September 13, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Know Your Enemy
If Bush nominates Priscilla Owen as Supreme Court Justice we are all toast. There was a reason he fought so hard for those last three nominees, even plotting to bring in John McCain to take charge and strong arm the nomination process. Remember who was left out of that little "bi-partisan" group. I still don't understand what hocus-pocus made Reid and Byrd join. Owen's record is so thin; she's farther right than Thomas and Scalia. The Democrats should have filibustered when they had the chance and could have blocked their rise, and Bush/Rove knew that.
But the Democrats wanted to save the filibuster for the Chief Justice? Ha. Ha. Look how Rove/Bush fooled you. The Democrats in the Senate have no sense of forethought, planning, strategy. They do not know the Enemy. Bush always puts the worst (most extreme) out first to test the waters of opposition. So far there hasn't been much for 5 years. If the Democrats fight hard enough he'll back down, or find some way to go around it, like he did with McCain. But sometimes he'll go with his second choice, and it won't be Gonzales, but it might be Brown out in California.
A BuzzFlash Reader (just guessing while becoming toast)
Subject: The Pledge of Obedience
I Pledge Obedience
To the Lies
Of the President of the United States
And to the Corporations For Which He Stands
One Nation, Under Greed With Fear And Propaganda for All
That is exactly the garbage that George W. Bush and the putrid pundits on the right want us to swallow. What they hope for is to never be held accountable. "Brownie you are doing a heck of a job," those were the words of praise that our President rained down upon Michael Brown while people were dying in the streets and others were forced to turn to lawlessness to simply survive. Michael Brown, a Leader of Horses, a Padder of Resumes, a Holder of a Suspicious Law Degree, the man hand picked by George W. Bush to save American lives in times of crisis.
Michael Brown was one of a handful of people that claim they had no knowledge that the pain and suffering by the victims of the hurricane and subsequent flooding was so severe. The rest of this small group included George W. Bush, every member of his cabinet, his political advisor/traitor Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and every other Republican pundit that takes to the airwaves. They don't want people to point fingers, they want all of America to deny what they saw go on for days on end, they want you to believe that the sky is not blue.
There was a time not that long ago when even politicians had the backbone and the character to admit when they were wrong and take responsibility. In today's' world Joe McCarthy would be a leader; his words and accusations are eerily similar to the kind of crap that flows from those on the right. Richard Nixon never would have resigned, his political advisor would spend sleepless nights coining some 2 bit phrase to be repeated over and over again by all members of the right until the citizens became blind to what the truth really was. No they would have investigated themselves to determine what they did right and what they did wrong.
George W. Bush appointed Michael Brown, ergo he has some responsibility for the criminal incompetence of our government that we all witnessed, as FEMA was anything but an "Emergency MANAGEMENT Association." The fact that our President sat idle for several days, played golf, made inane speeches (comparing himself to FDR and Iraq to WWII, how laughable is that or how insightful to the degree of his absolute disconnect to reality?), and flew over the disaster zone descending to 5,000 feet like a tourist admiring the Grand Canyon, only makes him a cold hearted man. His appointee, Michael Brown the incompetent one places him at the scene of the crime. Who is accountable?? I know.
Wish you guys would start to call for a third party now. I'm disgusted with the Dems. If we keep giving them a second chance, the uphill battle will be that much harder once we finally give 'em the boot. And if the call is loud enough now, they may actually grow a spine in time to make a difference. Thanks.
Subject: Pulling the fire alarm
Good editorial today...I especially liked the fire alarm metaphor and framing the Bushwingnuts as the arsonist fringe wing.
But a couple of things: our Dems need help reframing the debate. It's not that they don't stand up to the bullies...it's that they don't even get a PLATFORM to break through the media lock, and therefore they don't get the groundswell of support they need to follow through.
The below is a case in point.
Brown used FEMA to buy votes in FL last year and FL Dem Congressman Wexler called for his resignation. Who even knows this? It's not as if the MSM has even now dug this up in their current frenzy to rifle through Mike Brown's seedy past.
Today I called Wexler's DC office to thank him and ask that he hold a press conference to say that he'd demanded LAST YEAR that Bush fire Brown.
