September 19, 2005
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Subject: Counting the dead, or not, in New Orleans, part 2
As of Friday Sept 19, the story of collecting the bodies, much less the count of them, has disappeared from the news. And very little news from Mississippi altogether. Maybe to report from there would rub our faces in the discrepancy between copious blame that Rove et al. are laying at the feet of Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin, both Democrats, and no fault to be found with Gov Haley Barbour, former GOP chief, and recently best known nationally for trying to decimate Medicaid in Mississippi.
Am I missing something?
The Chinese have decided that the death count from disasters should NOT be a state secret. And we have decided that it should be.
For sure, the corpses didn't vanish into thin air!
Woe is us.
Subject: The Politics of Incompetence and Decline
You can't really blame Bush. He did last night what EVERY rich dilettante fratboy does when he is called on the carpet for making a mess: he tried to BUY his way out of the situation. The problem is that he is using OUR money to buy his way out of HIS mess. But the $200 billion, like the Iraq expenditures, will be a massive wealth shift from the public coffers -- and future public economic potential -- into the hands of private individuals.
This is precisely the wealth redistribution that conservatives always rail about when criticizing liberals. The difference is that when liberals do it, the redistribution benefits the many. When conservatives do it, the redistribution benefits the few.
So, I again understand the Bush philosophy: when life gives you lemons, fill the pockets of your cronies with billions of U.S. dollars.
This has the following kinds of effects:
First, it's been widely reported how insurance companies are using "flood" and every other excuse to get out of paying claims in the affected states.
But Bush's $200 billion proposal DOES NOT contain any proposals for help in rebuilding individual homes. Though the Attorneys General of the affected states are filing lawsuits against some of insurance companies, Bush in no way, shape or form indicated that he would pressure, or join in on making the insurance companies pay.
Bottom line: despite that "wonderful" talk last night, the PEOPLE are going to end up getting screwed. This is our first solid indication that we are going to pick up a $200 billion tab, none of which is going to rebuild homes of any of those people -- rich or poor.
Think about it a second more?
Two hundred billion will get poured into companies like Halliburton, Fluor, Bechtel, etc. And at least some of that (taxpayers') money will find its way back into GOP coffers.
This is all while UNDERPAYING the actual workers who will make it all happen.
So, A Note to the World: War Profiteering and Disaster Profiteering are virtually identical. This is just another raid on US Treasury to fund the GOP. Just how dumb does George Bush think we really are?
Now, certainly something massive must be done about Katrina. But it must require sacrifice. We must recognize that the US simply can't afford everything it wants.
This is especially true in a time when declining Federal revenues are more than matched by enormous Federal spending increases.
From 1950 until 2001, Federal tax revenues increased every year, except two. This was largely due to increasing population and increasing affluence.
However, in the years 2002, 2003, and 2004, Federal tax revenues FELL each year, year-on-year.
Simultaneously, total Federal outlays in 2001 were $1,863 trillion. This number increased to $2,292 trillion in 2004.
Republicans like to castigate Democrats as being for "tax and spend." But Bush is for "spend and don't worry about where the money is coming from."
(And the 2005 deficit is projected to be a little over 300 billion dollars, by the way - NOT counting Katrina.)
The United States cannot give money away to the well off, fight a voluntary war, spend recklessly on non-prioritized domestic needs, and rebuild an area destroyed by a hurricane. By pretending it can, Bush has placed the United States into a position to fall into economic ruin.
But this is precisely Grover Norquist's dream: creating massive federal money pits that will, in effect, bankrupt the system so all those evil social programs will have to go away.
Perhaps worse, the alleged monitoring this new proposed spending will be done by only 30 FEMA investigators.
Investigators to monitor Katrina contracts (Kansas City Star)
That's going to be clear nonsense. Not only can't 30 inspectors even think about monitoring $200 billion, but they are sure to be mindful of the fate of Bunnatine Greenhouse, the highly regarded auditor at the Army Corps of Engineers who suddenly got poor performance reviews after she raised questions about Halliburton's contracts in Iraq. She was demoted late last month.
In sum, what we really have is a massive financial slide down, with $200 billion swirling well out of the Katrina victims' reach, going primarily to the "1%". Voila: Tax breaks and exclusive access to the money.
Now THAT is a "conservative" approach to government funding. What a cool set up for the wealthiest to get wealthier and the middle class to shrink. The idea is to set up a permanent underclass, with the Neocons at the top, the unwashed masses in the middle placated with patriotism and religion, and a permanent underclass to wash things and dig things.
