February 6, 2006
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: We Should Have Seen It Coming
I guess I must be getting slow in my old age. Having perused a cross-section of shovelfuls, fresh from the cow pasture, attempting to justify Bush's little excursion into the extra-constitutional, it finally dawned on me that we're all a passel of fools to be the least bit surprised at this latest outrage of domestic spying. This so-called unitary presidency is nothing more than the culmination of events that began with the neo-con coup of 2000.
If you harbor any doubts about the terminology, how better to describe the co-opting of the democratic process by the appointment, rather than the election, of our chief executive? And doesn't it follow that Cheney & Co. (the real power behind the throne) also intended to co-opt the nature of the office they usurped? I believe this "imperial presidency" was part and parcel of their agenda from Day One, just as surely as their criminal invasion of Iraq. 9/11 was the answer to every good little neo-con's prayer--it provided the perfect excuse for both. Iraq in a blitz of lies and manipulation; the accretion of presidential power more slowly, but oh, so very surely.
If right this minute you're mouthing the word "Duuhh!!" with a touch of impatience, well, I warned you I was getting slow, didn't I? However, here's one aspect of this sorry state of affairs you may have failed to consider. Historically, groups who have gone to some pains to wrest the reins of political power for what they perceive as noble ends, have been hellishly difficult to dislodge from that power. So if you're thinking optimistically of the coming elections, start thinking pessimistically about those elections being rigged. As in, the CEO of Diebold is a Bush buddy-boy. As in, Diebold supplies a quite significant number of touch-screen voting machines that leave no paper trail, all across the country.
And that's just part of the super-efficient GOP Department of Cheatery. So today would be an excellent time to start e-mailing your senators / congresspersons, alerting them to the possibility of yet another stolen election. Assuming that, among other things, your B.S. threshold has about hit its capacity.
Subject: Great Argument!
Thank You to Christy Tramdaks of Springfield, PA for your letter "For Those Who Wonder How the Nazis Did What They Did" from the February 3, 2006 Mailbag.
This is the exact argument to use against the FOX-educated who say Iraq isn't anything like Vietnam because over 50,000 died during the Vietnam war.
For anyone who has ever seen a 'number line,' the smaller numbers come before the bigger numbers.
For anyone who doesn't know: a number line is an elementary device used to teach counting and addition and subtraction to beginning math students.
Here is a webpage with some simple examples for the Republican-impaired: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/math/numberline/
So, when a Republican says, Iraq isn't like Vietnam, you can say to them, "When counting, 2,200 comes before 50,000. So, 2,200 soldiers will die before 50,000 will."
And if they still don't get it, ask them if they can count from 1 to 50, and if they can see which one comes first: 2 or 50.
The same can be said with Christy's great example.
When a Republican tries to ignore the obvious equivalence between the current American Republican Party and the Nazi Party of Hitler, ask them if they can count from 1 to 11 million, and if they can see which one comes first, 100,000 or 11 million.
Once again, thank you Christy for the great idea, and BuzzFlash for posting it.
A BuzzFlash Reader
P.S. to Christy: May your senators always be Democrats.
Subject: The Spy Machine
Am I the only person in America who sees into the 'spying' crystal ball...it's a prelude to another stolen election. They are not spying for terrorists, they are spying on the DEM party, another WATERGATE modus operandi, if you will.
Subject: Response to Mailbag Entry: "New Hope For The Future"
How about this...
BILLY JACK / Sanders 2008
With all the shenanigans going on these days ... Billy Jack would already have his boots off...!
Bernie Sanders is one of the only politicians I trust.
Karen of the Desert
Subject: There's Something About a Hologram
A hologram is a three dimensional picture that is made on a photographic film or plate without the use of a camera, that consists of a pattern of interference produced by a split coherent beam of light, and that for viewing is illuminated with coherent light from behind.
To help one decide, on whose side, we the people or the powers that be, why not a hologram of truth? Let's see, it'll differ from the usual hologram in that its image is a product of the human mind, not of photographic film, with the pattern of interference having to do with the discrepancy between what one is told to believe and the way it really is.
