The BuzzFlash Mailbag
October 4, 2002
What about the Rs hypocrisy in Florida. After all, even though Katherine Harris was supposed to enforce election laws, she managed to evade them herself. Of course, that OK. After all, she really didnt know the laws actually applied to her. As usual, she claimed that she followed the law to the letter, although everyone knows she didnt.
This is the usual double standard, but you dont hear that from the big media players.
Thanks for keeping us informed. Keep up the good work.
I see on CSPAN today the Republicans in the House spent half a day arguing about a marriage penalty tax being made permanent which would not come into effect until the year 2011. In addition, only a few million couples are involved.
We are facing a war; loss of jobs, loss of insurance, budget deficit, and on and on and all the Republicans are worried about is a marriage tax in 2011?
We have truly lost our way.
Doesn't it amaze you how the Repugs are screaming about the rule of law and fairness in the New Jersey senate election? Where were they when Katherine Harris neglected to resign for office in time to run for Congress? And, of course, it was ok for the Felonious Five to appoint our president. They didn't scream about every single vote in the U.S. being trashed to install Jr. I have never seen a more hypocritical and mean-spirited bunch than the GOP.
Subj: Stacking the deck on homeland security department?
An Open letter to the Democrats in Congress:
Why is the President so uncompromising in his insistence that he have the power to hire/fire at will any federal employees in the homeland security department which would be formed by reorganization of existing law enforcement/intelligence agencies with the passage of the homeland security bill?
Why is it so important that federal workers be stripped of their union protections and subjected to arbitrary hiring/firing?
One gets the impression that this is an attempt to set up a situation where the deck can be effortlessly stacked in this administration's favor with "yes-men" unquestioningly loyal to the president by filling all the jobs with unquestioning, "anti-whistle-blower" "keep-the-dirty-secrets" types, without the President having to worry about possible law suits or repercussions, but enjoying the perfect situation of total unaccountability.
With Ashcroft's attempts to control the truth and facts that the public is allowed to know, and the President's attempts to gain the authority to "stack the deck" in the homeland security department, it should be easy to see that this is another crucial step up the ladder in this administration's push for total control of what we are allowed to see, hear, think, say and do. We are personal property to this administration, mindless cattle. This is Orwellian arrogance and abuse of power at its worst.
When are the democrats going to show some spine and quit worrying about "voter repercussions"? Shameful! Are they so blind that they don't realize the repercussions will come if they SUPPORT these bully tactics by this administration?
To the democratic congressmen and congresswomen reading BuzzFlash, I say "show some guts and quit believing the right-wing phony polls about what the people are thinking. The people are very worried and alarmed at what this President has done, is doing, and intends to do. How could you be party to any of it just to protect your own political careers?
If you vote to give this President the authority to wage an open-ended, unnecessary, unwanted, unilateral, politically motivated war against Iraq while he undermines any chances for a peaceful resolution of the conflict by opposing renewed arms inspections to continue first, then history will not forget or "get over it", and the world will have good reason to regard the US as world bullies and imperialists.
You act like you're suffering from spousal abuse dependency syndrome! The republicans aren't your authority figures, even though they do qualify as your abusers, and you don't have to appease them and keep them happy.
This go-along-to-get-along attitude that the democrats in Congress are displaying is hurting this country and our world relations in ways that only the terror of times to come will show. Not the terror of a group of religious fanatics, but the terror of nations waging bio, chemical and nuclear war at will because "preemptive" strikes suddenly became justifiable as a deterrent thanks to a silly man out of his league among world statesmen. Sound far fetched? All it'll take is one nation to start the snowball rolling and the world could explode into chaos and descend into an unimaginable darkness of worldwide human misery.
There has NEVER been a more critical time in our history to show some spine, some leadership and work for freedom, human rights, civil rights, worker rights, the rule of law; both national and international, government accountability to the people, and world peace. You who were given the privilege to sit in this 107th Congress of the United States are every bit as important as the original members sitting in the 1st Congress. You literally hold the fate of the world in your hands with your votes. You are not simply working for the American people at this ultra-important point in history, you work for the future of humanity. So, what will it be, a revived Roman empire that is doomed to the fate of the first, or an international community of sovereign nations working and living in peaceful coexistence and obeying the common sense rule of law and civility?
Vote to give peace a chance. Don't let the very questionable motivation of a single man drag this world into an abyss of chaos where countries feel free to rampage around the planet and wage war at will in the name of their own national FINANCIAL and BUSINESS interests, while lying about the reasons and making up evidence to fit those reasons.
WE GAVE IRAQ BIO-WEAPONS MATERIAL UNDER ELDER BUSH AND REAGAN!
So don't say the push to attack Iraq is about WMDs. It's not and never was. We aren't finished in Afghanistan, remember? We have a nation to rebuild and a people to help. Are we just going to abandon them, too? Or, are we going to do what we promised and help improve their quality of life? This is insanity! Please convince me that we haven't become what we despise. Please.
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Only in the corporate run conservative cable TV media could Torricelli's withdraw be spun to make the New Jersey voter's lack of choice be more democratic than having a replacement on the ballot. Torricelli is no longer running so he should be replaced. I believe that I deserve to have the choice of a democrat in November.
New Jersey voters should have a candidate other than Forrester to choose from, that is democracy. No matter how the Media spins the GOP line, an election based on forfeit is not Democratic. New Jersey deserves a choice, that is democracy. Having Forrester rammed down our throats by not giving the voters a say is not. Why is the GOP scared of a fair election, is it perhaps because they know that Forrester's views don't reflect those of most New Jersey residents. If his views aren't representative of New Jersey's then he has no business being our senator. America is supposed to be a representative republic.
