March 1, 2006
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Subject: Tin Soldiers and Diebold's Coming
First I'd like to say that UAE may not be blackmail per se. Rather, it may be simple "protection money."
Note how "red state" Ohio sticks out like a sore thumb? That's because Ohio never was a "Red State" it was always a blue state. The Bush team cooked the books. This poll is just as reliable as the election day exit polls were until Diebold cooked the books. There is a behavioral principle known as "cognitive dissonance." One way of interpreting this is that those who voted for Bush will be more likely to continue to favor him in the face of evidence to the contrary - to save face, so to speak. Thus despite waning polls "Red States" should still be states that have the highest support for Bush - no one likes to admit they made a mistake.
Then why is Bush's current disapproval rating in Ohio several notches lower than the "Red" states? The best explanation is that Ohio always was a "Blue State" Nothing has changed. Kerry won Ohio like he did Pennsylvania which is currently right next to it in the polls. There is no other credible explanation. Kerry won the election. I've always felt that if a statewide poll was taken right after the election, it would have shown Kerry had the majority of support of the electorate.
A BuzzFlash Reader
As a long time reader of BuzzFlash, I also want to say that I believe your tone is just right. We need someone to speak out with anger. It's about time. I find it refreshing to know that others feel as I do. If we aren't angry we aren't paying attention. The Germans didn't speak out and looked what happened. But we are Americans and have the right and duty to SPEAK OUT LONG AND LOUD. Keep fighting the good fight, there's millions who agree with you.
Sincerely in Peace,
Subject: George Will is full of it
I read the "Last Chance Democracy Cafe's" excoriation of George Will’s column, “Smile if (and Only if) You're Conservative.” I sincerely appreciated Steven C. Day’s foray into the madness that is George Will’s dark mind.
I don’t know whether or not Conservatives are happier than Liberals but my guess is they probably are simply because most of them live in Lala Land with their fingers embedded deeply in their ears, blinders pasted solidly to their eyes and their heads planted firmly and perpetually in the sand.
Even before reading Day’s opinion I had taken the time to read George Will’s column. I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to once again LAUGH OUT LOUD at Will’s hysterical attempts to write something poignant using convoluted logic while borrowing obscure quotations from long dead writers who are, even dead, warmer than Will. All of Wills’ futile efforts at literary brilliance are surely lost on the audience he attempts to impress.
When I’d finished reading Will’s column I couldn’t resist the temptation to email him with this response:
Keep up the good work Buzz.
Carolyn in Tennessee
The following small excerpt within an article (which is attached) makes so much sense. Please read and enjoy (the truth as we "see it.") Bob Hagan has for decades been one of Ohio's most progressive-minded and intellectually adventurous legislators. So it comes as no surprise that the Democratic state senator from Youngstown would blaze a new policy-making trail with a plan to reform adoption laws.
Hagan's proposal: Ban Republicans from adopting children.
In an email dispatched to fellow legislators last week, the senator announced his plan to "introduce legislation in the near future that would ban households with one or more Republican voters from adopting children or acting as foster parents."
Bob Hagan's Modest Proposal (The Nation)
Dolores M. Dryden
Subject: Zogby poll, 90% of our Soldiers Think We're in Iraq Because of Saddam's Role in 911!!
This is so disturbing. How pathetic that our troops are so deceived about why they are at war. I wonder what would happen if they found out that Saddam had nothing to do with 911.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Survey Question on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. Do you have confidence that the 45-day review of the ports deal will be intensive and thorough and the outcome based solely on the national security interests of the United States?
Yes 3% 49 votes
No 97% 1382 votes
Total: 1431 votes
And Cheney is at 18% approval!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Such as the one that's looming towards the end of this century when, if nothing's been done to combat global warming, our children and grandchildren (those who survive) will face extremely hard times, what with the Arctic and Antarctic being the only habitable regions that will be left on earth.
So what can us parents and grandparents do to head off the impending doom? Well, for starters we can give up on the same old same old, business as usual status quo. Which means, of course, that we give up on our representatives in Congress ever keeping their promises to us, give up on representation, period, and, instead, we the people see to it ourselves, change the world, that is.
Why not stick with what's familiar, reform and going through the usual channels to get there? Sure, such an approach is always available to us but reforms never hold, the powers that be keep chipping away at them until, presto, the reforms collapse. So given what lies ahead, such an approach would be a serious and, for some of our children and grandchildren, possibly a fatal mistake because reform, again, is what's gotten us into this mess in the first place.
