March 30, 2006
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Subject: Impeachment Is Unavoidable
Impeachment of President George W. Bush and his cabinet is unavoidable because the U.S. Constitution provides for impeachment of the President, Vice President and other civil officials guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Subject: Does the President Take an Oath To Uphold the Constitution?
Silly me, I thought that the whole purpose of the inauguration was in part to show the President swearing to uphold the Constitution.
All these years I thought that the President (usually elected, never selected) always upheld the Constitution and was guided by our system of laws.
I seem to remember recently when a former President (actually the last legally elected one that served his TERMS) was persecuted for lying about something that didn’t concern the people of the United States, rather he, his wife and the other person involved.
More recently we have a selected (p)resident that can not open his mouth without lying and spreading hate. Some of his biggest lies were regarding why we are in Iraq now. Somehow these lies that concern everyone on this planet don’t seem to get the traction of a marital affair. How sad.
Following the law, upholding the Constitution, and telling the truth are only concerns if your pants are unbuttoned. Again, how sad.
Personally I find it “harder to swallow” the current lies than those of a former President and his personal life.
Why is it that people are so concerned with what other people are doing with their private parts? I am much more concerned about who is illegally watching my e-mails and listening to my phone calls?
MY PRESIDENT WAS NEVER CAUGHT ON RECORD SAYING: “The Constitution is just a God----d piece of paper.”
I have two words for this administration: HOW SAD.
Subject: "Apocalyptic Times"
I've got some comments to make on your Apocalyptic Times story by Maureen Farrell. First off, don't post about the Mayan calendar if you don't know what you're actually talking about. The article said that Dec. 21, 2012 is the day the world will end according to Mayan prophecies; and that my friend, is not the truth. The Mayan calendar believed in cycles, and that we are nearing the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. The fact is, the people who wrote the bible thought the earth was flat. So yea, they would believe that the world is ending because they really don't think that far outside the box. Do I believe Bush is the Anti-christ, yes. Do I believe a big change is nearing, yes. Do I believe it's the end of the world, no.
You say "fight ignorance." Well I think you are being ignorant. There's a big difference between being spiritual and religious. If you really believe the end of the world is near, then you really don't have much spirituality. The Earth is alive and not well, but it's not dying. As Hunter S. Thompson said, "It's the end of the world as WE KNOW IT."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Annexing Iraq
A more accurate name for Bush’s Democracy in Iraq is Imperialism! Iraq’s government is a government influenced too much by other people, namely, the Bush Administration! New bases being built in Iraq appear to be permanent. Winning the minds is the chore of the Lincoln Group, planting stories of success is their job, catapulting propaganda of progress here at home all are signals of Imperialism, which has always been based on the misrepresentation of the facts. Annexing Iraq is the chosen way to change the Middle East by Bush Regime standards and if they must do it by distorting history with Neocon ideas of delusion and over-reaching…so be it!
Iraq is not accepting the “Occupation” quietly! In the past few weeks there are signs the Iraqis are disillusioned, and reports out of Iraq show a definite rebellion towards Bush regime control that is putting our soldiers in harm’s way! Iraqis do not want to allow the dictates of the “occupier” to choose their Prime Minister! Recently some Iraqis have accused us of massacre! In many cases the Iraqi aims are opposite of ours.
Just what is the “end game” in Iraq? The Bush Administration might have set in motion far-reaching terrorism, not the “stability” they had predicted! Besides costing Iraq and the U.S. death and destruction, it could well cost us a permanent loss of reputation as a benevolent power and a credibility gap around the world.
Bush’s plans as stated in recent accounts, suggest there would be no major withdrawal on his watch. That way he could re-gift the next Administration with his failure, and Republicans could demand an exit strategy the Bush Administration NEVER HAD! As this unjustified war in Iraq takes its place in history, Bush’s illusion for his legacy will go right down the toilet, as will the blunder of the invasion and annexing of Iraq for political gain!
Subject: Andy Card
I was watching Chris Matthews the day Andy Card announced his resignation.
Pat Buchanan was one of his guests and they were discussing Andy Card leaving. Here is a bit (I shortened it a little) from the transcript:
What was Matthews trying to get at with that!?
My question is: What does Libby have on Card?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: DC Dems Must Go
Molly Ivins says true and obvious things about Democrats, though perhaps she should have been harsher -- especially on the idiots who dither about the war, never mind those who voted away their constitutional obligations in the first place. The war in Iraq is illegal, conceived in deceit, executed in mind-numbing stupidity, and disastrous in its results wherever it's had impact (except Halliburton and ilk). And the best we get from most Democrats is an equivocating tut-tut as they run from cover in the face of a Conyers, Murtha, Boxer, or Feingold. Nowhere near good enough.