How is the GOP effort to win by forfeit a more democratic process than us having a democrat to choose from. New Jersey doesn't want the anti-choice, pro-gun Forrester and should not have him forced on us by a GOP that favors winning over Democracy. We don't want the Supreme Court deciding our election like they did in Florida, do we? Voters should decide the election--put a new name on the ballot and let us vote!
Shame on the Media for subverting the will of the people. Maybe we should let the voters decide if a replacement should be put on the ballot. Have a referendum on election day. If New Jersey votes no, then let the GOP have their forfeit. Only on TV, Radio, and print could not having a choice in an election be said to be more democratic than having a choice. The media is truly subverting Democracy.
Gore today criticized Dubya's miserable job on the economy by describing the pResident as "like a lost driver who won't stop to ask for directions."
It is exactly this kind of easy-to-understand, memorable metaphor that progressives & centrists need to use to expose the incompetence & dishonesty of the Bush Cartel & GHP. But we don't control the media the way right-wingers do, so it is incumbent upon us to repeat, repeat, repeat until the metaphor finds its way into the info stream.
Subject: Never ending apologies
This is a letter I sent to Bill Maxwell from the St. Petersburg Times who wrote IT'S TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT TO APOLOGIZE.
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Dear Bill Maxwell,
Thank you for your article "It's Time for the President to Apologize". You are absolutely right, but still, you hold Mr. Bush to too low a standard. His statement questioning the motives of the Senate is just the latest in his never-ending blather of offenses and embarrassments.
He also owes apologies to Americans who belong to labor unions for inferring that they are unpatriotic and would impede national security. And although he took full advantage of a photo op by standing on the ruins and bodies of the World Trade Center with his arm draped around a firefighter's shoulders (to show he's just one of us, no doubt) he has since turned his back on their professional needs. He owes firefighters an apology for cutting federal funds for better technology which would save countless lives while giving corporations endless tax cuts. His stated reason for cutting these funds was to teach Congress how to be fiscally responsible. So he owes Congress an apology too.
His search for complete and perfect power for himself and his cabal has meant that people who question anything he does or says or wishes for or covets are not interested in the security of the American people and are unpatriotic. As far as I can tell that basically makes the American people unpatriotic. In my opinion he owes us, the American people, an apology.
And finally, he has insulted all the countries who aren't falling all over themselves to support his bid for world dominion and accuses them of being against us and pro terrorists. So I'd say he owes them all an apology too. I'm sure you get my point.
Maybe it's time we stopped trying to treat George W. Bush as if he were a rational man who responds to any of our arguments. As if somehow, if we say what our concerns are just a little bit differently, or a little more persuasively that he'll suddenly see the light and stop his headlong rush to subjugate the entire world.
I agree that our representatives, both Democrats AND Republican moderates need to speak up forcefully, but perhaps you could also use your journalistic influence to hold the TV and mainstream media just as accountable. There have been many voices and citizens who speak up against this administration's domestic and foreign policies. The problem has been that the TV media just doesn't do it's job of reporting the truth outside of the White House I'm sorry to say many of us in the real world have learned the hard lesson that CNN, FOX, CNBC and the regular network news organizations have become just another source of propaganda for the Bush administration. And the really terrible thing about that is that so many Americans get all their news from them.
Subj: Open Up the Spigot!
"The combined effect may actually be positive economically because it would eliminate one of the real sources of terror and one of the real clouds hanging over the world's economy," he said. "At the same time it will open up the spigot on Iraqi oil, which would certainly have a profound effect in terms of the performance of the world economy for those countries that are manufacturers and oil consumers.
"That obviously isn't the point of any action taken against (Iraqi leader) Saddam Hussein ( news - web sites) and Iraq but certainly it would be one of the results economically," he added.
The comments in Poland by Under Secretary Grant Aldonas came amid diplomatic wrangling over sending weapons inspectors to Iraq, which President Bush says is threatening the world with weapons of mass destruction.
RE: Rank Hypocrisy: OK for Republicans to Challenge Voting Deadlines, But Not for Democrats?
Don't forget that Katherine Harris is still on the ballot in Florida. That hypocrite was going to oversee her own S-election to congress, I suppose had she not been caught!
She violated a law & has been allowed to stay on the ballot. Just what we need in Congress....another Republican who admits that she held down a job for at least four years and was so dumb that she didn't know what the rules were concerning her running for office!
And we wonder why the hell we have geeDubya in the Oval Office!!
Subj: let the 2000 campaign ads speak for themselves
I think it would be interesting to see the 2000 Gore and Bush campaign ads again. The public deserves to see how many predictions and/or promises have come true. After all, new promises are being made during THIS election and if nobody checks these things our entire country suffers.
Right now, many complain about the tax cut for the same reason that Al gore predicted in 1999-2000. Just show the ads...they speak for themselves.
Subj: Ever Smacked a Hornets' Nest?
My concerns with regard to attacking Iraq in the manner now being proposed is that I don't think enough people are considering what the response may be like. The entire Arab world strongly opposes our current plans for attack. It will likely be viewed by millions of Arabs as a new Christian Crusade. Maybe they would be right in a way. I don't know. At any rate, they don't need borders and they may very well strike back at us from all directions at once in very unpredictable and unexpected ways. I believe that stomping Iraq could be a lot like smacking a hornets nest. Even complete destruction of Iraq would just agitate the hornets because the entire nest (in this metaphor) is the whole Arab world. We could take over all Arab/Islamic countries hostile to the U.S. and their sympathizers will still be everywhere, buzzing around the world like millions of angry hornets looking for someone to punish.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich has courage. This is more than I can say for the other lily-livered democrats. I heard him say today that there are a number of congress people who are waiting to hear from their constituents before deciding how to vote giving the shrub authority to bomb Iraq and avenge 'daddy'.
