The BuzzFlash Mailbag
September 25, 2002
Do we have enough Islamic American soldiers to send a strictly Moslem army into Iraq? If not, can we get U.S. soldiers to convert to Islam in the national interest so that the invading army can be an Islamic American Army? Patriotic soldiers who care about the future of the American empire will certainly not balk at conversion to Islam to forward the Bush Doctrine and help diffuse the anti-American backlash. Can you get my idea to George Bush?
From today's email from the Institute for Public Accuracy
Executive director of Global Policy Forum and author of several recent papers on Iraq, James Paul said today:
A BuzzFlash Reader
I see we're now in Phase II of the inevitable strike against Iraq. That is, we are now heavily engaged in bribing and paying off members of the UN Security Council, twisting arms, back-room diplomatic secret deals, whatever it takes.
Cheney wants the oil. So do his buddies.
Blood for oil. Not a bad deal if you're a chickenhawk.
How will bush and the whore press spin this one...?
"FBI supervisor WARNED headquarters Moussaoui MIGHT FLY PLANE INTO World Trade Center" !!
Subj: Gore: The Voice of the Democratic Party
When Al Gore delivered his strong indictment of the administration's Iraq policy and its preemptive strike doctrine, he did something very unusual for this day and age. He took a stand. His was the most forceful and eloquent statement on the subject made by a major Democratic figure in the country. Thereby the winner of the 2000 presidential election did more than challenge Bush on the war issue. He set himself up as the true leader of the Democratic party and its grassroots members nationwide.
Moreover, Gore laid out a vision for America's role as a moral leader of the free world, a role that would place our country back within the framework of international law. As a member of the international community, Gore said, we must act as we expect others to.
"An unspoken part of this new [preemptive strike] doctrine appears to be that we claim this right for ourselves -- and only for ourselves," Gore said. "President Bush is presenting us with a proposition that contains within itself one of the most fateful decisions in our history: a decision to abandon what we have thought was America's mission in the world -- a world in which nations are guided by a common ethic codified in the form of international law."
Since 9/11 and until recent weeks, the political debate in this country has come to a virtual halt. The political leadership of both parties has been largely paralyzed by explicit threats or implicit insinuations by the White House that any kind of opposition to this administration is tantamount to being unpatriotic and un-American. With a few exceptions (most notably Senator Bob Byrd's outcries against this repressive atmosphere), Congress adopted a sheeplike mentality on all issues having to do with foreign affairs. And debate on what may be the most consequential issue of our times -- the strike against Iraq -- has been essentially muted.
Until now. Al Gore broke the code of silence with his speech on Monday in San Francisco. The millions of Democrats left without a voice have now found their leader again. Al Gore speaks for us, and no other Democratic contender for the White House comes close.
Not surprisingly, the White House immediately dismissed Gore's speech as insignificant and at odds with the American people. But while the leadership in Congress suffers from reduced backbone syndrome, the country is in fact split on the issue. And since it's not too great a leap to assume that most of those opposing the administration are not Republicans, that means that most Democrats are in fact supportive of Gore's position.
Finally, Gore's speech represents a golden opportunity for Democrats to pick up the baton and blow open the debate on this issue. It may never happen. But with his bold move Al Gore has broken away from the pack and served notice that he's the Democrat to beat in 2004.
Subj: Calling My Senators
I've written so many letters (snail and email) to my senators against a war with Iraq, and I was one of the people who met with their staffers during moveon.org's nationwide effort. Reason, logic, and morality don't seem to make a dent with the Democratic leadership, who now say they'll vote on the resolution to go to war in the next couple of weeks "just to get it off the table." I finally got disgusted and called my senators' offices yesterday and told them very simply that if they vote for this resolution, I will vote for whoever opposes them next time, regardless of party (and I've been voting Democrat since '72). Period. The tone in the voices of the folks I talked to really seemed to get it then. If the Demos are thinking they can hold onto office by sacrificing the lives of thousands, they are just as immoral as the Repukes, and should be hounded out of office.
Subj: NOW with Bill Moyers Presents a special discussion on Fraud, Greed, and the future of American Capitalism
Coming up on NOW with Bill Moyers...
Friday, September 27, 2002 at 9pm ET on PBS (check your local listings at http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html)
A BuzzFlash Reader
The following is an email I sent to Nancy Pelosi who is trying to come up with an alternative approach to the Saddam issue. As we all send our emails and call our representatives they will realize that there are a large portion of Americans who still have objectivity and intelligence and that we use them in patriotic ways.
