The BuzzFlash Mailbag
October 2, 2002
Subj: It's official - the US is a Banana Republic
One of the evening talking head news programs last night was covering the west coast dock workers strike. I quote the female head as closely as memory allows:
"Ships are backed up and idle, waiting to deliver cars and electronics, and to pick up fruit and lumber."
FRUIT AND LUMBER!
If that's not the exact trading pattern of a Banana Republic, I don't know what is. How many boat loads of FRUIT AND LUMBER (chuckle; snort; guffaw) do you think it takes to pay for a boat load of cars and electronics?
Man, oh man! The Bush Junta just needs to start wearing bandoliers, swilling rum, and smoking big, honking cigars.
Being a Korea war veteran I just want to give you this war report that was in the newspapers on 12-11-44. The war department gave this account on the number of casualties suffered by the American servicemen and their families. 46,518 Dead. 76,391 Wounded. 42,748 missing. 35,796 Prisoners of War. If Hussein has the weapons that Bush says he has then these numbers could be repeated if Bush gets his war because this war will not end any way soon. Any American captured by Saddam Hussein will be tortured by inhuman means because this guy has nothing to lose and he will torture the Americans beyond belief but Bush does not care about this and neither does CNN, FOX, MSNBC and all of the other news networks. I say to all of these protesters and their organizations that they need to get after the news media because they support Bush and his war and they will report little or nothing about these protests because they don't care.
Media has been covering story of killing of Fort Bragg wives by returning soldiers from Afghanistan, including Special Ops forces, and have suggested that anti-malaria drug may contribute, triggering violence. This needs to be put in context of Gulf Syndrome disease where Desert Storm soldiers got mysterious diseases and there was speculation that anti-anthrax drugs contributed, drugs not tested and that soldiers were guinea pigs for. Using US troops as guinea pigs for vaccinations should be unsettling, although probably other factors played into the Fort Bragg violence and Gulf War syndrome, such as, for the latter, exposure to depleted uranium shells that use used; exposure to chemical and biological weapons that US bombed in Iraq that might have caused contamination, desert diseases and other factors. One moral: Its DANGEROUS to your health and sanity to go fight a war in a desert.... Bush war adventures have their consequences, let's start testing drugs on the Bush chickenhawks and sent them to Iraq to see how they do....
Today is a good day for me to refer to a USA Today article on page 4A dated March 1, 2002 about Global Crossing.
I refer to their contribution to the president's father for speaking fees, i.e.100,000 shares of stock four months before the company went public @19.00 a share that the Bush #1 made at least $4,5 million by selling the stock in 1999 and 2000.
The American people should know that their president Bush is a deserter, technically speaking. I've seen quite a bit about his absence without leave (AWOL) from his national guard duties -- for over a year! That can be easily confirmed, it seems to me! So Bush was given some very major, indeed awesome, preferential treatment. After such a long absence, anyone else would have been charged with desertion and court martialed! And please recall that it was during a time of war, the Vietnam war (although undeclared), a war nonetheless, and at a time when a hell of a lot of other American young men were getting wounded and killed. Bush is a deserter and the American people ought to know that about their leader, so eager put us into a war.
I'm a Korean War veteran and my family lost three sons as a result of that war in Vietnam.
Subj: Malicious hate mail at IE America Radio....
Just received an email from Peter Werbe at IE America, the only radio station I know that shares with its viewers opposing views to the Bush Cartel.
Peter warned his listeners that IE America's email system has been "broken into" and "hate mail", using Werbe's and other's commentator signatures, were being sent out in their name (anti-Arab mail, etc).
It appears the right wing will stop at nothing to dispense their hate. What has this country become? Where have all the smiles, the handshakes, the trust and love that made America what it is? Where is the respect for all those youngsters who lie dying on the beaches of war, thinking of their mom's and loved ones in the last minutes of their life? Have we no more decency and respect left?
Such a sad time in this country.
[BuzzFlash Note: Isn't it interesting that the GOP platform is so bankrupt and dishonest that Republicans are forced to convey their messages by yelling nonstop to drown or breaking the law to disrupt opposition voices? A sad, disgusting situation that is slowly changing as we expose their hypocrisies so the voting public can see the truth of the Republican's illegitimate agenda.]
Subj: Looky, Looky, look what i found or the tangle "web" we weave, Enron & Binladin
A BuzzFlash Reader
I usually do not listen to talk radio. Today as I was waiting for someone in my car I turned on the radio and it was 790 on the dial with Sean Hannity (I think that is his name.) He was talking about Barbra Streisand and it was apparent that it was eating them alive that she was denouncing Bush,and raising money for the Democrats. There was someone else there but I did not catch his name. They were saying that she humiliated herself and I never did find out how or why. They were criticizing her spelling and/or knowledge of the English language. Never mind that we have a president who can hardly say two words without sounding pitiful.