I called and emailed my congressman, senators and several others and I encourage all to do the same. I can not see any difference in the two parties, they seem to both be acting on the same theme, the November election, not what is best for the security of our country but what they think will get them re-elected. Let them know how you feel.
If there was an imminent threat to The United States, I would have to go along. However, nothing has been proven that there is any connection with al Qaeda and Iraq, quiet the opposite. Saddam would never give terrorist nuclear weapons in fear that they might turn on him.
Please write or call your representatives NOW!
Subj: Another stalwart ghp'er
Do you remember Susan Smith, the woman who murdered her two little boys by sending her car into a lake? Maybe lim-butt and his cronies remember her stepfather, Beverly Russell, a former campaigner for Pat Robertson. Mr. Russell was the reason for the break-up of Smith's parents. Smith's father later committed suicide. Not being satisfied with all of that, Russell started molesting Smith while she was a young teenager.
They ended up having an affair just months before Smith killed her children.
Just to refresh EVERYONE'S memory, what follow are articles from July 1995.
What are the chances that the Supreme Court will interfere in a state court's decision regarding an election? Unfortunately, they set one hell of a precedent with Selection 2000.
Watch the repugs use THAT decision has part of their argument to overturn the New Jersey (majority republican) Supreme Court's opinion.
Subj: Our last elected, inaugurated President
Dear Dear BuzzFlash,
If this planet survives the possibility of WWIII (which seems to be this administration's goal) then I will find a way to write the chapter in the history books that talks about the web-site that kept the REAL patriots sane. Thanks for being there.
One more time, the PBS Station in Seattle didn't carry the Bill Moyers Special that was advertised, so I surfed and on C-Span I came upon Tony Blair introducing BILL CLINTON as the guest speaker at some meeting in England. Oh Lord, what a wonderful 25 minutes. You could round up every repuglican currently on this planet (and a few more who have passed to the next place) and they wouldn't add up collectively to the intelligence, articulation and downright charm of that man.
They'll never admit to it, but the repugs are jealous of his popularity -- and if any of them were capable of independent thinking, they'd start to realize how talented Clinton is. Could their nearly illiterate and definitely inept "leader" handle the attacks Clinton did for 8 years AND accomplish as much as he did? Could he put together a 25 minute speech and deliver it flawlessly? Could he put together a 25 second speech and deliver it without mispronouncing 10 of the words (even if all of them were monosyllabic)????? The shrub has only managed to undo what good there was in this country before our Supreme Court placed him in a position he has no idea how to handle.
God and Goddess help us all.
Freepers are going bananas over the Lautenberg issue. They are pretty scared.
They are trying to dig up every minuscule bit of dirt on him, saying go to Rutgers University where his papers are and find something to destroy him. They have one already: He voted against Desert Storm. One Freeper even suggested getting a bunch of actors to pretend they are NJ soldiers overseas, who are angry about the new ballot, no matter if it's true or not. Sean Hannity is equally going nuts.
They will say anything, true or false, to slander a Democrat.
I've called my congresspeople to let them know I'm against a war in Iraq....while I had them on the line I asked them what the ratio of calls against war was running. Each office said, in effect, that virtually all of the calls (and there's been a whopping number of them) have been against authorizing a war.
I get the impression that this is being manifest in all but a couple of congressional offices, yet the House simply folded to Bush on this as though their constituents had been silent on the issue. Pressure is being put on dissenters by party leaders who seem to have more trust in fabricated media polls than reports from their own office staffs.
I would suggest two things. 1) Lieberman's constituents should begin a movement to have him impeached and replaced with a DEMOCRAT. 2) Everyone reading this should call their state representatives and ask them to work towards removing Gephardt as the Democratic leader of the House. He hasn't simply capitulated to Bush, he's enabled and empowered him. And to think that that clown had presidential ambitions? Try running as a Republican next time, you craven groveller!
Subj: Gephardt sell out
I am disgusted at the way Gephardt sold out his fellow democratic members. If he thinks this is going to help him in his Presidential bid, he better think twice. I am sorry to say this, but Gephardt is not Presidential material. What democrats are looking for is a bold leader who has the guts to say as he sees it and who is also smart, like Bill Clinton, Howard Dean or John Kerry. But Mr. Gephardt is neither bold, nor smart, he seems to be crafty and somebody who gives in under pressure. He also should remember he is dealing with a very dangerous enemy like a Komodo dragon. It may not have much intelligence, but has other strong points. And by the time it is finished with you, that is, it has swallowed you whole, chewed you out and spit you out, you would not be even able to think of anything much less the Presidential candidacy.
If he thought he can help Democrats in the midterm elections with this decision, it is not going to work either. Even though there is a thin majority for Iraq attack, it is very shallow and was brought by systematic lies and bullying tactics. A charismatic Democratic leader will be able to help Americans see the truth easily, and this leader will stand taller and apart from the crowd and will also able to get the Nader votes democrats lost in 2000 election. So Gephardt has created a lose-lose situation for him here.
A BuzzFlash Reader.
Subj: Be Alert To Sean Hannity
BuzzFlash -- I sent this missive to Sean Hannity..certain he'll never have the guts to respond...
Sean -- Watch your show almost every night and you are so correct...about the left-wingers and Democrats...It's about time somebody stands up and states that they really don't care about the security of this country and they really don't understand why we need to take out Saddam because someday he may get nuclear weapons. But you are right on target...maybe we should figure out, as Ari said, how we can get some Iraqi to put a bullet between Saddam's eyes. And to follow that logic, as you've so often stated, this country would be better off if we had no "Daschle Democrats" or left-wingers. Once we take back the Senate, and if we cheat enough we can, then we can get rid of all those Democrats who want to follow the Constitution instead of our fearless leader -- GW. Perhaps we can ship them all off to a camp in Wyoming...whoops, Dick Cheney might not approve.