Donald L Feinberg
Postscript: Of course, in 3 years Bush will hand over a bankrupted government to the Democrats. They will be left to hike taxes to cover Bush's mistakes and mis-management. And the GOP wants the Democrats to sweep in down the road and say, "let's get this house in order..." and implement the kind of rigorous controls that they themselves aren't capable of producing. Then they get to recast the Democrats in the role of boogeyman who is out to soak the worker by penalizing income via taxes. And in the long run, that is their only hope for political survival. As Tom DeLay would put it, this is all just more of the "ongoing fiscal victory."
Subject: Bush On Roe V. Wade
Q: What is George W. Bush's position on "Roe vs. Wade"?
A: He really doesn't care how people get out of New Orleans. As long as they get out.
And make room for the bulldozers owned by Halliburton....
(adapted from a blog)
Subject: Don't forget all the other bush kids' hijinks!
You can't mention Noelle without mentioning George P., who stalked his former girlfriend and then [while clad only in his boxers] broke into her bedroom while she slept.
Also, Jebbie was busted in the Tallahassee Mall's parking lot while having sex with his girlfriend. And, oh there is so much more!!!!
You have everything at your "Bush Family Values" section at
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Subject: Excerpted from Senator Bill Nelson's latest E-Brief:
You see, all the Bush administrations -- that is, both George's and Jeb's -- did was patch things over until after the November election to make George out like a hero, even to the point of paying $31 million in bogus claims to residents of Miami-Dade County that never felt hurricane or even tropical storm force winds. But once the election was over, any help Florida residents expected from FEMA evaporated. Some of our residents are still waiting for FEMA to assess their losses. That's a fact! Many homes in the Florida panhandle still have blue plastic covering their roofs one long year after the storms hit the coastline. While the focus remains on New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the residents of upstate Mississippi and Alabama are being sorely neglected.
The only positive coming from Hurricane Katrina remains that the American public woke up to the reality of the Bush administration's pathological obsession with its wealthy base to the detriment of the rest of the U.S. population. America will never be safe again so long as Bush remains in office.
I'm confused. The Reich is forever touting the virtues of "the market." Evidently "the market" will take care of everything and we don't need government with its intrusive regulations getting in the way. But now I read on BuzzFlash that developers who couldn't get private insurance for their plans to build on the Mississippi delta and the barrier islands turned to the intrusive government for insurance - and got it.
Aren't private insurance companies part of "the market"? If "the market" is all-powerful and all-knowing, why didn't the developers concede that "the market" didn't want building done on the Mississippi delta? I'm confused.
On the other hand, I'm not confused about this: If you believe W will REALLY investigate the Katrina disaster and hold ANYBODY'S feet to the fire, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
Subject: The Powers-that-be
They're unrelenting! Effective, too They rule by divide and conquer, the best defense is a good offense and fool the people. Truth is their natural enemy. Their main concern is that people will find out that the emperor wears no clothes. To avoid such from happening they try desperately to avoid situations the outcome of which they can't predict. Their greatest weakness is their belief in their own omnipotence. That's what's getting them into trouble, first in Iraq and now in New Orleans. They couldn't imagine that Iraqis, no matter who their conqueror and what his promises and platitudes, would choose martyrdom over chains. Similarly they're in for a big surprise in New Orleans when they find out that the price of martyrdom there is going to be self-determination for the heroic people of that city. They should have learned from the Vietnam war that "there's nothing so precious as freedom and independence," but they didn't! Not surprising. Learning can change a person - "Us change? We rule the world." Not for long, however, because the outcomes in both Iraq and New Orleans are unpredictable and, when uncertainties pile up oh so high and oh so wide; watch-out, invariably there'll be windows of opportunity for we the people to change the world.
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Subject: Hmmm, What’s That? Do I Smell Rome Burning?
These are Jeb Bush’s kids, Jim Ellis Bush and Noelle Bush. These are the arrest photos. (insert latest pictures) Jim here was arrested early Friday and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. While Noelle Bush, the governor's daughter, was arrested in January 2002 and accused of trying to pass a fraudulent prescription at a pharmacy to obtain the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
These two are examples of the “family values” instilled in them by there very religious, right-winged Bush Family.
Now, do you realize that not too long ago in this country, judges offered young hoodlums like this jail or a stint in the military? So what I think these two, fine upstanding citizens need is a tour in the military to straighten them out. You see, in the military, they could learn discipline, responsibility, and accountability. You know things they never were taught in the privileged, very religious, right-winged extended Bush family.
So what say you America, does it sound like a plan?
