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Friday, 18 August 2006 05:05

BuzzFlash Mailbag for August 18, 2006

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Subject: WHY is the Dept. of Homeland Security involved in the arrest of John Mark Karr?

Dear Buzz,

I do NOT pretend to have any special knowledge about the confession of John Mark Karr to the JonBenet Ramsey murder ... but this whole thing has the smell of a false confession to me.

But there's an Even Bigger Mystery attached to it, and that is, WHY is the Dept. of Homeland Security involved in this arrest?

Is John Mark Karr under suspicion as a terrorist?

Was this arrest timed to take our minds off the war in Iraq?

Was this arrest timed to take our minds off Bush's LOW approval ratings, low even on fighting terrorism?

I'll ask it again: WHY is the Homeland Security Dept. involved in making statements about the arrest of John Mark Karr?

-- excerpts from the Associated Press (in NY Times):

John Mark Karr, 41, will be taken within the week to Colorado, where he will face charges of first degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault, Ann Hurst of the Department of Homeland Security told a news conference in Bangkok


Karr will be taken within the week to Colorado, where he will face charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault, said Ann Hurst of the Department of Homeland Security, one of several officials who accompanied the suspect to his hotel.

Karr Says He Loved JonBenet 'Very Much' (NY Times)

Karr will be taken within the week to Colorado, where he will face charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault, Ann Hurst of the Department of Homeland Security told reporters in Bangkok.


Michael Chertoff heads up the Department of Homeland Security.

Michael Chertoff was appointed by Bush.

Bush needed a distraction from all the bad news.

WHAT is the role of the Department of Homeland Security in this arrest?

A BuzzFlash Reader

[BuzzFlash Note: Two of the three cited articles don't currently have the Homeland Security quote. We did find the following interesting item: Sex, lies and e-mail in Thailand (Asia Times). Has DHS been pursuing sex offenders overseas since 2003? We didn't know that's what Bush and Chertoff were keeping the homeland safe from!]

Subject: Supply and Demand

Hey Buzz,

I'd still like to see the minutes from Cheney's energy task force. Those energy guys probably couldn't believe their luck, they'd managed to install a bigger moron than Reagan as president and surround him with good ol' energy lovin' boys as his advisors and cabinet. "Bush took some business courses in college, didn't he?....yeah....heh, heh, heh,...well remind him of "supply and demand," the moron must remember that concept despite all his partying and carrying on. We whack Iraq, create an oil shortage and our oil profits go up through the roof. Hell, we'll end up sellin' oil to Iraq....meanwhile numbnuts gets to be a war president and prance around in quasi-military outfits like that eye-talian Mussolini. Someone read that book 1984 to little Georgie, it's like a blueprint for maintaining power, constant war and constant fear." "Make sure ya bomb the feces out of them, give our boys Halliburton and Bechtel the contracts to rebuild. They won't even have to build anything, those Eye-rackies will be so busy shooting each other all we'll have to do is sit back and watch the cash pour in. Easy money boys...hey, Dick, make sure no one learns about our little meeting?" and to quote Kurt Vonnegut, "if that isn't nice, what is?"

Tom Coombs
Kaslo BC Canada

Subject: "Wimpy-Assed" Democrats

Dear Buzz,

Mike Allen's letter of 8/15 about the wimpy-assed democrats hit me where I live. That's because I live in the Phoenix area of Arizona, just like Mike. And, like Mike and his wife, I've watched the Democrats cave in to the Republicans again and again over the last decade - especially the last six years.

NAFTA, Scalito, Patriot Act, Roberts, Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL) and so on. Stem cells, tax cuts for the wealthy; there always seems to be enough "bipartisan" Democrats to give the ruling party whatever they want.

And I've often dreamt of ignoring the wimpy-assed Democrats when the polls open. Just let the Rethuglicans continue to run this country down and down until they've stolen the last copper penny; let the people become more and more desperate until they take to the streets with weapons in their hands and pain in their hearts and the blood in their eyes.

