April 17, 2006
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Subject: Dictators and the Rule of Fear
I don't know about you, but I know that I have begun to notice a pattern in the realm of world affairs. It seems in order for the world's dictators to stay in control they are using the old "Cold War" plan. Keep them scared, make sure they believe that we are all ready to push the button of annihilation. Make it Biblical. Many of you will remember the old "duck and cover" drills we went through in the 50's and 60's.
Well with that came control. Now if you notice, all the dictators, even our own, are somehow threatening each other and speaking to their people as if they are the only answer to either stopping or leading to the total destruction of us all. They are all building an upper class on the backs of the common/working class, and bowing to give glory to the God of finance and business. Have you noticed that all the world's dictators and their families and friends, along with all the military industrial complexes and businesses they own, are making more and more profit? Profit that is unchecked while no matter where you look in the world, the workers and working middle class are falling apart and being turned into a surf class. Even Bush's buddy, "I looked into his soul" Putin, is pushing back on democracy and creating his own little dictatorship.
Yes people, we are seeing, I believe, the rise of a new type of Global Imperialism where even the enemy of our own dictator is not really his enemy. They are all just a group of dictators who, in league with each other, can rob the natural resources, the land, monies, children and the rest of us of all we have in order to build their own little world where they, and they alone rule. Rule and laugh behind our backs at how foolish and simple minded we are, to be taken this way. After all, to be a dictator in a world of dictators is to rule in total control in league with each other. Working in league with each other to create new and more frightening scenarios with which to strike fear into the hearts of their citizenry and keep this game going forever.
"The Long War." Remember this also. Some of the work being done on reactors in Iran was and may still be being done by a subsidiary of Halliburton. Enough said.
Subject: Rumsfeld gets robust Bush defense, but report says he was involved in torture
If you read Buried by the Times, by Laura Leff, you will see, the NY does NOT by any means give an accurate picture of what is really happening.
One wonders how The New York Times can have missed this even t ... and what else it misses every day.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: I Know of Two Cats That Won't Come Out
Molly the cat was pulled to freedom, but two cats are still ... Just read below please.
These cats are hiding behind a wall of secret service agents, hypocrisy, shamelessness, rhetoric, money laundering, war profiteering and treason, christianity, FOX NEWS, Diebold and ES&S and a daily news feed on the blogs that contain more of the previous I wrote about. These cats, Bush and Cheney, have to be tiring of the sour milk and stale Friskies behind their wall. In time they will come out with hand cuffs on while frog marching down the side walk to the animal control vehicle just off of Pennsylvania Avenue.
I love BuzzFlash in the morning before work and when I come home from work. I get all of my news from BuzzFlash, the tube news is smoothed over and all nice to the Führer and his reich masters. Pulling no punches is fair when our lives and our children and their children's lives are at stake. People who know me know that I am full of info on the state of our country in the hands of anti-constitution (damn piece of paper) people that love money more than anything that breathes.
Neil Young has a new song coming out in a few weeks called: "IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT". Ole Nixon had "Ohio" banned from the airwaves for sometime until the courts stopped him in his tracks. Ohio was aimed directly at Nixon and his power grabbing anti-constitutional ways. Sound familiar ? I hope Bush pulls that same ploy on Neil. I know Fox News's insanity hannity will be all over it like flies on _ _ _ _ !
Keep on "Rockin in the Free World" people.
Subject: How Can You Declassify Information You Don't Know About?
Bush's latest story is that he declassified the information that Scooter Libby leaked to the press and therefore there was no leak of classified material. But Bush had previously stated that he knew nothing about the leaks and called for a criminal investigation to “get to the bottom” of the scandal. I'm having a hard time grasping the concept that Bush could declassify something that he didn't know about. If Bush didn't know then he couldn't have declassified it. If Bush lied then he, too, is obstructing justice. He would have called for a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of something he knowingly started? I vote to impeach.
I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!
Subject: Letter to Col. Adkins, Who States Bush Must Go
To Colonel James A. Adkins, US Army Retired
I want to commend you as I read your comments concerning Pres. Bush: “I am no longer a Republican. Now I think the president needs to go. His failure to hold subordinates accountable now places the blame for his administration's incompetence squarely on his shoulders.” At this point the handling of this war transcends party lines. I am a Democrat where I was and still am opposed to this war in Iraq. I feel that this is an American issue and where all Americans must demand accountability from Pres. Bush. But, it seems to me that this president refuses to be held accountable for any infraction that subverts our United States Constitution.
