March 16, 2006
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Subject: Harkin Gets It Right
Bush isn't incompetent, and the recent ballyhoo about this administration's "incompetence" does not inspire confidence in anyone who declares it so.
As Harkin so succinctly points out, Bush is screamingly competent at those things which he wishes to achieve. Tragically, unfortunately, criminally - whatever you wish to call it - most of his objectives involve some form of murder or destruction to life in general, either people or the planet, and everything in between. Furthermore, he likes to make money off this destruction, and he likes to organize with his cronies to do it all on the largest scale humanly possible. Bush is quite competent at that, also. Painfully, insanely competent. Too competent, at all the wrong things.
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Subject: Bird Flu
I am wondering if I stash powdered milk and tuna fish in a spare room instead of under a bed, as Secretary Levitt has told us to do, will it help stave off the bird flu just as well? I can't get anything else under the bed, it is stuffed with duct tape. What a crock.
Subject: On the Moussaoui Case
The government was not inept in feeding witnesses testimony. It wanted to shape their testimony and illegally manipulate the outcome of the trial. Once again, it isn't incompetence, it's a deliberate attempt to influence testimony and a conscious attempt to cover up any inconsistencies that would weaken their already wobbly case.
If there is incompetence it lies in the preparation they did before the trial or in getting caught trying to feed the witnesses information.
Bush: "If necessary, however, under long-standing principles of self-defense, we do not rule out the use of force before attacks occur — even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy's attack." (Bush Sees Iran as Possibly Greatest Threat , AP, 3/16/06)
Subject: The Boston Tea Party
I haven't posted on Buzz for quite awhile. It's been so horrifying to watch our country go down the tubes and there's just too much to say.
Remember taxation without representation? Maybe someone should invite Bush and the congress to a tea party to discuss the matter.
[BuzzFlash Note: Are you suggesting nonviolent, public protests? What would be a good symbolic act? Let's call in the press.]
Subject: Steve Bhaerman Is Wrong About the DNC!
There is an idiot or a Karl Rove attack dog, maybe both, by the name of, Steve Bhaerman, over at, opednews.com, who is telling everyone to send the DNC empty envelopes instead of money. He does not understand the difference between the DNC and other Democratic Party organizations.
The DNC should not be made a scapegoat for the empty promises from ineffective Democrats in Congress! Besides, not giving a contribution to the DNC is like making a contribution to the GOP! It works just like voting, folks.
Here is the article:
Here is Steve Bhaerman's email address:
Here is a copy of my email to him:
Subject: Spineless NY Senators
I called the Washington and New York City offices of both Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Hillary Clinton this morning to ask about their respective positions on the censure resolution introduced by Senator Russ Feingold.
Sen. Schumer's Washington DC office told me he had NO POSITION on the issue at the moment. I laughed out loud, and stated that for a Senator who takes public stances on every issue that can get him a photo op ... that response was, in fact, a clear position. I stated that having NO POSITION was refusing to hold the President accountable for violating the Constitution. I said a few other choice things that will remain undisclosed for the moment.
I then asked if I could quote the Senator's position in a newsletter issued by the alternative news site for which I write and which had a regular radio webcast. Uh ... well ... not really, was the response. But, the young man to whom I was speaking quickly offered to connect me to the press folks who would give me an official statement.
No luck. Everyone in the press office claimed to have no authority to state an official position for Senator Schumer ... but they asked for my contact information and promised to get back to me as soon as someone 'in authority' arrived.
I'm still waiting.
Hillary Clinton's Washington DC office REFUSED to give me her position. Chris, the responder on the phone, totally and abjectly said he could not offer Clinton's position on the censure because the resolution was in committee and she had not had time to go over it. You don't want to hear what I had to say to the outrageous response that was an insult to any caller's intelligence.
I then identified myself as a member of the alternative press and was redirected to the "press office." There, an answering machine recording assured me I'd hear from someone soon.
I'm still waiting for that call as well.
Bottom line. The Party's over. There's no hope for anyone expecting some relief from the Democrats to the horror that is facing this nation.
Where to run?
It's unconscionable to run a headline that says: We have a Dem With a Spine. Lots of Democrats have stood up and spoken out. I guess no one ever heard of John Murtha, for one. I will say again, if liberals would have all stuck together in 2000 and voted for Gore, we wouldn't have this mess in the country. But far-left liberals voted for Nader and split the vote so Bush could steal the election. Now, all the liberal news sites and blogs bash away at Democrats as if everything is their fault and the uber-liberals are so much smarter. Well, if you all were so smart, how come you split the vote in 2000 and got us in this mess instead of voting in President Gore, a man who is a pacifist, an environmentalist, an economist and pro-choice?
RE-ELECT AL GORE
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Subject: Attention All Dem Voters ...
