March 3, 2006
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Subject: Voting Records
In response to the March 2 Mailbag post copied below, I thought I'd send a reminder that I created a site to help people look up any vote they want.
The site is called Congress Votes and it's at http://home.earthlink.net/~congressvotes. I'm working with people to turn this into a ".com" sort of site instead of something hidden in the hinterlands of the Internet via free Earthlink space.
The site has bill numbers, titles and brief descriptions of major legislation, making it easy to get the key information needed to find the roll call and other information for specific bills and laws. I also added a page that has the confirmation vote for major nominations to the courts and other positions of power. There's even an explanation of how to use the Thomas site, which is where all the details are, and I've been working on a "report card" page that links visitors to other sites that have compiled vote records on specific issues.
Because I have a day job and a kid, not all the legislation I want to include is there yet. It takes some time to find some of the information needed. But if anyone wants me to track down a particular bill, they can write to me via the "contact" link and I'll do my level best to find it and add it to the site.
Knowledge is power and that's what Congress Votes is all about.
Here's the Mailbag post I referred to above:
Subject: Finding House and Senate Votes
To All BuzzFlash Readers,
A recent letter by a BuzzFlash Reader asked where they could find the votes of their three members of Congress.
In honor of Thomas Jefferson, a website was created, named Thomas.
Go to the Thomas website at: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/rollcallvotes.html
At the top of the screen you will see:
"Roll Call Votes A roll call vote guarantees that every Member's vote is recorded, but only a minority of bills receive a roll call vote. More about congressional voting."
It is split into two sections (House and Senate) by year (Congressional Session).
Each Session is split into a First and Second Session.
By clicking the Session you want for either the House or Senate, you will be taken to The Roll Call Votes for every bill that was voted on.
Click on the "Issue" and you will see what the Bill is about and Click on "Roll" and you will see who voted "YEA", "NEA", "PRESENT" and "NO VOTE" on this Bill.
I suggest that BuzzFlash put a permanent link on their website to the Thomas Roll Call Votes website, so that their readers can easily see what DC is "up to" and whose side their members of Congress are on.
Adding this website to your "favorites" would also help you easily find the site.
Hope this helps, as we all must do OUR jobs of staying informed in Washington DC.
Congress depends On Us Staying In The Dark, So They Can Be Re-Elected With NO Consequences For Their Insubordinate Voting Practices!!
This sheds LIGHT on them!!
Subject: Re: Libby's Fund and Tucker Carlson
Did you know that Tucker Carlson's father is on the advisory board of Libby's fund and was a source of early money etc. etc.....??
The Full Disclosure Tucker Carlson Isn't Making (Huffington Post)
Why the hell are so many people, especially Democrats, always so surprised when George W. Bush's many lies and failures are made public? Nothing that sorry ass**** does surprises or shocks me anymore. I expect Bush to lie and cheat and commit all kinds of wrongdoing, and he never shocks or surprises me. I have never believed one word out of his ugly mouth ever since he stole the 2000 election. I don't understand why so many people, especially Democrats, keep giving him the benefit of the doubt. Haven't they figured out by now that Bush is a corrupt, incompetent liar and criminal?
Shirley D. Jackson
Subject: Where Has the MSM Been All This Time Re. Katrina Tapes!?
It's not really shocking that the tapes reveal Bush, Chertoff, and Company are sociopathic liars, hideously incompetent and completely undeserving of our confidence. What is more unexpected is the grotesque failure and perhaps, even complicity, in the failures of the Mainstream Media to bring these tapes to the public in a timely fashion. These tapes have been in the hands of the media since they were made! Is it just a coincidence they are now emerging at a time Bush's approval rating is very appropriately floating in the toilet at 34 per cent??? The Corporate Media is obviously a disgrace, and that's only a minor revelation!
Subject: What Geedubya Will Accomplish in Iran
Hello Again to BuzzFlash and to all BuzzFlash readers,
Don't know if any of you astute patriotic liberal BuzzFlash readers have already made this observation, but has anyone realized that should GeeDubya decide to invade & occupy Iran, he will be the first occupant of the Oval Office in our nation's history to lose two wars?
GK, a Fervently Loyal, Devoted and Proud Liberal BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: School Kid Intimidated by Learning
I just heard on MSNBC that some high school kid somewhere has done the bidding of his GOP media masters by making a tape recording of a teacher he claims to have some kind of liberal bias.
The images chosen to accompany this 'news' were at the very least interesting.
Several shots of radio hosts (presumably GOP) accompanied the piece (of sh*t) but no mention of how they were involved in the story (if at all). Also a young African American girl is shown claiming there are many teachers at her school who are (and she actually says this) "anti-Bush."