Just an idea...I know you often post the official letters of Dems demanding accountability in the Bush Misadministration (if only the MSM would also publicize this, Dems would not have this "spineless" image, they'd have people's gratitude!). Anyway, if you could post the below with some kind of headline encouraging the MSM to follow up on this (taunting them for missing it, something fun like that), or for BuzzFlash readers to thank Wexler and pester the MSM, or for BuzzFlash to speak to Wexler himself on this, I think it would be a multi-pronged attack on many fronts. Goading not only the Dems, but the MSM, and also putting more pressure on the corrupt Busheviks.
PS- Michael Brown first claimed that he never really distributed all that money, that the figure was just another infamous "computer glitch" ---he then went on to also argue that the false claims were justified by the damage to the area, which lie prompted Congressman Wexler to demand his resignation:
Subject: Fire Drills
A When you were in high school do you remember the fire drills? After an alarm was sounded you took the safest and most convenient exit to safety. Rooms and halls prominently posted routes for students to take in case of fire. These drills were held frequently to prepare children for such an event.
Now in this adult-run society why are there no drills for a safe evacuation in densely populated cities? Where are the plans to escape Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Washington, San Francisco, and Los Angeles? Where were they for New Orleans?
The Homeland Security budget was initially set at $40 Billion. Now we see that this money is literally a drop in the Gulf of Mexico when necessary planning, coordination, and execution to ensure the safety of millions has not taken place.
Because of imposed limits by this government, we must forget Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming, with their comparative smaller populations and their specific pork barrel projects funded by the projected indiscriminate handouts by the Homeland Security Department budget.
Our greatest possible tragedies lie in our large cities in which more than 75,000,000 people inhabit. This urban congestion with its continual complex, burgeoning, infrastructure that piles people on top of people begs for the next disaster.
Not just for heaven’s sake but also for ours, where is our common sense? God, if we can do one thing, can we carry out a simulated drill to limit the cost even if we’re near the limit of our squandered resources? Would this not be a better use of talent, energy, and money rather than pursue a ‘stay the course’ strategy that continues to increase the national deficit? Is it not a better choice rather than another tax cut for the rich? An evacuation plan on paper may be abstract and theoretical but only when it’s enacted does it become reality.
This is not just a waiting calamity for the Bush Administration but for all America! If we can successfully conduct fire drills in schools across the nation, is it possible for us to conduct just one in one of our major cities to serve as an example for others to follow?
James D. Cook
Subject: Maybe the Japanese could help FEMA?
Japan had to evacuate a quarter million people for Typhoon Nabi last week...no looting, no thousands stranded without food or water, and less than 50 fatalities...
Maybe Bush could go to Japan for GLOBAL WARMING talks (a record 10 typhoons hammered Japan last year) and pick up some disaster relief tips from the Japanese while he's there!
Typhoon fades but leaves at least 17 dead in Japan (07 Sep 2005/Reuters)
Subject: Worth the Spit?
GW Bush is a cancer on this nation. Since Katrina, I am enraged each time I see a W sticker on a car (usually an SUV!). I find my mouth filling with bile and feel an urgent need to spit (usually on the driver's side window or door handle)! What I don't understand is how anyone can still support this cancerous SHRUB, and proudly broadcast their Racism on their vehicle. Yes, Rascism! Those W's stand for Whitey to me, and I'm about as caucasian as they come. W stands for white racism, and I am not sure that these die-hard Bush supporters are even worth the spit!
My Mother was an American-born citizen, child of two German immigrants in the Depression years, who sadly chose to return to Germany in 1939, two months before the War officially started. She witnessed the machinations of the fascists in keeping the citizenry uninformed and afraid, and her life story (published under the title Forget-Me-Not, Ex Libris Press) has informed my reaction to this pResident and his badministration since his presidential campaign. Why are Americans so slow on the uptake? Why do we ignore the warning signs and only react after the disasters, instead of preventing them? When will we storm the White House, the Peoples' House, and ride this imposter of a president out of town on a Rail??? These are my burning passions, and I hope to see some action in Washington September 24th.
