February 20, 2006
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Subject: A Valentine 'Soiree'
On February 14, 2006 three of our young soldiers died in Iraq. They were Rusty Washam, 21; Matthew R. Barnes, 20; and Michael S. Probst, 26. I did not know these young men, but forever their families will associate their deaths with Valentine’s Day and it will be a constant reminder of the day their loved one died.
On that same day, for the second year of this almost four year war, the man who sent them off to die held what was termed a “soiree” for his wife and a gathering of 100 “friends and associates” at our White House. The guest list included a Supreme Court Justice, Alito; a Democratic senator, Joe Lieberman; a singer, Wayne Newton; and an actor, Chuck Norris.
The women received flowers and jewelry and there was entertainment by singer Michael Feinstein who serenaded Laura Bush with the song “Laura”; which, we are told, brought a “big smile” to her face.
Before the entertainment, there was a black-tie dinner in the elegant state rooms. A menu of caviar, rack of lamb, vegetables, baked camembert and a puff pastry called “The Lovebirds” - all washed down by rose champagne. We are told that this is part of Laura’s “second term goal of stepping the entertainment up a notch” even though we are entering our fourth year of war.
After the entertainment, George W. Bush thanked Mr. Feinstein for making it a special Valentine’s Day.
The monetary cost of this “special” Valentine’s Day is unknown. Whether it was paid for from taxpayer funds is not known. It would be as easy to write off as the campaign trips that were written off as “government business” during the 2004 election.
But, with families of soldiers holding bake sales to buy armor for boys like Rusty Washam, Matthew Barnes and Michael Probst, we need an answer.
George W. Bush’s constant refrain is to “support the troops,” but only if it doesn’t intrude upon his “living his life.” There were no thoughts of how much body armor could have been purchased with the money spent on this lavish “soiree” and thoughts of “body bags” did not intruded upon these “beautiful minds.”
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Your Reporting Is On Target, Informative and ....
My husband and I both have your site up as our home page on our computers. Your reporting is on target, informative and you guys are getting more daring all the time. We love this.
My husband (Dale Allen Pfeiffer) has just published a periodical with various articles, one of which is about Argentina and how our government could be leading us into the same kind of situation the Argentine people had to face. If the media were being honest, you would be getting numerous awards for your reporting in the mainstream news. Best of Luck with your Work,
Subject: Rove and Armstrong
WHY, I ask, weren't the DEM leaders wiretapping Rove and Armstrong's conversation re the Cheney shoot out conversation??? See, that's where they miss out every time! Bottom line, another Chappaquiddick - "hold your horses til I sober up and get my bearings" - scenario.
Subject: Democratic Hypocrite of the Week
Hey there, Happy Buzzers ...
I enjoy reading most columns on BuzzFlash and one of my favorites is the GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
Many of us out here in the reality-based community are quite aware of the hypocrisy which also lies within the Democratic Party.
I lovingly refer to our two major parties as the "Republicrats." Both parties throwing out bones to their respective bases while engaging in agendas which more help their political agendas and careers ... the greater-good be damned.
With the constant assault on America, its people, and its Constitution by the current GOP Administration, the Democrats have lived up to their reputations as "spineless enablers."
So many opportunities to sound the alarm. So many opportunities to call this administration out on the incompetence and cronyism ... and most have come and gone without so much as a whimper.
This passive-aggressive assault by the members of the Democratic Party must also stop in order for the people of our country to take it back.
We need to let them know that though there are many of us out here who do not support the current administration, our votes will not automatically go for the donkey unless they live up to their words ... or have any words to begin with.
My suggestion is to field a Democratic Hypocrite of the Week as well as for the GOP.
My first nominee will be a double: Senator Harry Reid and Senator Charles Schumer for their participation in the withdrawal of Iraq War Veteran, Paul Hackett, from the Ohio Senate race.
Finally, a candidate who is willing to call out the current administration for the misleaders they are ... a candidate who can speak about the current "war" from his personal perspective ... a candidate who doesn't mince words ... a candidate to whom many veterans and service people of this country can relate ... and they ask him to step out of the way? To not make waves?
