Sweet" column:
"Other than telling us how to live, think, marry, pray, vote, invest, educate our children and now, die, I think the Republicans have done a fine job of getting government out of our personal lives."
Nothing to this worldwide climate change stuff, eh George? Need to study it a little more, do we?
Last time we had one 'o these here 100 year flood things was, oh, 'bout 6 years ago.
Take a look at these pictures from Germany, Austria, and Europe.
Click on "Galerie Starten".
We live on the Isar, the most famous German city it flows through is Munich.
Buzz you're doing fantastic things, keep up the great work!
Subject: Human rights for Iraqi women
Digby writes (on subjugation of Iraqi women under the new, "democratic," US-inspired regime):
"It simply cannot be heroic for the richest, most powerful democratic country on earth to claim the mantle of liberator only to create a government that makes more than half the population second class citizens and forces the entire country live in conditions that are less free and more dangerous than before.
It is certainly not acceptable for that country to take any credit for spreading freedom. Creating an Islamic theocracy is anything but noble. It is a moral failure of epic proportions."
A moral failure of epic proportions, yes. But one the US is much experienced in perpetuating. After all, a very similar thing happened in Afghanistan, where the US-supported and financed Mujahideen and then Taliban "liberated" women from freedoms and equality they enjoyed for years under Soviet influences.
Even when Americans had a chance to insist on promoting human rights for Afghan women, they chose oil profits as more important (surprise, surprise).
BushCo never gave a damn about human rights for women (or about human rights, period) -- not in the US, not in Afghanistan, not in Iraq, and not anywhere in the world. Check the long list of Bush's crimes against women.
This is because women's rights, although an absolute necessity for establishing stable and thriving democracies anywhere in the world (how can the brain-dead neocons claim otherwise?), are very inconvenient for corporate/military fascists like BushCo, since they are incompatible with their philosophy that puts profits and political domination above anything else.
Why, if women of the world had a discernible voice, and, God forbid, a real economic and political influence, there is no way of telling what would happen to all those ol' boys' clubs that breed the fascists currently in power. (One Cindy Sheehan is enough to give BushCo goosebumps and indigestion; imagine hundreds of thousands -- no, millions -- of women like her all over the globe standing up to their fascists-in-chief and asking a simple question or two. Boy oh boy... Or rather, girl oh girl, what would that do?)
But for now, as abominable as it is, freedom and equality for women in Iraq are over -- gone, ironically, with Saddam's secular regime. In the twisted, sick minds of G.W. Bush and his supporters, this is a small price to pay for their $victory$.
Subject: Rush Limbaugh incites violence on Cindy Sheehan camp
Limbaugh's outrageous statement: "You know what? The Texans are very patient people, but the real Texans are not the people in that ditch down there. Real Texans are putting on their camouflage gear and getting ready to go out there and go hunting, you know, hunting season is coming up."
At some point real Texans are going to get fed up with what's going on down there and it's going to get real fun to watch, if you get my drift, a-hem." Description: I just got back from Crawford after camping there for a few days. Tensions are already high between the campers and residents. A gun has already been fired there.
--A Buzzflash reader
Subject: Making sure Canada doesn't end up like U.S.
Thank you (to the BuzzFlash Reader and any others) for your offer of support to help us suppress the ever mounting erosion of our rights in Canada. To find the addresses of all the politically active and representive persons administering our minority government, click here. Go here for: Office of the Prime Minister, Paul Martin. Just go to the department that you wish to contact and chose the option to "contact" the minister in charge. Or write Martin and his office will direct your e-mail to the proper department.
Should you wish to raspberry Steven Harper (the Bush wannabe) or congratulate Jack Layton (one of the other leaders of the opposition) on his brilliant political move adding social provisions to our budget, or wonder what the heck our third leader of the opposition, separatist (Mssr. or Mr.) Jean Pariseau is gaining by being a federal party leader you can find them here. My champion is Ms. Jean Crowder, MP, NDP, Nanaimo South.
The Canadian government seems to believe that we must submit to the exigencies of the Bush administration and quietly, meekly and obediently agree to them. I am angered at these erosions and will not sit, or stand, idly while my rights are being taken away, one by one. I have stated in conversations with different friends that I might just seek political office once Igraduate next year. Even my conservatively-minded friends think it would be a good thing.