Thank you BuzzFlash, for giving voice to those of us who see fascism taking this country over. Thank you for informing all of us daily. As the saying goes: If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.
Juli in Jax, Florida
Subject: A Vision for Democrats and Progressives
"ONE COUNTRY AGAIN. EMBRACING OUR COMMON GROUND"
To whom it may concern: Three ideas - Three solutions. From a citizen of the United States of America.
PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF FIGHTHING EACH OTHER 1. We are Americans, not Red or Blue. We all want to be safe, to stop fighting each other, and need each other's support. We must acknowledge the absolute necessity of healing the wounds of separation and the fundamentally unreal barriers between Democrats and Republicans. These so-called "barriers" have been amplified, directed, and solidified to serve those in power. As long as we bash each other, the government is safe. They do NOT have the well-being of a unified American soul as their priority. Divide and conquer has been at work.
PEOPLE ARE AFRAID 2. We must replace terms such as "limited" or "big" government for "competent, accountable, and honest government." We all want safety, unity, and peace. Ask this of the country straight on and ask it often: Are you tired of lashing out in fear at your neighbors? Is it a good feeling? I sense most are getting very tired of this divide, and the energy it takes to feed it. We only need the idea and bridge for Right to walk over to Left and Left to walk over to Right.
PEOPLE KNOW DOWN DEEP THAT WE ALL NEED EACH OTHER. 3. Question the politics of fear continually. We must restore America's respect in and by the International community by joining with them in partnership as opposed to fearing, bullying, and ignoring them.
So, knowing a message has to be logo-like to get across, my offering of a Progressive Democratic vision is:
*THE FOLLOWING IS AN ARTICLE I READ TODAY THAT I THINK SHOULD GIVE US HOPE. I SHARE IT BELOW:
Bush's Katrina dawdling should offend conservatives (Nolan Finley/The Detroit News)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: No Democrats
Come on, you know the Democrats aren't afraid of Karl Rove. The only reason the so-called Democrats aren't nailing Bush to the wall is cause, like the Republicans, they are profiting off Bush's policies. They're all there to fatten their own pockets. Keep voting for them and you'll get to keep complaining. e.
Calvin E. Edwards
P.S. Want to know why the democrats aren't screaming bloody murder about the voting fraud? They are just as guilty. They cheat to keep a real democrat from throwing the crooked democrats out. We need to clean house
The enablers are out in full force to help little pathetic George. Can anyone remember sending out a Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State to disaster sites before? Then, of course, Mom and Dad come out to shore up Georgie's mistakes. Oh, and Laura, too.
These people do not know anything about how real people live. Wasn't it only after the puppetmaster Cheney went to Mississippi that Mark Brown was pulled back to DC? What a treasonous, criminal group! On my way home today, I am stopping at a store to get postcard size index cards in the shade of pink of hot pink. I will begin sending Dimwit those cards with this message----YOU ARE FIRED!!!--everyday until he leaves.
OH FOR CHRIST SAKE! THE DAY THE NATION'S CAPITAL WAS THOUGHT TO BE UNDER ATTACK............. PEOPLE RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES, ACTUALLY RUNNING OUT OF THEIR SHOES! CHENEY BEING WHISKED AWAY TO AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, HIS WIFE AND NANCY REAGAN BEING HID IN SOME BUNKER ROOM......................... AND NO ONE THOUGHT BUSH WAS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO TELL!
A BuzzFlash Reader
The Observer of London reported yesterday that the Government Accounting Office, the non-partisan investigative arm of Congress, will audit federal contracts awarded for the Katrina rebuilding effort. But here's a funny thing. No U.S. papers have reported this, according to two Google News searches (check here and here.) A lot of newspapers are doing great investigative work in covering Katrina and its aftermath. But this is an important story, too, and deserves to be written about by the U.S. press. ...
Congress probes hurricane clean-up contracts (Observer/Guardian)
David R. Mark
Subject: Re: The bitter lessons of four years (Joe Conason/salon.com)
I believe the best solution is for all patriotic citizens to demand the impeachment of George W. Bush by members of Congress (especially Republicans) or face defeat in the next election. That is the only thing that will get results.