But noooooooo! We won’t ever see that. We can’t have George’s niece, nephew, or even his precious, spoiled daughter(s) fight for a “noble war” of his making. However, it is perfectly alright to have those “underprivileged” Barbara Bush referred to in the Houston Dome fight and die in their place.
Only in America, Folks! Hmmm, what’s that? Do I smell Rome burning?
Robert M. Thacker
Jeb Bush's son arrested for public intoxication, resisting arrest. Don't forget the Xanax addiction of Noelle. These Bush parents have some problems parenting, it appears. Maybe they are too busy ruining the country to pay attention to their children.
This is military avoidance Bush style. "W" got bounced out for his "problems" ... the kids are one- or two-strikers ... the nephew (older bro to this one) is a vandal ... sister is an Rx fabricator...
Just one more for your "champagne unit" for when they all sign up for life skills boot camp style with designer uniforms and Doc Martens boots!
Ha! You need to start listing those who are DISQUALIFIED and stop worrying about who's not going into the military. This is Gen X draft dodging ... worked for Unk, works for them!
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Subject: Reader Submissions
As time goes on, you seem to be printing more and more small- book-length e-mails, and it's getting harder and harder to wade through them to read what used to be one of my favorite parts of BuzzFlash. I'm not advocating putting a word limit on, but maybe you could make an announcement or mention that people might self limit their blah-blah-blah a little bit. Thanks.
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Subject: The Creed of Greed
Why is it they never have enough? Why must this grasping, greedy cadre of people who rule this country pillage when they have so much they need to search for new ways to spend their money?
The deck has long been stacked against ordinary people in this country. You read about all the millions of dollars that are raised for campaigns and don’t seem to understand that what this means is that without enormous amounts of money you cannot afford to even run for an elected office.
Ordinary people are going to have to take extraordinary steps just to heat their homes this winter. Deeper and deeper into debt we go and where it stops nobody knows.
Why would our elected officials care about heating costs or the lack of medical insurance or retirement plans? Why? Congress and the Senate have very nice little retirement packages as well as medical insurance courtesy of the American taxpayer. As for energy costs, please be serious. Picture an elected official having to turn down that thermostat, only for show baby, only for show.
Picture the faces you have been seeing on television for the last two weeks. Poor people left helpless and alone by their own government. Do I think some of that neglect was racist? Damn right. Our elitist government knows that a lot of people are not going to care what happens to poor black people. Nor poor white people either, truth be told.
The best part of this whole scam is that so many Americans continue to vote for this lying, looting bunch of crooks. Appeal to the homophobes and the Right-to-lifers and you can kill, maim, and rob anyone else you want. Including them. See the beauty of this whole thing? Many of those who will ultimately be victims of these pillaging conservatives will vote them right back into office. Ain’t ignorance grand?
Marjorie L. Swanson
Subject: Clinton on Sheehan
Mr. Shark Attack
Subject: Okay, Cue the Clown
President Bush addressed the nation on Thursday September 15th to speak of the future of the Gulf Coast. President Bush said, "Poverty has its roots in social discrimination. We have a duty to confront this poverty with bold action." In our hearts we all know this is the truth. 30% of New Orleans and a great deal of the Gulf Coast live below the poverty line. They are primarily both poor and people of color.
What bold action you then might ask has the President taken thus far? One week prior to his impassioned speech, on September 8th President Bush suspended the Davis Bacon Act of 1931, which protects workers and ensures that they will be paid the prevailing wage as determined by the Department of Labor for federally funded projects. The act further ensures that those workers will continue to receive comparable benefits, things like health care. Thus with a BOLD stroke of the pen President Bush has allowed these people who are so desperately in need of jobs to become victims of those large contractors that will reap the benefits by being given jobs that pay less than what comparable workers would have received prior to the devastation of Katrina, the flooding, and the incompetence of our Federal government.
Our government stood idly by while people who had survived the natural disasters succumbed to the criminal incompetence of the Bush Administration, and now as a result of Proclamation 7924 issued September 8th, 2005 many of those that are left will continue to feel the abuse and neglect of a government that feels no sense of responsibility to protect its citizens.
The President further offered a $5,000 assistance account for the victims to put their lives back together and train for a new job. That is almost cruel. While your initial thought might be this is a kind gesture, I ask you to simply think about what monumental tasks we are asking them to achieve on $5,000. Even at minimum wage this gives those in need about 6 months to accomplish the goal of returning to some sort of normal life; acquire food, shelter, and a good job. Proclamation 7924 may hinder that progress.
The big winners in the President's unusual war on poverty are folks like Halliburton, who were into New Orleans at lightning speed and will receive (or have received) billions of dollars in contracts. No caps and apparently no competition.
