April 10, 2006
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Subject: The Stall
The GOP is great at manipulating the media, no surprise since they own it.
18 hours before Deadeye Dick tells someone about shooting a 78-year old man in the face.
7 minutes in a classroom before standing up on September 11th, 2001.
3 months between the August 6, 2001 PDB and going after Bin Laden.
And countless more.
Now, a full day before the White House Press Corps asks ONE question about a GOP Nixon-era surveillance tactic APPROVED by the "President."
I wonder what the docile weekend 'news shows' will bring?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: What Does "Dad" Think About "George W Bush" Now?
So we have Bush as the one who outed Valerie Plame, a Covert CIA Non-Offical-Cover Agent. "Nothing too bad," right? Wrong!
A NOC does not have a Blackpass to stay alive. A NOC like Valerie Plame, puts their life on the line, can get bumped off immediately if found and if he/she does gets caught, our government becomes a "Schultz" as to ever knowing that person.
How ironic that in 1999, when they named CIA Headquarters in honor of it's former CIA Director, George H W Bush, he gave a speech that included the following two paragraphs:
I wonder what Bush's Father thinks of his son now, given that he OK'ed the Outing of Valerie Plame, who was "only searching for WMD" in The Middle East, as a Covert CIA NOC Agent??
Just wondering "Dad," if "W" will be allowed back into your house in the future or will you be like your son and say: "Hey, Crap Happens!"
Yup, it sure looks like "W" believes in Nixon more than his Father. After all, Nixon said: "Well, if The President does it, then it's legal."
Now know that so-called Family Values are the dominating force in The Republican Party over the Country's National Security and Intelligence.
Subject: Thinkprogress: Novak says republicans are in chaos
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Leaker-in-Chief
George Bush approved leaking the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame--America’s chief spy on terrorist access to WMDs--to silence Plame’s husband, Joe Wilson, the former US Ambassador to Iraq who blew the whistle on Bush’s lies. Lies about non-existent links between al Qaeda, Iraq, and September 11. And more lies about non-existent WMD in Iraq.
Bush’s lies have killed nearly 2,500 US troops, 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians, spawned thousands of new bin Ladens, and bankrupted our Treasury.
George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and the rest of their war profiteering Neo-Con thugs, belong in The Hague. For six years of treasonous lies that have turned America into a hologram, and the world’s greatest hope, into its foremost fear.
Suzanne de Cornelia
Subject: On War - A Short Poem
In the beginning,
and in the end,
the rivers will turn red
and yet we kill and maim
Subject: Dixie Chicks
For any of you who want to see the new 'Chicks' video...it is pretty stark. CMT is actually premiering it...I am surprised, the Chicks are a lot bigger than I. But, regardless of what the Bushits would like for you to think, in 2002-3, whenever they said what they did...they DID NOT lose money...in fact, they were the best selling concert venue that year...they cleaned up. This video is worth seeing...for all of you! I know of only one place to get it now...you have to go on the 'www.cmt.com' website...click on artist, then type in 'Dixie Chicks'...and it will go to their picture, scroll down, until you see the name of the song...and click on video. "I'm not ready to make nice"....and Natalie, the lead singer, is in a white dress...trying to wipe oil off her hands...it is stark! very! There is a line in it that shocked me, she says, "Who do you think you are to write and tell me to just shut up and sing, if I want to live," Something to that effect...It is worth it guys.
Subject: Bush & Plamegate
BuzzFlash is understandably pleased with its role in reporting the Plamegate affair. However, unfortunately, it just doesn't matter. The Bush gang will continue its assault on the laws and Constitution without opposition. In the past the identification of wrong-doers would lead to some sort of remediation. No longer. Busheviks have no regard for the law and they don't give a damn when they're caught. Congress, the courts, an opposition party or an independent aggressive media are historical curiosities, not existing threats to power. As good a BuzzFlash is, it is overwhelmed in the public square by Corporate media, right-wing pundits, and administration spin doctors.
...And now, more about Harry Taylor, live from Guantanamo Bay ...
Phil From Vermont
Subject: The Presidency
Too much has happened over the last 5 years with the present administration's governing of our nation. It's a known fact that they have brought the country to its knees with their criminal acts. I am completely puzzled by the inaction to oust these so-called christian, compassionate sociopaths. Do we need a revolution? You bet, and it looks like the public has to start it. I suggest a truly legal and binding petition signed by any American (registered to vote or not). Would someone out there start the ball rolling? I bet you'd be surprised at the signatures and the results this action would have on our bruised and dying country. Nobody in Washington is acting on the problem now. Guess it's time for US (you and me).
