The BuzzFlash Mailbag
August 30, 2002
Dear Buzz -
This is from cnn.com's allpolitics report of the debate among the Dems running for Governor in Florida. note important line at end of copied remarks:
I think a Reno/McBride combo or McBride/Reno combo makes Bush beatable, don't you?
Rosanne, in Florida
Just days before he turned the White House over to John F. Kennedy, President Eisenhower made his final speech as president. The subject was the military-industrial complex and it was basically a warning.
Sadly, Ike's warning has been ignored and the situation today is pretty much as he feared.
This speech in its entirety can be found through a google search. Perhaps you could run it for your reader's benefit.
Gary M. Bullas
Farewell Address to the Nation, January 17, 1961]
A BuzzFlash Reader Letter to George W. Bush
Forgive me, but you sir, are a liar.
"Uniting" does not mean bending people to your will by any means necessary.
"Sound Science" is not defined by a minority of scientists that agree with what you hope to be true.
The Executive branch does not have unilateral power to declare military action on a whim. Our soldiers are real people, not chess pieces.
The Executive Branch does have to answer to the Judicial Branch. This does not mean only the Supreme Court, but ANY federal court. They seem (and I stress seem) to be holding up their part of the bargain, why do you fight it so?
"Saddam has weapons of mass destruction" is not good enough. He may be a "bad man" or "evil", but remember who provided him with most of those weapons (remember a little war they had with Iran of the "axis of EEEEEEVIIIIL"?). Take the time to look back on the Gulf War. Look at the action immediately following. Then ask yourself why people in the area do not support us. We made promises we didn't keep.
Help people if you're going to help people. Don't help if your only goal is monetary gain. The long term payoff is not worth the short term gain. Economy does not trump human life... Never has, Never will.
Don't tell me what Americans believe. I'm American, and you do not represent my beliefs. Stop misrepresenting the majority of this country. Remember, just because they support you, does not mean they like you. You do not, and never have, represent the majority of this nation. Look, you no longer represent the majority of your own party (the bells are tolling, the hawks are minority now. Times they are a-changin').
Pre-emptive action is NEVER acceptable. Attacking on a hunch? Have you truly gone mad? Or is there really that much in your background to hide? Take the time to read up on what (I'm sure he's one of your favorites) Dwight Eisenhower said about preemptive war. Dwight Eisenhower, said on that subject in 1954: "Preventative war ... I don't believe in such a thing, and frankly I wouldn't even listen seriously to anyone that came in and talked about such a thing." You quoted Mr. Eisenhower at a speech to West Point (as I'm sure you've invoked his spirit many times before). Don't disrespect a man with quoting him if you do not believe what he has to say.
Please sir (even though I know you will never see this email) start listening to the people instead of advisors. Sure, in theory we support you and a war in Iraq, but in practice we do not want to put our soldiers at risk without concrete proof. Stop claiming aid to the "enemy" whenever we ask for information. We deserve to know the truth!
Waiting patiently for you to come to your senses,
RE: "Florida Faces 2000 Election Fraud, Will Settle With NAACP" at: http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/08.29A.fl.face.2K.htm
Since GWBush claims to have won Florida by a margin of only 537 votes, and thousands of Florida blacks were kept from voting, it is readily apparent that Gore would have won -- except for Florida officials interfering with black voters -- and, so, NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY the Florida counties come up with now in settling with the NAACP, it was a bargain for the Florida Republicans. They STOLE the election and then are making the Florida taxpayers pay the costs of the settlement -- and we, and the world, have to suffer through the illegal term of this illegitimate administration!
Does it get any worse than that?
By any standard of decency and fairness, since the Florida counties now admit to fraudulently keeping voters from voting (black voters, that is, who would assuredly have voted Gore INTO the presidency), this GWBush administration should be forced to leave office, the Al Gore administration should be sworn in and, maybe, the Jeb Bush administration higher-ups should do jail time. Instead GWBush gets to prance and swagger all over the place (under heavy guard, it is true, to protect him from the enraged American people).
Am I the only one who is angry about this theft of the election? No, lots of Americans are angry, but Bush is still in the White House.
And NO amount of money can ever begin to repair the damage done to the soul of this nation for that.
