November 30, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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What is W's definition of Victory in Iraq? Thanks.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: That seems like another question for Cindy Sheehan, who still keeps asking, "What noble cause?" W did refer in his speech to WWII when talking about victory. So maybe he wants to divide up some countries, and establish an occupying force in others?]
Subject: Check out the polls, then the photo: Is this the "kiss of death"?
... very Don Corleone-ish, if you ask me.... But how much in denial is this Musgrave chick when she says:
She is one of the ONLY members of Congress to receive a campaign visit because no one else wants bush around!
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: "'The money [$450,000] he can raise for her far outweighs whatever negative repercussions there could be a year from now,' said Eric Sondermann, a Denver-based political analyst." Only time will tell. Among the estimated 500 protesters outside the fundraiser were veterans and 87-year-old military family activist Bonnie McCormick.]
I have no doubt that Bush has already told Cunningham to chill and that he'll have a pardon in '08. I notice there is no mention in this or any other articles about Cunningham selling advance presidential pardons for $400,000.
Details are on my blog-
Subject: New Orleans- A Short Poem
Subject: Bush/Cheney Bumper Stickers
I have a question for the readers of BuzzFlash. Is it just Hattiesburg, MS (where I live) or is it the same everywhere? On the streets and in public, commercial and even church parking lots, there are very few cars displaying Bush/Cheney bumper stickers. Mississippi has been one of the most Republican states in the country and until a few months ago those stickers seemed to be everywhere, and not just around the elections. Indeed until recently I've seen stickers from the 2000 presidential election that were never taken off, but displayed prominently by their owners for years. It's just one year since the last presidential election and car bumpers are clean as a whistle. Did all of these people scrape the stickers off five or six months after the election? And if they did, why? A sudden concern for tidiness? A burst of previously uncharacteristic wisdom? Embarrassment? Shame? It would be interesting (maybe even significant) to know if others have noticed the same thing.
Robert R. Regl
[BuzzFlash Note: We saw a few "W '04" stickers in Florida recently. Maybe most of the Bush "have mores" have already replaced last year's cars with new ones?]
51 percent of Republicans would be willing to have the U.S. torture suspected terrorists "if they may know details about future terrorist attacks against the U.S." Believe me, this is about meanness, not terrorism, since these educated elite know perfectly well that torture doesn't work. Darth Vader and his Christian flocks have truly morphed this nation into an Evil Empire.
Subject: I Just Have To Say This
First, I know when working in or for the public, there will always, without fail, be complaints. But, as in the Mailbag today, the person who complains that he can't tell what the latest headlines are . . . if he reads BuzzFlash regularly, he should have had no trouble.
The "headlines helper" at the top of the page has been there for some time now, and even the "dates" on the articles are a good clue. How lame can complaints get? Walk in someone's shoes once in a while, you complainers out there. Would someone think of writing to any large newspaper, such as the LA Times, and tell them how their paper should be laid out on the Internet? I don't think so. This is another reason that the complainers should appreciate about BuzzFlash -- that is, BuzzFlash is personable to all who do read it, otherwise, they would not feel so compelled to voice their opinions and, isn't it almost funny, to hear these complaints usually voiced with threats of either not donating or holding back donations . . . much in the same way advertisers do to newsgroups . . . hence part of the reason for the media we have today. Eh?
[BuzzFlash Note: We appreciate your defense, Shirley. Still, our readers' constructive suggestions are welcomed and taken seriously. As one more reminder, readers should check out our "See recent headlines" feature on the top right side of the home page; also use this url http://www.buzzflash.com/search/ (also linked at the bottom of the home page) to search the site's headlines.]
Subject: American Forces Radio Japan
I thought I would update the AFN media subject a year after there was much ado about Congress eliminating Rush Limbaugh`s program from the American Forces Radio network. Here in greater Tokyo, 30 million civilians can tune into Eagle 810am and hear a variety of music programs and a bit of babble/news. NPR gets only one hour now in primetimes 7-8pm, and of course Limbaugh gets one hour 8-9pm. Besides that Paul Harvey is on three times daily in the morning and afternoon, yet Talk of the Nation is on, as is the weekend program, On the Media, but at 4am! On weekends there are Dr. Laura and the CarTalk Guys as well as Focus on the Family, Travel Radio International, and NPR's Weekend Edition.