Subject: George Bush Quote
GHW BUSH in a speech before the CIA 4/26/99:"I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors."
Subject: Isn't It Illegal?
Isn't divulging the name of an "NOC" illegal?
Melvin K. Phelps
Subject: Something Still Stinks - Libby, Plame
After the revelation this week that Bush authorized the outing of Valerie Plame,I started thinking about the long investigation by Fitzgerald. We all held our breath waiting months and months for the name of the 'leaker'. Now we know there was NO leaker because the information had been de-classified. So what did Judith Miller go to jail for? For not giving Fitzgerald the name of the leaker when there was no leaker? Then, the idiots in the White House let her sit in there when there was no reason for her NOT to tell Fitzgerald? HUH???? And what is the deal with Novak? If there was no leak why didn't he just tell us where he got he information from? Something more has to be going on here.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush's Legacy
Liar, Leaker, Election Thief ...
(dr., lawyer, indian chief)
Subject: Gays as Political Football
In June the U.S. congress will vote whether or not to amend the constitution to prevent same-sex marriage.
Although I am the one who is teaching your children the U.S. constitution in the Chicago Public Schools, I am not protected by it because I am a lesbian.
Yet, I solider on, because I believe in the words inspired by Locke and penned by Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
My parents told me 25 years ago when I came out to them at 19 that my life would be difficult. Although my head registered this prediction, my heart refused to believe.
Realizing gay people weren't allowed to teach, I changed my major. After finding out I was gay, I was fired from my first post-college job. At 22 I found myself resigned to living on the fringe of our society.
I spent 20 years building a small creative arts company whose primary "cash cow" was Halloween. 9/11 ended our need to manufacture fear and sponsor dollars for make believe fear evaporated overnight.
Faced with an unexpected mid-life career change I returned to my initial plan to teach children. I was told by a friend who is also a high school vice-principal that if I wanted to teach in the suburbs (and therefore have more resources and make $10,000 more dollars each year) I couldn't mention my M.F.A. documentary video thesis that was screened at international film festivals on my resume because it was gay-themed.
Instead I chose to teach in an "inner city" school. There are 150 teachers and staff where I teach, yet I am the only "official" (i.e. out) gay person.
I sponsor our school's Gay-Straight Alliance and this month we will hold our Day of Silence. How can I express to you the pressures today's gay kids face? - Any seemingly different kid (regardless of their sexual orientation) is called a fag, queer or dyke. Most teachers ignore these remarks because they don't know how to respond. Yesterday a fellow teacher sought out advice. It took about 10 minutes of discussion before this well-intentioned man understood that if he wouldn't allow kids to call someone the "N - word" that he also shouldn't allow kids to call someone a fag or dyke.
- A community group wanted to sponsor a gay prom last year, but the members of our GSA club were afraid to go. They said they feared being physically attacked by other students who would be waiting for them to enter such an event, even though it was to be held off-campus.
- Although there are events and support groups for kids who are questioning their sexual identity, most kids can't take advantage of these because they can't tell their parents they want to go. I can't tell you how many stories I've heard that end with the phrase, "my parents would kick me out of the house if they knew how I feel."
And the troubles don't end with adolescence. My dept. chair is a conservative Christian. It's painful to watch his reaction while I give presentations to our school's faculty about gay issues, as I did yesterday.
But he is a kind soul. Afterwards, with tears in my eyes I thanked him for allowing me to be who I was and still keep my job. He looked at me for a long while before responding that the important thing was that I was helping the kids. Then he smiled and said I'm glad you are able to be yourself. I left before I made a blubbering fool of myself. Today I prepare for the arrival of my girlfriend. She will have 6 months to secure a student visa. If she is unable to do so, then she will be required to return home because I'm not allowed to marry her.
Is it really Christian, humane or American to use gay and lesbian people as a political football?
To co-opt Shakespeare's Shylock, "Hath not a Gay eyes? Hath not a Gay hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions, fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: AT&T/NSA Surveillance
Mike DeWine (R-OH) has a solution for AT&T and other phone and internet providers who want to help the government spy on Americans: Make it legal.
S. 2455, introduced by DeWine, provides:
Yet another reason to support Sherrod Brown in his bid to unseat DeWine.
Subject: Is Ahmadinejad Hitler or Bu$h?