Subject: Excellent Editorial About all the Administration Ineptness
That was One, Great Editorial for all to read on Monday.
I just read in The Free Press, how Brian Williams is even opening his eyes, along with the other reporters. They are finally seeing the same Inept Bush that we have seen for these past five years!
This is the FP Link: http://www.freepress.net/news/11354
Keep-up the Great Writing!
Subject: yee gads!
did i hear senator graham say that conservatives don't believe the government should set a minimum wage? i believe i did! bet wal-mart gives him a big campaign contribution! my dad told me he hired a man once for his firm who was very qualified. turned out while qualified for the job, shortly after he started working they came to realize he had a disdain for women in power positions. the good thing is, they could fire him. we can't fire roberts!
ps. who ever runs against graham next time should use that tape in commercials and the tape should be given to every black church in south carolina!
Subject: Roberts as Chief Justice
I have not seen anyone anywhere discussing the implications of Roberts being not just a Supreme Court Justice, but the head cheese. What's up?
My very first thought when I heard the news was how would Scalia handle getting bounced from the spot he was sure was his, what with appointing Bush president and all. How are the other justices coping with the slap-in-the-face?
Further, I think that making Roberts the Chief Justice provides Democrats with the perfect reason for rejecting him. His stellar experience is supposed to be that he has argued a whopping 34 cases before the Supreme Court. And every one of those on the side of republican government. Hell, Brownie at least had 150 natural disasters under his belt before Katrina. Democrats need to emphasize that experience, not patronage, is what this country needs right now.
Now, I don't want to see Scalia or Thomas as Chief Justice, which was the fear of most of us on the left. But I have to believe that in our great country there is someone better suited for the job. I know! Robert Bork. Since he is not a healthy man, he could be a place holder until a little sanity (i.e. democratic government) returns.
Subject: What is going on??
The Mercenaries are arriving in New Orleans in droves and driving vehicles with insignias of BLACKWATER. They have been hire by Homeland Security for a minimum of $325.00 per day ... What is going on??? Why are they there?
Our Government is hiring Mercenaries to police New Orleans when the goal of these individuals is to shoot first and ask later?
Subject: Upcoming Potential Disasters
This link, an article from the Palm Beach Post today, discusses the potential for a terrible epidemic of avian flu in this country. What caught my eye, however, was a paragraph following a quote from a physician about how seriously the public health community is taking the threat:
Are they kidding? Homeland Security will be in charge of a national medical emergency? Can't you just read that memo from Chertoff now: "All doctors will report within 48 hours for three days of training, which includes how to hand out DHS PR brochures, how to promote DHS to dying victims, and how to stand for photo ops." Dear God. Somebody had better pick up on this in the media and get this discussion going, or we're all going to be in a New Orleans state of disaster.
Sue in FL
Subject: Brown Resigns As FEMA Head
Now that "Heck of a job Brownie" has resigned, I wonder about three things:
1. What kind of pension he is going to receive from the Federal government for his years of "service"?
2. How long will it take for him to get some cushy executive job with one of the many Bushite corporations?
3. Will he receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for doing as good a job at FEMA as George Tenet did at the CIA?
Subject: Katrina Blew, George Sucked
Subject: John Roberts: Still A Pig In A Poke, As My Grandma Used To Say
I just read a late-breaking story in this afternoon's (9/12) Washington Post. I didn't come away reassured. Although Roberts was his usual smooth, witty, articulate self, he didn't allay many doubts (or, for that matter, answer many questions directly and unequivocally). This, I'm afraid, is a trait he's displayed throughout his legal career.
Let's face it, folks: a Supreme Court Justice -- not to mention CHIEF Justice -- once appointed, holds power for LIFE. A 50-year-old (both relatively inexperienced and almost entirely unknown) whose nomination is likely to be rubber-stamped by a Republican-controlled Senate eager to throw some raw meat to one of its core constituencies -- the anti-abortion, most likely anti-birth-control Christian right (members of which, by the way, demonstrated before today's hearing, carrying signs reading "Confirm Roberts" and "STOP ABORTION NOW." A man who mocks the "so-called right to privacy" -- yes, he made that remark several years ago, but I haven't heard him repudiate it. Have YOU?