I would ask President Bush to boldly enact a law that requires not only the wages and benefits be comparable to those prior to the disaster but that local business and industry be given priority in rebuilding their homes and communities. That our tax dollars go to supporting the common man and not the cronies and corporations. The skills and talents of the residents is a treasure. The opportunities to change the plight of those affected by this disaster are there before us. Let the people, those you claim we need to help and support, let them, with our help and support, revitalize the region. Let's enact a 21st Century New Deal.
We have work that needs to be done and a population that needs work. What better way to help people recapture the normalcy of life than by having them build the vision? That job training you spoke of can be OTJ training, that $5,000 that would otherwise seem so meager, can be used to acquire temporary housing and a tool belt. Those are bold and common sense initiatives.
If on the other hand our President speaks of things to appease because his poll numbers are busting a sag, then the only thing that is missing is a big red nose and a large pair of shoes. To speak of compassion is one thing, to act compassionately is entirely different indeed.
Subject: How about Feinstein or Pelosi?
Ahhhhhnold is running again? Feinstein or Pelosi would bury him. Are you going to do it, California, or are you going to let Ahhnold move on with his aspirations? Cut him short right now. You can't win without Feinstein or Pelosi. Ahhnold says "I'll be baaaack." It is the Democratic Party's fault if he wins because they would bury that bum with either Feinstein or Pelosi. Do it or watch CA turn a big Diebold red one day soon.
Subject: Most Partisan & Corrupt Adminstration--Reagan Wins Easily
Reagan increased spending by 80%--Deficit by 110%--Debt by 187%.
Reagan had 245 members of his administration investigated by Justice Dept. and OIC's. Not Congress.
Reagan had 137 charged with crimes or they resigned to avoid an indictment.
Reagan had more "Convicted" than all Presidents combined since 1900.
Read the book-"When The Pentagon Was For Sale" and see the all-time major corruption in our government. Bar none.
Reagan had scandals in 31 Departments of the Federal Government.
Seven Cabinet Members were charged with crimes--7 Department Heads were charged with Crimes--6 Persons (could have been found guilty) were pardoned by Bush.
Investigations of "High Ranking" Reagan officials.
Attorney General--3 Investigations-no charge
Look at how a Conservative Congress wasted our money, time and emotions spending $110,000,000 (per GAO) on investigations and hearings on Clinton Administration.
One very evil person was convicted of a Felony which was committed under Clinton over 8 years. The horrible crook took trips to balls games and other events paid for by private industries. For lack of money to fight an OIC he pled guilty to, horror of horrors, taking $12,000 in trips.
$110,000,000=one evil person.
Shame on America for allowing such evilness.
Good Source: Haynes Johnson's Sleepwalking Through History.
Subject: No More, Vote Al Gore!
I've come to the conclusion that Howard Dean may be the wrong guy for the DNC chairman's job. It could have been very shortsighted to put him in there.
You see, while Howard appears to be doing a great job in making us a 50-state party - he in essence put himself in a cage as a second-class Democrat, as opposed to our ELECTED Democratic "leaders" - from whom, I'm yet to see any leadership demonstrated that's worthy of the word, save Robert Byrd. They need to TAKE A RISK!
I think it's going to start dawning on some folks... of what's available out there, Al Gore is my leader of choice. NO MORE, VOTE AL GORE!
With all due respect to our elected Democrats, I'm yet to feel the ripple effect of anyone's leadership. Paul Wellstone was short in stature and a little wacky at times, but he was a leader. I'm not seeing any of that Midas Touch in our current field of likely candidates.
In fact, with Al Gore we can get around the constitution. How's that for magic? He can get elected to 3 terms in office. Now, he'll only serve 2, but he can get elected to 3!
Gore can pick Governor Warner of Virginia as VP (or find some other southern person who's qualified) - and screw 'em! He can snag a couple of southern states. Add Ohio or Florida to the mix - and screw 'em! This nightmare is over.
Let me add, I AM a Northeastern liberal (as a Floridian having lived in Massachusetts), but I don't want to see any more of them nominated for the presidency within my lifetime - or at least until the political landscape has changed considerably.
And as I wake up on this fine Saturday morning, watching the Bush and Clinton families playing ping-pong with the presidency ain't necessarily my cup of tea at the moment. Jeb - you're up after Hillary... Yeah, right???
As fouled up and far gone as this country is, we need an Andrew Jackson for the 21st century. DRAFT AL GORE!
Have you got a better idea?