And don't pay any attention to those idiots who keep calling you a "Chicken Hawk" because you never really served this country in the military. Even though GW went AWOL, and Cheney, Delay, and all of our other tough guys were able to escape serving...don't give it a second thought. I mean I was in the "Nam" at age 18 and we really missed your kind of guy...Hell, I believe you could have talked the VC to surrender...or maybe not. They might not have heard you above the blast of the mortar rounds going off or the AK-47s delivering death.
Hey, saw Newt on your show tonight...now there's a brave guy. He's not only a thief, a draft dodger and a liar...but he's an adulterer as well. Great family values. Jeez, if your audience ever found out you cavort with Newt and Ollie North...well, they'd just love you, wouldn't they? I remember when Newt called for Bill Clinton's impeachment...what a gutsy move..because all the time he was doing his secretary... I love our family values. We can do whatever we want and blame it all on Clinton and the Democrats...Keep up the good work.
And Ollie...well he was convicted of ..what was it..lying to the Congress of the United States??? Subverting the Constitution of the United States.. Thank our God he was rescued by a technicality, otherwise he wouldn't be able to continue to spew right-wing ideology. You know..kill them all and let God sort them out. He was guilty but fortunately he could fall back on the Constitution to get himself off the hook. Good thing we never gave Clinton that same opportunity. And Ollie and Newt now have the incredible platform we need...cause if Ollie was in jail and Newt was in court actually testifying about what a scumbag he was, well, who knows how those damn liberals might play it up...
And I really appreciate your entire FOX Network, you know -- always fair, always balanced. But with Brit Hume, Tony Snow, Bill O'Reilly and the rest, we never have to worry about those damn liberals getting in the way of actually reporting the news as fact...not speculation...Keep up the good work. I'm certain Roger Ailes appreciates it and before you know it...we'll be at war again. Then we won't have to be concerned about those damn Democrats talking about how the economy is tanking, how the jobless rate is increasing, how the poor can't get medical treatment, how the deficit is growing...How seniors can't get prescription drugs at a decent price...We know what to do...blame it on Bill Clinton and the Democrats. Sooner or later, we'll achieve complete power and we can ship them off to the camps and be done with them.
Only problem is... who will join the military because like you...conservative white guys aren't going. Well, we'll figure that out. Perhaps we'll just raise their taxes (on the poor only, hee, hee,), cut education spending, privatize Social Security, end Medicare for those old geezers...and finally..make certain everyone becomes a Christian. It would be a Republican Eden... Can't you just see it? NO Democrats, no liberals, no anti-Christians (or Muslims for that matter)...just poor, uneducated, poverty-stricken who will have nothing to say about how their government functions. Well, wait a minute...Saddam already has that...so does Saudi Arabia...let's go talk to them, shall we???
Subj: KUDOS! "Defense Sec. Rumsfeld represents A CLEAR and PRESENT DANGER to the America People..." Gulf War VETERANS....
<< If our Secretary of Defense is unaware of the sales of biological materials to a country with which we are about to go to war, or if he is in denial over the fact that these sales occurred, the AGWVA believes that he represents a clear and present danger to the lives of our military, our country, and the American people, and should be considered a very serious threat to the national security. It is for this reason that the AGWVA calls for his resignation and removal from office. >>
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
VETERANS GROUP CALLS FOR RUMSFELD RESIGNATION
The American Gulf War Veterans Association (AGWVA) now calls for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In response to questioning by Sen. Robert C. Byrd, (D-WV), Rumsfeld denied any knowledge that the United States had shipped biological weapons to Iraq during the 1980s. Rumsfeld was addressing the Armed Services Committee last week, when he stated that he had no knowledge of any such shipments and doubted that they ever occurred.
There is no disputing the evidence that the U.S. provided bacteria and viruses as evidenced by Senate Report 103-900, United States Dual-Use Exports To Iraq And Their Impact On the Health of The Persian Gulf War Veterans, dated May 25,1994, chaired by Sen. Donald Riegle (D-MI) of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. This Senate report was available to all senators and listed among other items, Bacillus Anthracis, (anthrax) Clostridium botulinum, and West Nile Fever Virus as pathogens that were shipped to Iraq in the 1980s with the full knowledge of the Department of Commerce and the CDC.
There is no question that the Secretary of Defense must be informed and up to date with information about a potential military enemy and his military capabilities. Mr. Rumsfelds statements demonstrate that this is clearly not the case.
If our Secretary of Defense is unaware of the sales of biological materials to a country with which we are about to go to war, or if he is in denial over the fact that these sales occurred, the AGWVA believes that he represents a clear and present danger to the lives of our military, our country, and the American people, and should be considered a very serious threat to the national security. It is for this reason that the AGWVA calls for his resignation and removal from office.
War Vets Home Page
Subj: The Gephardt Article
Gephardt is a STRONG DEMOCRAT what we don't need now is creating schisms that don't exist. There are obviously large differences of opinion on what to do about Iraq..some of the opinion is based on politics and some of the opinion is based on judgment after looking at the facts. I think it is important to recognize that just because someone disagrees with me on policy that fact alone does not make that person unpatriotic. Both democrats and republican are way too quick to draw the "you're unpatriotic" gun from their holster and wave it around. I would really like it if you would pull that article about Gephardt. One of my BEST friends is a republican and we are colleagues on an archaeological research project and actually hug each other when we meet because he lives in another city..of course there are other republicans that I would probably accelerate my car if I saw them in the crosswalk..to reiterate..please don't go after Gephardt on this Iraq issue. That's all..for now..take care and have a good one!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Your bumper stickers can do double duty
Your "Bush Knew" Bumper stickers apparently apply to Jeb, too!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Assassinating Saddam
Is Ann Coulter now on the payroll of the White House? Or is she a prophet? I was amazed to hear the words of Ari Fleischer regarding the Bush endorsement of assassinating Saddam Hussein. It reminds me of the 9/13/01 column from Coulter where she said: "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war." So far, almost all of her suggestions are being adopted by the Bushes regarding Iraq. Someone should ask Fleischer if there are plans to send in Baptist missionaries to Irag to fulfill the "conversion to Christianity" part. I wonder if that will be funded under "faith based initiatives"?