Subject: American Jezebel
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: "I Am So Sick Of Him"
To whoever wrote that one, THANK-YOU! You have said what I have felt for sooo long...HA HA. It feels so good to get it out...THANK-YOU BuzzFlash Reader!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Peace Takes Courage
In case you did not get this last night, or have not had it before....all of you need to take a look at the website....www.peacetakescourage.com/ 3years.html/....wonderful, if disturbing reminders of what is to come....if no one stands up and no one MAKES this maniac in the White House take responsibility for what he has done...and the way he talks lately makes me want to scream. He says that maybe the pulling of the troops will have to be the responsibility of another president...well, personally, I do not want a democrat to be wasted that way. Bush needs to be ordered to settle this war before he leaves...he has three years....and he needs to take care of it.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"... Martin Luther King. And, "America will never be destroyed from the outside, if we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." ... Abraham Lincoln. Very prophetic thoughts right now ... we must, if this country is to survive!
Shirley ... St. Louis, MO
Subject: Charles Taylor Delivered to War Crimes Court
By the time the court finishes this case, they'll be ready for the big one - The trial of G.W. Bush II - for mass-murder and other crimes against humanity. Don't miss it!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Illegal Aliens and the Mistake Democrats Are Making
The illegal alien problem in our country is going to pull the Republicans even with the Democrats this November. This issue is going to be their equalizer. A majority of Americans (reported up to seventy per cent) are totally against any kind of guest worker program that rewards those who break our laws. They want our borders secured and safe. Guest workers they believe is just another word for amnesty, plain and simple.
For every vote gained from immigrants, legal or illegal, the Democrats will lose one from those who are against open borders and rewarding those who break our laws.
Believe it or not millions of Democrats are opposed to the immigration plan being touted by their party. Quite simply some are American first and Democrats second. They also see this ploy as just another attempt to provide cheap labor for their corporate and lobbyist friends. There is little difference in Washington today between Republicans and Democrats. Americans are slowly waking up to this fact.
The Democrats are handing the election right back to the Republicans. The status quo will maintain in Washington this fall with a few minor changes. Count on it!
Subject: Re BuzzFlash Reader's post in the 3/29 Mailbag:
Really? So Sean Penn violating a freaking doll is worse than what the bush cartel has done to America? That is what you violently object to? In my opinion she's lucky it's only a doll he's violating. I'm not real worried about things looking "really bad for the rest of us." I'd be more worried if Ann Coulter was on our side. Have fun with that doll, Sean! It's a free country (well, it was anyway).
Barbara in NYC
Subject: Another strong whiff of hypocrisy here!
Dear Buzzers --
I'm talking about the prosecutor's statement -- in seeking the death penalty for Zacarias Moussaoui on the premises that "his lies caused the deaths of American citizens." Don't get me wrong: I'm hardly a Moussaoui supporter. However, fair is fair.
Let's see. Who ELSE'S lies caused the deaths of American citizens (not to mention uncounted thousands of Iraqi civilians and approaching 2,400 of our own troops)?? Where shall I start? Well, Bush, Condi, Rummy, Cheney, et al. HAD information about the likelihood of a terrorist attack prior to 9/11. They let it happen so they could lie us into the aforementioned war -- also based on lies about non-existent WMDs, etc.
I think if the death penalty is imposed on Moussaoui, it's only fair that the administration that orchestrated this greed/power-based war should be put on trial and be equally eligible for the same sentence. As my Grandma used to say, "What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."
Barbara Lee (Barb) Blazyk
Subject: Wrong About Dominionism ...
or at least what a true Dominionism is.
I think you might want to take a second look at what Dominion Theology truly is. I think that you may learn two things, one, that a vast majority of Conservative Christian Churches do not adhere to the same Theology of the Dominionists and, two, that from a Christian Perspective, the Dominionists are a little more optimistic about world events than the mainline Churches.
The biggest wedge that exists between folks like Falwell, Robertson and 98% of tele-Evangelists and the Dominionists would be the Dominionists' strict adherence to a Calvinistic Theology. Even though I do not consider myself a Dominionist, I do consider myself a Calvinist. I also ran a Christian bookstore in a very conservative area for about three years and I can assure you, that most Christians are totally oblivious to the teachings of the Dominionists. To be quite accurate, most conservatives would be oblivious to the actual teachings of the Dominionists because the actual Dominionist movement is a minority movement in the Church. Of course, there are some Dominionist teachings that many Conservative Churches would agree with but there is far more disagreement amongst the two groups. The largest would be in the area of the teachings of The Revelation. Most mainline Churches adhere to a teaching called Dispensationalism. This is basically the belief that the world will progressively get worse and then a “Rapture” transpires and in the process, 2/3rds of all the Jews will be exterminated before they are converted and the rest of the world is judged. The Dominionists eventually see the world converting to the Gospel by means of Divine Providence and the spread of the Gospel. They don’t see Israel as anything other that an ally to the United States and don’t adhere to a Rapture theology. Actually, they adhere to a full or partial Preteristic view of “the end.”
I think your definition and your belief of the influence of the Dominionists on politics may need an adjustment. I think if you were to just “Google” Dominionist Theology, you might be able to see how confused some of your readers can become when they notice that most articles regarding the Dominionists are not very accepted by most Conservative Churches.
This would be fair to all parties in the discussion.
To be fair, even on my part, the information I have given above is a very condensed version of the beliefs of those mentioned.
Just a heads up! Thanks!
