September 1, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Poor judgement
Normally we would have a national guard to come in and deal with natural disasters like the hurricane in New Orleans. Thousands of people are likely to die for lack of resources to evacuate people and bring in emergency aid. But we don't have a National Guard in our own country anymore because they are all over in Iraq. Poor judgment has put America at risk.
Subject: Faith-Based Disaster Relief?
Did anyone else notice that with the possible exception of the Red Cross, all the relief agencies listed by FEMA are all "faith-based" organizations. The administration has already given us faith-based economics, faith-based foreign policy, faith-based education, faith-based medicine and faith-based science, is there now to be faith-based disaster relief?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush stoned?
Subject: Bush vacation cut short?
I want to post my agreement with "disgusted BuzzFlash reader" about Bush cutting his vacation short. I live in Coronado, Ca and was watching live TV yesterday (Tuesday 8/30) as Bush left from a planned stop at Balboa Hospital a full 1 and 1/2 hrs earlier than scheduled. The limo pulled up close to Air Force One, Bush and wife got out quickly without ceremony or well-wishers, got on the plane and it taxied off literally within a few seconds--all while the news team commented on the big hurry he seemed to be in, speculating it had to do with the Katrina disaster--then it was announced that he went back to Texas for the night, and would return to D.C. today (Wednesday 8/31). This afternoon I heard Nora O'Donnell on MSNBC say that Bush "SPED" back to Washington due to the disaster. So the nation sees a concerned president who actually cut his extended vacation off by a whole two days and "sped" back to save New Orleans. I, too, am disgusted by this moron and his complicit media.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The cost of lawnmowing
Just received a note from the sweet teenager that has mown our lawn for three years:
“Due to the price of gas rates will begin to increase September 1. I have not raised rates in five years, so hope that you see why I have to...”
Signs of the times.
Louise M.M. Omundson
Subject: Stop the Judith Miller charade
The NY Times plea to free Judith Miller is self-serving. It presumes that Miller is exercising a journalist's First Amendment rights to protect her sources. There are conspicuous reasons to believe this assumption is incorrect.
One is that Miller was behaving more as a political activist for the neo-conservative agenda than as a journalist. A review of Miller's articles about Iraq's WMD's show that she consistently misinformed Americans about the Iraq WMD threat and exhibit Miller's clear ideological proclivity. She trumpeted weak and deceiving sources that depicted calamitous scenarios and consistently ignored or marginalized contrary viewpoints that turned out to be correct.
Another reason is that Miller's refusal to testify protects lawbreakers who are misuse journalistic independence and abuse government power to assail whistleblowers under the cover of protecting sources.
It is an extreme view that Americans should be deceived into supporting an unnecessary war and that no answers should be provided by our government or the media that paved the way for this tragedy.
The media support for Bush's grotesque misadventure has resulted in weakened military, diminished alliances, nearly 1,900 US soldiers and tens of thousand of Iraqis dead, hundreds of billions of dollars wasted, enrichment of Bush cronies, rampant corruption, and increased terrorism and threats to our national security. The cost will continue to rise for the foreseeable future. Osama bin Laden could not have hoped for more.
The purpose of the First Amendment is to protect the public's right to information needed for our democracy to survive. Miller's obstructionism has little to do with protecting a free press but does protect lawbreaking by the likes of Rove, Libby and perhaps herself, and prevents a deeper insight into how our toadying media has placed itself in service to defective government policies that have so deeply damaged our country.
Another explanation for the unfounded NY Times plea easily comes to mind. Given Miller's recurring record of misreporting and a history of compromised reporting in the New York Times, perhaps publisher Sulzberger is desperately hoping to conceal the intimate connections between media and government that skew reporting in the name of national security.
Subject: Who’s stuck in New Orleans? The poor of course.
The people who stayed in New Orleans were by and large the poorest of the poor - like the woman I saw on the news who said, "We have no money, no car, no place to go -- we can't leave." Our society said to them -- "You don't have money -- we don't care what happens to you." No help was offered to them. Now they're trapped and hungry and have to take food to eat and Bush wants to send in troops to shoot them for stealing Republican private property. Why weren't troops to help rescue trapped people AND food AND water sent in by Bush days ago? The Big Business Media and the Republicans are trying to turn an immense human tragedy into a looting scandal, to deflect attention from the gas price gouging which they pretend is some mysterious event they are unable to fathom or stop.
A Buzzflash Reader
Subject: Bring the military home
Hi Buzz and mailbaggers,
To our government of imbeciles: bring our military home to take care of Americans who are in a severe crisis. Let the troops do something they can be proud of instead being in an endless cycle of killing and being killed. President Schmuck doesn't have a clue as to the seriousness of the situation in Louisiana and Mississippi. He lives in a bubble and cannot relate to tragedy. What does it take for him to leave that ranch? So far, just Terri Schiavo - someone who could unknowingly score him some points with his base. Other than that, absolutely nothing concerns him. Let's not interrupt his bike riding schedule or guitar playing. It's like a 12 year old is running the country.
I remember after the tsunami when we sent some troops from Iraq there to help with the rescue effort, they seemed so glad and relieved to be doing something for humanity. It's unbelievable how unprepared we are for crises here while he diverts all the attention and resources to Iraq. Where is congress? Cindy Sheehan can't do it all herself. I feel like it's all slipping away. If we don't do something about him now, it'll be too late later on because we are on the Titanic and the iceberg is getting really close. They say sources in the White House are worried about his erratic behavior. It's about time. I've been worried about it for five years. And why don't they take steps to do something about it instead of following him around in lockstep? Everyone's got to stop being so afraid and take this country away from him. It belongs to us! It's frightening to think that he may really be insane. How can that house of cards still be standing? This is like the twilight zone. Why are people not freaking out (except us, of course)? Can all the people that voted for him afford the gasoline; can they keep their homes; do they all have good jobs; can they pay for healthcare; aren't they WORRIED ABOUT ANYTHING!!?? Are they that stupid that they still can support him? Stupid? Brain dead is more like it.
And on that note, have a really good Labor Day weekend. I realize that's a ridiculous statement to many people. Do the best you can. And thanks for letting me rant. It's been a particularly horrible week, hasn't it? And that's really saying something these days.
Donation will be forthcoming, Buzz. This week it went to the relief effort, but then I need you too so we've all got to reach down deep in our pockets and I will do so.
Subject: Vacation Accomplished!
When GWB visits the devastated areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama tomorrow, his constituents with signs and pictures of himself in front of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan that says "Vacation Accomplished" should greet him!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Response of federal govt. to Katrina
Perhaps it is time for the Bush Administration to appoint a department head of planning. The response and the timing of the response to the aftermath of Katrina is no better than the aftermath of shock and awe and statue dismantling in Iraq. God help us if this is the administration that plans to keep us safe and take care of us after a terrorist attack... At one point when the government told us to be very afraid, I just laughed, now I am laughing no longer. I am very afraid.