As to the light from behind that illuminates and makes viewing possible, that's deep down within all of us, the way it could be, would be, if one really had a say. For those interested in trying out the truth hologram for themselves, here's how.
Carefully read the front page headlines in your local newspaper. Compare these with BuzzFlash's headlines on the same topic. Then, in one's mind, for about three minutes, quickly run through what one has just read. This will produce a pattern of interference that will be expressed as confusion and/or discontent.
Finally, the light from behind does its thing and illuminates. "Yes, and so clear and true. Change the world? Count me in."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Matthews is a little man. Now we know why
Chris Matthews is a little man. A man who has to demean others so he can look like he's important. Matthews has become a hollow shell of a journalist. He already was a suck-up, but now that his brother is running for Congress as a Republican, it looks as though he is fishing for campaign contributions. He ought to have the decency to recuse himself from political commentary until after the election. But, of course, in HIS HEAD, he is objective. They all think they are.
Lieutenant governor candidate campaigns in Somerset County (Daily American)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Paula Zahn's Comment
I carry no water for Paula Zahn. I basically think of her as a media version of a cocktail waitress in a Republican country club with frosted hair and a choker necklace, and all that goes with that image.
NONETHELESS, I think you should NOT use your front page to make it look like SHE STATED AS HER OWN UTTERANCE that if you vote Democratic, you want to be bombed. The actual story clearly has her attributing this "thought" to others.
Stuff like this just makes it easy for people to say that BuzzFlash doesn't play it straight.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: We wrote: Inside the crazy right-wing world of CNN's Paula Zahn: "If you're a Dem, you want to be bombed" 2/5. Zahn said: "But security is still going to be a huge issue in this country, and whether you like it or not, you've got a lot of people out there saying, if you're Republican, we're going to keep the country safe, you know, if you vote for a Democrat, that basically you want to be bombed."]
Subject: Iran as a Tool of the GOP
While many observers at this point believe the Bush administration may soon militarily attack Iran over its nuclear program and the generally hostile attitude of its leadership, I believe the opposite may turn out to be the case.
Like the Saudi royal family and many other "nexuses of terrorism" throughout the Islamic world, the theocratic rulers of Iran have historically worked closely with the GOP right, in general, and the Bush family, in particular, public rhetoric notwithstanding. The Ayatollah Khomeini's holding of American hostages from the US embassy in Tehran, for instance, did more than anything to destroy Jimmy Carter's presidency, and the Ayatollah's release of them at the very moment of Ronald Reagan's inauguration gave that administration the kind of positive flying start that no other presidency had gotten in the entire history of our country. Naturally, the Ayatollah's largesse to the GOP was soon paid back in spades by the Reagan and Bush I administrations via shiploads of advanced American weapons covertly sent to Iran (at the time, supposedly America's most-virulent sworn enemy in the world) under the so-called "Iran-Contra" scandal, the main culprits in which are all high-ranking members of our current administration.
Now, it takes no great perception to see that the present Bush administration simply doesn't have the troops to successfully invade Iran, and a bombing campaign would probably ignite the Shiite majority in Iraq to the point of explosion, making even the present bad situation there seem tame by comparison. In any case, there is almost certainly no way a war against Iran could be safely won in time for this year's election.
On the other hand, if, after a great deal of blustering by all sides and an appropriate amount of drum beating for war by the US mass media, a long and constant moaning about soaring oil prices, how many US casualties might result, etc., the Iranian regime were to suddenly and dramatically capitulate to most or all of the Bush administration's demands, perhaps at a moment carefully chosen by Karl Rove to be just-right in terms of its impact on voters before the election, well, combine that with the usual GOP vote-fraud, a few Swift-Boat-style attack pieces against likely Democrats, carried 24/7 on all the cable news nets, and pretty soon you've got yourself another election won by the GOP, larger majorities for them in both houses of Congress, a new mandate for Dubya (The Comeback Kid!), and all those pesky little GOP scandals would fade into irrelevance under the warm light of "new movement toward peace" in the Mideast. Then, when the furor has all faded and the world's eyes are turned elsewhere, the Iranians would get their reward.