An article by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said that Bush and others in the White House have come to view Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a potential Adolf Hitler ...
Gee, George, this Iranian president reminds me of ... YOU ... in your early "presidential" years. You yourself were quite rowdy, having quickly rejected Kyoto, ABM, and referred continually to the United Nations as being irrelevant.
Sorry, Big Guy. I just cannot see you as you see yourself. But can I see Ahmadinejad as I see you.
US considers use of nuclear weapons against Iran (AFP/Yahoo)
Subject: Amendments 28 and 29 to the Constitution of the U.S.A. (ratification Pending)
Amendment 28: (The wiping the slate clean amendment)
The offices of President, Senator and Congressperson are eliminated (ie. no longer exist) so as to get rid of the scoundrels and remove any and all barriers to direct and total democracy.
Amendment 29 (The of, for and by the people amendment)
We the people hereby empower ourselves to initiate, propose and submit legislation to the public (ourselves, again). Everyone over the age of twelve will be eligible to vote with none of that register in advance nonsense. Voting will be by mail or by computer ...
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: "Good Night and Good Luck"
I have just watched it and it is excellent. There are times when it is difficult to believe that Morrow wasn't talking specifically to the Bush Administration. It is no wonder the Bushes don't lose any love on George Clooney.
Subject: Straight to Nukes?!?!
A few days ago you were kind enough to print my comments where I hypothesized on the likelihood of Bush attacking Iran. At that time, even just earlier this week, I had hoped the political stakes would be somewhat of a deterrent for the zealot maniac-in-chief, but if Sy Hersh is correct (and I've never known him to be wrong) Bush is a lost cause and off the deep end. Using nuclear weapons anytime is a horrible risk. To even entertain the possibility at this juncture of dropping a nuke in Iran is a horrifying prospect. It's coming down to self interest in re-election for both sides of the aisle and banking on such an atrocity to revive war fever and win back supporters. I doubt at this point Bush will be interested in a consensus or take advice. He is truly a dictator in a town of spineless lawmakers who won't stop his Armageddon politics. This is our last chance to bring him down. I've written very pointed letters to my elected representatives, and I strongly urge other BuzzFlash readers to do the same. Ask your Senators and Representatives if re-election is worth World War III.
Subject: Criminal behavior toward Iran this time?
OK, taking your advice to "chill out," and suspending an attack of paranoia, I've sent this letter to my Senators and Representative Inslee. Writing to Representative Doc Hastings on this matter would seem akin to pissing in the ocean.
If any of your readership want to pick up thoughts from this and write to their own Senators or representatives, perhaps this would be of some use.
Here's a rather disturbing news item:
US considers use of nuclear weapons against Iran - Yahoo! News
It predicates a conviction on the part of the Bush administration to use nuclear weapons, including so-called "bunker buster" nuclear weapons, to destroy nuclear energy capabilities in Iran, for the purpose of precipitating regime change in that country.
We hanged a bunch of Germans for this kind of aggression planning for political purposes.
Also, the UN Charter (which, like our Constitution, is "just a piece of paper") forbids such action against a sovereign state.
At the risk of stating the obvious, our use of nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear signatory to the NPT would really throw dirt into the grave of the NPT. So far, Mr. Bush has succeeded admirably in lowering the casket into the hole, but the ratified treaty isn't quite buried yet.
The lesson from all of this posturing, whether the weapons are used in the near term or not, is that any country not possessed of nuclear weapons would be nuts to NOT seek deterrent value by acquiring such weapons.
We are facing significant counterproductive incompetence on questions of use of preemptive force and threatening with nuclear weapons -- all likely to drive proliferation, and virtually assuring delivery of nuclear weapons to U.S. cities.
These threats against Iran are only the latest in a chain of damaging actions. These include the so far blocked request for funds to develop Robust Earth Penetrator nuclear weapons (against the ratified NPT), the so-called nuclear cooperation agreement with India in the face of existing U.S. law and the preservation of the NPT, the sabotage of the 2005 NPT international review session held at the UN Headquarters, and the recent introduction of legislative budget requests to reactivate nuclear weapons production by the U.S.
Should Mr. Bush request Congressional authority under the War Powers Act of 1973 to use force against Iran, I ask that you vigorously oppose this.
The outcome and abuse of HJ Res 114 should be an object lesson to us all. I appreciate your past vote against it, and look forward to the clear withdrawal of this authority by joint resolution of Congress. Whatever the prospect for that might be, we certainly don't need anything further, and it would be shameful in the instance of an attack on Iran for the Congress to become a co-conspirator in such a war crime.