I pity every kid (like the ones mentioned above) who apparently cannot make any distinction between GOP Propaganda and dissent. The kids in the story seem to be unaware of the consequences of the GOP, whose leadership they mindlessly worship.
Otherwise they might share the sentiments of the recent high school graduates who no longer desire to be in Iraq.
Bennish Plans Federal Lawsuit To Go Back To Work (CBS4Denver)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: GUESS WHAT PAGE THE NYT'S PUT THE BUSH TAPES STORY ON?
the afghanistan-visit picture is 6 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches, in color, above the fold.
we need to start thinking 4th army psyops fort bragg working with u s newsrooms again.
Subject: The Fable of the True Blue Bush Supporter
"Hey, why so down?
"Pop goes the weasel."
"What's that about"
"He lied to us. That tape of him being told that the New Orleans levees could break. Well, those tapes prove it, that he's a liar. And the cost to us? Thirteen hundred (and still counting) of our best and brightest, every one of whom, on account of those levees breaking (no fault of their own) ended up as flotsam under twelve feet of water. "
"You mean that as far as you're concerned these tape's are the smoking gun?" . "Yeah, and it sure hurts, even though, deep inside, I must have known it all along but just couldn't face up to it. The thought alone was painful Somehow it seemed that It I couldn't trust the president, what then for me and for my country? Anyways, even if he is a liar, what can one do about it?
"Turns out one has three options. One can deny that our president's a liar, by falling back upon what one had used before when in dire straits, such as the "Why our president never lies so those tapes must be fakes" sort of thing; or, one can dwell on the subject, suffering accordingly; or. one can do something about it.
"Change the world, that's what."
"Of course not; by we the people; meaning you, me and everyone else."
"Yes! Please count me in!"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Testifying Under Oath
Since it happened with "great white leader and his enabler" ( Bush & Cheney )I've often wondered what, if any, rules apply to those testifying before congress or various committees charged with gathering information on various subjects? If those being questioned refuse to be sworn, do we assume they are/will lie? Could this tactic be used in a civil/criminal proceeding? I think many if not all Americans would like to have some light shed on this, I assume recent, tactic. Perhaps it is a "lite" version of the fifth amendment? And finally, how does Martha Stewart feel about all this? As I remember, she wasn't under oath, either...
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Trivia, of sorts
Followed the link to: Dead soldier's family harassed (Chicago Tribune)
I found it interesting that the dateline was Kokomo, Indiana. Anyone remember Ryan White, the young teenager with AIDS, who was essentially run out of...Kokomo, Indiana? The more things change, the more things stay the same. Hate is insidious.
Subject: "Supreme Court Promoting Violence"
The UNANIMOUS decision by the Supreme Court regarding violence at abortion clinics was not an endorsement of violence. The petitioners in the case brought it under the RICO antiracketeering law. All the Court did was to say that the RICO law does not pertain to violence at abortion clinics. I am adamantly pro-choice, but in this instance, I agree with the Court's decision. The case should have been brought under another law.
Use of the "RICO LAW"against anti-abortion groups (religioustolerance.org)
Subject: Long Live the First of March
When, out of everyone and from everywhere (at one and the same time), not just an outcry of, "Hey, look, the emperor has no clothes", but much, much better, he had that smoking gun! The one that sealed his well-deserved doom, which is to have the privilege of going on trial (in chains, one can only hope) at the International Court of criminal Justice; for mass-murder and other crimes against humanity. It was the dawn of a new age.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: How To Build a Rebel Yell To Scare the Hell out of Republicans
Fellow BuzzFlash Readers,
I am asking that you forward the following to your congressmen and senators.
Folks spread this across the web to MoveOn.org, Huffington Post, etc., and your personal e-mail trees.
Subject: Chris Matthews: "Manchurian Journalist?"
Something truly is wrong with Chris Matthews - Unlike many media whores I don’t get the sense that he is consciously or voluntarily servicing the administration; but night after night he does so in a peculiar, bipolar manner. His will is obviously compromised in some way: An actual "Manchurian Journalist."
For an example, let’s jump midstream into the middle of a line of White House Deputy Press Secretary Trent Duffy’s incoherent gobbledygook from tonight’s "Hardball":
You can almost tell when Cheney’s little nano-bots start tickling Matthews’ hypothalamus to reinforce the appropriate Pavlovian behaviors. Why else would a professional newsman cater to such drivel with such a lack of dignity; such effusive sycophancy? Why is so much of what is said on these shows literally incoherent, when it's not brazen cheerleading for the Bush administration? How and when do they insert their insidious technology into our journalists? I think it was the Christmas Party... with the pictures...and Santa Bush...