To hell with that! The waves need to be made to save our dear country! We need candidates who are not only willing ... but ABLE to make waves! Rock that boat! Wake the people up from their slumber! Take our country back!
So, congratulations Senators Reid and Schumer. You have been our first nominees for the Democratic Hypocrite of the Week here on Buzzflash!
Karen of the Desert
[BuzzFlash Note: As a matter of fact, we have, on rare occasions, nominated non-Republicans as our Hypocrite of the Week.
Subject: Nader All Over Again?
Dear BuzzFlash and fellow BuzzFlashers,
Let's put the Hackett situation in perspective.
In 2000, Ralph Nader got mad at the Democratic party, ran for president and pulled votes away from Al Gore. Without Nader, we might never have had the Florida recount debacle or George W. Bush as president.
Now, Paul Hackett is mad at the Democratic party and all over the liberal blogosphere people are encouraging him to run as an independent or for voters to write his name in come election day.
That strategy will all but guarantee that we Ohioans will be stuck with Sen. DeWine (R) for another six years.
Trust me on this: You won't be let down if Sherrod Brown takes this Senate seat from DeWine. Brown's record is in accord with the collective values of the BuzzFlash community and the larger progressive movement. He's in the "nay" column on Iraq, the Patriot Act (one of only 66 House members to go against it in 2001), the bankruptcy bill, the Medicare prescription drug program, CAFTA and more.
It was pretty much a done deal in my own mind that I would choose Brown in our upcoming primary election. I'm not disappointed that there won't be a primary fight because it will only make Brown a stronger competitor against DeWine.
Let's all settle down and think about our future and what we really want in the 2006 election. Vindication against the Democratic leadership for strong-arming Hackett won't do anything to help us stop the maddening policies of Bush and the republicans in Congress. But a Brown victory will.
Subject: Your comment on Whittington in your Friday afternoon buzz
Whittington sorry for what Cheney has gone through. He's sorry? The VP shot him in the face and heart, but he's sorry that Cheney had a bad week? Who apologizes for being shot? Obviously, a pellet entered his brain and caused some serious damage. Well, it's that or he's an idiot, a lily-livered sycophant or Cheney has compromising pictures of the guy. If the guy is that much of an idiot that he'd step in front of a properly wielded gun, why did they take him hunting?
It was my understanding that Cheney moved the gun to his right past the 180 degree straight line mark and in effect, shot behind the line and then hit Harry. Other points not clarified, needing further answers:
Which secret service agents saw the accident? Why were they not interviewed or were they interviewed?
Why wasn't a helicopter called into the ranch, like it was in Kingsville at the hospital to transport Whittington to Corpus Christi?
What did the doctors tending to Cheney who examined Whittington have to say?
Who authorized Whittington to be sent to the Kingsville hospital? Would it be standard practice that the doctors who examined Whittington at the ranch, check the hospital at Kingsville to determine they could take care of his injuries?
More?s Are the Kenedy sheriff's actions normal ones in such a situation as this? What if it had been you or I? Does tending a barbecue excuse you from performing certain procedures in this case?
Is it acceptable that the sheriff accept hearsay in determining what happened in the shooting accident from the former Kenedy sheriff who works at the ranch and his daughter's boyfriend who works at the ranch, among others?
Cheney said he had a beer on FOX news. There is some conflict. Some say there was Dr. Pepper. Would Cheney's having a cocktail the evening of the shooting negate any usefulness of the attempt by the sheriff if he had decided to see if alcohol was a factor in the shooting accident?
What testimony did the US Ambassador to Switzerland give in regards to the shooting? The owner of the ranch was in the car at the time of the accident. There are conflicting reports, did she or did she not see the accident?
Tests have been done with the same kind of gun. At 30 yards the pattern would have been different and more spread out than what appeared to hit Whittington. At what distance was Whittington hit? Tests with dummies and Cheney's gun should help to determine the actual distance.