Subj: An Open Letter to President Bush
September 25, 2002
Dear President Bush,
I know you didn't think much of the advice I sent you last month, but I hope you will listen to me this time. I really do have your best interests at heart.
I understand that recently the German justice minister compared you to Hitler, and now you won't call Gerhard Schröder to congratulate him for his re-election as Chancellor of Germany. And Donald Rumsfeld is dissing the German Secretary of State at a NATO conference. Y'all have your panties in a twist, huh?
Seems to me some people have short memories. Have you forgotten the South Carolina primary? As I remember, in order to beat John McCain you said he was crazy, you lied about his stand on veteran's issues (we need to talk about veterans issues, too, but some other time), and your surrogates called every white voter in the state with a false rumor that the Senator had a black love child.
But that's just politics, right? Mr. Schröder needed to win an election, and his handlers must have figured out that comparing you to Hitler would do the job. It's just politics, not personal.
That brings me to the other thing I want to talk to you about, which is that you are not the King of France. Please note that France does not have a king any more; I am talking about history. France used to have kings, nearly all of them named King Louie. There's a famous saying by the fourteenth King Louie, which is -- oh, wait; I forgot you don't like people speaking French. Well, he said it in French, but what he said was "I am the state." (In Spanish that's Soy el estado.) This means that he was France, and France was him, and whatever you did to France, you did to him, and so on.
But Soy El estado only applies to kings, not to you. When the German justice minister compared you to Hitler, she was just insulting you, not the entire United States. Condi Rice says there is a poisoned atmosphere between the United States and Germany, but that's not true at all. I don't feel insulted the least bit, and I think I speak for most Americans when I say that any country with frequent beer festivals can't be all bad. This Hitler thing is just between you and Herr Schröder, and the two of you should get over it right now. You are the President of the whole bleeping United States, and you shouldn't let it bother you if some German politician compares you to Hitler.
What should bother you is that comparing you to Hitler helped some German politician get elected.
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see the Timeline of Terror!
Subj: He's a small fish, but....
... he's a great nomination for Conservative Idiot of the Week!
A local conservative columnists, gadfly, and former City Councilman from Glenwood Springs, Colorado has found himself in some legal trouble. Glenwood is a small town in a rural part of the state, and this conservative local politician has been writing an opinion column every other week for the local paper.
We have endured his Rushesque ranting for quite a while here -- Rush lite (or not so lite) is how I like to think of him. He generally pontificates over the usual inane dittohead nonsense which he has learned to parrot from years of hypnotic right-wing talk radio. During the Enron scandal, he groused about Democrats, while widely sidestepping Republicans and the impacts of their deregulation. His rants invariably come home to how liberals have ruined the nation, the privations of the liberal press, and so forth. In fact, the Republican Party isn't even conservative enough for this guy; and to his credit, he has occasionally taken potshots at the GOP. Nevertheless, he is most comfortable when playing the victim to the liberal tide under which this country is suffering. He is, of course, obsessed with Bill & Hillary.
This is where it gets interesting: he has recently lost his license to practice law in the State of Colorado. He allegedly defrauded several senior citizens by charging them in exchange for helping them to defraud the Medicare system. Apparently, the plan was a scam, and the seniors lost thousands of dollars which were in his fiduciary trust. Ah yes, honor & integrity, law & order!
So, without further ado, I present for your consideration: Bob Richardson. He's a small fish; but a stinky one! He is the poster boy or conservative idiots -- grassroots edition.
Malcolm McMichael Carbondale, CO
former commissioner loses law license (Aspen Daily News 9/24/02) http://www.aspendailynews.com/Search_Articles
Some of his columns:
[The letter originally addressed to democraticunderground.com, for submission to their feature: "Conservative Idiots of the Week". See this feature at: http://www.democraticunderground.com/top10/02/85.html]
Subj: last time there was a 3 way GOP
This letter is to every reader to get them to go out and encourage people to vote and vote Democratic on election day, even though that is probably the date Bush has picked to attack Iraq. Does anyone remember the last time we had a Republican House, Senate, and White House? It was 1929 - the Great Depression began.
If you are in New Jersey, I would suggest you vote for Toricelli, no matter what, how, or, for that matter, WHO, he did. If you vote for Forrester, you are a fool.
I noticed that there was no 9/23 mailbag...I can only hope that that means that the e-mails to you on the weekend are so abundant that it takes two days to sort them out to see what is the most important info to send out to us who depend on you so very much! And, God bless...we do need you now!
That is the conclusion I have come to and hope I am right! We need good info, and except for Phil Donahue, we have nothing on the airwaves. I did get a little better feel from C-span this morning...yeah, I gave it another chance.
