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Friday, 20 October 2006 08:19

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 20, 2006

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Subject: "Votes for Sale?" on PBS's NOW tonight!

On Friday, October 20, 2006, the PBS weekly newsmagazine NOW will present a special hour-long episode into the fight to keep American elections free and fair across the country. Called "Votes for Sale?", the show will spotlight the Clean Elections movement that has taken hold in Maine and Arizona as well as talk about campaigns to win Clean Elections across the country. [local air times vary]


Subject: Just a Real Simple Question For All Y'all Out There

Is "Stay the Course," Dubya's "Read My Lips?"

Xavier Lopez Jr.
Seattle, WA

Subject: GOP Stealing Another Election

So, Karl and Co. are very confident that they will win both houses, and today I see that there is already voter purge in OH. Coincidence? Unlikely. Is anyone calling this what it is? Theft! Call it early, call it often, and maybe we can prevent another disaster already in the works.

Rove predicts GOP victory, Dems cite wages (UPI)

Jim Shanahan
Union, CT

Subject: Last message before my arrest

Dear Loved Ones, Friends, and Enemies of Bob Mills:

If I'm not available for more than 48 hours at any time in the immediate future, it might be that I've been arrested and hauled off to prison. If so, please contact the nearest bail bondsman, the ACLU, and every newspaper reporter nearby. In today's mail I received an application for an absentee ballot from the Town of Monroe. This is because in 2004, I was in Florida as a poll watcher and voted absentee; ever since, Monroe has assumed I will always vote that way. Along with many of you, I don't trust election machines. My experience in Florida with vote-flipping (Kerry to Bush, of course) is the reason why. So I returned the absentee ballot application this year. I don't want to take the chance that my vote will be hijacked. One problem...there are only six acceptable reasons for requesting an absentee ballot. They include active service in the military, being out of town, being disabled, etc. Not trusting election machines isn't one of them. But I had to be honest, so I drew a seventh box, checked it, and wrote in, "I don't trust election machines." The application carries a warning, to wit: "Voting by absentee ballot if you are not eligible to do so for one of the six reasons listed above can subject you to civil and criminal penalties." These penalties include "...imprisonment for a term of not less than one year nor more than five years, or a fine not exceeding $5,000, or both." So I might go to jail. That's O.K. Maybe I'll meet Jeffrey Skilling, and Jack Abramoff, and Bob Ney, and Tom Noe, and other friends of G.W. Bush. By the time they let me out, the whole damn administration might be in adjoining cells.

Faithfully yours,


Subject: From the Archives Rumsfeld Sold Nuclear Reactors to North Korea

The two faces of Rumsfeld (2003/The Guardian)

2000: director of a company which wins $200m contract to sell nuclear reactors to North Korea

2002: declares North Korea a terrorist state, part of the axis of evil and a target for regime change

Randeep Ramesh
Friday May 9, 2003

Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts to build nuclear weapons.

Mr Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based in Zurich, when it won a $200m (£125m) contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors. The current defence secretary sat on the board from 1990 to 2001, earning $190,000 a year. He left to join the Bush administration.

The reactor deal was part of President Bill Clinton's policy of persuading the North Korean regime to positively engage with the west.

The sale of the nuclear technology was a high-profile contract. [more]

A BuzzFlash Reader

Subject: Military Commissions Act

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann (great video clip above from last night) hits the nail on the head, except he blames President Bush for everything. He seems to forget Congress sent this law to his desk and no law can trump the Constitution.

K. Moore

Subject: Iraq Vs. Vietnam

What's the difference between the war in Iraq and the war in Vietnam? George W. Bush had a plan to get out of Vietnam.

I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!

Marc Perkel
San Bruno, CA

Subject: OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM MILITARY DEATHS March 19, 2003 Through September 30, 2006

Thought buzzers might be interested in some demographics on casualties in Iraq. This site has several other good reports, as well. When I looked at these numbers all I could see were the families left behind and the expectation the current administration will forget about them once their "photo op" is over. How truly sad!


A BuzzFlash Reader

Subject: Here We Go Again

The 10/19 BuzzFlash headline reads:

"As Democrats and Republicans battle for control of the U.S. Senate heading into the last three weeks before Election Day, many races around the nation are too close to call, a new package of Zogby Interactive polling shows."

