The BuzzFlash Mailbag
April 26, 2002
hearty and joyous "AMEN!" to everything that Sally McDonald
says in her open letter to George Bush (4/25, http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/2002/04/25_Faith.html).
I've said it countless times before, but the actions of one self-proclaimed & vocal Christian who picks, chooses & distorts pieces of Scripture to justify his or her actions can do more damage to the cause of Christianity than can any number of atheists.
Jesus constantly tangled with the Pharisees of his time and we Christians continue the very same struggle to this day.
In response to RA in LA there is a website that does exactly what you are interested, information on tight races, Democratic candidates that need support and collect money for those candidates. In fact they make it easy to send small amounts to several candidates and the site is: http://www.moveon.org (MoveOn).
MoveOn also sends emails at times about critical issues that need you to call your representatives.
Hope this helps you.
Here is an email they recently sent.
Thought you might like to see the letter I wrote to the Argus Leader regarding their article about Bush's most recent tasteless fundraising tactic.
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"$2,000 buys 18 minutes; $4,000, a photo" [April 25] at: http://www.argusleader.com/president/Thursdayarticle3.shtml
much for Bush to get buck-naked and do a tap dance to the tune of "School
David Brock was on Crossfire tonight (April 25, 2002).
It replays on CNN at 11:00PM EDT
You don't want to miss this.
I caught just the end of the interview.
Brock was blasting Slappy Thomas and Ted Olson for lying under oath.
Carlson was mumbling incoherently.
James Carville was giggling "what will we tell the children?"
Brock once turned to Carlson and told him he should know who all these scumbags were since they were all his friends.
It was Gold.
The transcript will eventually be available at http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/cf.html
You should remember from past experiences that CNN regularly falsifies transcripts for debates unfavorable to the Reich-Wing.
[BuzzFlash Note: The transcript is available here: http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0204/25/cf.00.html. We were informed that the repeat of Crossfire did not show the half with Brock. Hmmm, is CNN scared of the truth? In the event they decided to edit the transcript, we saved a version as a PDF document (172k).]
Wow! Did anybody watch Nightline tonight? Ted Koppel just about came right out and said that the reason we are in Afghanistan is for the oil. He also made reference to Bush's former negotiations with the Taliban over oil pipelines through the area. Maybe the truth will come out yet. If it turns out that this whole "war on terrorism" is just a big excuse for us to be in there securing oil rights... Bush should be impeached! It also explains why "they hate us" and why they bombed the twin towers.
"The signal has spread through the Pentagon: on to Baghdad to get rid of Saddam Hussein, probably in September when the weather should be fine and the U.S. high-tech arsenal will be replenished."
....and the election would be approaching.
Your headline article regarding the Bush fundraiser for the Thune campaign against Tim Johnson in South Dakota made me stand up and take notice. While the world burns, we watch as day after day, week after week, the supposed president travels to campaign stops across the nation and raises millions for his handpicked republican candidates. Joe Schmoes travel in their pickups to spend $2,000 of the family nest-egg to eat potato chips with a guy reading from index cards.
It's time to fight back. It's time to put our money where our mouths are. We have been told this South Dakota race is among the most critical in the upcoming elections. We can only counteract the Bush money-raising machine if we pool together our resources and support critical candidates in other states.
Let's all try to send a little something to Tim Johnson's campaign in South Dakota. Thousands of $25 (or $10 or even $5 checks) could make a difference. Let's use our communal presence here to do more than vetch. It would be great if each time Bush shows up at a campaign stop, we counteract with as much support as we can spare to the Democratic candidate in that state.
I've looked up how to send a donation to the Johnson campaign.
Send a contribution by mail to:
Tim Johnson for South Dakota
or via his campaign webpage at:
P.S. I have never even been to South Dakota! I just want to play a more active role in making sure the Democratic majority in the Senate is increased and that we take back the House. Reading isn't enough. Marching isn't enough. Let's surprise Tim Johnson (and his Republican opponent) with the strength of our commitment to a separation of powers in Washington.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Any BuzzFlash reader who wants a good laugh should read the editorial entitled "Political scumbaggery" in Scaife's Tribune Review. The editor accuses Paul Begala and James Carville of having a conflict of interest. He says they are political hacks masquerading as journalists and are paired with co-hosts, Novak and Carlson, two respected conservative scribes. Furthermore, Begala and Carville have signed on with Democrats and liberal groups to promote the" Progressive Donor Network" to fight "the right wing infrastructure". The editorial calls this political scumbaggery with CNN as a full partner. It advocates that Carville and Begala sever their ties with this smear campaign or if they don't, CNN should fire them.
What makes this editorial so amusing is the fact that it appears in the newspaper of the Master of Political Scumbaggery Himself, Richard Mellon Scaife. Throughout the entire Clinton administration, Scaife's conservative rag railed against and spent much money to thwart Clinton's agenda. At least Carville and Begala are courageous enough to state their views openly. They don't hide behind a column called "Dateline D.C." which is written by an anonymous Washington based British journalist and political observer.
[BuzzFlash Note: Don't forget to check out the Special Crossfire Edition of the Mailbag.]
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