It was a lot more balanced in our favor.
I have also taken advantage of the e-mail addresses provided by the good people on this website...thanks to all of you! I have sent letters to both houses as to my feeling about the war...!
More and more every day, I feel that our assigned leader is nuts! I am not kidding in the slightest! The entire "fool" speech was so dipsy, to come from the leader of our country was a little more than creepy. It was like Fonz..when someone thinks they are better than anyone else, like the Fonz did, they would never in a million years, admit to being even foolish. And, we have to remember, Fonzy was a comic character in a sit-com! Shrub is the leader of the free world! I wonder, every day, what will he do next that Rush Limbaugh, the idiot, will think is right and lie through his teeth about...never in my life have I heard anyone lie more. If you can stand to listen to him for the entire two hours (I've never made it yet), you will hear the Mother of all lies over and over! He and Bill O'Reilly have become comic characters to me.. I am not kidding, they are both so damn silly! This was a very good mailbag, as was everything on the website this time. Keep it coming as long as you can! We do need it now, so much!
Love you all so much, If I am ever in Chicago, I would love to meet everyone of you I am sure many of these readers would!
As you might know by now...I do not have many people who think like I do..... Every one I know, almost, must have voted for the nut, know they are wrong and are either ashamed to admit the mistake, or.....still think they were right....disturbing! In my life, it has become a Stepford Nation...with many little Stepford Wives ......... of course, no Stepford Husbands..which is what the Republican Party always was about!
Sometimes I am concerned about the Nations..my sister who has had the Franchise for a Teachers Credit Union for 30 years, said she has never in that time seen it so bad. She had built up, under the prior administration, a great business, with assets of 6 million dollars...the lowest she had ever had to drop her interest rate was 6%. Now they cannot make loans to teachers for even 2 and 1/2 percent. It is bad all over...I wish we could get this administration out of office before we all go down the tubes!
Thanks once again, for letting me vent!
Shirley..faithful reader, St.Louis
Subj: Donate to Riley
Armey is retiring.
Barr got knocked out in the primary.
Now, let's help get rid of the third leader of the House Republicans, Tom DeLay.
Everyone should be encouraged to donate whatever they can afford to Tim Riley, DeLay's opponent. Even if the Democrats don't win control of the House, getting rid of the Exterminator should diminish the control of the right wing fanatics.
Riley for Congress
Subj: Chalfant Contributions
In CA, unless there's a specific exception like "acquired prior to marriage or by bequest, descent, or devise", one spouse's property and earnings is the other spouse's community property. Therefore, if Mrs. Chalfant gave money to a candidate and the funds were community property, then perhaps those funds are included in any prohibitions against contributions by Judge Chalfant.
Joe Weber, Esq.
Subj: Florida election stymies technology
For the first time in history, she gets something exactly right!!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Like many of your readers, I am seriously concerned about Mr. Bush. It is possible, of course, that he is merely arrogant, ignorant, and lacking in respect for the people of the United States and the world. We can see evidence of this in his posture at the lectern, the way he sits with his legs wide apart in photo ops with foreign leaders, his language that twists from the sloppy to the threatening, the way he walks with his arms thrust out, his vicious looking facial expressions and physical gestures like pounding with his fists.
But, there is more than that. This man WANTS and what he wants, he means to have. No price is too great for others to pay for what he wants. His personal history shows this to be the case. Tragically, he has never been stopped. He pursues his targets, whether they be questionable business profits, covering up his National Guard history or prior arrest(s), installation in the White House, destruction of international treaties and more, and, needless to say, WAR. All these things he wants for personal edification in the way of a stalker. Single minded, intimidating, threatening, and now, willing to use violence. There is an escalation in progress in this direction. If we saw such behavior in our own neighborhood, we would fear for our safety and for the safety of our children. We would sound the alarm. This escalation in antisocial behavior on the part of the all powerful White House, though, is happening so fast that disbelief and denial cause some to be wide eyed and frozen in place. For others, like many in Congress, there is a belief that this madness can be dealt with by reason or begging or getting in the car with the stalker in hopes that they won't be driven off to a dark, isolated place but instead will be mercifully saved if they promise not to tell. But these are dangerous times and no one should get in the car with someone like this. Nor should anyone fail to call the alarm loud and clear.