John F. Williford
Subject: Worrying About DeLay's Future
I've been worrying about Tom DeLay. I'm afraid he's going to find life after Congress unfulfilling. I suppose he could become a consultant, but that would probably be boring after being in the hurly-burly of things, twisting arms and cracking the whip on the floor, and I don't imagine that his former colleagues would welcome him back as a lobbyist, at least not for a year or two. However, I think I have a solution.
As you can see from the excerpt below (http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Politicians/Cowardly_Hypocrites.html), poor Tom was never able to serve his country. Even though he wanted to go to Vietnam, those mean ole minorities got in first and cheated him out of his chance (although it looked from my search results like Big Bad Tom might also have claimed that his wife wouldn't let him go).
Hey, Tom, they're calling up guys today who must be at least your age, and you look pretty fit and healthy in your mug shot. The way they've been lowering standards lately, indictment or even conviction shouldn't be an obstacle, as long as you can weasel your way out a long sentence. This is your chance to see combat and serve the party - uh, country - that you love so much. Go to exciting places (like Iraq), meet interesting people, and kill them. And unlike most of the Democrats in Congress, the Iraqis actually fight back. Be all that you can be!
Subject: Brokeback Mountain
We'll I rented the movie Brokeback Mountain and all I can say is...
It should have won the academy award! But as a heterosexual this film drove me nuts! I mean, I really had a hard time watching it!
I can't put it into words but as a heterosexual who loves women, who would do anything for a woman and I mean anything! - I will never understand homosexuality and seeing gay sex on film was upsetting.....
This film was very hard for me to watch!
All Brokeback Mountain taught me was that gay marriage is a good thing for our society and that we need to support gay rights!
I'm also thankful, I was born a heterosexual and have realized that loving the opposite sex is more of a life changing experience then loving members of the same sex.....
And I just need to add that Hollywood should really start doing serious heterosexual films like Brokeback Mountain again!
I know my feelings seem mixed and maybe that's why it never won the academy award....
Because as a heterosexual it makes you long for heterosexual love stories as good as this!
Subject: Proposed New BuzzFlash Format
I love BuzzFlash, but lately there are so many articles I don't have time to read them all. I thought it might help if you sort the news into the following categories:
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: You might like to try using our search function. Go to http://www.buzzflash.com/search/ and choose a topic, for instance "Bush lies" or "war," from the "Search by category" pull down menu. Related stories will pop up, with the newest ones first.]
Subject: In response to Hersh article: After Nuking Iran the Bush/Cheney Response Will Be ...
More tax breaks for the rich; no program for rebuilding radioactive Iran; no preparation for the blowback from the bombing and nuking of Iran; no plan for the prevention of terrorist outbreaks in the United States except to use this as the reason to declare martial law and suspend elections which prevents corporate control of voting machine software from electing his brother, Jeb Bush, President.
Thanks always for BuzzFlash, however .... it probably wasn't a great idea to lead with this:
"Niger uranium forgers revealed"
... and also include this:
Josh Marshall, who's been reporting this story for years now, thinks the Times of London article is part of an Italian government cover up; see:
. . . and:
Your readers need to know his POV too.
J. R. Taylor
Isn't this really about legitimacy going back to the 2000 election specifically December 12, 2000 when the illegitmate Injustice Scalia unilaterally granted cert from the Florida Supreme Court and with his Gang of 4 subverted, for the first time in modern history, the constitution by finding a presupposition that W was entitled to be elected under a spurious, en banc opinion that election laws requiring recounts violated W's equal protection because any recount could "cloud" W's right to win the election? As much as I love Al Gore, the greatest mistake of his life was his concession in the 2000 election in the face of THIS CRIMINAL DECISION "for the sake of national unity." What it did was establish legitimacy with the Democratic Party opposition to something that was clearly illegitimate--so said hundreds of law professors publicly after the Supreme Court decision. This end of democracy also ended any claim to genuine legitimacy to W or the Federal Government over which his cabal administers since its every act has been tainted by these fruits. Indeed, the poisoned fruits of that illegitimacy continue to degenerate the cellular decomposition of our Constitution every day.