Subject: Just read NYT (via AP) article: "Rice Urges 'Revolution of Reform at U.N."
Can you believe the GALL of her position? First, we've planted Bolton -- who'd be tickled to death (hmmm. THERE'S an idea!) if the U.N. were blown into the Atlantic Ocean by Hurricane Tallulah in the next month or so -- as our chief representative to an institution he clearly despises and has denigrated consistently. ...
Then we have Condi lecturing to the rest of the world about terrorism and their responsibility for ending it. Ummm...Earth to Condi: What do you have to say to the most prominent -- and most powerful -- terrorist in the world today? (I'm referring to your "husb...", er, President, here in case you didn't understand the question.)
Under this administration, our country has become (1) the major direct terrorist in the world today. But of course "we" don't count the Iraqi civilian corpses, any more than we show the coffins of our own dead troops -- and (2) the preeminent instigator of terrorism throughout the world.
And you have the gall to lecture the U.N. on THEIR responsibilities?? And THEIR need for major reforms?? As the old saying goes, "Physician, heal thyself." (Oh, and that reminds me of the Hippocratic oath -- not the Hypocritical oath you Repuglicans take -- "First, do no harm." We've harmed the oceans, the forests, the ozone layer, the poor, other nations...need I go on? And you and your "husb..." DARE to install a shill who wants to destroy the U.N. and then go on to lecture about the need for reform???
Where is George Orwell when we really NEED him?
Barb in Athens, Ga
G. Bush and D. Cheney should be impeached. Since they have been in office they have destroyed our country's wealth and domestic agenda with other countries. These two individuals are like poison to our society and economy.
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Subject: Why are Dems silent?
Why are the democrats so cowed by Bush? Bush is very unpopular right now, and even worse for him, the people that hate him loath him with a passion usually reserved for people like Hitler. And yet the Dems are curiously silent. America badly needs the democrats to stick up for us. Instead they roll over on CAFTA, the bankruptcy bill and probably on Roberts. When are they going to start acting like people who actually care about the American people, instead of some cowering idiots bowing down to the man behind the curtain?
The Dems have to realize America wants them to speak up. My God man, have they no sense of decency?
Come on Democrats, get back to planet earth.
Subject: John Roberts and MSM
John Roberts as Chief Justice could do more harm to the environment than hurricane Katrina and Bush's Iraq war combined. If he really believes the Federalist ideology, he will do everything in his power to prevent Federal and Local authorities from controlling the increasing destruction of the environment by corporations. The little we know is incriminating. He belonged to the Federalists, headed a committee, and lied about his connection. Thousand of pages of "public documents" written by John Roberts are being hidden by the Bush administration, an administration that has been gutting environmental laws left and right. Given these facts shouldn't Roberts say something about his environmental philosophy if he disagrees with the Federalists? Yet he has said nothing about anything in several days of testimony.
How does MSM deal with this these issues? They not only ignore them, but they go on to make anyone who objects to the nomination seem like a "kook" by constantly stating "there is nothing to dislike." Supposedly, including Barbara Boxer, who demanded the suppressed documents be released. Earlier this year the MSM did some hand wringing about how they should have been more skeptical of the justification for war. Yet they are playing the same game again. They are helping disaster happen.
Subject: Buzzflash Format and Premiums
One of the reasons I love your site is that there are so few graphics and it loads extremely quickly.
Everybody needs to remember that that would change if Buzz accepted advertising. Instead of loads of room for news, half of the page would be taken up by advertiser graphics.
I just ordered the Peace Calendar and did an extra donation. Everybody who depends on BuzzFlash (as I do) as their main source of news should donate regularly if at all possible. Even if it's just a little. And, no, Buzz didn't solicit this!
Think of it as kind of like supporting NPR. Some things are just worth it! BuzzFlash is one of them. You just gotta keep it buzzin'!
Pam in PA
Subject: Pentagon Ignores KIA in Afghanistan
Re: Bush Lied, Soldiers Keep Dying. 1,898 U.S. Military Fatalities in Iraq (thru today) 14,265 U.S. Military Maimed in Iraq (Last DoD Update: 08-Sep-05) 27,963 Iraqis Reported Killed (thru today)
Why let the Pentagon ignore the KIA of US troops in Afghanistan-- you and the Pentagon only list the KIA in Iraq.
Subject: Back to sleep for MSM
The lull has set in already in our media.
While the overpaid talking heads are giving themselves thumbs up for their once-in-a-lifetime brief awakening caused by Katrina, Bush and Co. use the disaster to fill their pockets and create W's image as the Rescuer-in-Chief -- with the full approval of MSM.