They then brought Gore's name in the conversation as well as, Daschle, Kennedy, Bonior and Congressman McBride. The two Congressmen were referred to as Baghdad Bonior and Baghdad McBride.
They called Drudge on his hotline and he joined in. He told them Gore would be making a speech tomorrow about the economy and he said he had some of the contents to same. (How does he get this information?)They decided that since Gore could not get Bush on the war, he would go after the economy.
Drudge joined in with the others knocking Streisand, Gore, Daschle, Kennedy and Bonior and allowing the listeners to think they were all Un-American. You know the whole spin. This was the end of the Democrat party.
They sounded like they were on the brink of going mad or at least having a nervous breakdown.
Finally, they decided Barbra, et al., were destroying the Democrat party and that when it hits bottom, McCaulife (sp) would have to go. Oh, and Clinton wanted them to destroy the party so they could call him to help rescue them.
The New Jersey Senator, Torricelli, well they just thought it was terrible that the Democrats were trying to slip in someone new.
Bush they said was someone all Americans trusted.
I laughed the entire time. I could see that the Democrats have finally come alive. They sure shook up this crowd.
Subj: CNN advocates Saddam's murder as stock market tonic
CNN: where human life is merely fodder for stock gains!
I was reading about the US plans to "thwart" possible inspections in Iraq. Then I went into my living room. THE GREAT DICTATOR is showing tonight. And Chaplin's speech at the end fits as much today as it did then...
From the Yahoo news article you headlined about the NJ senate race:
First they appoint a President, now they want to appoint a Senate majority leader.
Subj: I'm curious . . .
The past few days it seemed like no matter which news channel I switched to, TV news people seemed incensed at the idea of Streisand raising money for the democrats and even more upset over the fact that she dare have an opinion. I'm curious why we never saw that anger over that crazy "my cold dead fingers" man Heston or the actor Ronald Reagan.
kay in fl.
I was just wondering if anyone has any ideas about what the next Bush administration diversion will be. They couldn't come up with Osama bin Laden so now we are on to Saddam Hussein. Our economy continues to spiral downward without a word from our president. If he isn't successful in bringing down Hussein what will he do next? Since he thinks we are so stupid and that we don't notice what he is doing, do you think our president would notice if we slipped Bill Clinton back into office? Any ideas????
Subj: One more hole in Rummy's case against Iraq....
If Iraq had really been firing on our planes for the last ten years, we wouldn't need to be building a case for war, we'd have one, right? At the very least, it would be a large part of the case, wouldn't it? But instead, they've never made it one. Even these last few days, when they are showing the video footage of Iraq 'attacking' our planes, they only offer it as 'proof' that Iraq has 'contempt for the U.N.' The Miss Marple in me (that's who we need now!) says the video is for domestic consumption only. They are afraid they are losing their grip on us. If they tried to use it to make a case for war, however, that would involve the international community. And they know the international community wouldn't swallow it for one second. And furthermore, would spit it right back in their face...
But who can tell? Tomorrow is a new day. And by tomorrow, the case for war might have changed again.
We better watch what they say and watch what they do.
Subj: Bush in Iraq
Dear BuzzFlash Readers,
Please write your congressmen and senators and tell them that if we go to war against Iraq, it is only fitting that our illustrious leader, President Dictator-Deserter should be at the head of the line marching into Iraq. That way he will finally and at last fulfill his military obligations. And remind him to do unto the children of Baghdad what his father hath done unto the children of the Kurds in the Gulf War.
Subj: Rummy Drops Another Load on US
Rushing to war, the defense secretary uses a DECREASE in Iraqi missile attacks to justify an INCREASE in air strikes on ground targets. But neither side can hit the other anyway.
Greedy bush raises millions for GOP fat-cats, Ignores American public (duh!)
ITS ABOUT TIME! that Dems hit back vs. bush-gop Campaign fundraising!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gore was trashed FOR MONTHS for MAKING PHONE CALLS [to close friends and donors] from his White House office.
LIKE, WHAT WAS HE SUPPOSED TO DO? Step outside the mansion and use his cell phone, or walk across Pennsylvania Ave. and use a pay phone? !!
And Clinton was thrashed for YEARS and YEARS for having HIS friends and supporters spend the night in the White House. "Renting the Lincoln Bedroom", they labeled it.