Subject: I'm Sorry George
Since the man Cheney shot apologized for getting in the way of Cheney's buckshot. Time for Cindy Sheehan to apologize.
Chicago Not Interested in 2008 RNC
Chicago Chicago that toddlin' town Chicago Chicago I'll show you around Bet your bottom dollar you'll lose those blues in Chicago!! That's my kind of town.
Too bad "I'll take Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten" didn't do the same thing.
Kudos to Chicago!
Barbara in NYC (but now wishing she lived in Chicago!)
Subject: Dick & Dr. Pepper
Michael Moore is posting a close-up picture of Whittington making his statement outside of the hospital.
Do you remember when they were saying he had between 6 and 200 pieces of bird shot in him? Well, you don't have to be a math whiz to guess that there are a lot more than six, maybe more than 200.
Do you remember Katharine Armstrong saying that he had just been "peppered", no big deal, she had been, too, more than once? Does anyone have a close-up picture of her face?
At first she said there might have been a few beers at their picnic, then that was scrubbed for an announcement that the picnic consisted of antelope (canned antelope hunts?), jicama salad, bread and Dr. Pepper. Dr. Pepper? Hunters drinking Dr. Pepper? "Hey Dick, this car hunting is hard work. Would you crack me open a nice cold Dr. Pepper?" I think that Cheney confessed to drinking beer rather than have his macho buddies think he had been drinking Dr. Pepper.
I know a lot of commentators are saying to let the Cheney shooting rest so that the media can concentrate on the truly horrific things this administration is doing. Why does anyone think the MSM would start reporting the bad stuff now? They haven't so far. They did report that Cheney got a standing ovation in Wyoming. For what? Shooting a guy in the face? I say we should keep up the mockery until he has to crawl back into his undisclosed location.
After reading, "From Arrival to Errant Shot, A Timeline of Cheney's Hunting Accident" (NY Times) there are still too many questions unanswered:
When Cheney's medical team was working on Whittington, why did Armstrong call Ben Love, her "beau," who was with the other hunting party, and not ask to speak to Dr. George Willeford, a medical doctor and the ambassador's husband, or Whittington's wife, Mercedes?
Why was a Border Patrol agent guarding the gate of the ranch? Were they afraid a bunch of Mexican reporters were going to crash the hunting party to report the truth?
Why did Cheney go back to the ranch to have a "somber roast beef dinner" instead of immediately going to the hospital to see if Whittington was okay and to apologise for shooting him in the face?
Why did they not notify Whittington's daughters on Saturday night that their father had been shot in the face and was in intensive care?
This is what I think happened:
At the moment the 78 year-old Whittington was shot, he had a heart attack. It was only because Cheney's medical team was there that they were able to "revive" him. That would explain the delay and why he was placed in intensive care for his "superficial injuries." I think Cheney tried to keep the accident from being reported immediately, to the press and to the White House, because they didn't know if Whittington would survive.
His second heart attack came on Tuesday.
I never bought the story that Cheney was getting it on with the ambassador. Can you imagine being in a bedroom with the old chickenhawk and knowing that right outside the door Cheney's medical team was listening, through stethoscopes, for a "heart event?" Besides, I think he's too afraid of Lynne.
Is there any way that Cheney could be barred for life from hunting? If he has any shame, he'll bar himself.
Nobody does headlines as well as you, like this one from a week or so ago:
Why can't Ken Mehlman just be straight about unwarranted wiretaps and just come out and speak the Truth?
Those of us with the secret Buzz decoder ring could see the real headline:
Why can't Ken Mehlman **** ** ******** ***** *********** ******** *** just come out *** ***** *** *****?
Subject: Call For Action
Now is the time for good men and women to come forward with plans for change! We as a nation continue to pay taxes that are supporting torture, fascism, and salaries of outlaw leader impersonators: Bushco and subsidiaries. The outside world, along with over half of this country, is outraged with Bushco horrors. Al Gore, Howard Dean, John Conyers, Jimmy Carter - those of you who have stood for truth without compromise, now is the time for action. If we must form a union for change, let us come together. Now! Who will stand up with a plan? Can this nation wait through another stolen election?