Subj: O'Reilly's Pepsi War
Whew! Civilization has been saved single-handedly by O'Reilly once again!! Oh, he is a good watchdog, kinda of like the publicity hound in "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" except in this case it is "the Best Little MediaWhore On TV".
A quote from Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after WWII:
Subj: ..."idiots, loonies, and Strangelovians" - gotta LOVE BuzzFlash for letting people say it like it is!!!
I have been howling about the media's criminal complicity in right-wing lies since the "long knives" (of right-wing government entrenched repubs shown the door by the incoming Clinton admin.) started their little blood orgy in the Vince Foster suicide, and it is A DELIGHT to have some company!
Reader Warren, from Texas, and the previous BuzzMail reader, a Vietnam COMBAT veteran - let me know that there are other semi-sentient Americans out there, outraged at the steady stream of lies emanating from the right-wing and their cowardly press sycophants.
I mean, the press brands Gore as "reinventing himself" while Junior campaigns as a moderate, and then nominates Ashcroft as AG??!!
Junior is caught on tape calling a New York Times reporter (a semi-respected, mostly honest reporter at that) a "major-league asshole" and the press STILL goes after GORE???!!!!!!
As Mr. Warren writes, many in the press CERTAINLY DO have DUNG for brains!!!
Subj: Bhopal Victims Score a Court Victory
This article is about how a court denied the Indian Government's plea to dilute the charges against the former chairman of Union Carbide for the Bhopal gassing (18 years ago). This is an extremely powerful article about how an evil corporate giant killed 20,000 people, maimed 500,000 more, condemned an entire region to generations of congenital deformities, all because they wanted to save $50 a day in refrigeration costs. What is really outrageous is that they got away virtually scot free, thanks to a corrupt government (or two).
Dear Mr. Chickering,
In a letter published on the BuzzFlash website, you defended the actions of the Naderites that made it possible for Governor Bush to be enthroned as Acting-President. I think the thing that aggravates some of us is that the Greens won't admit that now is no time to give the regime any more time to strip our rights, our prosperity, and our prestige as a true leader of nations. This is the time, in this VN vet's opinion, to pull together, ensure Democratic majorities in both House and Senate, and work to resolve our differences in moving the Democrats to the left with a new emphasis on doing what is right for all Americans, not the elite. One way that you can help is to acknowledge that you were naive or uninformed when you wrote the following:
"... And yes, I agree Bush stole the election. But I also am amazed that a candidate running with a record of eight years of unprecedented prosperity didn't win going away. The presidential contest in 2000 should have been a landslide of epic proportions."
All freedom-loving Americans should be outraged at the treatment that the candidates got during the campaign. Anyone who reads "The Daily Howler" knows without a shadow of a doubt that Bush would never have been close enough to steal the election without the connivance of the media. For you to contend that the election should have been a landslide reflects the blinders that your party is wearing about the realpolitik of the last 10 years of vilification and slander of President Clinton and Vice-President Gore.
The current election attack on Senator Paul Wellstone in Minnesota, one of the most dedicated and principled members of the Senate, is a disgrace. I call it an attack because in war there are only two sides and there is only one winner. And Ralph is herding you guys against the wrong side, noble Savage.
Let's get with the program. If the only thing the electorate hears on TV, radio, newspapers is how bad one guy is, and those are lies, democracy is screwed. We are in desperate times and we don't need the distraction of St. Ralph and his Pure Horde aiding and comforting the powerful men who are making a mockery of the Constitution.
Please, if there is anyone out there who can answer these questions for me...I would so appreciate it! I think the Steven Hatfil thing is a smoke screen...I think it is likely a Richard Jewel situation.
While a number of other questions go unanswered... all happened in Memphis and I can't find the answers.
The first, I think, was in late Nov. 2001, when a biochemist attending a seminar at St. Judes hospital......found his rental car, stopped, keys in the ignition and he was nowhere to be found....later, much later, miles down the Mississippi river, his body was recovered.
The second incident happened after (but I don't know exactly when) a woman who was to testify in a case regarding illegal license for the terrorists and her part in that, hit a tree in her car and everything was destroyed. Supposedly, there were very suspicious things regarding this accident.
Thirdly, the medical examiner who attended both these cases, was found bound and gagged with duct tape, in a closet, with a bomb attached to his body that did not go off....it was apparently a dud!