But I am too petty and impatient for that. I want my revenge now. I want the Republicans of Arizona voted out of office ASAP. I mean - look at the crop of idiots Arizona has sent to D.C. John McCain (R-Pander and Flip-Flop) is the most famous of our embarrassments. Show him an issue and he's all for it, as well as against it. His latest about-face is his abandonment of the McCain-Feingold legislation which bears his name. It would interfere with his presidential campaign, don't you know. He is a great supporter of our current pResident, you know, the one whose supporters viciously slandered some guy named McCain in the 2000 campaign. He spoke out against the fundamentalist religious fascists several years ago, but has recently decided that he likes the view from Jerry Falwell's pocket. Yeah, we need his brand of "decisiveness" in the oval office.

Then there's Senator Jon Kyl (R-Jesusland). He's the guy who likes to submit falsified documents to the Supreme Court in the effort to make his point. He has a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition and voted to penalize retirees who filed their medicare papers late. Yes, he accepted somewhere around $300,000 from Big Pharma to penalize the retirees who were late with their paperwork - for life! Jon takes money from Big Pharma, Big Oil etc and gives them a big bang for their buck! What a wonderful Chree-yist-yun man!

Then there's J.D. Hayworth (R-Duh) who apparently won an "unofficial" award from his peers. It's called the "Not Exactly a Rocket Scientist" award. He's another one who is up to his elbows in Texas Tea funds. My own "representative" is one Trent Franks (R-Sanctimonious). I can always tell that he is right on top of the important issues of the day by looking at the glossy, colorful, expensive-looking pamphlets that he sends out to his people. He assures us that he is "defending marriage" by attempting to legislate hate into the Constitution of this great country. He is defending our flag by trashing the First Amendment. He is bravely "staying the course" in Iraq. He is bravely defending stem cells from the ravages of medical research. He is bravely demanding that military chaplains be required to make all prayers "in the Name of Jesus Christ." Funny, he makes no mention of the loot he's bravely accepted from Tom Delay's PAC or the loot he's bravely accepted from Big Oil and other little tidbits.

So, I will go out and vote for wimpy-assed Democrats on election day, despite the fact that our ethical Republican State Secretary Jan Brewer has obtained the wonderful new Diebold voting machines; the machines that eliminate the difficult choices by deciding your vote FOR you! Worst case, I'll be out on the streets demonstrating against a new crop of phonies. For some reason, I'm not expecting too much...

The Evil Michael J Fowler
Glendale Arizona

“The prospect of a low intensity civil war and a de facto division of Iraq is probably more likely at this stage than a successful and substantial transition to a stable democracy,” Patey wrote to Prime Minister Tony Blair. Bush gambled with our lives and our taxpayer dollars in Iraq -- and lost.

Not a gamble whatsoever. Cheney's aim was to send Iraq and Iraqis back to the stone age and steal everything that wasn't nailed down from Iraqis and American taxpayers alike. Most of the neocon ideologues were duped and exploited like everybody else.


Subject: Ending Terrorism, a Three Step Approach

Troops out of Iraq now, justice for the Palestinian people and the impeachment of President G. W. Bush.

A BuzzFlash Reader

Subject: Profiling- no duh!

If the attacker looks a certain way, acts a certain way, then it is utterly stupid not to use this "profile" to help identify the attacker. We do this every day and in all situations. So the Brits are finally profiling. Apparently only the USA is utterly stupid. I guess we prefer searching old ladies and people from Iowa.

Doris Patrick
Seattle, WA

Subject: Bush Is "Crap"

Hi, Buzz!!

I see that the U.K.'s Deputy Prime Minister Prescott says George W is nothing but "a cowboy in a Stetson." I object!!

Being a cowboy requires mastering a number of skills - skills GW lacks. GW can't even ride a horse! I'd love to see him try to rope a calf from horseback. Here's a guy who regularly crashes his bicycle!

Although I have no doubt about GW's ability to wear a Stetson, calling him a cowboy is an insult to the hardy members of that profession. We Westerners know a better description: "all hat no cattle."