The silence is deafening from the DEMS re the mess of our once great nation. SO, attention all democratic VOTERS, do what I did one month ago, register as an INDEPENDENT and VOTE accordingly come NOV....WE MUST send a crystal clear message to the so-called Democratic party....we are dead serious, get off your lazy fat ass bribed to death duffs and start attacking the corrupt Bush WH and more importantly start working for the people who pay your salary and put you in office. SO CALLING ALL DEMOCRATS WHO VOTE, REGISTER AS INDEPENDENT'S - DO IT - WE HAVE ONLY ONE-PARTY GOVERNMENT NOW, it's so obvious. WE NEED TWO. Feingold, Boxer, Dean seem to be our last bastions of hope.
Why have we gone from impeachment to censure? Why back down? Yes, Feingold is a hero in my book, but I believe crooks should be in prison, not the white house. Next we will be demanding that Laura yell at him.
Like, Barbara, I am in the red sea of Georgia, and my congressmen are a small part of a huge rubber stamp.
Subject: Is Bush infallible?
I have a question: If Conservatives truly believe that George Bush's actions shouldn't be scrutinized, criticized or questioned during wartime, does that mean that as long as the country is at war the President can do whatever he likes, with total impunity? If that's what conservatives are saying then all the executive branch has to do to inoculate itself against accountability is to fight a perpetual war. Using republican logic a president at war is infallible.
I hate to say it but that sort of sounds like the Catholic church's position on the Pope. The Catholic church teaches the pope is infallible in matters of faith and morals. The Republican church teaches the President is infallible during wartime. Just some more good old fashioned republican Bulls**t!
Carolyn in Tennessee
PS: Bravo to Russ Feingold, finally a Dem with REAL courage.
Subject: Russ Feingold
What tactics will the status quo Democrats-Republicans and media whores come up with to stop Senator Russ Feingold before the 2008 elections?
Subject: Big Lie (Dems Are Actually Complicitous)
Democrats have no spine! This is a fictitious piece of garbage that is the current excuse for the democrats' lack of opposition to the most corrupt administration ever to hold power in the history of our nation.
HAS ANYONE EVER CONSIDERED THE FACT THAT THINGS ARE GOING JUST THE WAY THE STATUS QUO LIKES IT IN WASHINGTON?
NO ONE IS THAT BIG A COWARD, ESPECIALLY WITH THE AMMUNITION THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN GIVEN IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.
I loathe to refer to conservative George Will, but in a recent article (NEWSWEEK) he points to the fact that our congress, dems and repubs alike, have created a "BREAKWATER" in the election process. They don't give a damned who gets re-elected as long as they hold their seat. Only 98% were returned to congress in the last elections. They are not satisfied with this number. They strive for 100% or nothing.
All of us who shriek and wring our hands at the fact our democrats have no backbone need to come to terms with the facts that our congress Democrats and Republicans alike are controlled by lobbyists and corporate America. We need to stop making excuses and come out of denial.
There is in reality no choice currently for us at the polls. Through Gerrymandering and favors for the wealthy, TOM DELAY will show us in November just how little control over our political process the average American has. He is going to rub it in our face. This will happen all over America and our democrats don't give a damned as long as they hold on to their seats.
Subject: "The War Is Ended" Reader Contribution 3-15
The War on Terror is a fake war like any other. They always end. Good riddance! Now let's get to work to reclaim 1) our UNITY as a nation 2) our government and 3) our role as leader of the free world. We've got a planet to save, people!
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Subject: Crawford Texas, Bush's Hometown Newspaper
Subject: Democrats Slash Feingold
TOTALLY BEYOND BELEIF--the dems in the beltway are saying "no censure"--we need more investigation, after all maybe the president did not mean it when he acknowledged spying on us--the country needs educating (SAY WHO needs educating?). After all 72% of the country says Bush should be impeached if he spied on us. Apparently these idiots can not read the public opinion polls and why they see themselves as so much smarter than the rest of the country only proves how stupid they are. Looks like they can not win an election at the point of a gun.
These dim dems and their "strategist" have identified themselves as fascist (the reps) appeasers (the dim dems). Let's send them to Munich with their little black umbrellas before they finish turning our country into a fascist dictatorship.
How can the dems get worse and worse everyday? Apparently there is no limit. How it must dismay them that we citizens can occasionally get in their way with a vote! Of course it's getting ever so much easier to steal that.
DC needs a house clearing--100% of the reps and 95% of the dems must go if we are to save our country.
GO RUSS GO!!!!!!
Subject: Supporting Senator Russ Feingold
Yesterday I called the offices of Senator Harry Reid and the two Democratic senators from my state. I asked the staff persons why these senators were not standing up with Feingold in his action to censure GWB.
No reason could be given. Each responded that their senator was still considering the action and was undecided. I let my opinion be known.
Today I read an item that perhaps the other Democratic senators want to wait until after the 2006 elections to take any aggressive stance!
How deep does the B.S. have to get?
Subject: Crocodile Tears for H&R Block
This morning, on American Morning, Andy Serwer, CNN's ubiquitous business commentator, brought us the story of H&R Block being sued by New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer for "fraudulent business practices involving IRA accounts marketed to its tax preparation customers."
"The suit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeks $250 million in fines in addition to refunds from the Kansas City, Mo.-based accounting firm for steering approximately 500,000 customers into IRA accounts that were "virtually guaranteed" to lose money."