These things are so important and they have been swept under the rug just like the Joe Scarborough thing in Florida. Too much suspicious crime is going on out there, folks!
I would appreciate any answers from anyone who reads this column!
Thanks, Shirley St.Louis
The question of the day is not whether we are going to attack Iraq or not. The question is why are we letting George Bush once again divert attention from potentially damaging information about the Bush regime right before the election. It is extremely clear that whenever Bush and Co. want to divert attention away from scandals, they revive old or start seemingly explosive discussions of some other topic.
When military persons were about to go public with allegations that Shrub deserted his post in the National Guard, the Bush junta released information about his drunk driving arrest and then choreographed his responses to it.
Now the GWB gang is being exposed for what it is, a group of white, privileged ideologues who believe that they are above the law.
1. Democrats.com is raising questions whether George evaded taxes. There is strong evidence to suggest he did.
2. The press is questioning whether shrub is capable of cracking down on corporate fraud when he and just about everybody else leading his regime committed corporate fraud in one way or another while CEOs of their respective companies.
3. The press was also discussing that while CEO of Halliburton, Dick C knowingly sold oil equipment to Iraq and then lied and said he had a policy of not selling equipment to Iraq.
4. In election year politics, GWB decided to revive clear cutting national forests to help out his timber buddies.
5. The deficit is getting bigger thanks to georgy's tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.
6. The GWB mafia continues to suspend more and more civil rights and re-engineer the American government into a Totalitarian state.
How is the Bush Mafia dealing with these revelations? By telling the world he is going to attack Iraq. All of a sudden the whole world is discussing this topic and forgetting to talk about the failings of the GWB crime ring. And to create more drama, strong right wing cronies are coming out of the woodwork to argue against such a policy.
Think about it. This is the regime who is trying to prosecute the congress of the United States for revealing that the FBI knew that the Al Qaeda attack was eminent a day before the attack. Do you really believe that all of a sudden George has decided that fair and open discussions of his policy go along with a healthy democracy? It is hard to believe that a man dead set on destroying our democracy and placing himself as the leader elite of the Northern American Banana Republic would ever choose to hold open discussion about his actions to the common man.
While we are at it, one more question, if GWB is serious about attacking Iraq. Why is he putting our men and women who courageously serve in the military at risk by giving Saddam Hussein plenty of notice of the coming attack. This gives the dictator (in this case I am referring to Saddam) an advantage as he can then prepare his own troops for the attack. This is the same tactics that were used during Vietnam and caused many more American deaths than were necessary. I believe this is just one more example of Shrub putting his own political aspirations ahead of the the well being of the country and the men and women who are dedicating their lives to it.
The following is a statement read to media during an antiwar protest here in Nashville, TN. The protest occurred concurrently with a meeting in Senator Fred Thompson's office, to present a petition signed by Tennessee residents, opposing an attack on Iraq, and demanding that the Senate live up to its Constitutional duty and put the brakes on the Bush administration. (Similar meetings were held across the country, in the offices of every Senator...with the exception of Georgia Senator Zell Miller, who refused to meet with the petitioners.) Media coverage across Tennessee was fantastic. Slowly we are getting our voices heard.
August 28, 2002
Good morning. My name is Virginia Welsch. I have been chosen to speak for the group that you see gathered here today. We have come together today across political lines, across socioeconomic lines, across racial and religious and ethnic lines, because, as patriotic American citizens, we feel compelled to take a stand against the Bush administration and its move toward a war on Iraq. We want our voices counted in the chorus of voices worldwide against this grossly misguided policy.
War should never be entered lightly. But when war is a correct response, certain proofs must be in place. First and foremost is that there must be a clear and convincing evidence that a real and immediate threat exists. In the case of Iraq, there is no such evidence. There is no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to September 11th, and according to Scott Ritter, the former chief inspector of the United Nations weapons inspection team, there is no proof that he is developing and amassing weapons of mass destruction. Wishful thinking and willful blindness to this reality is not a good basis to go to war.