Jane Hawes
Emporia, KS (red-state Democrat)

Subject: Is George Will Plagiarizing Me?

Foreign policy "realists" considered Middle East stability the goal. The realists' critics, who regard realism as reprehensibly unambitious, considered stability the problem. That problem has been solved.

The Triumph of Unrealism (Washington Post)

So George Will ended his recent and surprisingly lucid column -just weeks after I sent him the following Email:

(July 18, 2006)

I am writing to extend uncharacteristic kudos to George F. Will for his recent harsh criticism of the neoconservative movement in the Washington Post as well as on ABC’s "This Week" opinion forum. This criticism is perhaps overdue on the part of Will and other traditional American conservatives, but in such a case; better late than never. Will’s shock regarding the magical single-mindedness with which PNAC signatories and their whelps view the frequent and unaccountable use of the American military, however, appears to be at a loss in regard to a coherent explanation for this position on the part of the neocons.

The answer is simple: they like war.

The more wacky neocons, such as David Horowitz (who disdains the label, but embraces the ideology) will come out and say that war is the natural state of mankind, and that it is counterproductive - or even evil - to oppose its continual manifestation. Those more urbane pundits closer to the movement’s Straussian roots may or may not share the extremity of Horowitz’s opinion (they are perhaps too cagey to utter such unpalatable beliefs), but they obviously see the wielding of our military might as a desirable end in itself. If one looks at the arguments of the neoconservatives over the past five years, it is clear that they consider a particular geopolitical problem to be solved as soon as open hostilities break out. In many cases the original "problem" they perceive appears to be the absence of open hostilities in the first place. The obvious objective of this sort of militarism is not the welfare of the nation, but rather is illustrated by the truism laid down by Socrates, Machiavelli, and Goering: warfare tends to centralize civic power. For this reason and no other the neocons make themselves willing servants of the overly energetic executive.

People like Bill Kristol, Robert Kagan, Newt Gingrich, and Charles Krauthammer have been writing furiously in the past few weeks in advocacy of attacks on Iran and Syria - but unless pressed in televised debate forums they will not currently utter a word regarding the disaster their ideas have wrought in Iraq. According to their warped ethos; that problem has been solved, and its time to work on another.

Will neglects to name the names of his colleagues of whom we both write (he calls them the "critics of the realists", and he has to get his gratuitous digs at the "left", but he's coming around!

Ken Duerksen
Oxford, Ohio

Subject: A Federal Judge's Ruling on Illegal Wire Tapping

How many on this site think that Bush just might try to muscle this judge... defy the judge and do as he is used to doing....what he wants? I think it will be a huge mistake...but I could see him trying something to get around it!

You are welcome, Akhil Bhardwaj....I feel just like you do about this site...it is the pulse of the informed...and BuzzFlash is very responsible for that. I remember well, Akhil, when I first found this site....I was floundering, it was right after the Clinton impeachment...when you could not go a day without hearing Clinton...Condit...slime crime...everything bad...and I could see right through it...and knew it would bring something bad, but I never dreamed it would be this bad! We were standing in line to get into a movie, or a game..something like that...and an announcer on TV said they had found Chandra Levy's body, the one they were betting that Gary Condit killed. (Soon after that, a man already in prison doing time for a murder in that park...confessed to her murder too.) Sadly, Gary Condit's life and the life of his family was already ruined! There was a woman standing directly in front of me...just reeked of Demo-hater...said, to me..."I would be willing to bet that that congressman/senator...killed her"! By this time, I had had all I could take, and said to her..."Well, it is an election year, so they will blame him anyway!" She gave me a look like I was likely one of those wild and crazy left wingers...and went in!

At that time, or thereabouts, they came on c-span, describing this new site...it would be the anti-Drudge site. I went directly to it the next morning...and it has been a fixture on my toolbar, ever since. You'll never regret it! I cannot to this day....tell anyone the exact day or year...they all ran together back then...someone wrote an article recently about the Clinton/Condit/dog killer/Monica/girlfriend killer/Clinton..Condit...Clinton...Condit...it ran together so much...but, Buzz can give us the exact dates....all I knew is that I had found a FRIEND....it saves your sanity at times!