So, is it any wonder that, six years later,
(1) this ruling ended democracy in the United States by opening up the floodgates of substantive election fraud in every national election since as amply demonstrated by the 1,000,000 to one probability disparities between the vote count and the exit polling; (2) the 4th, 6th and even the 14th Amendments are dead letters under the oxymoronic Patriot Act;
(3) free speech and assembly are designated into "zones;"
(4) free press is the best cover-up, blackout, censorship of how much the world really hates us and spins Arts and Entertainment in "How to Become a Sniper" that corporate propaganda money can buy;
(5) a nation of peace and law became a nation of permanent war, tearing up our international agreements and manufacturing excuses for preemptive strikes against non-enemies again and again;
(6) tyrannical power is patently exercised in warrantless wiretaps, refusals to obey Congressional legal constraints if not convenient and the intentional leaking of classified information at the expense of national security?
Gonzales is not W's latest poodle. Like so many other disingenuous, contemptible yes-men, he's only the latest of the fruit of Scalia's poisonous tree that, like some black energizer bunny, blossoms its poisoning of freedom more and more every day! So if you think it's now as easy as "just saying 'no'" and believing that all will be redeemed, let alone resurrected, in the upcoming 2006 "election," think again.
It just occurred to me that a way to stop Bush from bombing Iran would be to imply that anything Bush does close to 6/6/06 at 6:06:06 AM (you pick the time zone) would indicate that he is really the Antichrist and anyone who follows him is doing a disservice towards Christianity.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Declassified? ... Bushit!
OK, let's buy the POTUShit ... he declassified it! ... NOT! ... He has to have a paper trail. He can't just make this up in his head ... if it's declassified, there has to be a document with his signature on it that was filed with the proper agencies, back then, not now ... this is the government! ... We wanna' see the stinkin' badges!! ... and if they were filed, why hasn't someone divulged their existence? ... and why hasn't someone in the media called him on this? no wonder he's gotten away with this crap for 6 years ... the media is as dumb as he is!!
Subject: "Creating Chaos and Instability"
Going forward, the heroin section of the 2006 National Drug Threat Assessment of the U.S. Justice Department expects that:
They blithely continue:
The United States government expects that their SUCCESSFUL interdiction in central and south America will drive groups like FARC's drug gangsters to start associating more with southwest Asian terrorist drug gangs. alQaida?
The 2004 Congressional Research Service report to congress, "Illicit Drugs and the Terrorist Threat: Causal Links and Implications for Domestic Drug Control Policy" summarized:
"Creating chaos and instability" is accepted collateral damage of the drug war.
The insane conclusion of that report states:
Reducing terrorism is not as important as is continuing the drug war!
Planning for bringing together FARC's US distribution gangs with alQaida's Afghan production and shipment networks in the future. Does this qualify as "creating chaos and instability"? Is this what Americans want from our public policies?
I have written more extensively on the stateless terrorism-drug prohibition nexus and other social dysfunction cause by drug war at my blog, LeftIndependent blog.
After forcing myself to listen to Bush (I despise him) talking about having to force himself (so consequently, America) on Iran ...
I have to wonder; what is everyone waiting for? When are you going to stop your Maniac-In-Power? Come on now, this is getting really serious! Nuclear war is around the corner and it won't be due to Iran dropping one.
Do you really think that it won't affect you in the States to have nuclear weaponry dropped in the Middle East? Do you have personnel there? They are already being affected with DU poisoning, producing illnesses related to it, killing them slowly with its kiss of death and offspring who are deformed in one way or another. Other than that, the US is not unaffected by weather (winds carry a lot of toxins for a very long distance and radiation is one of the elements that travels distances easily). Please stop your maniac from continuing to kill.
Actually, I will phrase this in the imperative: You, the American people, must, for the sake of the world, stop bush and his team of bloodsuckers!!!! I would, personally, like to live a little bit longer in our polluted, slightly close to death, planet without forcing its demise through nuclear warfare. Sometimes it is hard to like Americans regardless of their political stance. Sorry to say, but true, Americans are not the be all to end all.
Subject: How Much Money Being Spent Protecting Bush
Considering that GW has made himself the most hated person on earth, I think it would be informative to publicize the amounts of tax money diverted to his protection each year compared, say, to the expenditures for Bill Clinton. I believe the public would be outraged by the details, which can only be inferred at present by such snippets as the fact that 17 bomb-sniffing dogs accompanied him on his trip to India and that said dogs were quartered in an upscale hotel.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: NIE/Plame Leak in Public Interest?
I am submitting three questions that the Press Corps should be asking...or at least thinking about.