Hate crime has tripled since bush was appointed. When terrorism is rampant in this country, domestic and foreign, people will finally see what bush and our obedient media did to our great country. They don't even need to be worried about getting caught. Where is the anthrax killer? Where is Osama?
Sent by a BuzzFlash Reader:
Today, the New York Daily News ran the following article:
NY Daily News - Home: "Wedding ring for Gore? Fat chance"
Let's see: the man who got more votes in the last Presidential election that anyone else makes a major speech on the economy. What do these whores think is the big story there? He gained too much weight to wear his wedding ring.
When five out of nine judges overturned an election and appointed the man they wanted to the presidency, the media just went ho hum can we go on vacation now?
Now with this new jersey deal the media is foaming at the mouth, why is that?
In regard to your report on Jeb Bush's comments re the guardians of the missing girl I sent the following to him. He also staged a phony psychological evaluation of two death row volunteers so that he could justify frying them now. Under Florida law, without their permission no one could intervene with our Supreme Court on their behalf. Our court is considering whether the Florida law is constitutional.
Its interesting that all of the Bush girls seem to have severe problems with booze and/or drugs. One has to wonder why. The example of their parents? Or something more?
Robert E. Reynolds, Orange Park Fl
Look what I saw on TomPaine.com: JC Penny is selling WAR toys to America's babies: You wonder what's happened to their stock?
Dear BuzzFlash readers,
We are headed into dark territory it seems, but never forget there is hope. As long as there exist in the world enough people of true courage and good conscience who are compelled by a strait moral compass to resist unnecessary aggression, to speak for the better side of humanity, to fight for peace, there is hope.
I may be wrong, but I believe it was Margaret Mead who said, "never believe that a few caring people can't change the world, for in reality that's all that ever have", or words to that effect. Maybe a reader could provide the exact quote so that it is remembered correctly.
Keep the faith.
A BuzzFlash Reader
I was reading about how Bush has decided to dislike the leader of Germany because he feels he has been disloyal to Bush. Where in the world has Bush gotten the idea that everyone in every country should be loyal to him? Shouldn't the elected leader of Germany be loyal to his people and their welfare? What has bush done for anyone that deserves loyalty to that degree? Who taught this guy values? Yuck
A BuzzFlash reader
I have sent the following letter to the Seattle Times and my entire Email list. (These are our two Democratic Washington State senators.)
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Democracy is in trouble folks! Patty Murray's office reports that she got 10,000 "No" calls to invading Iraq... only 200 "Yes". Maria Cantwell's office says they are running 99% "NO"!
Yet, neither one of these women have come out against this war!
This means we now have a government without representation. Call your congress person and demand that they come out against this war. It is their sworn duty as Americans.
Subj: Great Quote
From "The Big Dog":
"...[Clinton] said he was now a retired politician, but he took a parting shot at the conservative opponents he and his Labor listeners share.
"I understand that your Tories are calling themselves compassionate conservatives," he said to laughter. "I admire a good phrase. I respect as a matter of professional art, adroit rhetoric, and I know that all politics is a combination of rhetoric and reality. Here's what I want you to know: the rhetoric is compassionate, the reality is conservative."..."
Subj: Jeb Bush's latest statement
I just read this off the link on BuzzFlash:
Bush told a visiting delegation of Panhandle legislators the news, adding he had "some juicy details."
He then implied the women are lesbians.
"As (Graham) was being arrested, she told her co-workers, `Tell my `wife' I've been arrested.' The wife is the grandmother, and the aunt is the husband," Bush explained, using his fingers to indicate quotation marks to emphasize the word "grandmother."
"Bet you don't get that in Pensacola," Bush told his visitors, which included a News Journal capital bureau reporter.
With that crackhead daughter of his skating on breaking the law over and over, I'm amazed Jeb has the balls to criticize any other parents.
Subj: The Man is Truly a Master
The Man, and by that I very much mean "The Man", is truly a master -- a master squanderer.
He came into office with the biggest budget surplus in recent memory, and squandered it so we now spend our time denying that a "double dip" recession is imminent -- and the rest of the time trying to figure out where the $8 Trillion of investor capital went.
He presided during this nation's tragedy a year ago, wherein the entire world opened their hearts to the United States -- the TV broadcast solemn memorials from all around the world in the week that followed 9/11 -- but now a year later, he has squandered all that goodwill, and the TV newscasts now show anti-US demonstrations all around the world. They used to feel sorry for us; now the world hates us.
Whatta Leader!!!!! Truly a Master.
Subj: YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO PAT ROBERTSON!!??!!!
Are you feeling calm?? Has the day been a peaceful one....in which your blood pressure remained stable and you were never upset? If so, take a deep breath BEFORE you read this article....because any peace or calm you felt is about to "take leave"...... !!! What really burns me up is that this crook already has a huge tax dodge!....I am attaching a link to make it easy to RESEARCH this and other rightwing tax evaders hiding behind a 501 (C) 3 and similar "non-profit" status....their IRS form 990s are available on line for viewing....Groups like Robertsons or the Dallas TX rightwing "nonpartisan????" -- National Center for Policy Analysis is another rat-hole for tax evasion...