Dianne Feinstein stated (eloquently, I thought), that she remembered "what it was like when abortion was illegal in America" and referred to a woman she knew who'd gone to Tijuana for a back-alley abortion as well as another who "killed herself because she was pregnant." Roe v. Wade wasn't passed until I was in graduate school. As an undergraduate, abortion was still illegal in New York State. But that didn't mean abortions weren't happening. Sometimes they were sheer butchery. During my sophomore year, I took a creative writing course. (This was at an all-women's college. In high school, my parents hadn't even let me date -- and I was still too shy to accept blind dates arranged at friends'. I was also a scholarship student. In other words, unlike my friends in the course, I was above suspicion.) When one of THEIR friends -- whom I'd never met, got pregnant and had one of the back-alley abortions Sen. Feinstein spoke about in today's confirmation hearing, they brought her to MY room to "sleep it off." I slept on the floor -- but was awakened by moaning. The fugitive in my room was hemorrhaging. I pounded on her friends' doors, and we managed to carry her to the campus infirmary. Whatever my (and her) friends told the medical people, they didn't ask many questions. She survived. My blood-soaked mattress was replaced.
I'm sorry about the graphic details here, but I've never stopped thinking about them -- and what will happen if we -- meaning our Senators -- confirm, lemming-like, a Chief Justice who will have free rein (if not a mandate) to orchestrate the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Once again, the rich will be able to fly to more enlightened countries to obtain skilled, sanitary abortions. And guess who'll be left behind to suffer? (Hint: the same people who were left behind in New Orleans and Biloxi.) Also, if these moral arbitrators succeed in banning abortion, their next target is likely to be birth control. The rallying cry, of course, will be "abstinence only!"
No matter how smooth, charming, witty -- and (did anyone else notice?) suggestively sporting a BLACK suit (to match the future robe) today -- Roberts may appear, he MUST be asked -- and made to answer -- the tough questions. Otherwise, no matter how many black robes (with or without Rehnquist's Gilbert & Sullivan gold stripes) he wears, he'll remain what he is today: a pig in a poke.
Democratic Senators: we progressives are monitoring you. We won't be fooled or snowed. And we WILL hold you accountable if you cave.
Moderate Republicans: the same holds for YOU. (Just a friendly note of caution here.)
Barb in Athens, GA
Subject: Ted Kennedy's Speech to Senate- 9-12-05
Today I was astonished to hear the words of Senator Edward Kennedy's speech to the Senate in their consideration of Roberts for judge in the Supreme Court. His words were most sensible and rational. When there are many who are making their own little rules in Washington or interpreting things they want to their own self-interests, Senator Kennedy remains one of the few Americans who think like the 'greatest generation'. He is one person who has not sold his soul completely like some others in the government or high positions of the land.
I saw Senator Charles Grassley in the background listening but I do not even think the words sunk into his brain. To me I think he is one of them who has sold his soul and he should not be voted for another term to represent Iowa.
Way to go Ted! You tell it like it is. Your brother, Robert would be real proud of you today. (Maybe he was listening somewhere from above.) Help keep your brother's spirit alive...
A BuzzFlash Reader
I think I’ll coin a word to replace FUBAR from WW II:
femar (fëmar) femared, femaring. –- intr. 1. To do nothing while everything is going to Hell in a hand-basket around you. 2. To turn down any aid from outside your domain 3. To fill out paperwork while cities fill with water. 4. To deny responsibility for any of your actions. 5. To place blame on any other than yourself. 6. To name the uninformed and the incompetent to leadership roles. 7. To do "a heck of a job, while doing nothing." – n 1. Any organization that takes on responsibility and then does nothing. 2. Any organization that is working fine, then reorganizes and self-eviscerates. 3. Any organization that has massive resources and doesn’t know what to do with them. 4. Any organization that names know-nothing to leaderships who then knowing nothing, do nothing. – Synonyms: amateur, amateurish, awkward, bungling, bush, bush league, Bush named, clueless, clumsy, disqualified, floundering, helpless, inadequate, incapable, incapacitated, ineffectual, inefficient, inept, inexperienced, inexpert, insufficient, maladroit, raw, skill-less, unable, unadapted, unequipped, unfit, unfitted, unhandy, uninitiated, unproficient, unqualified, unskilled, untrained, useless. Antonyms: adequate, capable, efficient, endowed, fit, masterly, proficient, qualified, satisfactory, skilled, sufficient, suitable.