In your statement to Chris Matthews: “Most Americans understand that we are in a mess over there and most are angry that we were misled, and I think many of us believe the President was misled as well.” I will go you one better, Colonel Adkins, since many like me believe that Bush lied to this nation. He has lied on so many occasions where I feel he is unable to tell the difference between a lie and the truth. That is pathological in nature and a psychological deficit on his part. America deserves better.
You also stated to Chris Matthews where Bush should: “Fire Rumsfeld and anyone else associated with getting us in this mess.” I fully agree. When you said of Pres. Bush and his loyalty to his people, “he has a responsibility to the American people to lead,” yes, he does, and time after time, he has failed all of us. He has failed the men and women who were sent off to Iraq only to come home in coffins. He has failed their family members who must go on without them. He has also failed America by forfeiting the moral high ground when the end result was the slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis. These innocent Iraqis were not responsible for the terrorist attacks on this nation.
But, getting back to your original statement when you said of Bush: “Now I think the president needs to go,” again, I will go you one better. He needs to be impeached and must be tried for treason. I have read the Downing Street Memo where it states that Bush fixed the intelligence to meet his wanton desire to go to war with Iraq, where he has used illegal wire taps on innocent Americans, and this latest fiasco where the identity of a CIA operative leads directly to his door.
In closing, I will be working along side of my fellow Democrats to make sure that we do take back both houses in the upcoming 2006 mid-term elections. By accomplishing that, we then have the power to start these impeachment proceedings. This must be done in order to save this republic. Should we fail in this mission, America will truly fall. America is truly in distress and it is incumbent upon all patriots to save her.
I wonder how Colin Powell sleeps at night. Does following orders like a "good soldier" provide justification for what he did at the UN and absolve in his mind from what he failed to do, speak out? Putting a career military person in a civilian position as Secretary of State does not guarantee a conversion to a civilian way of thinking of being responsible for democracy and the constitution rather than following orders of the AWOL pResident and commander-in-chief Bush, and sometimes puppet of Cheney.
Subject: A Start on a Peoples' Democratic Platform
1. Health care should be a right not a privilege. We need universal health care.
2. Taxes should be reduced for the middle class and small businesses and raised for those making over $1 million per year.
3. Federal campaigns should be exclusively publicly financed.
4. Members of Congress should not have their own retirement plan, they should have to have social security retirements.
5. The government has a duty to care for those who cannot take care of themselves.
6. We should reduce our forces in Iraq to 25,000 and place them out of the danger zones and proceed to orchestrating the equitable division of Iraq into its three natural states. Bring in the Arab League to the decision process.
7. There must be a major government investment in alternative sources of energy.
8. Raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour.
9. Get rid of teaching to just pass state tests and lose “no child left behind.” Get back to teaching history, music, literature, the sciences and other mind broadening subjects instead of simply math and literacy.
10. Give illegals a path to citizenship. If they don’t sign up for it, deport them.
11. Reverse all of the Bush environmental decisions.
12. Bring the budget back into balance and eliminate the debt … then pass a balanced budget requirement.
13. Send 20,000 of our troops from Iraq into Darfur to end the genocide.
14. Pay for all the AIDS medicine that it will take to eradicate AIDS everywhere.
This is just a start. Let people add on what they think. Let it grow.
Subject: Jeb Bush's Visit to Iraq
In the Mercury News article you linked (link is in the URL space below), there is a VERY interesting sentence that you failed to point out.
It is the following:
Of the 130,000+ troops in Iraq, we've been told roughly 1/3 or so are National Guard. Let's even be conservative and call it 25%. So a guess-timate would be about 32,500 Nat'l Guard. Now we're supposed to believe that the state governed by the brother of the president is required to supply less than 1% of the Guardsmen there? A state with a very large population and large number of Guardsmen, ponies up such a pittance while other CITIES have provided more??
First we find out Babs the elder is funneling cash to her son Neil and getting tax deductions for this (as well as shifting our tax dollars to him). Now its clear that the sacrifice required to be made in the Middle East fiasco is determined on the political needs of the president's siblings.