Consider calling IRS and complaining on their tax evader/fraud/abuse line...!
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Charity Wins 'Faith-Based' Grant
Early this year, Pat Robertson denounced the Bush administration's "faith-based" initiative, warning that the program is a "Pandora's Box" that could make legitimate religious charities dependent on government and finance cults that "brainwash" prospective adherents.
Today, Operation Blessing International, a Virginia Beach charity created by Robertson, is to get $500,000 in the first wave of grants to be distributed under the faith-based initiative, which gives federal money to religious organizations that provide social services.
Back in March, Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, told his 700 Club television audience that the groups getting funds "will begin to be nurtured, if I can use that term, on federal money, and then they can't get off of it." He added, "It'll be like a narcotic; they can't then free themselves later on."
Asked if Robertson, who is chairman of Operation Blessing, had changed his view of the faith-based program, spokeswoman Angel Watt said Robertson "is out of town, so we have no comment at this time."
The $500,000 grant award to Operation Blessing is one of 25 to be announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. The money comes from what the administration calls the Compassion Capital Fund,which has $30 million available this year.
Subj: I couldn't have said it better myself
Thanks for your column which I came across via a link on BuzzFlash.com (the news source that keeps me in touch with reality these days). BuzzFlash described you as a 'conservative columnist,' so I guess it's not just us 'stupid' liberals (pace Rep. Armey) who are more than a teeny bit apprehensive over what Pres. Junior & co. are up to.
I'm still completely dumbfounded how anyone can blithely continue to perceive W. as a capable, intelligent leader; if you've seen that newsclip of him stumbling over his version of 'fool me once...' you know we're in deep doo-doo. Here's a quote you might enjoy from a Guardian (UK) article about former Pres. Clinton addressing a Labor Party gathering:
"...he warned about an unelected despot with access to weapons of mass destruction who had already dragged his own country to the brink of ruin and was now threatening the whole world. He also had harsh words for Saddam Hussein."
Anyway, keep up the good work. It's probably hopeless, but maybe columns like yours will help folks realize what we're heading for before the deaths number in the tens of thousands.
Subj: Gephardt's sell-out
For your information, I just sent the following letter to Dick Gephardt:
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Dear House Minority Leader Gephardt,
I watched with dismay as you recently appeared in the White House rose garden and announced your agreement with Mr. Bush's hawkish plan to use military force in Iraq.
Mr. Gephardt, although I am not from your state, I am a Democrat. And while I am not a constituent, I am taking the liberty of writing to you because you are the House Minority Leader.
I am 53 years old and I have rarely in my life seen such an appalling display of shameless sycophancy. What did you get in return, Mr. Gephardt? Honorary membership in the Republican Party? An American flag lapel pin from Karl Rove?
Mr. Gephardt, let me be frank. You sold us out. Your political cowardice and astonishing lack of principles helped put this country on the road to war that will result in thousands of deaths and cost untold billions of dollars that this nation can not afford. You endorsed a plan that will cause this country to lose any remaining respect it might still enjoy internationally.
Perhaps you haven't been paying attention, but Bush has plundered the Social Security trust fund, threatens Medicare for our seniors, has reduced funding for the Veterans Administration, has cut funds for environmental monitoring and conservation, and has given huge tax breaks for his wealthy friends. Just who do you think is going to end up paying for this military adventure, Mr. Gephardt?? Not all of us own stock in the Carlyle Group. Perhaps you do? How are you planning to explain the inevitable cuts in social programs that will be required to pay for this ill-considered nonsense?
As a matter of principle as well as international law, nations, especially one such as ours, do not attack others preemptively because of perceived but unsubstantiated threats. Iraq poses no more of the threat to the US today than it did three years ago. There is no reason Iraq can't be contained the same way the former USSR was contained. Just what was it that Iraq did in the last three months or so that justifies such a radical change in our posture? How will you rationalize the deaths that will surely result during a war, Mr. "Moral" Minority leader?
I have read that you're considering a run for the presidency in 2004. Please don't waste your time or your money. After your recent endorsement of Bush's war plans, I would have trouble at the moment even bringing myself to shake your hand. Don't ask me to vote for you. It will simply never happen....not in a hundred years. I never vote Republican, and you...a "putative" Democrat...just sold us out.
That whole incident makes me sick.
Keep up the good work!
Subj: Laura Bush
Hardly see her anymore. Twice in Crawford, just passing through it seemed, and recently walking from helicopter with her hubby. Mostly W walks alone from helicopter. Dunno if Laura spends weekends with him or not. Wadya think?
Pamela of the Poconos
Subj: Republicans can be added to a New Jersey ballot after deadlines
....if the Republican legislature votes it so. Only 1 year ago, the presumably stronger, more middle-of-the-road New Jersey Republican gubernatorial primary candidate, Acting Gov. Donald DiFrancesco, withdrew from his primary race because of ethics allegations. Although it was after the deadline for filing, the GOP machine quickly slid Bob Franks (fresh off his narrow loss to Jon Corzine for the Senate) on the ballot. Bret Schundler won the primary anyway, and got whipped in the general election.
But surely the Torricelli case is vastly different, I'm just too dumb to see how.
P.S. LOVE YOUR SITE!!!!!!!