WTF?? Why should anything be "close" at all! This is the same tired refrain that comes out before any election; It allows a rationale for election theft.

Evidence now shows that the 2004 pResidential election wasn't "close" at all; in reality Kerry won by 8 million votes.

Here we go again ... If people buy the "close" b.s., then we deserve exactly the type of government we (have) and will get.

Bill Dougan
The Mississippi of the Desert, aka Aridzona

[BuzzFlash Note: We don't know where that 8 million votes figure comes from.]

Subject: Meet Your Meat [PETA video promoting vegetarianism]

This is what is meant by a "factory farm". It is not an exaggeration to say that all who view this video will be SHOCKED. And the government is worried about the three cases of mad cow disease in the last 20 years?! You'll see what I mean at one point in the short movie, which is narrated by Alec Baldwin.


I hope this isn't what they do in secret prison camps around the world, but this sounds like Bush's new bill, most but not all of it is just short of "death" or "organ failure". The point is, we don't submit whales or the nation's icon, the Bald Eagle to such horrendous torture, why do it to other animals simply because we have decreed them okay to eat? Whatever happened to cruelty to animals and National Animal Week?

This is important for everyone to know. You may not want to eat meat again after watching this video.

PLEASE pass this on to your readers. Thank you.

A BuzzFlash Reader

Subject: "In My America" [song]

Shortly after George Bush ‘took’ the last presidential election, I found myself very depressed and almost overwhelmed with a feeling of hopelessness.

I knew that I needed to get away to try to settle and center myself, so I took a few days to camp by a river in a redwood forest and to reflect upon what was going on in our nation and around the world.

It was November 11th ... Veterans Day. So being a veteran and needing to work out my feelings, I wrote “In My America.”

The song is a historical vignette of our country from the post-Hiroshima rise as a world super-power and the era of the ‘nuclear family’ and ‘T.V. dinners," to the 21st century and the interminable state of war, fear, economic decline, homelessness and horror experienced here at home and thrust upon the nations of the world and upon the fragile, failing biosphere of our very planet.

I am a Vietnam-era veteran, struggling with issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, poverty and homelessness. The very same issues which now, more than ever before are foist upon and faced by our veterans returning from the latest ‘war of opportunity and oppression’ in Iraq and Afghanistan, and also our Gulf Coast neighbors reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

It is my hope that the song will help bring awareness to our nation's plight and contribute inspiration to help us return to our former glory as a true example of hope and liberty, helping to lead and guide our world to a peaceful and abundant future.


All the very best,

Steve Dellay
Songwriter / Veteran
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Arcata, CA

Subject: Priest admits weird behavior with Foley - but who cares?

For what it's worth, please see:

Priest denies sexual relationship with Foley: Report: Cleric describes several encounters, massages, skinny-dipping (msnbc)

Now, let's talk about 70 killed in Iraq this month.

A BuzzFlash Reader

Subject: Bush Will Never Give In and Leave Iraq

Major change expected in Iraq strategy (MSNBC)

George Bush will never give in and get our troops out of Iraq, no matter how long they have to stay and no matter how many get killed, or maimed for life.

He doesn't care how many die, he doesn't care how many lose legs, arms, eyes, etc. ... and he doesn't care how many children lose their father, wives lose their husbands, or parents lose their sons.

All he cares about is proving that he was right to divert our fighting men from Afghanistan, where they had every right to be in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, to Iraq, where he could fulfill his personal vendetta against Saddam Hussein that he had carried with him since 1994 when Saddam tried to have his daddy assassinated.

The only way we will CUT OUR LOSSES, not cut and run, is to take control of the Congress and have Bush impeached or tried for treason.

If not, then hundreds, maybe thousands of Americans will die in Iraq for NOTHING.

And how every American, Democrat, Republican or whatever, can't see that to be the truth is far beyond me.

We can not win in Iraq, we can never win in Iraq ... no non Muslim, over the course of history, has ever been able to do it, and now nothing is any different.

The longer we stay the only thing that will change is the body count of Americans.

If any American truly wants to support the troops, they will demand that they come back NOW. Staying is fruitless. Why should so much as ONE MORE AMERICAN be killed for Bush's personal agenda? WHY?????