Michael Miguel Lanigan
Subject: Dodging bullets from a smoking gun
Bush just lied about the hurricane. AmericaBlog catalogues the newspapers, none of which mentions dodging any bullets. Perhaps Bush is referring to the metaphorical bullet his administration dodged in their response to Katrina, in that there's enough confusion out there so the easily confused think the poor response is everybody's fault, not just Bush's fault, the guy who pretends to be in charge, but never is. 9/13 THIS IS THE SMOKING GUN
It's not illegal for US covert ops to plant false stories in a foreign paper. They often do, sometimes in the hopes US papers will pick it up.
One paper had a "dodge the bullet" story. It was an obscure Grenada paper and it came out before the levee broke.
So why the CYA false story? Find out who planted the story and you'll find out who was deliberately dragging their feet in the emergency response.
Subject: How Many Died in New Orleans?
We may never know if what I saw on Free Speech TV this morning is any indicator.
Amy Goodman was interviewing a man, Malik Rahim, in the Algiers section. The man pointed to a body which had been laying on his property in full view from the street for just short of two weeks.
Mr. Rahim said he had contacted everybody - police, city, and an array of militants driving who had driven past his place. Nobody would take responsibility for removing the body, just told him to call someone else.
Even as Amy and Mr. Rahim spoke, policemen stopped by. They were unconcerned about the body. Army personnel and others came by and likewise claimed it was not their job to remove dead bodies.
Therefore, it is likely that untold numbers of bodies are being left to rot and may not be identifiable if and when they are retrieved. How will they be counted and when?
It was obvious that there is no shortage of armed militants - including the Blackwater mercenaries - occupying New Orleans without concern for the needs of the hurricane's victims, whether living or dead. Seeing is believing.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Recalling King George
I've seen several suggestions that we initiate a recall election (similar to California) of the Imposter in Chief. Leaving aside the fact that THEY would be counting the votes, it would never fly because it would be immediately challenged in the courts and gee, who would win that one? Nino and his minions would definitely find that constitutional.
But, the idea still has merit. What if some organization were to start such a petition (they must be ready to hit the courts even as a lost cause)? The Parliamentary form of government has the "Vote of Confidence" as a way of challenging the government. This could have a similar effect. If anything north of 40% of eligible voters signed such a petition, it would send a powerful message. A message that corporate media couldn't ignore. It would also give the spineless Democrats, who run like scared little rabbits when the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Rove) threatens them, a real feel about how most Americans feel. I mean the polls all say the same thing. 30% of the voters would support King George even if he were to break into own home and steal them blind. They'd just blame someone else or "justify" it as needed to stop Osama. Forget them. It's the Independents (thus the >40%) that the Dems are chasing.
Thanks, Stephanie of Dearborn, for opening up the thought spigot!
Guess the soap box was a bit bigger than I thought, sorry....
John, USAF, Ret
Subject: The Master of Disaster strikes again
It never ceases to amaze me how some of Bush's most ardent supporters will go to any length to defend him as a supposedly "moral" and "God fearing" Christian yet blindly ignore the harm he causes on a regular basis to ordinary people simply so that obscenely wealthy people and corporations can pillage the public and the environment to make more money. To Bush money means more than people and that, honestly, is about as immoral and unChristian as it gets. And so it is with Bush threatening to veto a Democratic proposal to reinstate President Clinton's emission rules on power plants that would cut dramatically the amount of mercury pumped into the environment every year that places people at serious health risk, particularly children. The technology exists right now to eliminate these emissions and it is nothing but the indefensible greed of large corporations, Bush's coveted base, which stands in the way of ridding our lives of a public health menace. However in predictable fashion Mr. Bush has threatened a veto and his loyal corporate toadies in Congress are doing what they can to derail it. Profits before safety is their motto. "By their deeds you shall know them," Jesus said, and I think these foul deeds speak volumes about Mr. Bush's true character or lack thereof.