How to get out of said mess? Let's see, we the people have the knowledge, the anger, the energy, the determination and the spirit. What's missing? The sense of urgency, the now or never. Unless we find it, "Oh, oh, here comes that G** d*** deadline. Thanks a lot, parents and grandparents, for your f------ legacy.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: An Article in the Future I Do Not Want To See But Probably Will
As each day seems to bring more and more revelations of the treachery and terrorism exhibited by George W. Bush and his cartel, from 9/11 and the Iraq war to Dubai and the port security scandal and nary a serious move to indict him from Republicans or Democrats alike, we may well read this article in a future history article, say around fifty or so years from now, when it won't do any good.
Again, with the exception of electing Barbara Boxer or Russ Feingold, which probably won't happen since the wuss Democrats are so opposed to anybody speaking out bluntly and truthfully, this is a scenario that I sure won't take any bets on not happening if more of us don't wake up quick.
Subject: Dingbats Who Cancel New Alerts From BuzzFlash.com
I am getting to this a bit late, but am finally aware that some folks have signed up and then said no. Well, I am willing to believe anything about now. It was probably just a 'conspiracy' to try to do you in.
One thing I refuse to believe is that you would ever quit. I will echo so many mailbaggers...you are the first I open every day. You have a following that is just immense. And, you are driven by truth. It is that last that does it for me. Anyone, who believes in the truth the way you do at BuzzFlash, would not let a bunch of republicans do you in.
So, there are so very many of us who are on your team and that is all there is to it.
[BuzzFlash Note: You're right, we won't quit; and we're glad you won't either.]
Subject: Congress Vote March 2 about Food Labels
On March 2 Congress is getting ready to vote to remove labeling and safety labels from foods. Please call your congressman to vote against this. Our food supply is mostly toxic and poison. We actually need to have more stringent labeling. Put everything on the label, every GMO, every pesticide-laced residue, every additive of the over 15,000 additives they don't have to list on the label right now. Folks, they're feeding you poison and protecting themselves from ever having to disclose it to you that they are indeed doing that. Why not label everything and then let the consumer decide if they want to eat your GMO product or your pesticides or the thousands of chemicals you slip in that we think aren't there. Label it and then let us decide. With our dollars. By the way - the organic food industry is one of the fastest growing segments in the food industry. People are sick of being sick.
Food Industry Under Fire In Food Label Debate (AP/WCCO.com)
Subject: Evil People Who Will Kill Innocents
Listen to our Dear Leader speaking of Iraqi civil war. They "... must make a choice" between "a free society or a society dictated ... by evil people who will kill innocents."
Is he trying to draw a comparison pointing to the idea that he and his people are "good people who will kill innocents," and therefore Iraqis should choose to be dictated by US(A)?
He is both morally right and logically correct (gasp!). We ALL must make a choice...
We ALL "... must make a choice" between "a free society or a society dictated by evil people who will kill innocents."
Subject: When Will We Ever Learn?
Will there ever be a generation in America that doesn’t send our people off to fight and die in some war? God knows that there were wars that had to be fought. There were times when the fate of the world and the decency of mankind mandated that we must fight for all that we held dear. That was then and this is now. We are now seeing what has been wrought in our name and it is an ugly sight to behold.
Nearly 2300 of our people have died for this war that we began in Iraq. Many thousands have been wounded and scarred for life. The United States invaded another country and fair or not we are all going to be blamed for what was done.
I can remember my father, who fought in World War II, sometimes stopping and getting a faraway look in his eyes. He had gone away to the place where he kept the horrors he had seen. Sometimes they escaped and he was forced to confront them once again.
A generation later I saw that same faraway look in the eyes of friends who had come home from Vietnam. They had seen hell and would continue in one way or another to see it for the rest of their lives.
It is a new millennium and still we send our people off to war. Not because we had to, not this time. We sent our people halfway around the world to die in the deserts and the back streets of Iraq because we were angry and afraid. America had been attacked on 9/11 and, by God, someone was going to pay.
The men and women who have fought and died in Iraq have done the paying. Most Americans have been little inconvenienced by this senseless war. The families of the dead and the wounded have paid the price for this war.
For those who show no signs of a wound but stop and get that faraway look in their eyes, this war will never really end. Life will go on and they will function because they must. We who sent them are responsible for the pictures that will replay in their minds a thousand times.
Please don’t let another generation suffer the way every generation before them has suffered. If we must fight again in some faraway place, let it be a just and honorable fight that must be fought. Let our people not be killed or wounded ever again unless there is no other choice.
Should our leaders tell us again that we have no choice but to attack someone before they attack us, let us have the honor and the integrity to make sure that what they say is true. Let us never again succumb to lies and deceit. Americans will always fight for their country. Let's make sure that our country is worthy of the sacrifice we ask so few to make for so many.