The so-called journalists are gushing over Bush's Thursday performance -- as if the fact that he could read a speech written by someone else meant that he'd suddenly developed a conscience.
And Ted Koppel is shocked, shocked to hear that the US has plans to assassinate Chavez and invade Venezuela, should Chavez' help-the-poor agenda threaten too closely our free market fundamentalism.
Apparently Koppel has kept his coiffed head in the sand for the past 60 years of the American meddling in foreign affairs.
I spent a great part of my life living outside of American borders and I continue to be stunned by the complacent attitudes of American MSM. Believe me when I say that American MSM rival the best communist press in their fear and unconditional approval of powers-that-be. It's mind-boggling to watch.
What good is freedom of press, if it is not used?
Though, in a way, the American MSM are free -- from truth-telling and critical thinking skills.
Subject: Re: Katrina’s Poll Numbers Are Better Than Bush’s
I find great irony in the ever increasing hysteria of the right wing. I mean, they’ve pretty much got the US government sewn up at the moment and yet every problem seems to stem from those pesky, demonic, and yet elusive “liberals”. I mean the world body at large is basically at the mercy of current US policy, whether it comes to world war or economics or reproduction or the environment. And last time I noticed, the Republicans were running the whole show. And speaking of running, “W” has run this country (into the ground) for more than four years now. Any eegit can see that. Don’t like what’s going on in the US or the world today? Cripes, blaming liberals is like blaming acorns or ferrets. The trials and tribulations of this country and this world rest squarely on the shoulders of those in power. And those in power increasingly look incompetent, ignorant, intolerant, out of touch, or just out for themselves. And you know what? They are and always were. And that’s why the right wing grows increasingly shrill, because your average, everyday American has suddenly said to him or herself, “What the !@#$%&?” It’s about bloody time. And it’s terrifically sad and pathetic that it’s taken rising gas prices and a tanking economy, two wars and two cataclysmic disasters for U.S. to !@#$%& figure it out.
Subject: Don't Forget This Little Incident With Jebby In His Jeep
Oh those Bush Family Values......
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Subject: Examine Bankruptcy Relief for Katrina Survivors
To: Maria_Cantwell@cantwell.senate.gov, Jay.Inslee@mail.house.gov, email@example.com
Hello, Senators and Representative Inslee,
Herewith an item on the refusal of Representative Sensenbrenner's Committee to examine the issue of relief from the new bankruptcy law for Katrina Survivors.
No Bankruptcy Relief for Katrina Victims (consumeraffairs.com)
It is hard to pretend there are not complex issues here, and opportunities for abuse of credit. However, the resistance to giving any consideration to victims, in the interest of preserving legislation tailored for the protection of large financial institutions such as MBNA seems terribly wrong to me in this circumstance.
I hope you will work with counterparts on the other side of the aisle to craft legislation restoring access to bankruptcy relief for victims of disasters, who have lost property and income, along with the lives of their friends and families.
So far as I can tell from the response seen here and from other Conservative Republicans, Mr. Sensenbrenner's posture sends the signal that many on the Right simply consider the Katrina devastation as another, God-given opportunity to cut the size of the federal government by other deep cuts into our social contracts with one another, preservation of our environment, and restoration of our deteriorating infrastructure.
There are real problems facing us, and these require a central focus and competence, putting aside ideological extremes.
Ringing rhetoric, accompanied by a refusal to even examine the core problems of actual human beings, doesn't meet that need.
Please bring corrective legislation directly to the floor.
John F. Williford
Subject: : Jeb's Son Busted in Texas
I read in the police report that he was arrested for public drunkenness and RESISTING ARREST.
Hey, since he likes to fight, there's this great place called IRAQ that could use him.
Subject: The Personality Cult of George W. Bush
The Sunday yap circuses will be spewing that BUSH’s New Orleans reconstruction plan is FDR-LBJ-ish.
It is not. It is not an ongoing, socially conscious PROGRAM. It is a frat boy, drunken-sailor binge of throwing money at an unpleasant situation with the hope of making it disappear---say, like paying for a couple of abortions.
At this point, it is completely unfathomable what Republicans/Conservatives find to admire in BUSH. He has turned his professed ideology topsy turvy, while claiming to be faithful: He has pursued international meddling and aggression, has blown the national treasury to bits, has pandered to constituencies his actual adherents abhor.
At his first inaugural speech, the only genuine applause he got was for tax cuts. Since then, he has been all about carpetbagger contracts -- first and always in the energy sphere, then for reconstruction in Iraq, now in New Orleans.