Mike Allen
Phoenix, AZ

Subject: Bush Speech

I am just blown away at the audacity of Bush saying in a speech a few days ago ... referring to the Foley scandal, etc., that, "isn't it funny how all this scandal news is in the media right before the election?" [not exact quote] ... when the corrupt, lying, evil Rove has made a life of manufacturing lies about the Democrats before every election for the past 6 years!!?? I just cannot believe it!! But ... as corrupt & evil as the Busheviks are, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised.


Shirley A. Zarda
Blue Springs, MO

Subject: Would Republicans lie to us (again)?

President Roosevelt once said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Bush's message is, "Vote Republican or the Terrorists Will Kill You." We are supposed to trust Republicans to keep us safe. Can we trust them? The same Republicans who put a congressman who they knew was a sexual predator in charge of the Exploited Children's Caucus? Republicans have made terrorism much worse. Time to drain the swamp, throw the bums out, and try someone new.

Foley exploited children he pledged to protect (Palm Beach Post)

I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!

Marc Perkel
San Bruno, CA

Subject: The Parrot on Rumsfeld’s Shoulder

One belief held in the United States during my lifetime has been that the marines were the best. The strongest, the bravest. All us old folks learned that from the bravest marine of all; John Wayne. Except he wasn’t a marine and he never served in the armed forces but that’s just nit picking. Here in America we don’t value truth, we value perception.

Now we have a marine as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Peter Pace. A much decorated Marine Corps General. Gung ho, hoorah and all that military stuff right? Not so much.

General Pace, in an effort to support his boss, the Secretary of Defense, has come up with the best defense a gung ho marine ever articulated. According to General Pace, “ Rumsfeld leads in a way that the good lord tells him is best for our country.” Don’t we all feel safer now?

General Pace, also known as the parrot on Rumsfeld’s shoulder, has now proved the Pentagon in 2006 is just as derelict in its duty as was the Pentagon during the Viet Nam war. Back then the citizens and government of this country allowed over 50,000 Americans to die for nothing. How many will we let die this time?

We have nearly 2800 dead and 20,000-plus wounded. When do we stop? Do we wait until the good Lord tells Bush, Rumsfeld and the rest of this band of bunglers that they screwed up enough? That there has been enough death and destruction?

Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Pace, all swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not the King James Bible. They are all derelict in their duty and in violation of their oaths.

General Peter Pace is unfortunately the first marine to hold the position as Chief of Staff. Surely the marines could have done better. After all, the national symbol of the United States is an eagle, not a parrot.

Top US general says Rumsfeld is inspired by God (yahoo.com)

Marjorie L. Swanson
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Subject: GOP aims to scare up big turnout (Washington Post/MSNBC)

Maybe they should fund a nationwide “memo” with our tax dollars, telling Americans that if they do not vote Republican this November, Republican Congressman Mark Foley will be put in charge of George Bush’s new “No Child’s Behind Left” initiative, and will be making “personal” appearances at their schools as a part of his new duties.

That might “scare ‘em up.”

John L. Johnson
Laingsburg, Michigan

Subject: How Can Anyone Still Believe Republicans Are Better at Protecting America?

Republicans want to run on their record in the war on terror, and on fear mongering about what Dems will do if they are in charge. What will the Democrats do? That remains to be seen, but Bush’s record is there for all to see.

We know what the Great Vacationer did when told “Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.” He took a month off to do some brush clearin’ in Crawford. We know what the ‘Commander’ in Chief did when told “America is under attack.” He sat frozen and issued no commands.

We know that after 5 years of Republican leadership he tells us we should be very, very afraid, because “rogue” states with nuclear capability or aspirations are more truculent and defiant than ever; because merciless ‘Islamofascists’ want our blood; because the fate of civilization hangs in the balance based on the outcome in Iraq. In short, we know that by his own accounting he and his fellow Republicans have been miserable failures at protecting us.

We know Bush has killed more Americans than Osama Bin Laden. The number of civilian dead in Iraq and Afghanistan is now greater than all of America’s military and civilian casualties in the second World War. We know the Republicans have bankrupted the country. Bush has already borrowed more foreign money for us to repay than all previous Presidents combined. He’s on track to double the national debt. We now spend 8 times more paying the INTEREST on that debt (352 billion a year) than Republicans will spend on Homeland Security in 2007 (43 billion).

We know Republicans have undermined the Bill of Rights, ordered the first unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation in American history, legalized torture and lawlessly spied on American citizens. What more do Republicans have to do to convince those who still approve of how they are doing their job that NO foreign enemy, no faceless “Islamofascist,” could ever do the harm to America already done by the Connecticut Cowboy and his party?