Subject: Hypocrite of the Week Jan. 17, 2006
In the article which I am paraphrasing, mentioned how VP Cheney goes on canned hunts and shoots "buckshot" into the air. I just am writing to say that the term of using buckshot is way over the top, it's not credible. Buckshot is way larger than bird shot, and is not ideal for shooting at birds of any kind. Buckshot is used for hunting deer, and is a very deadly round of ammo. It is also outlawed in many states also. It would have been more correct to say, "Cheney goes on canned hunts and just fires round upon round of bird shot into the air to see what drops out of the air. Canned hunts are not sporting and it's really not hunting. Hunting requires the work of the hunter and his dog to search out game and give chase or flushing out to get a clean kill shot. Of course Cheney probably never did any work because it would be to difficult. I think he prefers to just kill game for the enjoyment of killing something. It's his power trip. I guess killing innocent Iraqis and our service people just doesn't provide him enough satisfaction.
Subject: Democrats Shoot Themselves in the Foot, Again!
In a bizarre case of shooting oneself in the foot, the Democratic party in Maryland has criticized Gov Ehrlich's new stance in support of voter verifiable election machines. This occurs at a crucial time when the issue is being debated in the state capitol.
In Maryland, please send letters to Senator Miller, Del. Cardin, and Del Busch. The one I sent is below.
Subject: Ron Paul R-TX Special Order Speech
Did you see this guy’s special order speech on C-span tonight? Wow! I wish I had it on video or at least the text. How is this guy a Republican? Why aren’t the Dems using his words against the administration? Why haven’t the Republicans shut this guy up? I thought maybe you had the means to get some clips of this from somewhere and could put them on your site. I don’t have the means to capture them. Maybe somebody you know did. He trashes them really well.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Ron Paul ran for president as a libertarian.]
Subject: Re an article by William Rivers Pitt in truthout (2/17)
Dear Buzz --
In case you haven't read this, it supports the point that I've been making all along: i.e., that we bloggers and online "protesters" on progressive websites ARE considered "the enemy" by the neocons and their drunken/ greedy/power-hungry -- and now running really SCARED -- puppets. I've pointed out that the web -- and people like us -- are in danger. Even some of my progressive friends don't believe me. But I think this article makes my point (with a lot more supporting evidence than I could access) much better than I have. I'll copy this to the mailbag as well. However, I hope you'll feature it in your daily headlines between now and Monday morning. Other Buzzers should have the opportunity to read it as well, and not all of them, I'd guess, subscribe to truthout.
The Enemy (Truthout)
Barbara Lee (Barb) Blazyk
Subject: A Way To Change the Status Quo in the U.S.
The idea came to me once I read about Iran switching to the Euro for oil payments. That's it! I said. If everyone in this country began investing in the euro instead of the dollar that would give the corporate elite a big bite in the you know what.
I think it might do some good. First thing Monday I'm going to call my financial adviser and see what I can do to move my investments over to euro.
The only way there is going to be ANY change in this country is to hurt those in power where it counts, their pocket books!
Elections don't work anymore, writing your congressman or Senator doesn't work anymore, Protesting doesn't work anymore.
Gotta hit them where it hurts and HIT THEM HARD!!!!!
Subject: Doctor's and Lexuses
You comment about the story on the free medical clinics in New Orleans was uninformed. Doctors are struggling to pay their malpractice insurance with the paltry payments they get from HMOs. Not too many, unless they are doing boob jobs, are driving Lexuses.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: We don't mean to slam doctors as a group. Plenty struggled to help in the aftermath of Katrina. For salary information, see http://www.studentdoc.com/july_surv.html]
Subject: Democratic Party
I am an active democrat. I have been a precinct committeeman since 1976. I am disgusted with today's democratic party. The party I joined in 1976 would stand its ground and fight back. The party now just apologizes. We have in the past few years seen Senators Daschle, Reid, Durbin, and Schumer make a statement against the Republicans. I immediately think all right. They are going to start fighting back. That night Karl Rove crosses his eyes at them and they say they are sorry the next day.