Isn't this great?
jesus god christ almighty! i just saw that haley barbour governor of mississippi on hard ball.................mississippi, a state so devastated by katrina was defending bush! he said topping was not the same as the levees failing! helloooooooo! bush is sooo g** d***** dumb that he can't figure out what my brother and i figured out sitting at the kitchen table with no yale education.........what the hell is he doing make life and death decisions?! and if the people of mississippi keep their governor.....they deserve him!
Subject: How many days he is gone?
Is there a website or someone out there who has been keeping count of the number of days that Bush is not in the White House? I know he has taken the most vacation of recent (p)residents. If you add up how much it costs to fly his entourage in the US and overseas, I bet it is a hefty number. I think we should make little Smirky pay his own way---he's a millionaire or more by now. Although as we all know, Can't-shoot-straight Cheney is the one who is really running things at the White House. Just wanted to know.
[BuzzFlash Note: We don't have a current count, but here's a comparison of various presidents as of April '04.]
Subject: Bush State Department creates new office for Iran (sound familiar?)
HOLY COW BATMAN..... Does this sound familiar? Remember....the Special Office that was set up for Iraq...what was it called....the Office of Special planning or something like that...well check dis bullswipe out!
Here we go again....
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The 90%
You know what is scary about that....the 90 % of military in Iraq who think we are there because of Saddam's role in 911? The fact that so many of these young people are likely college graduates! I graduated from high school...then later on took some night school....for a job I was going to....but, it is scary to know that really smart people still think that! (And, I am a senior citizen.) I remember when my son was arguing with me about the fact that we were even in Iraq...he literally was almost in tears.....and that does give you a chill...your own child.
I said, if I remember, "But, why Iraq?" And he said, and I am sure that he thought at the time...."Well, what about the trade center in New York?" And I said, "Ken, you really do not think that do you?" And he actually acted strange...he had been told by buddies...and other relatives...and he just believed it, because he never bothered to check anything out (his answer was something like, "Well, no, but they are from the same kind of people," something to that effect.
So, many of the soldiers think Bush told them the truth...and that is why he made that unusual stop in Afghanistan before going on to Pakistan. He needed the prop-up to go and face something scary! Personally, I have never seen him in front of an audience who was not either paid political fundraisers.....his SOTU or in front of military personnel.
Subject: Gotcha, shrub
What will help us now is a list of our (we the people, that is) top three or so priorities, along the line of what the Republicans did a dozen years ago when they took control of Congress, but somewhat different in both content and style.
For example, our top priority might be, say, troops home now; our second priority, building a New Orleans that's of, for and by its people; with our third priority, the impeachment of guess who together with all his henchmen and henchwomen.
What'll it take to pull this one off? Doing it, that's all, and right away, too. There are lives to be saved. And on the day our priority list comes out, rest assured that, no matter where one is at the time, it'll be one of those never to be forgotten moments that children always ask there parents about: "Mommy, where you when the world began to change?"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Doctor's Puzzlement
Every adult American will remember what we were doing on September 11, 2001. I was working as a medical director for the U.S. Postal Service. The very next day, I learned the plot had been hatched by Osama bin Laden, and soon the FBI showed us photos of the 19 hijackers. “What great detective work” I thought. “Since they’ve already discovered who's responsible, they’re sure to catch them soon.”
Several weeks later, I was puzzled by the BBC report of the (apparently fireproof) passport of one of the hijackers, found on a sidewalk several blocks from the Twin Towers. A friend suggested it was planted. “Don’t be silly”, I told him. “Who would want to do that?” I did have to wonder, though, when the BBC reported at least four of the nineteen hijackers turned up alive and well in Saudi Arabia.
A month later, the anthrax panic paralyzed Postal operations. That was October, 2001, when the Bush administration was pounding the war drum and trying to pass Patriot Act 1. The BBC reported Dick Cheney’s comments - there “could be a connection between the anthrax cases and bin Laden’s terror network”. It sure seemed plausible then.
I was very puzzled upon learning that our Postal workers were killed by weaponized anthrax developed by the Army at Fort Detrick. “Impossible!” I thought. “How did bin Laden get his hands on that?”
According to the Washington Post, the trail led the FBI to Steven Hatfill, a scientist with ties to our bio-weapons programs, and a popular seminar leader for the Defense Intelligence Agency. There were no arrests.
My puzzlement has turned to skepticism. A highly credentialed academic group called Scholars for 9/11 Truth (st911.org) have gathered compelling evidence that the Presidential Commission's report is more political exculpation than fact. They point out that many vital questions were left unanswered.
The 9/11 Commission claimed their report was The Fullest Account Of Events surrounding September 11. This assertion is foolish. If you really want the truth, you don’t ignore data that doesn’t fit your preconceived notions. The Commission report was subtitled “Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.” Anything not fitting that preordained paradigm was dismissed.