Apparently this is enough for Republicans/Conservatives to continue their support of him: Bluster and greed. Their support is not principled, it is merely a cult of personality, like those in the various, supposedly “Axis” places.
Subject: "The Opposition???"
I wonder just what has happened to the Democratic Party. They seemed to begin to disappear after the defeat of George McGovern. At first slowly but after Reagan became president their impotence quickened. Just what has cowered the party of the people? Just what has turned off their relevance? So many outrageous events go by without so much as an utterance from the Party, save for a few individuals who are invariably criticized by the Dems themselves. Who can we turn to? Who is willing to take up the challenge? As our country steadily tumbles into hell, just where is the Party of the People?
Barry De Jasu
Subject: Faux Liberals, Sit Down and Shut Up
I am so damn tired of being a member of the liberal left. I am so damn tired of having to find myself on the same side as a bunch of whining, morons who are outmaneuvered, outgunned, outtalked and out to lunch I could barf.
I just read Donna Brazile’s column in the Washington Post and I actually got sick to my stomach. Is she kidding? Is there sarcasm, an ironic tone that I’m missing?
“I will rebuild with your Mr. President?” Is she serious? Has this woman completely lost whatever little bit of intelligence she ever had? Kick her out of the Democratic Party, indeed out of the human race and do it now. Has she procreated yet? Has she polluted the gene pool?
That many democrats are gutless wonders is a fiction the Conservatives have been touting for years. Now I wonder. With a liberal nitwit like Donna Brazile on our side, we are truly and completely alone.
If this pinhead has the stunning inability to see through this latest photo op of Bushes she shouldn’t be allowed to get anywhere near a keyboard. We have enough problems fighting off the Republicans without an airhead like this fouling our own nest.
Faux liberals, if you are too stupid, and too timid, and just to damn lazy to fight for the rights of all Americans and against the corrupt administration that has raped and pillaged this country for 5 years, at least have the decency to sit down and shut up.
I Will Rebuild With You, Mr. President (Donna Brazile/Washington Post)
Marjorie L. Swanson
Subject: Bush's Speech on Dry Land and Under the Lights
Notice how Bush brought in the generators to make him look like a rugged Texan on DRY LAND, under the lights for his speech. Wouldn't doubt that he took the generators back to DC with him.
The least Bush could have done, when giving his speech, is to put on his "coyboy boots" and wade in over his neck into the sewer and oil filled water, with no lights to see him.
After all, that's exactly what he made the people of New Orleans do for over a week in crud filled water; all while he spent his "Hang Loose" time getting money for Republican campaigns, strumming a guitar and giving McCain a birthday cake.
Yup. "Bush-ie, You're Doing A Heck Of A Job"!!
Subject: Southern Command?
Sooooooooo...now we hear that the Gulf Coast should go completely WiFi, totally high-tech, privately installed and administered and become the benchmark for the new communications and security century. Does that scare anyone else to death? The Carlyle Group brags about one of its strongest holdings being in the communications sector. If we hand over all the construction and installation of all these capabilities to Bush cronies in private industry we are setting a dangerous precedent. These neo-thugs will then control Texas, Louisiana and Florida...literally the entire Gulf Coast of this country. The gateway to South America and the Caribbean. He who controls the communications, controls the ability to monitor and question that authority. How long would it be before we are told what we can and cannot do or know according to THEIR rules and what content THEY wish to carry for consumption by the population? How easy would it be for them to secretly monitor every aspect of your private communications and information? Way too easy for my comfort. Think about it.
Subject: The Continuing Fraud
As a Canuk, I follow US politics with the concern of a mouse sleeping with an elephant (as P.E. Trudeau put it). I've come to believe that the main problem is that most americans have no idea what voting is like.
1) I have never used anything but a paper ballot.
2) I have never waited more than 15 minutes to vote.
3) Ballots are ALL hand counted, and results are in about 6 hours after polls close.
Try googling "Canadian vote fraud" and see how many articles you turn up. I'll give you one guess.
It's about time to change the entire structure of your government... try our brit parliamentary system (with more than two parties) and see how things go. Your own Thomas Jefferson advocated changing the governmental system once every 30 years or so.
Subject: A Place Called Hope
Watching Bill Clinton, the last elected president of the U.S., on Meet the Whore today, I found myself having a strange emotional experience long forgotten. Then I realized I was feeling HOPE! Here was an articulate, intelligent GLOBAL statesman who apparently is working on solving the world's problems as well as our own, by building alliances to address poverty, climate change, and other issues. What a concept! Makes me proud to be an American today! Let's support Clinton's efforts and see what happens!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Gulf to Gulf
God and bush... eye for an eye! gulf for a gulf!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Thank you for all the good work that you do. Your research is amazing. NOW, if only the Democrats or Greens or ANYONE, could come up with a plan to deal with the mess this White House has created. SOLUTIONS PLEASE!!!