I would fight for the rights we will lose should the governing bodies submit to US pressure should I choose that route, though I have more freedom to fight as a private citizen. I have seen what the cintured restrictions in both your society and culture has done to your country overall which is why I try to incite you to anger beyond the anger you obviously already are experiencing. Anger is a good thing to override fear.
The emotion of fear is also what I believe I hear, mixed with that of anger. Your fear FOR your country is well-founded since it seems to be in retrograde mode just as mine, that seems to wish to mindlessly follow your admin's lead because it is toofearful of reprisal from the US corpos. It is an inept, afraid of its shadow, administration here, possibly because of its minority standing (it had the most members elected overall, but because of the other three oppositional parties, it does not have "a mandate").
Fearing to oppose this administration is not an option, you are already in a prison of your own making (not you specifically, but of American citizens) however many of you rightly fear real physical incarceration in your new sweatshops. Fear is a great wall that seems to defy passage, but I recall once, long ago, there was a pop-psychological test asking what you would do should you find yourself facing a seemingly impenetrable wall. The answer one gave indicated how independentand ingenious onewas. If the answer was to submit and stop, turn around and give up, then it indicated a person who would be most likely to watch the world around them unfold.
Those who found imaginative ways around, over, through, under, or over the wall provided the differing levels of involvement and creativity in changing their circumstances. I have written once that the administration and their brown-shirted police cannot arrest and incarcerate half your nation for opposing its policies without some backlash from even the most conservative (think of the taxes needed to feed all of you and your families while imprisoned). Considering the present restrictions to your freedoms while not incarcerated; you cannot even lose freedom you no longer really have should you defy the neo-cons andwork at thwarting their fascist agenda. At least you get free medical and health services while imprisoned.
I know that I am sticking my Canadian (since the earliest European invasion of foreigners to this great country) French nose into your business, but in this new globalised world, it would appear that borders should make no difference to sisters and brothers of all ethnic origins regardless of colour or "race" (all humans are of the same race and species). We are all here, we all have the same needs. We must stand together against those who would oppress and suppress us, peacefully, with love and caring, and with an appreciation for the differences but with a strong heart, strong words and strong actions to rebel against injustice. Do unto others, but do not seek vengence, it is not ours to judge. Perspective, openness and education is the answerto beget a free and peaceful society, here and elsewhere. Let the peace begin.
Subject: Cancer vs Iraq War
This came to me as I was looking up what the US will spend on cancer research this year so I could graph it against the war costs, which is a pretty funny graphic, btw.
--A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Alternatives to giving Rupert Murdoch all your money
Stop supporting FOX NEWS, The NEWS CORP. and RUPPERT MURDOCK!!!
TIVO is no longer tied to Rupert Murdoch!
Earlier this month, a TiVo partner, the DirecTV Group (owned by News Corporation & Rupert Murdoch), announced that it would no longer promote TiVo exclusively to its 14 million customers, but would instead support a digital recorder built by the NDS Group. Both DirecTV and NDS are controlled by the News Corporation.
On August 22, 2005, Lawrence A. Jacobs was appointed as a Director of NDS Group plc by News Corporation, the controlling shareholder of NDS Group plc, in accordance with Article 71 of the Company's Articles of Association. Mr. Jacobs is the Senior Executive Vice President and Group General Counsel of News Corporation.
If you have a problem as I do with the manner in which Fox News, its parent -- The News Corp. and Ruppert Murdock & Family place a very biased, conservative slant on the news; there are other alternatives. These are:
For Satellite Television -- Dish Network -- Owned by EchoStar Satellite L.L.C. -- Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado,EchoStar Satellite L.L.C. is a public company with approximately 20,000 employees. The Company and its subsidiaries deliver Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) television products and services to customers worldwide.
DVR - Digital Video Recorders -- Tivo
Other DVR Manufacturers -- Panasonic, Pioneer, Phillips, RCA, and many, many more.
Make Changes -- VOTE WITH YOUR MONEY!
Subject: CBC sticking up for all that's good in the world
Again, it's the CBC visiting Camp Casey. It was the CBC protesting the 2000 election. It is John Conyers pushing the Ohio election investigation. We don't need Hillary as president, we need someone with guts like Conyers.
--A Buzzflash reader