In a horrible misrepresentation, the Commission explained their version of the "pancake theory" collapse: The cores of the Twin Towers were hollow, comprised of only stairwells and elevator shafts. In truth, each of the Twin Towers contained dozens of solid central steel support columns.
Few Americans know about World Trade Center building 7. That building was never hit by an aircraft, yet crumbled in an apparent controlled demolition.
WTC 7’s destruction was broadcast by CBS. Dan Rather, uncensored live on 9/11, said it had the appearance of “A building deliberately destroyed by well placed dynamite”. (The video is available at 911TrueStory.com)
The evidence clearly shows that a controlled demolition took place.
Real time videos and reports of eyewitness testimony from reporters and fire fighters have surfaced.
Physical evidence (including searing sub-basement temperatures and sulfur from cutting charges) shows explosives were used to cut through the core support columns below ground level.
The government’s own investigators admit they have no reasonable explanation for what happened to WTC 7. Alas, they have not considered controlled demolition.
Regarding WTC7, the FEMA report (chapter 5 introduction) states "Prior to September 11, 2001, there was little, if any, record of fire-induced collapse of large fire-protected steel buildings."
If you dropped a bowling ball from the top of the 47 story WTC7, it would take about 6 seconds to hit the ground. WTC7 actually hit the ground in about 7 seconds, at nearly free fall speed. If each collapsing floor hit the floor below and paused for only 1/2 second, the time to crumble into a pile only 2 stories high would have been over 20 seconds. WTC7 had multiple steel core and perimeter support columns. In order for it to be brought down into its own tight footprint, all the core and perimeter columns would have to be broken at essentially the same time. The only way this can happen is through controlled demolition, using pre-positioned explosives. And if WTC7 came down due to pre-positioned explosives, what of the Twin Towers?
There is a widespread cultural taboo against noticing the inadequacy of our government’s explanations. This is because the implications are too horrific for most to consider.
In March 2003, Dick Cheney summarized the myth used to justify the new Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive invasion: “We saw on 9/11 nineteen men hijack aircraft with airline tickets and box cutters kill more than 3,000 Americans in a couple of hours.”
Once the facts are widely known, future generations may point to Cheney’s version as the Big Lie of our time. It fooled our citizens into supporting actions they otherwise would have opposed.
If the public learns of the 9/11 Big Lie now, the political ramifications could be as earth shaking as the collapsing towers. It’s time for a truly independent look at the evidence. It's time for a special prosecutor.
Matthew Hine, M.D., M.P.H.
Subject: Atlanta Air America Affiliate Sold
WWAA-AM/1690, Atlanta's Air America affiliate, has been sold to the owner of WMLB-AM/1160. 1160-AM is a music format, and rumor has it that the new owner may not be a big fan of the progressive talk programming we presently enjoy at 1690-AM. Word has it that that Clear Channel (which carries Air America in some other parts of the country) will get Air America for the Atlanta market, where they have 24 affiliates. Whatever happens, 1690-AM will remain the same until sometime in April.
I just talked to their offices and they confirmed the story. They said that right now they are totally in the dark as to what is happening or if the new owner will keep the Air America format.
This is a tragedy for progressives in North Georgia. Our only source of meaningful progressive talk radio is Air Atlanta or Air America streaming at airamericaradio.com. The airwaves here are filled with right-wing media invective with the likes of Neil Boortz, Rush, and O'Liely.
Subject: Haven't seen this report anywhere else
Since I heard this last Friday, I tried to find another report in the "mainstream media"--no luck.
DemocracyNow! reported that: "The U.S. military has reportedly ordered soldiers in Baghdad to stay in their barracks and are "watching and waiting to see what the next 48 hours will bring,” according to the New York Times."
Subject: Pre-katrina Briefing Tapes? This Issue Misses the Point
The recently released - or rather; recently noticed - tapes of Bush’s pre-Katrina briefings represent a cathartic moment for advocates of responsible governance in America. Finally; widespread MSM recognition of overt policy-related lying by our petulant bubble-boy president!
But in perspective, this taped-briefing issue is really just another straw-man, distracting Americans from the real issue: the methodical dismantlement of our public institutions by the corporatist “Republican” machine that is converting our country into fortunes for its elite.
Look at it this way: What would have happened if Katrina had hit during Clinton’s administration, and if by chance Clinton had chosen that particular week to go on a wildcat psilocybin and mezcal bender? Here’s what would have happened: FEMA - funded, organized, and inspired by the accomplished disaster-response professional James Lee Witt - would have leapt into procedural action and mitigated to the greatest possible degree the damage wrought by the hurricane. Bill Clinton would have chalked up another success of good government by merely sitting on a bean bag plucking a sitar.