White House Threatens Mercury Change Veto (Jim Abrams/AP)
Subject: Katrina Truth Commission Now!
Hello BuzzFlash and Buzzers,
I am seriously concerned about three aspects of the Katrina catastrophe that desperately NEED an Independent investigation and a SOLID truth commission that will NOT give up until EVERY rock is overturned.
WHY was desperately needed aid and relief supplies refused and turned away in the most crucial hours after the storm struck?
WHY were injured, traumatized, hurricane survivors LOCKED in New Orleans at gunpoint like prisoners when they desperately needed help? Yesterday Margarate Prescod who is host of the morning show "Sojourner Truth," on Los Angeles' Free Speech Radio was IN New Orleans reporting back to KPFK during the afternoon. She was telling the gentleman at KPFK that she had spoken to a mainstream media reporter who had declined to be identified in New Orleans because he was afraid for his job. She said the MSM reporter had told her in just the few days he had been in New Orleans, that from what he had seen, his conservative estimate of the body count was about twenty thousand so far, but that he didn't think the American people would ever know that because there were huge efforts taking place to cover the true amount of the dead. She then went on to describe one building that hadn't been covered yet that she went by and she said the stench of death was overpowering. She described the building as a sort of apartment building.
9/11 has a truth commission. Cindy Sheehan was able to draw HUGE attention to disturbing questions about the Iraq war with her vigil. HOW can we reach some of the Katrina survivors to form a truth commission of their own so these issues aren't swept under the rug? This is so important because one recent radio report said the "Official" death toll was 154 people. This morning had the dead count at 400, and in response to Democracy Now's report this morning, WHY are there Blackwater Mercenaries in New Orleans right now?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Natural Disasters
Just read the letter from Mike Price in Reno and was struck by his finely honed rage at the Keystone Cops running this country.
Reno, however, is not "safe" from natural disasters. We live in the third most active earthquake area in the US after Alaska and California and have had, in the not too distant past, some major shakers.
I recently read that an area up near Bend, Oregon is rising over one inch a year due to molten lava bubbling up from the earth's innards. Bend is only a few hours north of here. Mount Shasta is an active volcano (just up north), as is Mammoth Mountain (only a few hours south). So, we're not safe and would be, just like New Orleans, at the mercy of the most criminal, inept, callous, and outrageously stupid administration in the history of this country if a major quake hit us or one of those volcanoes decided to blow.
Reno is no longer the small city it used to be. A major shaker would wreak unbelievable havoc. Hundreds of thousands of people have packed themselves into this narrow valley in the last two decades. We can only hope the earth doesn't decide to shake us off like a dog with fleas.
Bless you Mike. Bless all you incredible BuzzFlashers, too. Without you I think I'd have lost all hope by now but, daily, my righteous anger is honored by your righteous anger even though, at times, it's heartbreaking.
Subject: New FEMA Director and Duct Tape
Just saw on Keith Olbermann that the new FEMA Director is the same guy that told us to use DUCT TAPE and Clear Sheeting to COVER OUR HOUSES.
Great!! We go from a LOST HORSE guy to a DUCT TAPE guy!!
Is there a doctor out there who can give Bush some Brains - PLEASE?? Rove and Cheney are out of the loop to supply this nutcase calling himself President any help.
The New DUCT TAPE FEMA Director! Great!
Subject: Man Punched At 911 Walk
A man who was protesting at the 911 "Freedom Walk" was punched by a marcher. The police were called, but no arrest was made. Lovely. Also why hasn't the low turn out for this march been reported by the media?