It's rumored that Homeland Security has ordered the production of a new ration that will be called Cakes Ready to Eat. That's to augment the 'Everyone for themselves' emergency plan.
The packets will contain a government voucher good for one piece of cake when help arrives.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Ya just know he had to make up the two lost vacation days
So what is our "hardworking" President doing this weekend? Did he roll up those shirtsleeves on his fake blue "hard work" shirt which he wore during his staged phony speech and get to work helping the people of the Gulf? Nope he went on vacation to Camp David! The King of Vacations continues his reign!
Subject: The Washington Post
Today The Washington Post endorsed John Roberts to be the next chief justice of the Supreme Court, but then The Washington Post is also satisfied with the governments' version of 9/11, is not concerned with election fraud and thought invading Iraq was a good idea.
Subject: Even Bigger Trouble in Iraq, If You Can Believe It...
Today I received some information from an on-the-street observer in Iraq about the current situation. Here are a couple of excerpts:
So my question is this, to the media reading this mail: WHERE ARE YOU IN ALL OF THIS?
Obviously, the situation in Iraq is MUCH worse than we think. It is clear that civil war is already breaking out across the country.
Even FOX News reported today (18 September) that American military and intelligence sources admit Iraq is on the brink of full, open civil war.
Donald L Feinberg
Subject: simple question
After the shrub's speech the other evening, the media talkers and the administration fixer uppers are busy explaining what he meant. Why is it, after the shrub speaks, the dick speaks, rummy speaks or condasleeza speaks do they always have to spend the time telling the people what they really mean. Why don't they just say it right the first time? Hmmm.
Subject: The Church of Idiotology
An idiot can be described as a person who repeats the same sequence of steps with the constant expectation of achieving different results. No economic theory has been more thoroughly debunked than "trickle down economics" and yet this hair-of-the-dog-that-bit-me remedy remains the only treatment in the republican/neocon medicine chest. Their disdain for President Clinton is nothing short of baffling given their own miserable record of failure at every single thing that they have set their hands to. Even now, after transforming a booming economy with a budget surplus into an almost inconceivable deficit and an economy that more than anything else resembles a stumble drunk perilously negotiating every curb while continuing to imbibe from a bottle of rot-gut whiskey. Their efforts to spin this idiocy to make it seem like an accomplishment is enough to make even a hurricane like Katrina dizzy.
It was bewildering and disheartening to hear republican senators saying "I totally agree with my colleague, dip-s.*t, that the only way we're going to able to pay for this reconstruction effort is to grow the economy by making the tax cuts permanent". Grow the economy? Did I miss something? Have you ever met a compulsive gambler who calculates his winnings without deducting his losses? I saw this group of senators on CSPAN talking about a "one time, off-budget expense" to pay for the recovery from Katrina. So the global warming problem has has been fixed? God, having sent us Katrina, has blown his wad and it's going to be smooth sailing from now on? Sorry, I just don't buy it.
Christians who openly advocate murder? Who advocate oppression of the poor and elevation of the ultra rich? This is so far from the christianity that I know that I've decided it deserves a new designation that will serve to distinguish it from anything having to do with the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Church of Idiotology was the best I could come up with.
Subject: Katrina Recovery!
After listening to the Bush spin machine today and the Bush speech earlier in the week, I just have to think that New Orleans African Americans must be dancing in the streets with joy. Can it get any better than this? I mean after nearly 140 years, the republican party made good on Sherman's promise. In 2000 they delivered the "jackass" and with this week's homesteading promise they get their 40-acres!
God Bless Karl Rove!
Subject: BuzzFlash Unintentionally Aids Bush Regime
Dear BuzzFlash readers,
BuzzFlash is great at excitedly posting some pretty good stories about the fascist Bush regime, but is totally ignorant about the realities of 9-11 truth. As such, BuzzFlash REINFORCES and HELPS the plutocratic cabal in their full throttle campaign to destroy America by helping to maintain the CORE DECEPTION upon which the mass manipulation and destruction of America rests, namely 'terrorism.' LEARN ABOUT THE REALITIES AND HISTORY OF FALSE FLAG PSY-OPS people!! You know not what you do.
A true supporter trying to help with some frank input.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: We do not adhere to the 9/11 conspiracy theory and we choose not to fan those flames.]
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