In reality, we didn’t need - shouldn’t have needed - Bush to do anything at all. What could this callow little princeling do in the face of such a catastrophe anyway? I maintain that Bush is the sort of person who would (foul)-up a train wreck, and who is better kept at a distance when anything real is happening. But if he had, during his preceding tenure in office, permitted the maintenance and development of the necessary governmental machinery and let it do its job, he’d have been a hero.
The Katrina/FEMA interlude is just a facet of the dangers facing Americans today, as our social and economic infrastructures are cannibalized by our own leaders. The problem is not that Bush is a rotten leader - it’s that he’s a much better pirate.
[BuzzFlash Note: You make a good point overall. However, we think real leaders can make a difference, beyond what their deputies and departments should do. Did you see our Wings of Justice award to Al Gore?]
Subject: An epitaph on the death of democracy
If it is ultimately revealed that the Bush Administration has invaded the privacy of American citizens violating the 4th Amendment of the Constitution and ignoring the FISA law written 28 years ago, what will be its effects?
If the government can arbitrarily invoke powers not specifically relegated to them, what future guidelines from our government can the public be expected to follow?
If this administration violates a constitutional amendment, does this not give an institutional, unalienable right of the people to do the same?
If this political party in power summarily circumvents a law because it has become too inconvenient, can a private citizen follow suit?
If this White House, after pressure from all quarters, manages to change the FISA law to conform to past actions, does this absolve them of criminality?
If this administration, after being duly elected, is assumed to set the framework for American idealism and justice for all, will the public be served?
If this president pursues his current agenda, will the country be on the precipice of chaos by subverting the Constitution, ignoring the rule of law virtually precipitating anarchy?
If this were the democracy that George W. Bush wants to export to the world, which nation would welcome it?
James D. Cook
Subject: FW: School suspends 20 over Web posting (MSNBC)
“A middle school student faces expulsion for allegedly posting graphic threats against a classmate on the popular MySpace.com Web site ...”
Ok. No problem there ... probably shows a severe lack of judgement on the kid's part. Some punishment is in order...
“... and 20 of his classmates were suspended for viewing the posting, school officials said.”
WHAT?!? They got expelled from school for clicking on a link in their off-school time in their own homes? Officially now an over-reaction. Stinks like “zero-tolerance administration.”
In whiny, Cartman voice:
“You don’t understand! Administration is HAAAARD. We use thoughtless zero-tolerance policies to make it EEEEEASIER for us!”
John L. Johnson
Subject: Beware the Voters' Ire
Many of us who dub ourselves “Liberals” are not much happier with the Democratic Party than we are with the Republicans. In fact some of us believe that the Vichy-Democrats we see siding with Republicans on issues that we don’t support are worse than Republicans. At least Republicans stick together. These Vichy-Democrats stand for nothing.
Many of us are very unhappy with the events we recently noted in Ohio. Paul Hackett, was a candidate for the Senate. Many of us supported him even though we did not live in Ohio. We were appalled at the treatment meted out to him. Even David Sirota, who I usually admire enormously, laid into Hackett and passed it all off as “Politics as usual.” Do they not “get” that politics as usual is exactly what we are against? Sorry, David, on this one you just reinforced the feeling we poor stupid folks out here have that he who has the most money wins. Politics as usual. And we don’t get to choose.
It may well be that many of those voters you counted on to vote Democratic in Ohio will now just stay home in disgust. They won’t be able to stomach voting for DeWine but Sherrod Brown may not get their support. He may be a good man. But the people didn’t get to choose. That’s what is making them so angry.
Republicans may be evil, nasty folks and we may loathe them. However, many of us don’t subscribe to the philosophy that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Many of us see only enemies. That does not speak well for the voices of the Democratic Party.
The only one who seems to just keep on keeping on is our old pal Howard Dean. Howard doesn’t change a whole lot. He frequently inserts his foot in his mouth right up to the ankle. He also always seems to just say what he really believes. In spite of all those in his own party who distance themselves, there is still a solid number out here who are overjoyed that there is a politician just tells the truth as he sees it. Feingold also seems to do what he thinks is right, not what the pundits think is wise. With Hackett, there might have been three. Pity.
Marjorie L. Swanson
Subject: Vargas Interview - "No, I Don't Have Compassion."
Someone PLEASE tell me this is a parody or satire piece! I can not believe - even with this bumbling incompetent - that I am reading the words of the President of the United States of America! Bush makes Gerald Ford look like the most talented of comedic straight men...