Subject: “If We Can Say Nothing Else, at Least We Can Say “I Told You so!” (A plea for public gloating)
Like most people who never voted for President Bush, I have one particular part of his 2006 State of the Union address that bothered me the most. For me, it was the following section.
Why did this part bother me so much more than any other part? It’s the arrogance of the “Hindsight is not wisdom” crack at me and the millions of people who have ALWAYS said that invading Iraq was a stupid, obvious mistake. Like many millions of other people around the world, I wrote letters to newspapers, marched, called my Senators and Congressmen, everything I could think of to prevent this disaster.
Three years ago, Bush gave a typically inarticulate brush-off to those of us who thought his policies were, to be blunt, mind-bendingly stupid.
George W. Bush said on February 18, 2003:
To hear it in his own words, I suggest you go to http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/transcripts/2003/feb/030218.gonyea.html
How dare anyone, least of all this idiot boy-King, accuse us of indulging in hindsight and second-guessing? We were against this idiocy from Day One! We were right; they were wrong. Case closed!
I don’t know if the damage to America’s standing in the world can be fixed at this point, but I doubt it. I also doubt that the damage done to America’s economy, the planet’s environment or even our national psyche by five years of Republican mismanagement can be fixed in our time.
We should try, but short of a second coming of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, I’m not optimistic.
But when there’s nothing else that can be said, there is always one thing you can say that can restore a certain satisfaction to a horrible situation. That is, “I TOLD YOU SO.”
Arise, fellow Progressives, Liberals, Greens and all the others who have been against the Insane-Republican, Neo-Conservative agenda since day one, and say with one voice, “I TOLD YOU SO!!!”
In this spirit, I recently started wetoldyouso.org to distribute bumper stickers proclaiming to the rest of the world “I Told You So.” I’ll also be displaying pictures of those who want to send me photos of their stickers on their cars, or anywhere they wish to put them.
We’ve all been against this rising tide of borderline-Fascism since the beginning, and we should be upfront about it. And at the very least, we’ll all feel a little better for proclaiming it.
Brian Hollister Davis is the webmaster and primary author of www.godhatesrepublicans.org.
Brian Hollister Davis
Subject: $1 Million Taxpayer Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign
As you think about the cutbacks in Pell grants to promote education, remember there has been a million dollar grant for educating citizens about embryo adoption!
The Christian Medical and Dental Association has received a $309,000 grant to conduct a PR campaign whose purpose is “… to educate Americans about the existence of frozen embryos (resulting from in-vitro fertilization) which are available for adoption. According to the press release, “The Baptist Health System Foundation in Knoxville, TN, which serves as the primary recipient of the HHS grant, will work with the National Embryo Donation Center and the Christian Medical & Dental Association to educate the public about embryo adoption.”
Federal Grant Helps Promote Embryo Adoption (Christian Communication Network)
Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign: Included in the President's Budget request for the first time is $1 million to continue the Embryo Adoption pubic awareness campaign grant award program. The purpose of the campaign is to educate Americans about the existence of frozen embryos (resulting from in-vitro fertilization) which are available for adoption. www.hhs.gov/budget/06budget/management.html (Scroll down to General Departmental Management)
CMDA is headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee, where it has 75 employees housed in an elaborate headquarters/meetings center built last year with a $10 million capital campaign. CMDA also has a one-person Virginia-based policy [LOBBYING] office.
Another recipient of taxpayer-funded handouts for embryonic adoption is Snowflakes - a private organization that encourages infertile couples to 'adopt' frozen embryos. As of 2003 Snowflakes had received over $1 million from the Bush administration and Congress. 16 babies had been born (that’s works out to more than $62,500 per live birth of government money subsidizing private individuals). Additionally, couples are charged about $10,000 for the in vitro fertilization.
From Stem Cell Opponents, an Embryo Crusade (NY Times)
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