Subject: It's Not the Jobs, It's the Pay
Bush’s claim that Americans are unwilling to do jobs immigrants do is just another lie designed to mislead Americans about his real concern, which is maintaining a supply of cheap (virtually slave) labor for corporations and the wealthy.
When I imagine talking to my brother, an airline pilot and Bush supporter who seems otherwise rational, I imagine asking him if he would fly airplanes for 3 dollars an hour, no benefits (and no getting paid for lounging about in the airport before a flight, I’m talking about a time clock in the cockpit). I suspect many Americans would be glad to do the jobs now foisted primarily on immigrants if those jobs actually paid a living wage.
Subject: Which rights?
Copied below is an article that deals with what is termed free speech as against a controlled popular media.
In my opinion it is not free speech we need to be concerned about it is the 'right to hear' and 'right to know'. Ever since men rode around on donkeys, the right to free speech has been popularised, but it is not this right that is crucial to a well informed, free people, it is the 'right to know.' The right to know all that is said about anything that may affect one's life.
People with ideas and information to disseminate must now meet the test of "is the information in conformity with the thinking of the establishment"? If not, their right to be heard is simply not available - blacked out. Therefore it is the 'right to be heard' and the 'right to know' that becomes more important than the right to free speech. The right to free speech can and does exist and is enshrined in law, but it is the 'right to be heard' and the 'right to know' that no longer exist.
Today's means of communication is no longer available to people with ideas that conflict in some way with those of the establishment, and in any case free speech certainly is not free. In addition to the right to free speech being controlled through access to the popular media of the day, it is far too expensive, and, in addition, new laws to remove the peoples' 'right to hear what is said' and from the 'right to know' are on the increase.
The time has arrived for the people to demand, not only the right to free speech, but also the 'right to be heard' and the 'right to know.' It is rather pointless standing on the corner exercising your right to free speech in a world where the accepted mass method of communication is television, radio and newspapers - where the donkey is no longer fashionable or efficient as a means of retaining what has long been called the right to free speech.
Subject: 9/11 Commission Whitewash
Yes! Thank you for the link to Mark Morford, which in turn links to the New York Magazine overview of the 9/11 truth movement.
BuzzFlash is starting to show some real courage! Keep it up, you guys. Keep steadily pulling on the 9/11 official lies and the whole Neocon fraud will start to unravel.
Don't let it rest. Don't let them get away with it.
Subject: Bush's Signing Statement to the New Patriot Act
I've just sent the following to the Editor of The Seattle Times, my local paper:
Subject: James Madison Saw This Coming
The neocons and their shills on Fox TV and numerous radio propaganda assaults are very fond of referring to "our founding fathers" in just about every context you can dream up to justify their wicked means. This association by mere mention is a travesty and an act worthy of blasphemy toward the nation's founders. Not to mention the fact that most of these Goebbels clones probably couldn't name the founding fathers, much less their accomplishments. Consider this quote I take from the popular "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader" series (which are actually quite entertaining and educational, so you know a neocon won't read it), given in a speech to the Virginia Convention in 1788 by James Madison:
Not only did the father of the Constitution have the vision to create a masterpiece document of brilliance your average politician or, dare I say it, American, couldn't possibly appreciate or fully understand, James Madison knew full well how a great society can fall and crash, with its unwitting citizenry totally oblivious to what is going on until it's far far too late to do anything about it.
We've let the Patriot Act invade our privacy to the extent that people have been harassed and accused of terrorist activities just for making comments that offended a Bush supporter (see "Fahrenheit 911"). We've found our records of books we check out from libraries under scrutiny, and of course, the wiretaps. God only knows what else Bush is doing we haven't caught him at yet.
Our lapdog Republicans can't be expected to do the right thing - it just isn't in their makeup to be anything but greedy capitalists. The Democrats are whining like little puppies and allowing the country to surrender its basic rights that Madison provided us, thus making themselves partners in crime. Token resistance doesn't cut it, you wishy-washy cowards. Neocons complain about media bias, when in fact they all but control it. For a Republican, any view not sympatico with theirs should never be allowed to see the light of day. We've allowed that very thing to go on for a long time, with the major networks for the most part acting as a fourth branch, disseminating information suitable to Bush and Capitol Hill, the hell with journalistic integrity.
As I have mentioned many times before in the "Mailbag" section, the outcome of the mid-terms will determine whether we get our country back, or if the Democrats manage to screw it up again, and we eventually become a religious police state. America is a lot closer to being ruled by zealots who would love to impose their religion upon all of us, ala Afghanistan or Iran, than we dare to think. The sad part about it is because we've allowed ourselves to become illiterate, spoiled and uninformed because we have become so self-absorbed and selfish, we probably deserve what we're getting.
Subject: Wings of Justice
Concerning your Wings of Justice Award to Cecilia Fire Thunder, you included a description of the anti choice supporters as “ignorant, Neanderthal South Dakota men.” You have impugned the honor of the Neanderthal and I wish to protest most adamantly about this insult. You sir should be embarrassed by this gross and inaccurate racist characterization of a noble but extinct species.
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