So, half a million innocent Americans may have been seriously hurt financially by this corporation which purports to be watching out for American taxpayer money and what does Andy Serwer say? -- It's "tough-sledding" for H&R Block. Tough sledding! Oh, the poor guy. Mr. Block, the corporate personhood that he is, must be really upset and we should feel sorry for him because he is having such a hard time. Forget the half million people who lost god-knows how much money. But let's shed tears for the corporate "person" who is in trouble.
Now there is a perfect example of how corporate personhood gets reported, and has become perhaps the most dangerous reality in our lives.
Subject: Nuclear Hypocrisy
The hypocrisy of the Bushites who abrogate international law, reward other nations that do the same, and pursue ever better and more portable nuclear weapons while chastising Iran, rarely receives the attention of MSM. But a good article on the subject appears in Thursday's Baltimore Sun newspaper.
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Subject: Adoption Commotion
Hello Fellow Buzzers.
When I read all this nonsense about preventing gay couples from adopting children, my blood boils with anger. All those "christians" and "caring individuals" are really preventing children from having a normal home with loving parents. So what if parents happen to be the same gender?
Some undereducated morons, most of them either people of (small) faith or repuglicans, or both, think that being homosexual is not only a matter of choice, it is also a contagious condition.
They probably still believe that the Earth is flat; it is carefully balanced on the back of a giant turtle, and it floats in an endless ocean in the center of the Universe.
I would be more worried about the "family values" those heterosexual twits could instill in their offspring, be it natural or adopted.
But why not ask the most interested party: the children of gay parents? Formulate a set of non-leading questions and ask away. Are you happy with your parents? Are you lacking anything? How are you treated? Do you love your mothers/fathers? Look at their progress at school. Ask the teachers about them, preferably withholding the parentage information. It is supposedly all about the children, isn't it? Not about what the church and some small-minded folks think is best for children. It is about love, and caring, and wanting to give the child all the best in the world.
If it was up to me, (hats off to BuzzFlash and whoever came up with the idea) the religious repugs would be not allowed not only to adopt, but to breed, period. Maybe then we could breed out the hate and prejudice.
And of course, any caring prospective parents should be not only allowed, but encouraged to adopt unwanted children. The world would be a much happier place, filled with love and understanding instead of ill will and hatred.
Should we start pushing for a set of new adoption laws in this country?
[BuzzFlash Note: It occurs to us, too, that restricting who may adopt would logically lead to restricting by law who may conceive and give birth. Have they plans to restrict conception among Americans to committed heterosexuals? Married monogamous ones, to boot? And then, what do they do about anyone breaking the law ... does it lead to requiring abortion? Hmm.]
So, I see you've jumped on the censure bandwagon. Let's all get behind Feingold...!
What provision is there in the Constitution for censure, anyway? This is nothing but flatulence. Bush has admitted to violating the law, and all that these frauds can come up with is this? What about doing what they are actually authorized to do, and morally obligated to do? You know, impeach the f***ing fascist prick already! He's admitted to violating the law, and insists that he'll continue to do so. Every one of these scum in Congress knows that he lied to their faces about WMD, and yet they still continue to vote to fund this outrage in the Middle East.
Polls and censure. Yeah, that'll solve everything.
[BuzzFlash Note: To answer the question you began with, censure has precedent but is not part of constitutional law. More here: http://www.law.cornell.edu/...]
Subject: My Brother, I Am Proud
He wrote an email to those he knew in cyberspace, and it was so telling and of heart, I want to pass it on, and here goes:
Thank the powers that be, for brothers, I could not have said it better myself.
[BuzzFlash Note: Mr. DuRocher protested by returning his military medals: A Veteran’s Letter to the President “I Return Enclosed the Symbols of My Years of Service” (pierretristram.com).]
Subject: "The Most Odious of All Oppressions Are Those Which Mask As Justice!" -- Robert H. Jackson
If we allow George Bush to continue the way he is going, we must also take blame, and become accomplices in his crimes! His every day speeches amount to psychological manipulation and many Americans have caught onto this ploy. We cannot allow ourselves to fall for his deception. We cannot go along with the Republican Party’s rules of conduct that tells us we should be incapable of any criticism of this Bush Administration, and that all efforts of oversight, and checks and balances must be blocked. “When law ends, tyranny begins”!
This morning “Operation Swarmer” went into effect, more death for a lost cause. “Blood oils the machinery of exploitation” and the Neocons want to change the face of the Middle East to give Bush, the Neocons, and the Republican Party “credit” for a legacy! Everything they do is directed towards that purpose, and the purpose of a one-party domination for years to come!
This morning George once again re-affirmed his doctrine of preemptive war.
Out of one side of his mouth, Bush warns of grave threats to National Security from others, while out of the other side of his mouth, his policies show him as a “world bully!” The world’s opinion of Bush comes closer to the truth than the propaganda handed out by this Administration.
Dissent is our right and our duty now. We need moral and legal checks on this incompetent Bush Administration, that has brought the OPPOSITE of the honor and integrity it once promised! To start the ball rolling, SUPPORT FEINGOLD'S CENSURE OF BUSH!
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