Marjorie L. Swanson
Subject: Shrill and Angry
Okay, I'll add my two cents (Cdn mind you). If people are offended that BuzzFlash has been "shrill and angry," then they are definitely no longer the stuff of the original Americans who fought the Brits. They are no longer members of the brave and the free. From this vantage point of not being an American, yet watching as the United States went farther right to the point of alarm for non-Americans (yes, the clamouring to fight the Iraqis who had nothing at all to do with 9/11 where citizens from 80 nations lost their lives) the LACK of anger at the loss of your rights, freedoms, social programs, etc. was awful to see. There is really nothing one can do though when one is not a citizen of your country.
Now, though, this week specifically, I am reading all sorts of reportage against the injustices you have been suffering at the hands of your self-appointed royal courtiers, and I must say I have been cheering and applauding the fire that is starting to spread in the States. Keep it up, be angry, be shrill, burn and rage and take back your country! We are rooting for you, we want our old neighbour back...the one who used to be a real democracy, not the mask of one.
P.S. Ummm, I didn't mean for anyone to physically burn stuff, just for your righteous anger to burn. ;) Just in case anyone thought differently (NSA?).
Subject: A tip for Main Stream Media
Want to get some exciting and provocative video on your nightly news? Ask our military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan what they think about the UAE taking over our ports. Then run it uncensored.
What a great article...You should keep it up, Jimmy Lohman, it is pure genius! I thought of one as I was reading...I cannot wait for this one to come up when the election in 2008 comes around. (It will happen in my family.) You are likely still a republican if: ...You get a mean, evil look on your face when in the process of saying that Rudy Giuliani should run for president....he would be great...someone laughs out loud, and wonders how you could think that Bill Clinton should have been hung in the white house...when Rudy did what he did! The dyed in the wool republican gives you a mean eyed look and asks what you mean (because see, they never read anything...or watch anything) and you inform them, that while married, with two small children, Rudy took another lover and decided she was a keeper, so said wife announced that they would part, but, because the children were pre schoolers...she would be staying in Gracie Mansion! The wonderful Rudy decided that since he was separated and living in a different wing of Gracie mansion...that he would bring his lover home with him! And wife, Donna, had to get a restraining order to keep the girlfriend out of the house! Now, by then Rudy was a hero...because of 911...so when he left the mansion and served out his term...he spent New Years Eve high up by the ball, kissing said lover...as the countdown came for the New year...2002!!! Oh, yeah...you can simplify it by just saying: You might still be a republican, if you think Bill Clinton should have been hung in the white house for his dalliance with Monica, but Rudy Giuliani is a hero, in spite of his taking a lover to his Governor's Mansion. Sorry, that's still too long....but, I love the idea!
Subject: Bush's Term Ending
I hear many of our progressive radio hosts saying that "We need to make it through the last couple of years of Bush's term." Am I the only person that is waiting for the next 'Emergency' so martial law can be declared? At that point, we'd have to suspend elections. It seems that every speech, every answer from the Bush group, includes 'more military involvement,' so get ready boyz and goils. That obese female has not sung, and I fear she will not.
Subject: Keeping Me Hopeful
please don't change anything. your hardcore attitude is the only thing that gives me hope that this country has a chance. the msm should be charged with treason for their shameful pandering to these maniacs we have in the white house. keep up the good work and one day you will be recognized as the true patriots that you are.
Subject: Sbvft Payback from Bushie
Seems that bushie has a very short memory, the so-called vets from swift boats for truth will get a reduction in vet money in the near future...by '07
Being a combat Marine vet (RVN '67-'68) myself, I've waited for the bushmeister to turn his back on the real heroes, the vets who didn't hide behind daddy's skirt and answered the call, so now bushie plans to cut the money for the vets...Nice, real nice. The reason for the cuts are to cut the deficit by half by '07, Yeah right. Instead of taxing, yes I said tax, the biggest earners in this oil gouging deal with the w.h. so that the biggies pay .05% of all gross earnings to the gov. Ha Ha, hell, I made myself laugh on that one.
I smelled a rotten fish when I first heard about the sbvft pulling for the one guy they shouldn't have backed, but maybe the money was too good to turn down, but now WAKE UP and smell the napalm. When the NON-VET in charge starts to talk about cut to vet benefits, the whole picture's been turned upside DOWN. Just goes to show how much bushie really liked and trusted you, not the other way around.
Subject: Not too shrill at all
Barbara hit the nail on the head.
If anything, you are too cautious with the Bush Regime.
Do not back peddle, if anything stay your pace.
Do not listen to those who say they are leaving, BuzzFlash.
Look beyond these letters. We are all here, and you have gained readers through the years. I should know, I've been here since BuzzFlash was a baby. You must be doing something right if they fear your accomplishments. Run for President, that should really scare them.
Subject: CSX / Dubai Ports Links
Thomas Moseley, retired CSX executive, was George Bush Sr.'s ROOMMATE at Yale!!! Also Skull & Bones. He lives in Gates Mills, Ohio. Thick as thieves.