It is time for the grassroots to take a stand. At our county and district conventions we need to send a message to the cowards in Washington that we are tired of the Democrats and we want them to stand up for us and do it now.
We are going to lose elections until our party stands up and fights back.
Subject: GOP Priorities
After a week of watching the GOP-media lead the country around their merry-go-round of propaganda, I realized what the GOP priorities are:
1. GOP 2. GOP "Leader" (whichever "leader" is being victimized) 3. The Word of The GOP 4. Corporations 5. Self
Everything else is simply not a GOP priority.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Health Savings Accounts? Good Idea?
Hell no! They're a waste of time and money. The wasted time is from trying to figure out which care giver to see, which hospital to enter and (when the medical bill arrives) how much is covered by the HSA, how much requires co-pay and how much is out of pocket. The wasted money is from what eventually goes towards all the incomprehensible paper work that's thrown at the HSA holder, plus the insurance company's take, which amounts to upwards of thirty cents on the dollar (compared to the less than five cents on the dollar that it costs to administer Medicare). It's hard to figure out why anyone would prefer this HSA rip-off over traditional Medicare. The most important reason, according to HSA's supporters, is that it puts the health seeker in charge of her/his own health care. Additionally, they point out that after paying in to the HSA for umpty-ump years, when one retires, if there happens to be any money left in one's HSA, it may be transferred to one's retirement account. That way a person who maintains good health isn't "punished" by having any of his hard-earned dollars squandered in some "redistribution scheme" that rewards people who "have only themselves to blame for their misery and suffering."
What the HSA's supporters don't mention is that, compared to the simple card that a Medicare recipient uses to obtain health care, what the HSA recipient (if unfortunate enough to actually get sick and need medical attention or hospitalization) is going to have to go through is, to say the least, mind-boggling. Just what someone who's sick needs in her/his moment of suffering, "Damn it to hell, is there enough in my HSA to cover my illness? If not, screw it. I'll need that dough when I retire next year." On such occasions, which are not going to be infrequent, look for the HSA's advocates to be caught saying, "You have only yourself to blame since you didn't read the fine print," or some equivalent nasty and mean nonsense. What else could they do?
Tell the truth, that the HSA wasn't designed to meet the health care needs of the American people, that is was established by the powers that be for ideological reasons only; that, no matter how much the people may suffer, they themselves and the marketplace must forever reign supreme. Otherwise, folks just might get ideas and everyone knows what ideas lead to. How to get out of this HSA trap? We the people change the world, that's how.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Take Care of our Own First
Your headline 2-19-06: 37 million poor hidden in the land of plenty: "Americans have always believed that hard work will bring rewards, but vast numbers now cannot meet their bills even with two or three jobs. More than one in 10 citizens live below the poverty line, and the gap between the haves and have-nots is widening."
Yet the Democratic party with Dean at the helm continues with policy that encourages more illegal immigration. A policy that increases poverty, costs of healthcare, costs of education, and reduces wages of Americans...all the things that you lament above.
We must start to take care of our own first.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: We're Not Killer Apes
And we can make our own history, writes Robert Sapolsky (Professor, Neurology, Stanford University) in the Jan-Feb Foreign Affairs. He even describes a Baboon troop that changed its "nature" from that of an aggressive, uptight, xenophobic, male-dominated hierarchical society to one which featured much less aggression and hierarchical rigidity, improved relations between the sexes and which even welcomed young males from other troops (ie., immigrants) into its ranks. The switch from a violent to a more peaceful society could be attributed to environmental, not genetic changes, since it took place immediately after the troop was decimated by tuberculosis, without any new genes having been introduced. Professor Dobzhansky points out that similar turnabouts have occurred in human history (Japan and Germany today compared to a few generations ago, for example), and believes that such dramatic societal shifts demonstrate that primate behavior is driven by social structure and ecological settings.