I really couldn't decide if I should laugh or cry, so I did both.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/ ("Bush on war and family")
Gil Childers - True American Patriot
Subject: The Government of the Deal
MBA President Bush is off to India making us another “deal”. This time he is trading nuclear technology for mangoes. Does it seem to you that someone who can't even pronounce the word should be able to make a deal with nuclear technology?
He tells us these deals are good for America. What he does not say is that they are good for “his” America. The American corporations who own our government have found the Bush “deals” very much to their benefit. They are raking in profits they could only have dreamed of in previous administrations.
For the rest of America, the America that has watched its good paying jobs disappear overseas, the deals have not been so beneficial. Mr. Bush, our MBA President, says the “U.S. Should Welcome Competition”.
Bush Visits Pakistan Amid Protests (AP/Yahoo)
Reality calling Mr. Bush, how do you compete with people who will work for far less wages than you can live on in this country?
Americans are not against competition, Mr. Bush. Americans simply can’t compete when there are 2 strikes against them before they ever get to the plate. To our shame much of America watched in indifference when good-paying manufacturing jobs were outsourced. Because many of these jobs did not require a college education it was treated as if the loss of jobs was the production workers' own fault for being undereducated and overpaid.
Those good paying jobs propelled many Americans into the middle class. The loss of those jobs has sent many back to minimum wage jobs that will not support a middle-class lifestyle. "People do lose jobs as a result of globalization and it's painful for those who lose jobs, " Bush concedes. Still he insists that, "Globalization provides great opportunities." For corporations yes, for the average American, not so much.
Now that the outsourcing is hitting white collar workers and the well educated, the outcry grows. Mr. Bush will continue to insist that the economy is doing just swell and wonder that we don’t accept that. We live in the real world, Mr. MBA. You and your deals are costing us dearly. Fortunately for you and your cohorts, the corporations that you enrich support you and we are helpless. And even the power of our numbers is nullified when you have all those lovely Diebold Machines to make sure we vote Republican whether we actually do or not.
It is absolutely appalling that this administration is allowed to use the word Patriotism when they have betrayed their country again and again.
Marjorie L. Swanson
With all the scandals -- seems like there is at least one new one almost daily -- it's exhausting just trying to stay informed. Thank you, BF, for making it possible to keep up.
Ever since seeing Bush clowning for the camera, making a joke out of looking for WMD under tables, chairs, etc., I have been outraged!
Now that everyone knows there were no WMDs and everyone knows he knew that when he was making that disgusting, tasteless, video, I think it needs to be dragged out and shown on mainstream TV repeatedly during the run-up to the '06 election. I think it would show, in no uncertain terms, just what a lying, heartless jerk he is, to make fun while our sons and daughters were dying (and still are) for those lies.
The Democrats need to take it and run with it.
Bush Joke Video: DC Humor in Bad Taste (musicforamerica)
Eve in Colorado
Subject: Comments on Bush's 3/03 "Hypocrite of the Week" Award
Dear Buzzers --
I think we need a word that goes BEYOND "hypocrisy" -- after all, most of us practice the garden variety from time to time: how about "HYPERocrisy"? As H.L. Mencken once said, "No one in this world...has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence...of the (American) people." This seems to be the motto -- Laura should needlepoint it on a pillow, so that the next time Dubya chokes on a pretzel and falls off the couch, he'll have a softer landing -- of the current gang of thieves and liars in charge.
On a more serious note, your "award" today reminded me of Hitler's theory of "The Big Lie" -- i.e., if you say something often enough, loudly enough, and use various forms of implied danger to anyone who DOESN'T believe (or at least PRETEND to believe) it, the protesters will be "extraordinarily rendered" to our modern version of concentration camps. (No, I wasn't on the scene when Hitler, et al., pulled their propaganda trick, but I took an EXCELLENT course in European history when I was in college. I still remember that American publishers put out a very expurgated version of "Mein Kampf" before the war. That's what Americans -- at least the ones who read anything heavier than "Reader's Digest" -- got their information from.)
Yes, there IS a point to all this. In Hitler's day, I assume they had radio -- but no TV or Internet [and I'm still scared to death that they'll be shutting us progressives out; we have too much freedom to spread our subversive opinions], and any newspaper that didn't conform to the Nazi/fascist line would be obliterated, along with its writers and editors. Ironically, our current MSM doesn't NEED to be shut down: they've crawled, groveled, withheld vital questions, and, in short, sold their souls to the Powers That Be.
In summary, Dubya's (not to mention Big Dick Cheney, the sharpshooter, macho hunter who apparently thinks quail are 6' tall and fires at them -- after "a beer" at lunch, Rummy, Condi, et al. If anyone, e.g., Tom DeLay -- he should have turned the bug spray on HIMSELF; it would have saved the country a lot of grief! -- becomes TOO public a liability to the party, they'll offer him up as a sign that, yes, justice IS being done. (However, if a billionaire offers him enough bucks, he'll be welcomed back with open arms. Stay tuned.)