NOT ONLY does bush jr. have JUST AS MANY friends and supporters spend nights in the White House, HE has BANISHED American citizens and tourists from touring the mansion any more!!
[Lincoln would empathize with Clinton for trying to win friends and supporters. Many of Lincoln's Union Generals were political appointees, often men who had funded and founded their units from scratch. While many of these generals were not up to the qualities of their West-Point trained Southern adversaries, some, such as Gen. John A. Logan, were. ]
A BuzzFlash Reader
I read an AP article that might have slipped under the radar. In the article, Bush basically commands the longshoreman to "get back to work." That suggests to me that President Stupid doesn't actually comprehend the difference between a lockout and a strike. How can the workers go back to work when they've been locked out by management?
Well, perhaps I'm being a little too hard on President Know-Nothing. After all, what would a silver spoon rich kid know about things like "work" and "labor" anyway.
The article also offers this precious little quote from Bush:
I couldn't have said it better myself...assuming I had just consumed a full case of beer at the time.
Anyway, below is a link to the article. It truly scares me that this idiot is leader of the (not so) free world.
Love the site!
Re: There's a NO-FLY in his ointment!
Things are getting out of control up in Washington. You should check out the picture of Rummy ranting so hard you're afraid his contacts are going to fly off and bomb that map of Iraq he's standing in front of. Oh please help me, I can't stop laughing, it is so sad. Anyway, I don't know how many readers have been keeping up with the no-fly issue all these years? Because for over a decade now it's been reported in single paragraph stories with cryptic titles. Stories that make no sense and all go the same way: Iraqi "aggression" has forced Britain and the U.S. to bomb this, that, or the other thing in 'retaliation' for being fired upon.
These bombings happen to the tune of several times a week. No-fly zones cover 40 percent of the country, by the way. Well, lately people have been saying publicly it sure is funny no plane has ever been hit what with the Iraqis firing on them all the time... And so Rumpelstiltskin had a real stomping tantrum the other day, saying it was a well-known fact the Iraqis were plotting to turn public opinion against the U.S. when, after we bombed that airport near Basra, the Iraqis said we'd injured a civilian.
I'm getting to the point, which is this: Today Rummy up and shows the world "proof" that the Iraqis have been firing on us. The proof is -- you guessed? -- a tape! Oh lord, what took them so long? Was the special effects guy on vacation, or what? Don't ask.
And don't ask why now, when the Iraqis have got Bush & Cheney & Rumsfeld et al over the barrel of world opinion by consenting to the inspections as demanded by Bush during his tantrum at the U.N. (before Bush decided he needed to retaliate for their concession by upping the ante) they'd risk it all by "stepping up their aggression" toward the British and American planes. No matter what you think of Saddam and his cohorts, that kind of nuts they are not.
There are other rare pieces of information in this article, too, for example, the description (finally!) that no-fly zones were a creation of the U.S. and Britain and don't owe their origin to the U.N. Plus, there are other details of Rummy desperation that I just could not do justice to. Better to read them yourself: Pentagon Shows Videos of Iraq Firings at Allied Jets, The New York Times, October 1. The url is: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/01/international/middleeast/01STRI.html
Well, I hope Rumsfeld and those people don't blow their tops. They've been stalking their prey for years now. I wouldn't want them to do anything rash if they thought it was going to slip away from them. We'll just have to wait and see. And hope and pray (and vote.) AND DEMONSTRATE!!!
Bye for now, friends,
War is Nature's way of telling you that the wrong people are in charge.
I went to the site linked from your page to the RNC's own little 'Operation TIPS' program where they are encouraging their minions to 'report' what Democrats in their area are doing. After reading a few quotes from people who have 'reported' what Democrats are doing (which mostly consisted of Democrats telling the truth about Republicans, the horror!), and after I stopped laughing, I decided to 'report' what the Democrats in my area are doing.
Here is what I 'reported' to the RNC:
I was so appalled by Richard Perle's interview with the German newspaper calling for Chancellor Schroeder's resignation, I wrote a letter to the Chancellor in support of his position. You may want to post his address for your readers:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Have you seen the Saudi PR ads? check your archives, you know the other bush, the one that ain't the governor of Florida or the court appointed president? yeah, the other son, the real pal of the Saudis. He was gonna help his buddies present a better image to the world. You guys had a blurb about the whole deal quite a while ago. Might be cool to refresh everyone's memory...
[BuzzFlash Note: We found this article: "Win American hearts through sustained lobbying: Neil Bush" at http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=12207. How interesting that one brother supports the Israelis and the other supports the Arabs, but both make a killing.]
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