All in all though, Republican/Christian broadcasting outweighs independent/intellectual or liberal programming over two to one in the daytime. So, it wasn't just much ado about nothing because the entire version of Morning Edition used to be played daily. It should also be noted that Limbaugh's show is essentially a condensed version of his show highlighting those acidic diatribes about how liberals hate America and are ruining it.
It is too bad our troops aren't exposed to more ideas and coverage over their own airwaves. If they were, they just might elect people who are less inclined to send them into spurious wars.
Subject: Yes to "A La Carte" Programming
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's call for "a la carte" programming on satellite and cable is incredibly important. Today, certain channels are in 80 million homes. These channels are able to charge advertisers high fees based on the number of people watching, many of whom watch simply because their other choices are limited and uninteresting. How many people would really watch these channels if they had to pay for it? Within two months of the institution of a la carte programming, some of these channels would probably lose 75 million homes. Within six months, when people realize they can buy better programming with their money, that number should drop to under one million. Within a year certain channels will be out of business. Today, everybody who has a subscription to cable or satellite television actually is subsidizing CNN, MSNBC and Fox News and keeping them on the air, whether they want to or not.
Support for "a la carte" programming will allow for channels that reflect the real views, wishes and desires of broad masses of people and stop television from nearly exclusively reflecting the views of corporate executives earning seven-figure salaries.
Martin: New FCC Study Favors a la Carte (multichannel)
Study backs 'a la carte' cable TV (Detroit News)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Total Privatization
Yes, that's what lies ahead unless we the people wake up to the fact that we're on the dead-end straight ahead and that the only way out is to change the world. What'll happen if we don't? Lots more pain and suffering, that's what. Well, maybe not right away but a dozen or so years down the road (this dead-end straight ahead that we're on) all hell is going to break loose as more and more folks find out that their private accounts ain't worth s**t when it comes to paying for the big ones - a couple days in an intensive care unit, open-heart surgery, cancer treatment, a serious accident, a bout of pneumonia that requires hospitalization, not to mention the basic necessities of life for the aging and the unemployed.
And when our private accounts dry-up, what then for the weak, the sick, the broken-down and those of us on life-support? Expect the powers that be to say, "Of course we feel your pain, but you've got nobody but yourself to blame, and, since you're now in free-fall, don't even ask for help because there ain't no safety-net - It's exclusively for the powers that be." Afraid? Don't want this to happen? Don't let it! Change the world.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Utter Chaos
Am I the only one who thinks that Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Bush never get together before going separate ways? They constantly disagree with each other ... and are not even aware of it ... but, they fix it later, by saying that this is what they meant. They are making me crazy!!!!
Subject: Art Imitates Life or Vice-versa?
Last night I watched the end of “Law & Order SVU.” It told the story of a man who had been working in a bio-weapons lab in New Orleans when Katrina hit. He used the confusion of the hurricane to steal some anthrax and drove out of the disaster area using a van load of refugees as a cover.
The SVU team was investigating a kidnapping but ran into trouble with the feds when they stumbled upon the anthrax connection. They were blocked from investigating the case or disclosing to the media any possible threat of an anthrax outbreak – especially one originating from a federally contracted facility.
This was a new angle among all of the other horrors to have come out of that ill wind. So I went online.
I found this page by Michael C. Ruppert (the author of “Crossing the Rubicon”) on his “From the Wilderness” site.
Food for thought folks.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Why does the American public buy into the Republican talking point of: “Democrats did it too!” It seems every time the Republicans are caught in a lie, in unethical or immoral behavior of any kind, graft, cronyism, nepotism, the first thing out of their mouths is, “Well a Democrat did it too!” as if that’s any kind of explanation or defense.
I could understand that argument if it were coming from a first grader on the school playground, but even then it would not be acceptable. The “Johnny did it too!” defense never got a child out of trouble, so why does it work for the President of the United States of America, the Vice President and the Congress?
Shouldn’t we expect more or at the very least as much from the President of the United States of America, the Vice President of the United States of America and the Congress of the United States of America as we do from an immature child?
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