What is it going to take to get this guy out of office?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Wash Post//Deborah Howell - Good Leak
Here's a copy of a letter I sent to Ms. Howell at the Post concerning her column about the Post's "Good Leak" editorial. Hope it's interesting or at least entertaining.
Subject: Rotten Eggs at White House
Breaking: A huge stench engulfed the Easter egg hunt at the White House. Apparently the cause was an accumulation of rotten eggs inside the house that resulted from Andy Card's prediction that the last ones to leave would be ... well you know.
President Bush vowed to find the real stinkers as onlookers held their noses and tried not to notice the green tinge to his face.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Another Impeachable Offense by the Bush Administration?
Striking Iran Requires Congressional Authorization!
IT IS another impeachable offense by the Bush Administration to not seek Congressional approval before invading Iran.
If Congress does not immediately speak out on this issue, Americans will soon watch the Bush Administration begin another war when there are other avenues available to the United States for dealing with this nuclear mess and gaining energy independence from the Middle East.
Citizens must demand that the Constitution be reestablished as originally enacted to balance power among the branches of government and to protect Americans from despots.
Congress does have a say in governing this country. To return power to Congress as granted by the Constitution may require replacing the entire Congressional membership with patriots, not shiftless scalawags.
The best picture I can imagine is seeing George Bush leaving on a helicopter Nixon style from the front lawn of the White House for his return to Texas, where he belongs in exile with Tom DeLay.
Subject: Civilians Must Control the Military
As horrible and incompetent as Bush and Cheney are, we must remember this principle: Elected civilians MUST have control over the military.
Otherwise, we subject ourselves to the possibility of a military coup and military dictatorship. That would be even (slightly) worse than what we have now!
I don't know what to do about the deteriorating, horrible situation either -- but we must keep civilian control of the military in mind.
Our aim (unlike the far-right) should be to PROTECT AND UPHOLD the Constitution, not shred it.
Susan S. Pastin
Subject: Bush and Public Opinion
Everyone I talk to about Bush tells me the division and corruption that permeates America today is not the fault of this man.
THEY SAY TO THE LETTER HE IS ONLY DOING WHAT HE IS TOLD TO DO! AMERICA'S PROBLEMS ARE NOT HIS FAULT.
Polls state that upwards of sixty percent of citizens still like this sociopathic liar and do not wish to see him censured or impeached. They excuse the lies and betrayals with the old adage that all politicians lie and it's expected of them.
Where do these pollster find these fools? Are these polls skewed so far right as to seem like something out of fairyland?
It will take major demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience across America to stop the current propaganda express that aims to start another war. This time with Iran. Republicans, Democrats and the media are allowing the call to another war to take shape. They all supported the illegal attack on Iraq and will again support Bush and his war-mongering administration.
My two Democratic Senators tell me what an evil dangerous country Iran is and must be controlled with any means necessary. They also repeatedly vote for more $billions to continue the Iraqi debacle. We desperately need major change in America today.
Subject: Remember the dead of the labor movement
April 20 is the 92nd anniversary of the Ludlow (Colorado) massacre in which 20 men, women, and children were murdered by the Colorado National Guard acting for Rockefeller-owned Colorado Fuel & Iron Company as well as the Rocky Mountain Fuel Company (RMF) and the Victor-American Fuel Company (VAF).
The known dead listed on the Ludlow Monument are:
Louis Tikas. Age: 30 Yrs.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: What we have going on amidst the generals - present and former - is a mutiny.
Very good editorial......you might be interested in this interview with Clark yesterday. He goes further by pointing the finger at Bush and how he ran to get Bush replaced ... He was on again later on Kasich's show (which I didn't see), then today, 4/16.
This is a doozy with a Bush shill military guy on, too. The interviewer asks. "What is the goal of that public criticism?" Clark replies: "Well it's to tell the truth to the American people...It's really a matter of accountability in government." Which is EXACTLY what people need to hear!
2002! He's been ahead of the game and everyone else.
If there's a mutiny, Clark as been the one sticking his neck out and leading the charge for a helluva long time. And for the last year, on FOX, no less.
He is studiously ignored by CNN and most outlets.....wonder why? But he needs to get more credit for what's he's been doing, including getting some liberal programming on Armed Forces Radio).
Subject: Why I Am Not Surprised at the Massive Embassy to Be Built in Iraq
I just read this news article: U.S. Building Massive Embassy in Baghdad (AP).