This whole deal, and most of the decisions out of the Bush White House, are about MONEY & BUSINESS, not national security.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Good Grief!!
Hi BuzzFlash Readers,
First, more people trust Jon Stewart on The Comedy Network for their news because he actually covers the news!
Now, we find out that more people can tell me the names of the characters in The Simpsons than people who can tell me what the First Amendment is for some "piece of scrap paper" known as "THE CONSTITUTION"!
Simpson's Beat Constitution in Public Knowledge
Homer Simpson, Yes; First Amendment? "Doh!" (AP/Editor & Publisher)
This must explain why Civics Classes in "Skools" have been converted into "Comedy Hour Classes" by Bush's Unfunded "All Children Left Behind" Fiasco.
Subject: Impeach Bush Proposal
I advocate a 2 pronged approach for impeachment activists:
1. Lobbying members of Congress to cosponsor the 3 Conyers resolutions to censure Bush, censure Cheney, and establish a select committee to investigate wrong-doing - this would lead to impeachment.
2. Pushing state legislatures in 10 or so states with Democratic majorities in both houses to pass and deliver an impeachment resolution to the US House. California is already undertaking this approach.
I think we should employ a media strategy on both of these tracks to elevate impeachment in the public debate. This isn't to disparage anyone else's approach, and in fact can incorporate other suggestions and ideas. For example, we can unite PDA, Afterdowningstreet, Code Pink, Backbone Campaign, Velvet Revolution, ImpeachPAC, Democracy Cell, DFA and UFPJ members if not their national organizations, and others to build a coalition. Together we're stronger.
I have no illusions about a Republican House impeaching Bush (and Cheney) but for me, it's not about how hard this will be. It's about doing what's right and changing the political environment by making this moral, ethical stand so that what is not yet possible becomes inevitable. Just working for impeachment will strengthen us, engage our activists, and weaken the Bush regime. First they'll ignore us, then they'll laugh at us, then they'll fight us, and after all, we'll win.
- MikeHersh.com - http://www.mikehersh.com
Why is it that NO ONE including BuzzFlash is asking "Where's the money going?" regarding DPW and our ports. Where do James Baker, Henry Kissinger, Robert Dole, GHWB and his Carlyle Group, and the other Bush administration cronies fit in in the money chain? No one is asking. If no one asks, the real issues slide under the radar.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The New Republic
I appreciate your fervor and unrestrained tone, and I've bought stuff through your site to encourage it, but it's really not right for you to call the New Republic "a bunch of power-worshipping cubicle slaves" simply because they disagree with you on Iraq. They do a very good job and often criticize the Bush administration for many things, they just have a different position from you on this difficult issue. So does Hillary Clinton, for that matter.
Attack the bad guys all you want, but let's not eat our young, please.
John H. Richardson
Subject: i'm so god d***ed mad!
a reporter asked bush what he thought of his poll numbers being so low and he said if he worried about poll numbers he wouldn't be doing his job.
HELLOOOOOOO! WHO THE HELL DOES HE THINK HE WORKS FOR?! IT'S THAT I DON'T GIVE A DAMN WHAT ANYONE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE SENATE OR THE CONGRESS THINK, I WILL DO AS I DAMN WELL PLEASE, I'M THE PRESIDENT AND CAN DO WHAT I WANT ATTITUDE THAT WE ARE ALL NOW STARTING TO SEE! HE SIMPLY DOES NOT CARE WHAT WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINK!
karen massey in south carolina
P.S. Why does the White House have pollsters on their payroll?
Subject: Zogby Poll
How can this be? I am amazed at the poor information getting to our troops, or the mind set of our troops. According to the poll released 2/28 of Americans serving in Iraq, " .... 85% said the U.S. mission is mainly “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks,” 77% said they also believe the main or a major reason for the war was “to stop Saddam from protecting al Qaeda in Iraq.”
What, what are they saying? Have they been so brainwashed by their superiors, do they not get news from home? Read this, it is incredible.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Outrage Is Warranted
I could feel the outrage in every word that “A BuzzFlash Reader” wrote about Cheney’s “thousand yard stare.” I could feel it because I shared it.
That anyone, anywhere, would be so clueless as to compare Cheney’s little hunting accident with what military personnel suffer is an outrage of monumental proportions.
This is the nasty piece of work that had 5 deferments! This is the creature who had other “priorities” while better men were dying in the jungles of Vietnam. He and his kind always support war as long as they don’t have to do the fighting and the dying.
Thousand yard stare? This egomaniacal monster can’t see past the end of his nose and his own tawdry agenda. He is an embarrassment and an affront to every man or woman who has ever served their country.
Joe Klein and Time magazine owe every member of the military, past and present an apology. Klein not only didn’t get it right, he wasn’t even close.
Marjorie L. Swanson
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