About the reader who was sitting in her car listening to Sean Hannity, Matt Drudge, and a number of other idiots who poison our airwaves...sometimes, on my way to work, we have a local personality who has a good call in show about local things.. it is on the same station that Rush, (ON LOAN FROM GOD) comes on..and invariably, I forget to turn the station. When I get back into my car around 1;30 to do the banking business for our work, Rush is on, the EXCELLENCE IN BROADCAST NETWORK, ON LOAN FROM GOD!!!!!!. YEHHEHEHEH! I promise myself I will never do it, but somehow, I'm frozen. I have always wondered if these creatures are for real, why does God allow them to tell so many lies on the airwaves. Rush was ranting, the last week, likely around the time the other reader was listening to Sean Hannity, about the same thing...Barbra Streisand! Something about this woman being so famous and being so democratic, just burns the hell out of these men!! And, worse, she couldn't care less...They actually just make her case!!! And, it just makes them madder and I can just see the veins popping in their necks! I watched Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes show a couple of times...but, just like O'rielly, I cannot bear and will not watch, intrusive hosts that will not let a guest talk after they have asked a question...so , no more! I read a lot..am going away the 12th..I know it is short notice, but am ordering the book written by Pitt and Ritter..hope it gets here in time...The order will come from St. Louis and am sending it tomorrow!
Thanks...for all you all do!
PS: I don't really expect to get this book before I go away, sadly to watch my granddaughter graduate from reserve training...if Bush gets his war, he will extend her length of service..and all others who have to be there...
But I have all the others that I am slowly finishing, Blinded by the Right, The Hunting of the President, Shrub...all of them, I ask for them at gift time!
Just watched Senator Byrd on the Donahue show. He puts Gephardt, Lieberman, and all other wimpy Democrats who are prepared to vote to give Bush unprecedented power, to shame. If either Gephardt or Lieberman decide to run for president in 2004, this is one lifelong Democrat who will not vote for either of them.
In fact, at this point I don't even feel like voting in November. What's the point? Elect a Democrat and Bush says "jump" and more and more Democrats seem to ask "How high?"
As Senator Byrd stated: "Bush has not made the case to the American people for a pre-emptive strike on Iraq." How can we believe we are in such imminent danger when the fund-raiser-chief is going to yet another f-r trip to Boston tomorrow.
You would think he would stay in Washington and attend to the nation's affairs instead of spending taxpayer money to raise money for his political party.
Perhaps Bush should raise money to pay for the war he so desperately wants and pay mercenaries to rid the world of Saddam Hussein.
LINK: Another GOP voting scam in Tennessee.
Just wanted to forward this link from scenic Nashvegas, Tennessee.
Seems the state GOP has been pulling its typical election trickery. This time, they have made up their own voter registration form - with a friendly letter from (P)resident Bush attached, telling them to register to vote and vote for Republican candidates. This mail-in form, designed by the GOP, is NOT a legal application form to register to vote in this state, it is a copy. Not only that, but this "application" was sent to the general electorate, not to steady Republican voters.
To make matters worse, the Election Commission has decided to accept these bogus forms as legitimate. Check it out. Don't forget, Tennesseeans were turned away from the polls in the Memphis area (African-Americans, mostly) during Election 2000 when Gore lost the state by only about 70,000 votes.
Subj: PEACE RALLY IN LA/ OCTOBER 6TH/ PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Anyone in the LA area please come to the NOT IN OUR NAME rally at the Federal Building in Westwood (Corner of Wilshire and Veteran) on Sunday, Oct. 6th at 2 PM. It's the first anniversary of the bombing of Afghanistan.
We need everyone we can get because there will be massive TV coverage. So tell your friends who live in LA if you don't live there to PLEASE rally for peace. It's only in numbers that we'll have strength.
NOT IN OUR NAME is a nationwide group dedicated to stopping Bush's violation of our civil liberties and Bush's endless war. We will be holding rallies all over the US that day, including in Central Park in NYC, Union Square in San Francisco, and in many smaller towns and cities.
For more info please contact:
Henry Howard @ 310 980 5708
Or contact me. My best friend from college was deployed to the Gulf last week. She's been in the Air Force for 18 years; she told me before she left that no one she knows in the military wants a war in Iraq. This is how crucial it is and this is why we must act now!
We are being lied to...
If anyone had any lingering doubts that the Republicans use the court system as nothing more than a crass political tool to thwart democracy, those doubts should now be fully dispelled. When the Florida Supreme Court, interpreting its own state's election law, stated that the Presidential recount in Florida should continue, the Republicans, seeking to slam the door on democracy and put the candidate with the least number of popular votes in office ran caterwauling to their cronies on the Supreme Court and had them intervene to overturn that decision and squash democracy. Despite a lengthy body of jurisprudence involving a string of decisions in which the Court's reactionary majority repeatedly articulated a regressive philosophy of "state's rights" borrowed straight from the Confederacy to justify the emasculation of the Federal Government's authority to protect the disabled, the environment and workers, the "Rehnquist Five" suddenly swerved abruptly from this path to render their travesty of a decision in Bush v. Gore. They essentially sanctioned the raw naked use of the federal court system to deny state's their right to interpret and enforce their own election laws. Despite Antonin Scalia's phony pretense of a legal rationale to install his crony as President, there was no constitutional equal protection issue at stake implicated by the the Florida Supreme Court decision; rather the decision turned on a straightforward interpretation of Florida election statutes. Yet the Gang of Five was happy to abruptly abandon their creed of "state's rights" in that case, just long enough to make sure that Junior could be installed. It was nothing but raw naked politics pure and simple.