Monday, vice-president Dick Cheney said that the risks of inaction are far greater than the risk of action. That Mr. Cheney and other Bush administration officials pounding the drums of war have never faced war themselves is quite evident in that statement. For the actions that he and Mr. Bush propose to take will cost us dearly.......in the loss of American and Iraqi lives, in the billions of dollars, and in our national security, by destabilizing the middle east and alienating our allies. War is never without risk, or cost.
In the aftermath of 9-11, the Bush administration has started us on a path of endless war. The first phase of this so-called war is not yet even complete. We have not captured Osama Bin Laden or Mullah Omar, we have not released money or lent aid to rebuild Afghanistan, and American soldiers are still engaged there and under fire. For these reasons alone, creating a rationale to launch a war on a second front in Iraq is particularly shortsighted and dangerous.
Mr. Bush says he wants to contain the rogue nations that threaten these United States. But we should not become a rogue nation in the process. And that is what a first strike war against Iraq would make us - a nation that willfully acts outside international law, that defies the sovereignty of other nations, and that exhibits a callous disregard for the consequences of its actions.
In the words of Abraham Lincoln, government in our democracy is "of the people, by the people, and for the people." The Bush push to war is none of these. We the people are here today to say no to war on Iraq. Thank you.
Let's hope they heed the call.
Here in Florida I was DELIGHTED to see a FIGHTIN' Democratic campaign ad on TV last night!
It said that "so-and-so" (a woman) is a Republican in sheep's clothing - She voted with Bob Dole against Medicare funding, and..... And for huge tax breaks for millionaires against working families...." "She is a Democrat in name only - she really Votes Republican." " Paid for by "the committee for Florida's Working Families." (or something similar)
I do wish I could do the ad justice, and I think they even mentioned that in voting with Jeb she has helped deplete the state budget - [just like W. did first in Texas, and then to the national treasury].
Jeb and George campaigned on "ITS YOUR MONEY" just immediately before they gave it ALL AWAY to their campaign contributors. Its all gone now (those state/federal budget surpluses) and now those same voters are stuck with paying down those huge debts.
ITS TIME FOR *SOMEONE* TO HOLD THE RADICAL RIGHT-WING OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR SERIAL LIES! and God-bless "Florida Working Families" for showing how it can be done....
Today as I was switching channels on TV I came upon Cheney giving his propaganda speech for war in Iraq so I checked to see how many other channels were carrying his speech and it was on 2 of CNN 1 on Fox and 1 on msnbc. Later in the day Bush came on at 4pm from Arkansas and he was only on 1 channel Fox news.
I thought this very strange that the news media so heavily carried Cheney but was so lite on Bush. I didn't watch either of their speeches as I can't stand to listen to either one of them.
Keep up your good work
Subj: 9-11 The unexplained failure of Congress to investigate
I don't know whether the BBC story that follows is fact or disinformation , but clearly there needs to be an investigation about the failure to intercept the hijacked planes. Its difficult to believe that there were only 4 planes available to do so and that they were unarmed. Its almost impossible to believe, particularly since in August the administration had been put on warning.
More than that were available to intercept the Payne Stewart aircraft.
What did the FAA and NORAD do that day? If we were unprepared and NORAD incapable of intercepting the hijackers, then why is the General who was commanding NORAD on 9-11, being promoted to head the Northern Command?
This cowardly failure of Congress to investigate the events of 9-11 is a betrayal of the American people and of those that died that day.
There are too many questions about the failure of the President to act, and about the failure to intercept Flt. 77. Some of you are veterans, I would expect you to be on the attack about the failure to protect our men and women at the Pentagon.
Anyone following the issue closely is struck by the many unanswered questions, and about the inexplicable conduct of President Bush, VP Cheney, and Sec. Rumsfeld. Anyone except those serving in Congress, who seem unconcerned about finding out what happened and how to prevent it happening again.
It wasn't just an intelligence failure. It was a failure on the part of the Executive to act. It was a failure on the part of NORAD, the FAA, and the NMCC.
How can you guys sleep at night?
re reynolds, orange park fl
Subj: Scott Ritter Calls Dick Cheney A Liar!
During his appearance on the Lehrer News Hour, in a discussion opposite the CIA shill, David Kay, former chief weapons inspector for UNSCOM in Iraq, Scott Ritter said:
A collaborative effort from Salon Table Talker's sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music...