The parallel tactics of the Busheviks and the Nazis/fascists are becoming more apparent each day. It's nice (heh heh) to see the current administration squirm; however, I expect a strategically planned terrorist act (perhaps at one of the ports being sold to Dubai Port/UAE). I think the neocons are too smart (in a totally unethical way; I'm talking tactics here) to fly planes into major corporate centers. What was it that Paul Revere supposedly said? "One if by land, two if by sea"? (I may have gotten it backward, but I'm sure you get the point.)
I know that newspapers weren't as widespread or available as they are today, but Thomas Paine, with his lone voice, made a major difference in the course our country took in the beginning. Now we're media saturated -- but the media has become co-opted and compromised. In closing, we CANNOT let those in power price the Internet out of our range.
Barbara Lee (Barb) Blazyk
Subject: Huhh??? Even Kevin Phillips is beginning to sound like a progressive!
Dear Buzzers --
Just read the review of "American Dynasty." Couldn't have said it better myself, though I got there sooner than Kevin did. (Still, better late than never!) Do I remember correctly that Prescott Bush, way back when, collaborated or at least sympathized with the Nazis? (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)
All of the quotes in your review of Phillips' book are points that I agree with -- totally. (I'm trying...UMPH, OOF -- to restrain myself from repeating my former mantra, as in "Kevin, do NOT get on any small planes.) I was (to put it mildly) NOT a Nixon fan, but I really DO have a built-in bull sh*t detector, and I recognize that Phillips means what he says.
Look at the Bushes (I wish their last name was Weed!). I don't know the details about Prescott (the Nazi sympathizer, if not more directly involved), but although Bush # one was sort of a wuss -- anyone out there remember (I had TV back then) that lovely scene when he threw up on some dignitary at a state dinner in Japan -- and (heh heh) the cameras were rolling?? Hey, if the Dems need to counter the inevitable Repukelican smear ads, they can play footage of that incident, with a voiceover that might go something like "George the First threw up in Japan. George the Second makes US throw up here in America!"
Oh, and then there's Barbara (I should change my name!), whose "beautiful mind" must not be disturbed by photos of flag-draped coffins containing the bodies of troops who have died for a lied-into, greed-and-power-based war. I hope she chokes on her pearls!
And then there's Neil -- the guy who was caught, red-handed, at financial scheming, and (of course) was "rescued" by family money and power.
You already know about Jeb's delivering Florida in 2000, so I'll spare you. (I can hear your sighs of relief!)
Oh, but I can't sign off until I comment on the Bush "girls." Why aren't they taking part in their father's war to spread "demockracy"?? I've heard that they have nominal jobs -- and I'm sure that they're well compensated, whether or not they show up or perform actual WORK. Wouldn't you think that THEY -- early 20s, well educated, well nourished -- would be prime candidates for recruitment by the military? Oh, no: HORRORS! Military service is for the peasants (as in all the rest of us).
Yep. Another rant here. But I feel that it was warranted.
Barbara Lee (Barb) Blazyk
Subject: Lobbying Reform
Our attention is drawn in 10 directions as a result of continuous miscues by our elected officials as the Senate Panel Rejects Reforms. What have any of these officials done for American Citizens in the last four years. They refuse to serve the American People and continue to leave themselves enough latitude to continue to serve their own financial interests.
If they refuse to be held accountable, I have a simple reform that has multiple benefits to America: 2 YEAR TERM LIMITS.
1. Makes it expensive for lobbyists to continuously "buy" legislation.
2. Involves more Americans in government
3. Eventually, median income Americans will become involved as all the "Fat Cats" have been cycled through.
4. Americans in touch with middle America will be working to solve problems easily identified by the majority of Americans.
Subject: How About a Feingold/Boxer Ticket for 2008?
The sellout of the Democrats in general to the Bush Cartel can't be good news for anybody hoping to regain a majority in either House this year.
We do see, however, a very real possibility that the public may respond very positively to a candidate or a Democratic ticket in 2008 that has stood firm, proven itself right in its fears of what Bush could and has done and what would happen if Republicans remain in charge. No other Democrats have displayed this tenacity and adherence to real principles than Russ Feingold and Barbara Boxer.
As witnessed by the plummet sycophant networks like FOX have suffered, and the ratings decline of other shills like Limbaugh and Hannity, more and more people are sick of spin, sick of party loyalty at the expense of the people and ready for somebody to tell it like it really is, damn the pressure from colleagues to be team players.