1. If it was in the PUBLIC INTEREST - why "leak" it and not make it a more OPEN and public announcement?
2. And why hide it behind "undisclosed" or "anonymous" sources instead of someone going on record?
3. According to the spin - "when Bush leaks - it's legal." If you accept that premise, then the leaking of Plame's identity was legal. So if leaking of the NIE info and Plame's identity was legal, then no crime has been committed. If no crime has been committed - why did we have an investigation in the first place? Why did Bush vow to "hunt down the leakers"?
This whole thing could have been made to go away in 2003 by Bush saying it was legal because he decided it was legal. But he didn't.
The Spin on this stinks worse than a barrel of decomposing catfish sitting in the hot Texas Sun on an August day.
Subject: Bumper Sticker
Recently seen bumper sticker in Red State Oklahoma:
Subject: Awh C'mon, Hillary - Get Some Backbone!
Just reading one of their little orange lines on Bloomberg and Hillary says the leak that's been being talked recently (Bush giving the okay) "was not proper." You bet it was just not proper, it was downright nasty, dangerous to our country, and whoever let out this leak should be punished to the full extent of the law. Why can't you call it for what it is, Hillary, and get some spine! Are you letting them off the hook AGAIN?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Elected Democrats- Now Will You Stand up to Bush ?
It is NOW evident that the Sociopathic, Messianic, Scary as hell Bush Bunch will CONTINUE to escalate unimaginable Chaos and destruction upon our country and upon the world - at whim - and without rational reasoning. Americans and the world watch and wait for the next shoe - or bomb - to drop!
Whenever Rove, Cheney, and Bush throw out one of their crazy new ideas to the media you can see them 'testing' the zombiness of the public and Democrats- THEN going forward or dropping what they can't pull off. If enough people are AWAKE now a CATASTROPHIC disaster in IRAN COULD BE STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS.
You can see it will take everyone at every level -NOT JUST A FEW this time- to Stand Up AGAINST BUSH'S INSANITY. This time we've ALL been WARNED (via Iraq) so DEMOCRATIC LEADERS including the Clintons- WE'RE WAITING TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU - REAL SOON!!! (Public Thank-yous to Feingold, Conyers, Boxer, Kennedy, & Jimmy Carter.)
Subject: Why Do I Not Hear?
I have been reading quite a bit about Bush nuking Iran and starting WW3. Do you not think that Iran is also reading and planning? If you think they are not preparing, you will be in for a surprise. Let's say Bush nukes them and Iran retaliates WITH MUCH MORE NUKES. That could very well be the end of the world! Why is no one mentioning that? Why is everyone so afraid to impeach or censure Bush? Waiting till it is too late?
Subject: 'He Died for Nothing'
This is truly the feeling that you get, when a loved one comes home in a body bag, after a few short months....our brother was in Vietnam, only two months. It is the most confusing feeling in the world, we dared not speak against the war...now we do. I spent the weekend with my republican brothers and narrow minded sister. She is a democrat, but being from Greene county, thinks it is killing to have an abortion...and I told her in no uncertain terms...that while I would not have one, I was never going to tell that woman next door, she could not! There is no discussion...no understanding about the life of the mother...rape or incest. None of those reasons are even in the flow. She says the decision is made when they have sex. I asked, what if the woman does not choose to have it, like in rape...incest, etc....she shook her head. She is a democrat all the way...and this is her problem...she has watched the 'partial birth abortion" on PBS...she only has four channels, thank God for another way to get the news. I really think abortion & being gay, are personal lifestyles, most hard right-wingers think are wrong, are personal matters.
My brother who is a dyed in the wool republican, still thinks Bill Clinton was 'guilty of something' ... He thinks the Clintons had robbed the savings and loan. I told him, if he had not watched, that Kenneth Starr admitted that he found nothing, after two Independent Counsels had investigated, nothing! Absolutely nothing! But, they just can not give that up. And, he sees a reason for this war, although he does not see any reason for Vietnam! He is right about Vietnam...but, oh, so wrong about Iraq...unless he wants to believe anything Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld say...and I guess he does.
There are times, when I swear I will never go down there anymore...but, my 93 yr.old Mother lives there, and sadly, she blessedly knows nothing, I say sadly and blessedly in the same breath, she has Alzheimers, and that is sad, not a blessing...but, she hears none of the lies, either!
Shirley ... St. Louis
Subject: Call White House, Urge Bush To Resign
I encourage every BuzzFlash reader to call the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111 and encourage Bush to resign over the disgusting and un-American role he has played in the PlameGate affair.
A BuzzFlash Reader
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