Shirley ... St. Louis

Subject: Brit Brands Bush Bowel Business

Yeah! Someone important finally called Bush crap in public! America is flushing with pride today!

A BuzzFlash Reader

Subject: International Terrorist

It's amazing how the republican pundits can point out,"that it's been six years since the last terrorist act on American soil so Bush war on terror must be working." They commit to this analogy without being challenged by the media or the democrats. Why can't these goons be reminded that we went from 1993 to 2001 a total of eight years without an international terrorist act on American soil?

It's astonishing to see republicans take nothing and make something out of it and the democrats can't take something and make anything of it. If the democrats wants their message to resonate with the American people they should repeat and repeat until it does just that. If the republicans can do it with lies why can't the democrats do it with the truth??

James Epperson
Las Vegas, NV

Subject: Wal-Mart Causes Small Businesses To Fail

I heard a disturbing exchange last night. A union person was "discussing" Wal-Mart with a neoCon. The subject was minimum wages. The neoCon kept on saying that the minimum wage didn't need to be increased, that when thousands of people apply for a couple of hundred jobs at Wal-Mart it was proof positive that the wage offered was a good one and that when a "living wage" was mandated by law and Wal-Mart didn't open their store, that the working people suffered.

The union guy didn't say what he should have said and that is that when a Wal-Mart store opens, it actually causes the demise of many small businesses and in actuality when it's all over, there are fewer jobs in the community. So if Wal-Mart closes or doesn't open because it doesn't like the wage laws, it is actually better for the working people who want and need jobs. The bottom line is that Wal-Mart stores actually mean fewer workers at lower wages.

Lee Hirz
Kensington, MD

Subject: The Exception Justifies the Norm?


The right-wing has come up with a clever justification for shredding the Bill of Rights. This line of reasoning, expounded by the Attorney General and other supporters of the Bush administration, goes a follows: There are already some cases where violation of civil rights has been validated by the courts. You cannot shout "Fire" in a crowded theater. You can be stopped in your car for random drug tests. Therefore, if Bush takes away more civil rights, for example spying on citizens without a court order, this is only an extension of what is already permissible. Nothing illegal. No one should be upset.....So let's see.... By this reasoning there are already some cases where murder is justified by reason of self defense. Therefore, we can make all murder legal. Makes sense, doesn't it.? ........ When will reporters challenge such non-sense???

The soft-on-torture liberal

Subject: Let Me Remind Senator Hatch Who Was in Control on September 11th, 2001

Dear Folks,

This is my letter to the Salt Lake City Tribune in response to Orrin Hatch stating that if Democrats were to take control that the terrorists would “strike again.”

Hatch says Demo win could help terrorists (Salt Lake Tribune)

Dear Editor,

As I read your column, “Hatch says Demo win could help terrorists” in which Senator Orrin Hatch stated that the terrorists are“waiting for the Democrats here to take control, let things cool off and then strike again." I would like to remind Senator Hatch who was in control of the federal government on September 11th, 2001. It was the Republican Party and not the Democrats.

Let us be real, had Al Gore been our president, the Republican Party would not have rallied behind him to support him as Democrats did with Bush. No, they would have demanded that he be removed from office.

I would say that the greatest terrorist threat that still resides in this country is folks that will bully the electorate by using fear. In my opinion, Americans are beginning to wake up to this use of fear by the Republican Party and as you will see the latest alleged terror threat in Britain has done very little to raise Bush’s approval ratings. By the way, that terror plot is falling apart at the seams before our very eyes.

If the Republicans are thought to be better in fighting this war on terrorism, then why haven’t they caught Osama bin Laden as Bush promised, “Dead or alive”? Chief Moose caught his terrorists using good old fashioned police work to capture the D.C. snipers and he never said that their capture “was not our top priority” as Bush once stated of bin Laden. Had he done so, Chief Moose would have been immediately thrown out of office. Bush should have been thrown out of office for his incompetence at capturing Osama bin Laden.


Mary MacElveen