I guess the answer is that there are some people so indifferent, or so deliberately ignorant, that nothing will sway them. Just like the President they still admire.

Albert Clark

Subject: Music and Laughter for the Thinking Progressive

Dana Lyons - best known for hilarious (and provocative) song/video "Cows With Guns" - is a musician who has earned his chops the hard way: writing, singing, touring. Dana has also shared the stage with many notable performers including Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Pete Sears of Jefferson Starship, Stephen Stills, River Phoenix, Nickel Creek, Country Joe McDonald, Utah Phillips and John Trudell. He's embarking on a tour with Jane Goodall.

Dana supports many progressive causes with his books, his activism, and his music. Let's support back. And have a good time doing it.

Books, Music, Tours, Concerts: http://www.danalyons.com

"I’d go anywhere to fight for oil, to lubricate the red, white and blue..." --Dana Lyons

Carl Leonard
Coupeville, WA

Subject: Thom Hartmann on CSpan's Book TV

This Saturday, October 21, C-SPAN's Book TV will rebroadcast the presentation at Vox Pop about Air America Radio Host and NYT's best-selling author Thom Hartmann's new book Screwed: The Undeclared War On the Middle Class and What We Can Do About It.  It's a 1 hour and 30 minute rant, and starts at 3:30 pm Eastern Time on C-SPAN Channel 2 (Book TV).


Subject: The spend-and-borrow republicans

The Republican jibes against Democratic opponents invariably include the accusation that he or she is a "tax-and-spend" liberal who will rob us of more and more of our hard-earned money. However, the most destructive of all monetary practices is the current "spend-and-borrow" policy of the Republicans, especially of the present Bush Administration. This administration, in catering to its most wealthy constituents with exorbitant tax cuts, is surely leading the nation down the road to bankruptcy.

J. Burgess

Subject: Reasons not to vote for Joe Lieberman [abbreviated list]

This list speaks for itself.

1. Joe Lieberman has been endorsed by Ann Coulter, the nastiest, most evil, and sickest person in America. Ann Coulter is on record as blaming Jews for the Holocaust, supporting the murder of billions of non-Christians, advocating murdering Supreme Court Justices, calling the Jersey girls harpies, and saying that her only regret about Timothy McVeigh is that he didn’t blow up The New York Times building. http://www.newshounds.us/2006/06/22/ann_coulter_endorses_joe_lieberman.php http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I2Qqxuls4U&eurl=

2. Lieberman believes right-wing medical providers should be allowed to deny emergency contraceptives to rape victims, callously says to rape victims "go to another hospital," effectively denying their ability to receive contraceptive drugs." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/07/AR2006080700250.html

3. Lieberman gave 33 million dollars of public money to a pharmaceutical company a month after they hired his millionaire lobbyist wife Haddasah and put her on their board. http://salon.com/opinion/conason/2006/09/01/hadassah_lieberman/index_np.html

4. Lieberman favored federal govt intervention with Terri Schiavo, then says politicians should not get involved. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/27/politics/main1843144.shtml http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IqoanJnk9Y

5. Sends Liebergoons to harass Ned Lamont’s family, then denies it, then said the Liebergoons were well behaved. http://www.mydd.com/story/2006/8/4/214743/1686

6. Lieberman calls crazy right winger Glenn Beck a “good friend.” Beck once stated “You know, it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims’ families? Took me about a year.” Beck has also said he hates the Katrina victims + fantasizes about burning blind people with hot coffee when they use Braille in public places. Lieberman goes on his show August 23.


7. Lieberman voted to protect DuPont and Dow Chemical from lawsuits from producing defective medical implants. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/10963174/lieberman_bushs_favorite_democrat/3

8. Lieberman supported weakening Social Security by raising age to 67, then tried to misrepresent his position. http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/8/2/153341/6357

9. Lies - says Lamont is a one issue candidate when Lamont’s ads + website detail positions on dozens of issues. http://nedlamont.com/issues

10. Lieberman has at various times claimed Ned Lamont is a) far left b) an 80% Republican c) Just like Joe except on Iraq d) too liberal e) too Republican. f) a center-right Democrat. g) out of the mainstream. http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-ctsenate0708.artjul08,0,3113695.story

Big Dave from Queens


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