Bush's Favorite Things
money donors and corporate rulers,
Laura appearing in piñata dresses
To Crawford I go for secretive meetings
Expensive bourbon that over ice splashes,
Jetting to parties with rich campaign donors
First Lady in twin sets with black pants and flip flops
Chopping down trees on my ranch gives me pleasure
all wrapped up in straight jacket pill scarfing
War that's forever and bombs that keep falling,
As they prepare their anniversary edition, the Austin paper has asked readers to submit letters for an expanded section of "citizen remembrances and thoughts." Here's what I sent them:
to the Editor/American Statesman
My Thoughts on 9/11
I am deeply saddened at the loss of life and the pain endured by the families of the dead. But my overpowering emotion is rage at the arrogant incompetence of the unelected administration whose inaction allowed this thing to happen.
The warnings came from everywhere. The outgoing administration told them serious evil was in the air. Israeli intelligence warned them, as did the British, the French, the Germans, Italy, Lebanon, more than a dozen of our allies. President Vladimir Putin of Russia personally sent two emergency alerts "in the strongest possible terms", he told MSNBC.
The head of the CIA was "frantic" with worry during the spring and summer and the White House ignored him. FBI field agents were beside themselves with worry and frustration because the Bush people were paying no attention to the disturbing reports they were sending. John O'Neil, the FBI's top terrorist expert quit his job in disgust in August and then died in the twin towers a few weeks later.
And the agent in Washington who received both the Minneapolis and Phoenix memo's, who apparently could not connect the two huge "dots" sitting on his desk and who took no action at all? He has been PROMOTED!!?
We spend a monstrous fortune on "intelligence" every year and it has bought us the greatest attack on our nation since 1941 and to date not one single person has been fired. Can you believe that fact? Here is a worse one: Both Bush and Cheney personally called Tom Daschle urging him to "limit" the investigation of the events leading up to 9/11.
Most certainly the actions of George W Bush and Dick Cheney cry out for a full and open hearing on the floor of the House, in Senate chambers and before the American people.
If we don't demand this, woe be unto us and all our children.
The post card campaign against an invasion into Iraq (below) was sent to me by a friend and to me makes perfect sense. My postcard is here and ready to pop in the mail on my way to school. It reads real simple so the "dumb one" can understand my message: NO WAR OR INVASION OF IRAQ! I hope other BuzzFlash readers can join me!
Thanks for all you do,
Nancy Lynn Nagy TN
So the Senate Committee investigating 9/11 can name no names and find no one specifically to blame? Hey, guys, a fish stinks from the head down (or some such metaphor).
How stupid do they think we are? The FISA court has rubber-stamped more than 10,000 applications for warrants, never rejecting one, and suddenly the people in Ashcroft's office don't even know how to file an application??? Come on!! And 75 applications amended in the Clinton years means NOTHING! (except to drag Clinton's name into this fiasco).
Its simple: Ashcroft blocked the investigation of Moussaoui under the direction of the White House. BUSH KNEW! They all knew. They calculated "acceptable losses" and then they calculated all the support they'd get for using taxpayers' funds and American soldiers to station US troops all through central asia to "clean up" for Unocal, Enron and Exxon/Mobile. (Enron desperately needed that gas pipeline for its failing power plant debacle in western India.) They also knew, or at least they thought, they could run into Iraq and settle an old family score, but that one's still playing out and could be a miscalculation of biblical proportions (which is what some of them want anyway -- a biblical reckoning).
It's funny. Prosecutors in the Moussaoui case are now saying FBI investigators can't find traces of e-mail accounts Moussaoui used on commercial Kinkos computers -- even though the defendant says he had a Kinkos receipt in his pocket when he was detained a month before 9/11. Investigators probably didn't need a FISA warrant to go to Kinkos immediately after his detention. However, it's pretty clear Ashcroft had no intention of seeking a FISA warrant. I mean, why would they want to expose and thwart the plot that was going to give the hard-right knucklehead reactionaries everything they wanted? The only thing they probably DIDN'T know was that those buildings would come down.
Basically, Moussaoui may well "walk," not because he's innocent, but because to convict him may mean prosecutors would have to detail all the evidence that was staring Ashcroft and Bush in the face before the attack. Kind of hard to say "we knew what he was up to," yet did nothing about it.
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