At 9/11 Walks, Remembrances Stream Forth (Washington Post)
[BuzzFlash Note: As the Post says, "The Freedom Walk, sponsored by the Pentagon as a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks and as a rally for U.S. troops, was a tightly controlled event." Also, perhaps the media people realized there were more significant events honoring the 9/11 victims and families than Rumsfeld's. Let's hope the upcoming peace marches get good play in the media.]
Subject: Low Turn Out For 911 Walk
This is from Americablog.org:
NY Times coverage of the not-so-much-freedom march by Chris in Paris - 9/12/2005 04:52:00 AM
Notice once again the lack of an aerial photo from the event? Of the 15,000 who registered, the Times only said "thousands" actually participated. Sounds like a massive turnout for freedom, Bush style. And what freedom parade is complete without a few arrests for peaceful protests and freedom of speech? Freedom and democracy in action.
One man who registered for the walk was detained by a Pentagon police officer after he slipped a black hood over his head and produced a sign that read, "Freedom?"
The man was removed from the Pentagon registration area, handcuffed and taken away in a police car. It was not clear whether he was charged or simply detained and the police did not respond to messages requesting more information.
Ann Grossman, 56, from Silver Spring, Md., also carried a homemade sign, which read "Honor Our Troops, Respect Their Lives," that was confiscated by police at the Pentagon.
Subject: Settling Down
It's three weeks post-Katrina. Same as post-9/11, there's this push to get back to business as usual: Shopping, Monday night football, slot machines.
Except for New Orleaners, wherever they are. Shattered dreams, that's all that's left for them, what with the sudden loss of their homes, jobs, city. Were their dreams important? No says our commander-in-chief's mother. She thinks New Orleaners are much better off in Houston's Astrodome than they ever could have been while in the Big Easy. After all, who in her right mind would want to live in one of those below sea-level clap-traps or in public housing? - "Be grateful, you poor and miserable blacks. You've never had it so good. Besides, s**t happens."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Just Remember: "Insane Government"
Hat tip for CrooksAndLiars.com for running this article:
IMPEACH BUSH NOW by Paul Craig Roberts.
What CrooksAndLiars.com doesn't mention is this guy's resume as a REAL conservative, and it's an extensive resume at that!
If there were to be a comprehensive book on the history of the Bush administration this 1 article could be the table of contents, the full contents and the index as far as I'm concerned. I could not have said it better. So straight and so to the point, I agree
IMPEACH BUSH NOW!!!
The Indy Voice
Subject: Babs the Bag Bush
Everyone on the blogs is attempting to make Barbara Bush sound heartless and insensitive. Come on folks, Babs is a gentle, gray haired grandmother with a string of perfect pearls, who only has the best interest of the Nation at heart. After all, her little boy is none other than our fearless leader, the problem solver, who solves problems. Unfortunately, none of ours, but that's another story for another time.
Mrs. Bush's remarks "these people were underprivileged anyway, so this is working out well for them, but it's a little scary because so many of them want to stay here" wasn't meant in any way to demean those who happen to be "underprivileged." It was meant as comforting those who are privileged. To let them know that birds of a feather flock together. The poor and displaced live in a stadium , and while they love the conditions, we're getting them the hell out of here as soon as possible because Texas is not a dumping ground for refugees.
Moms are great because they usually speak the truth from the heart. Unfortunately for Babs, the entire world now recognizes where her heart truly is. Ann Richards once quipped that GHW Bush was born with a silver foot in his mouth. Mrs. GHW Bush's mouth is just stuffed with the pretence of her upbringing. Classless, clueless and graceless. What is that old adage? You can make a silk purse...?
Subject: Re: Now They Tell Us (Washington Post)
Why has it taken six years for the corporate media to start reporting the truth about George Bush? Could it be because we progressives have not built a media infrastructure of our own? AND WHY ON EARTH ARE THE DEMOCRATS NOT TAKING EVERY ADVANTAGE OF BUSH'S STUMBLING?????? It's time to pile on, and Democrats are trying to be nice, while REPUBLICANS ADMIT THEY WANT TO KILL US.
Subject: Lesser known Barbara Bush Quote
Now we know where Bushie gets his megalomania from...his mom thinks people told her it changed their LIVES when he FLEW OVER the disaster site????
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