Yet, here we are, two years later, at this same point again. The New Jersey Supreme Court, in interpreting and applying its well-established body of election case-law, has straightforwardly applied a very well-settled New Jersey legal precedent that political parties are permitted to field candidates of their choice so that voters may have a full and fair opportunity to make a reasoned decision at election time. Such a legal principle, the Republican candidate Mr. Forrester, himself used to get on the ballot just before the June state primary in Bergen County as the endorsed Republican candidate even though the legal deadline for appearing on the ballot had passed under New Jersey law. (The Republicans have also previously substituted their gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota a mere two weeks before the primary) Nevertheless, the Republicans, with much caterwauling, are running to their political protectors on the Supreme Court to save them. There is absolutely no basis at all for the Supreme Court to intervene in this matter since, once more, they would be trampling on the ability of a state to regulate the conduct of its own elections. There is no federal constitutional or statutory principle at stake here whatsoever to justify intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court. If anything the New Jersey Supreme Court has vindicated the constitutional right of political parties to freely associate with whomever they choose and to select the candidate of their choice and also more importantly they have vindicated the constitutional right of the voter to have the opportunity to make a choice of candidate to represent them. Their specious argument about allegedly disenfranchising overseas absentee voters is ludicrous since, as of this writing, only approximately 600 ballots have already been sent out and none have been returned. There is no impediment to reissuing new absentee ballots or extending the deadline for absentee ballots to be returned. That alleged problem, such that it is, can be solved by New Jersey, very easily within the framework of their election laws. The question is whether they as a state will be allowed to do so or whether the Gang of Five will illegitimately intervene once more to throw the New Jersey election and the Senate to their political handlers. If they do, the remaining tatters of their severely diminished credibility would be destroyed. To borrow and paraphrase an infamous quote from a certain conservative jurist: "[By allowing the Supreme Court to act as a bunch of third rate political ward hacks] the legitimacy [of the Supreme Court] would be called into question."
Subj: I went to a Dem party greeting and was shocked
Because of the header I'll tell you first.. this is about the news, the internet, and what I found out about what 'off-line' people know.
With that said, I don't know how else to explain this other than to tell it from the start..
I went to a Dem party greeting that was held in a restaurant meeting room, they had appetizers and about 3-4 people spoke. They talked mostly about how they were trying to get more people involved, they needed volunteers to help with campaigning, etc.
It was a good meeting and they had a lot of good ideas (I thought the idea of having the thing was great to begin with).
And not long after the speakers were done, the staff said we had to leave because of another meeting coming in. There were still a lot of people there, and someone suggested if they were going to throw us out we could go to her house.
Anyway, long story short, I jumped at the chance (this is a very repug area, being with a lot of Dems is new!)
So we get over there and there is a lot of talking about politics, movies, and of course Iraq, and a little Bush bashing.
Then when it cleared out a little, people started talking serious politics... Strategy, the Dems, the elections.
I don't remember when, but sometime about the point it got down to 7-10 people, the girl who lived there turned the sound off on the tv.
And then it got down to the real nuts and bolts.
People were talking about what we needed to do, how to get people involved, campaign strategies, etc .. it was a very contagious discussion.
And then someone said we should be using the economy more and that candidates should use that in their ads, and asked if anyone would volunteer to do research and find things out about the economy.
I piped right up and asked what kind of stuff were they were wanting.
He said anything on the economy and any 'Enron type stuff'.
I rattled off the 36% drop in stocks, 5 trillion dollars lost since Bush, unemp. almost doubled, surplus to deficit stats, 2 million out of work, etc etc .. you know the rest.
Well they all stopped and just stared at me (I thought oh shit, they think I'm showing off) and then another guy says 'where did you get all that?!'
I said.. well just from reading the news and things. And then another guy wanted to know how I knew all those stats and numbers.
Told him it's from the same thing, and when you read 2 mil out of work 5-10 times you tend to remember it.
Well almost at the same time they all asked 'what newspaper are you reading?' ..
They were almost like they wanted to know so they could subscribe or something.
I told them I barely read the paper any more and get almost all my info from Internet news sites.
Then that started a big open discussion, with questions going back and forth from three different directions.. It came out of nowhere and socked me.
Bottom line -- regular people do not get the news that we get. On a side conversation a guy said he thought he had heard about the 2 million out of work and maybe he saw it on page 4.. of the Business section!
Think about it! You don't see what we see in the paper much, and if you are busy you damn sure won't see it on CNN or any other TV news channel!
This was a HUGE eye opener for me, there is a shortage of real news for most people, things we talk about everyday can sometimes be 'new' news to off-line folks.
Needless to say, I left that house with an email from almost everyone there (and I didn't have to ask, they gave them to me).
I just sent every one of them an email with links to BuzzFlash, mwo, du and a few other sites.
Wow! There are a lot of people out there, we are just scratching the surface!
I encourage everyone to get out there and participate in local politics!
"The administrations decision not to put forward their own chemical security plan and instead wait for some ambiguous, bipartisan bill later looks like political stalling that is likely to lead to further delay on public safety"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Watched Frontline, and it was a real eye opener.
Louis Freeh played God!
They also said ben Laden wanted to kill President Clinton? Never heard that before, but with the bush loving media, that's so understandable. (Gee! when poppy was threatened in Iraq, they were bombed.)
John O'Neil deserves to be honored for what he tried to do, and was dismissed as a radical. (It should be given to his family.)
Save us from stupid people in high places. If O'Neil was listened to, more than likely, 9/11 may not have happened. (a VERY good chance, it would not) Louis Freeh played God!!!!!!!!!!! Wonder how he and those who stayed silent, can sleep at night?????
[BuzzFlash Note: We saw it, too, and it makes us wonder why Freeh's not answering questions in a court of law.]
So what happens if Bush opens the gate, pokes that stick in the dogs face (Saddam) the dog takes all he can take, goes underground and joins forces with Osama to unleash the kind of terrorism in this country we will never survive? We still do not have Osama or the anthrax killer. We may bite off more than we can chew.
RK in WI.
I read the letter that Marc Racicot sent to BuzzFlash, it was funny because of his signature: s signed "Governor Marc Racicot!" He has been out of office for two years and he was a lousy Governor of Montana and now he is leading the GOP National Committee. He could not even lead his dog to water. I like the ad that Democrats.org put out, for it shows just how the Bush Administration and stolen the social security surplus. Of course, we have Judy Martz, she is really bad.
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