If Feingold and/or Boxer can jump out early and strike a loud chord with potential voters, maybe the Democrats at large, who are more inclined to go whichever way the prevailing wind blows, may play along or risk being seen as too sympathetic to the Republicans. Of course, we already know they are, especially in the case of turncoats like Joseph Lieberman, but when the general public starts paying more attention, unlike us relatively few bloggers who follow politics most of the time, and not for a week before a big election, they will be much more at risk of being seen as weak and sellouts.
Feingold in particular, with the help of Howard Dean, of course, could paint a picture of a party that has had enough of the corruption, the treachery and death Bush has bestowed upon us. He'll have to hit fast, below the belt, and not give in, but it could work, and I couldn't think of a ballsier pair to do it besides Feingold and Sen. Boxer, if she's interested. I am.
Subject: Demand a Katrina Commission
The Katrina tapes released by the Associated Press once again demonstrate the need for an independent and thorough investigation into the government’s failures surrounding Hurricane Katrina. For months, this Administration and their Republican counterparts in the Senate have consistently rejected calls for any outside investigation into the disaster. Two Republican investigations into Katrina have been completed and two reports have been issued. It is now apparent that both have only scratched the surface. America must learn the truth. We need an Independent Katrina Commission NOW.
Please join me by signing this petition:
Subject: What part of "no" don't they understand? (sent to Cantwell, Murray, Inslee)
Hello, Senators and Representative Inslee.
Subject: Compare photos: a stark contrast in honoring Gandhi by Bush and Clinton
PHOTO: Clinton six years ago was very solemn and respectful --
PHOTO: While Bush is smiling and grinning. Laura is acting as if this is a joyous event grinning from ear-to-ea
Notice Bush and Laura are the ONLY ones grinning. what a couple of buffoons.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Port Deal
LETTER SENT TO ALL SENATORS
In today's paper it says that the senators are softening their stand on the port deal. That makes me scared all over again. Please do not allow this to happen. I am a senior, and I wonder what would have happened to our president during the second world war, if he wanted to turn our ports over to the Nazis or Japanese. I venture to say that president would have died a sudden violent death. Those of us who were against this war, were called traitors. What do we call a president who wants to turn our ports over to the enemy? I am terribly concerned that President Bush and this administration are on a deliberate fast track to destroying our country. What in God's name are you people thinking? Giving our ports to the enemy??????? That terrrifies me. Everything this party is doing seems to me to be bringing disaster on our nation. Servicemen needing to buy their own body armor? Enlistments declining so rapidly. Veterans' benefits cut. Runaway immigration. Amnesty for illegal immigrants. Domestic spying. PR payoffs. Humongous deficit. Social security disaster. Allies dwindled. Torture approved. FEMA disaster. What are you people thinking? Will you stop thinking of what is good for the Democrats or Republicans and start thinking of what is good for the country? This port deal has scared the hell out of me. Please wake up!!!!!!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Just read your review of "Crashing the Gate"
The premise of the book (at least as I gathered from the BuzzFlash review) is that the Internet can level the playing field and get us back on the right (as in just, correct, morally/ethically acceptable) track. Well, I'm afraid the book was written before the article I read the other day saying that the Internet would start charging for every email sent and every search made by people and websites that are NOT among the rich and commercial.
Of course the book makes a valid point (no, I haven't read it, can't afford to buy it, and I doubt that the Athens Public Library will stock it anytime soon) -- but I, too, have a valid point: the neocons and other right-wingers -- i.e., the current holders of power who would rather kill, imprison, or starve us all in order to KEEP control -- are now in the process of shutting down Internet access to us (not only individuals like me, but to progressive websites like BuzzFlash) and eradicate the possibilities that "Crashing the Gate" suggests.
Face it, folks: if we can't communicate with other like-minded people who actually (gosh, what a THOUGHT), we're stuck with the moronic emperor with no clothes; no, not the one currently "in charge," since he can't run again. But they'll find someone else of similar persuasion (or manipulability) to run in 2008. By then the death toll in Iraq (I'm talking about American troops here; I have no way of knowing -- since no statistics are ever posted, and this gang doesn't even care enough to count -- how many Iraqi civilians have died, just as our troops have, for NOTHING) will be well above 5000. Maybe more.
Sorry if I sound obsessed with the imminent (as of yesterday, we had a 30-day "window") before per-email/per net search before they shut many of us out of access to our main means of communication/organization.
Actually, I AM obsessed, since Buzz and the Internet are my ONLY means of connecting to my fellow progressives and my dreams for a better country -- and the networking and pooling of ideas/strategies that can turn this mess into something positive.
Barbara Lee (Barb) Blazyk
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