Let's see, the settings for the aforementioned baboon society's remarkable change in its nature was a sharp reduction in its numbers; Japan's and Germany's turnabout similarly occurred after both countries had taken heavy losses in a war in which both suffered crushing defeats. Meaning, perhaps, that there may be something in the ecology of being almost wiped-out that makes for a quick conversion from war-like to peace-loving. Which may not be applicable to taming today's main "Killer Ape" society, the USA, because it's unlikely that we will suffer a crushing defeat, at least in time to save life on earth. What with war, global warming and such.
But can there be a baboon-like turnabout here in America without our having to suffer through some sort of overwhelming loss? The answer, of course, is that, if not that, there's got to be something that will bring about a different ecology among us. If not we're all goners. Hopefully, instead of a massive loss of lives what will change our ecological setting is a total loss of trust in our commander-in-chief and our other so-called leaders. A loss of trust so profound and universal that it's the non-lethal equivalent of the tuberculosis die-off among Professor Dobzhansky's amazing baboons, as well as the casualties that Germany and Japan took during WW II. A total loss of trust, such that, somehow, the ecological setting is perfect for we the people to change the world. And the way things are going now, we'll soon find out whether this is how such is going to happen.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Cheney Again!
So, now we're supposed to feel sorry for Dick Cheney for "all that he's been through." You'd think he was the one who got shot! I'd like to know what exactly it is that he's been through? Did he have to serve time in jail for shooting someone? No. Did the police even investigate the incident? No. Did he have to do any time or pay a fine for using a firearm without a license? No! Did he have to enroll in an alcohol treatment program for his liquor addiction? No!
The truth is, the guy hasn't had to go through a damned thing! It is only we, law abiding citizens, who have to pay the consequences for our actions. As for the leaders of our country... hey, they get a free pass.
Subject: Moderate Republican My A**
So now I read Arnold Schwarzenegger has unveiled a program designed to combat global warming. While indeed Mr. Schwarzenegger's proposal may be beneficial and sound, the real reason why it is being unveiled now is so Arnold can try and conceal his ultra right-wing true colors and pretend to be a "moderate." Sean Hannity campaigned for him, for goodness sake.
How many times will Democrats, Independents, and reasonable Republicans allow themselves to be fooled by so-called Moderate Republicans who hide their right-wing colors from the general public but vote or govern like Joe McCarthy once the camera is off? How many more Olympia Snowe's, Michael Bloomberg's, Rudy Giuliani's, John McCain's, Lincoln Chafee's, Susan Collins', George Pataki's, Christie Todd Whitman's, etc. does it take for Democrats, independents, and reasonable Republicans to realize that they are being duped by charlatans and voting against their own values and best interests? Wake up!!!!!! These people don't represent you and just because they disagree with right-wing lunatics once in a blue moon does not make these people moderates.
A coalition of progressives, liberals, moderates, and reasonable Republicans outnumbers these right-wing conservatives at least 3-1 if not more. Time to unite and send these rotten neocons back into the wilderness for at least the next 40 (if not 400) years, so America can restore its greatness and true values.
Big Dave from Queens
Subject: The Church finally stands up for God
I was so glad to read that the U.S. World Council of Churches has finally taken a stand on behalf of human decency and apologized to the world for the horrors perpetrated on it by the Bush administration (and God help us, by us). "We mourn all who have died or been injured in this war. We acknowledge with shame abuses carried out in our name." Yes. I haven't attended church in many years, but that is the church I remember. If they keep this up, I may even go back.
The World Council of Churches representative noted that there may be dissension about the apology in some of its member churches. So be it. One thing I know, though, is that the majority of members of a church will be guided by its leadership, and preachers are usually guided by the leadership of the World Council. So this may be the beginning of a large new addition to those in this country who are awake and know that our entire approach to the rest of the world must change. "Nations have been demonized and God has been enlisted in national agendas that are nothing short of idolatrous." Light dawns.
The five deferments Cheney got
He enjoys spending the lives of braver men
Subject: Stop Vote Fraud 2006!