This report cites:
But, this does not surprise me in the least since on September 2, 2005, I wrote the following article for VHeadline.com
And in this article I stated:
Now the mainstream media is reporting this?
Subject: Times Are Not Getting Any Easier
Gas is getting closer and closer to $3.00 a gallon ... you feel like you've gotten a luxury item when you fill a 20-gallon tank. We just finished sending almost $8000 to the federal and state government for taxes ... after having an obscene amount taken out of our paychecks ... and I go to the grocer's and get 10 items ... I need ... and the bill comes to $30-$50 ... oh, God, how I loved the good old days ... 1998 and 1999 when gas was 89-98 cents a gallon ... and you could afford food ... there was a choice as to what you did on the weekend ... Bill Clinton ... we miss you! To hell with the blue dress, good policies are better than a hypocritical born again Christian who loves wearing his religion for his own purposes. Are there special hells for people like George Bush? He needs one in absolute poverty ... and take Dickie with him ... $8 million dollars in salary? Please! Just the cost of a tank of gas now ... is a crime ... how I would love sending that to BuzzFlash! One day it will change, Buzz ... in the meantime, those of us who cannot now ... thank you so much for being here! We all ... all your readers ... really love you for your sacrifice!
Shirley ... St. Louis
Subject: Military Revolt
See Harper's April issue "American Coup d'Etat. Military Thinkers Discuss the Unthinkable."
The consensus is, it will never happen here ... not quite, because the military has learned to "play politics."
"It doesn't need to have a coup in order to get what it wants most of the time."
The last sentences are "... if you're dealing with somebody [i.e., the military] who has his own agenda, well, you can bargain, you can trade. That creates a small opening--again, not to a coup but to the military making deals with politicans whose purposes may not be consistent with the Constitution."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Three Cups of Tea
Every American--every westerner, for that matter--wondering how to actually win the war on terror now has a guidebook. It's called Three Cups of Tea, and it is the story of Greg Mortenson. Greg was a mountaineer who, stumbling back down from an unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, became lost and wound up in the small village on Kropge, in the Baltistan area of Pakistan. The villagers were kind and nursed hum back to health. In gratitude, he promised he would return and build them a school.
He eventually did, and since then has also built or helped build dozens of schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan through a group known as the Central Asia Institute. What Mortenson and his supporters are doing is fighting the war on terror by defeating its root causes--poverty, lack of education and lack of opportunity. In these schools, Muslim girls as well as boys are educated, and to accomplish this, Mortenson has relied on the cooperation of people from across the political spectrum--from liberal American women to conservative mullahs in Pakistan.
Three Cups of Tea is the inspiring story of a man who many believe will one day win the Nobel Peace Prize, but it is also the story of the determination of villagers in the wilds of Pakistan and Afghanistan, willing to sacrifice and work even harder to make sure their children get the education denied their parents.
Much of what we are seeing happen in the world today - rampant corporatism, rogue leaderships, environmental degradation, religious infighting, Fascist governmental policies, and rolling back of hard-won social and human freedoms were foreseen by a multitude of authors of what can only now be called predictive fiction.
William Gibson, Margaret Atwood, George Orwell are only three of those who foresaw the havoc that unrestrained capitalism would produce, and sadly, they were correct. If one were to go to a cinematic model of what they saw as the future we would have to draw on the films '1984', 'The Handmaid's Tale', 'Brasil', 'Johnny Mnemonic' and unfortunately 'The Running Man' to describe what the neo-con conspiracy has engineered.
Subject: Terrific Anti-war Song by Pink
Her song, "Dear Mr. President" is a powerful, eloquent statement against the war. "How do you sleep while the rest of us cry? How do dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?" Click on the link to listen ...
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While I agree in general with the sentiment of this article, I don't get this part:
"Now, let's say that you drive a Hummer, presumably in a desperate attempt to distract yourself from the fact that you occasionally pop a chubby when you hear the theme to Brokeback Mountain on XM"
Guys who drive Hummers are secretly gay? Why the need for a *fag* joke? That is totally homophobic bullsh*t, and even if that were true, so what? It is just one more example of why you "liberals" are no better than the "conservatives" and why the USA is screwed. You probably really believe that John Kerry would have actually made some kind of difference. THAT is the real joke.
I check out BuzzFlash every day, but this is very disappointing.
Subject: Declaration of Independence
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