Witnessing a pattern of frightening behavior in our neighborhood would necessitate calling the police, warning the neighbors, keeping extra watch over the kids. With the executive branch of the government, the call of alarm must go out in the following ways: Call the alarm through calls to Congress, call the alarm through our votes, call the alarm through letters to newspaper editors, call the alarm to the networks, call the alarm through peaceful demonstrations, call the alarm by getting out the vote drives, call the alarm by any peaceful, Constitutionally protected activity necessary but call the alarm before it is truly too late.
Our Founding Fathers warned us. All patriotic Americans must pay heed.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: The Olde Flim-Flam
Thought you might enjoy this.
THE OLDE FLIM-FLAM WORKS AGAIN
As any salesperson worth their commission learns early on, the strongest approach to a difficult sale is not to directly ask "Do you want to buy a Flimflam?" It's too easy for the customer to just say "No." Instead, the astute salesperson says, "From the evidence I've gathered, it's obvious that you need a Flimflam Now, would you prefer the red one or the blue one? And shall we deliver it on a Monday or a Tuesday?" The buying decision has thus been cleverly shifted to one of debating details of what has now become an accomplished fact - you're buying a Flimflam
It is painfully obvious that the Bush administration has worked this Olde Flimflam sales technique to perfection when it comes to selling an unprovoked attack on Iraq to American citizens and to our elected representatives on both sides of the aisle. There is virtually no political debate on the basic question of whether starting an unprovoked war on Iraq is legally, morally, or politically the appropriate course of American action. Instead there is endless debate on when, where, and in what colors do we want the bombs delivered.
The question then becomes who has the political courage to stand up and ask "Should we be buying this Flimflam AT ALL?" So far any such potentially courageous political figures are still hiding somewhere in the pre-election woodwork. And the Olde Flimflam has worked again.
Subj: No comment Terry? Why not?
I sent this following letter to Terry McAuliffe,
Dear Terry McAuliffe,
I find it incredible that after Al Gore's stirring and powerful speech, where even staunch Conservatives are applauding him and comparing him to President Truman, you don't have anything at all to say?!!!
What's the matter Terry, the cat got your tongue? Or is it a small group of corporate financed, Right Wing leaning, party cronies such as Edwards, Bayh, Gephardt, Daschle, and Leiberman who muted our Party leader's response?
It kind of reminds me of when the election was being stolen from Al Gore, and even this second "Jeb Bush" election with Janet Reno, the Party "elders" didn't have much to say about that either! And when the Black Caucus from the House petitioned the Senate to throw out the election 2000 Florida electors, our dear Democrats stood dumb and mute! Corporate financers got ya by the "you know whats" here too?
I guess its not necessary for me to explain to you now, why, when you send me those letters asking for donations so "Republicans can't steal the election again", I throw them in the trash!
Al Gore did a wonderful and Patriotic thing. He backed the Democrats out of a corner they let themselves get backed into by Bush! Now its up to you to stick a broomstick through your vertebrae and "stand shoulder to shoulder" with the people of this country, their children in the military and with the REAL President and true Democrat, Al Gore!
Nancy Lynn Nagy TN
At web address www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=2352§ionID=40 I found an interesting article with the headline "Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before coming president." In this article it was stated that all that Bush has done was planned, probably even what happened in Florida in 2000, long before he was selected. An organization called Project for the New American Century, headed by William Kristol (we recognize this name!), pretty much lays out the plan Bush is following now. It is scary reading but explains a lot we have all been wondering about!! BuzzFlash readers really need to take a look at this. It answers the question "Who is really running our country?"
Quote of the Day
Subj: Gore Speech Reaction Line
I'm not sure if this has been posted by anyone yet. President-elect Gore's people have set up a special "comments" line to leave reactions to his foreign policy speech the other day. It is 703-875-0667. When a Democrat shows the courage to bluntly stand up to Bush, we need to make sure everyone realizes how much we appreciate it. Sometimes praise of someone who stands up is more effective than criticism of someone who waffles.
Subj: VETO Independent Commission Investigation???
I haven't seen any of the media coverage pick up on this yet but has it occurred to anyone that the reason Bush changed his mind and supported having an independent commission investigate 9/11 may have been because he knew that he would get to VETO the Homeland Security bill.
Subj: Noelle and federal law?
A friend posed this question to me and I thought I would pass it on to you. Repubs have passed through laws which have thrown parents out of state/federal provided housing because their children were caught using illegal drugs OFFSITE.
George W's kids were found using alcohol illegally. Jeb's daughter was found using crack illegally. They both live in subsidized housing! Shouldn't they be evicted as well?
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Yes, they should. But, like most things with Bush and Co., Noelle's free ride will merely stand as another testament to the mountains of hypocrisy that cover the GOP like the fetid piles of garbage in our landfills.]
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