I don't know about the rest of the "progressive Democrat" world, but I for one am sick and tired of losing these "FIXED" elections to the Rethuglicans. I believe it is a given that wherever electronic voting machines (Diebold especially) are used that the votes are being manipulated to insure Rethuglican victories. It is furthermore clear that these machines ARE going to be used in many states despite their proven flaws - witness California's move to reinstate the machine before their proper testing was concluded. I have made a similar post on Bradblog with the hopes of inspiring affirmative action by the electorate to make SURE every vote is counted.
THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO DEFEAT THIS TACTIC: ABSENTEE BALLOTS!
Think about it; speak about it with others. By voting by Absentee Ballot you guarantee that the election cannot be fixed as there will be a "hard paper" trail of ballots that are easily counted, recounted, and counted again to assure an honest accounting and a fair election.
Many State legislators, for whatever reasons, insist on using these machines, and, while I cannot and will not impugn the honesty of EVERY state voting regulatory authority, there are certainly ones from the past I would both question and impugn, i.e. Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004.
Bushco and his administration have shown that they are above the law, or at least believe they are, so WE THE PEOPLE need to take matters into our own hands and refuse to play their fixed game.
In EVERY STATE utilizing electronic voting machines, especially Diebold machines that were proven to have been defective and recording thousands of extra votes for Bush in 2004 (remember the precinct in Ohio with 642 voters that registered 20,000 votes for Bush?) REFUSE TO WASTE YOUR TIME AT THE POLLS AND VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT. I HONESTLY BELIEVE THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO INSURE A GENUINE, TRUE VOTE COUNT THAT CAN BE EASILY VERIFIED.
I urge everyone who reads this (and I know there will be precious few), PLEASE URGE YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS TO VOTE IN THIS MANNER SO WE CAN TURN THOSE ROTTEN BASTARDS OUT OF CONGRESS FAIR AND SQUARE and not be beaten by phony machine counts.
I will be spending all of next week sending this same posting on every blog and comment section regarding voting I can find. I am not wealthy or I would ADVERTISE THIS SOLUTION ON NATIONAL TELEVISION.
Anyone here have juice with MoveOn.org or any other 527 groups or civic participation groups that can help get the word out? If the Rethuglicans are nervous now JUST THINK HOW SICK TO THEIR STOMACHS THEY WILL BE WHEN THEY CANNOT MANIPULATE THE VOTE BY MACHINE!
WE MUST SAVE AMERICA FROM THE CLUTCHES OF THE MOST PERNICIOUS POLITICAL PARTY OF MY LIFETIME AND I INTEND TO MAKE THIS A PERSONAL MISSION OF RESPONSIBILITY TO WORK FOR THEIR DEFEAT. I HOPE AND PRAY FOR THE HELP OF ALL HONEST CITIZENS WHO ARE TIRED OF SEEING EVERYTHING WE STAND FOR DESTROYED BY THESE THUGS.
Subject: Congress Blackmailed?
I think "Richard of Texas" (Mailbag) is right-on that "this country, msm and the politicians are being blackmailed, threatened." Particularly members of Congress. Shortly after the anthrax mailings to Democratic leaders in Congress, Dennis Kucinich made that great "take back the country" speech in California. In it, I noticed at the time that he made a subtle allusion to how frightened the members of Congress were because of the anthrax mailings and security officers everywhere in the corridors.... I felt at the time that he was suggesting something more, that Congress' silence on Bush's actions was because they were being intimidated. Richard is right. The behavior of members of Congress for the past 5 years makes no sense otherwise. Some of those members surely care passionately about this country and the Constitution and our heritage; they've given their lives to it. But what if each and every one of them has been a victim of the administration's ability to snoop and ferret out information that could harm them? And if blackmailing them on things they wouldn't want their families to know wasn't enough, there might be more direct threats. After all, if this administration has proven anything, it's that it doesn't give a rat's ass about individual life, be it Arab or American.
A BuzzFlash Reader
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