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BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 20, 2009

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Subject: President Obama vs airhead Palin

Can you believe it? Sarah Palin is all over the news selling her not to be believed book, and Our President doing peace making in Asia hardly a blip on the radar. Where was he shown with the troops, honoring him as he honors them? Where? Oh, but Foux Noise made fun of him 24/7 as he payed respect to the leader who hosted his visit. Helping right along are the silly talking heads, as Limbaugh, crazy Beck and their crew of republican misfits. Is this all they have? Yep! Rupert Murdock backs those who are not worthy to walk in our Presidents shoes, and mimics everything hateful they spew about our President.

Yet Sarah the bimbo, they spout as their canidate for President. Are they for real? Yes they are,because the Republicans latch onto anyone they can, who can make outrages statements about President Obama, and at this time Palin is the name of the game. Will the Republicans ever come out of their evil fantasy world? Not in our lifetime. Fantasy is their comfort zone. President Obama is the adult, that these bullys, called Republicans have to bring him down. They have nothing else to offer the American people but smoke and mirrors.

A BuzzFlash Reader

Subject: To Scott in Fayetteville

So Dumbellina is coming to your town to promote her book? Luckily I'm safe in little Greenbrier.

Mike Curtis
Greenbrier, AR

Subject: The BuzzFlash mailbag for 11-19

The great letters from Scott, Tim, Lib and BF readers said everything I wanted to get off my own chest.

I just watched Inside Edition on CBS and saw the hordes of ignorami drooling over Sarah Palin at her book signings.

Earlier, the news of the day included a 10-year old girl tasered by a policeman, a 15-year old boy executed by his father, a courtroom deputy stealing papers from a defense attorney's folder, and the Arizona sheriff demanding the deputy defy a judge's order, the father of a Palin grandchild posing frontally nude in PlayGirl magazine, Palin herself appearing nonstop on TV, the Oath-Takers organizing to refuse presidential orders as commander-in-chief, and every word and action of Pres. Obama being criticized by the hate-crazed foxes.

What the hell is happening? Is it something in the air, in the water, or in the toilet paper?

Creed Ballew

Subject: What President Obama has done right!

While the wrong wing has continually denigrated President Obama and the news media has allowed their unwanted criticisms foul play on the national political spectrum of news, the following email from a University Professor should set to rights the lies and distortions about our Presidents true record and accomplishments.

Hi friends,

I am always being asked to grade Obama's presidency. In place of offering him a grade, I put together a list of his accomplishments thus far. I think you would agree that it is very impressive. His first six months have been even more active than FDRs or LBJs the two standards for such assessments. Yet, there is little media attention given to much of what he has done. Of late, the media is focusing almost exclusively on Obama's critics, without holding them responsible for the uncivil, unconstructive tone of their disagreements or without holding the previous administration responsible for getting us in such a deep hole. The misinformation and venom that now passes for political reporting and civic debate is beyond description.

As such, there is a need to set the record straight. What most impresses me is the fact that Obama has accomplished so much not from a heavy-handed or top-down approach but from a style that has institutionalized efforts to reach across the aisle, encourage vigorous debate, and utilize town halls and panels of experts in the policy-making process. Beyond the accomplishments, the process is good for democracy and our democratic processes have been battered and bruised in recent years. Let me know if I missed anything in the list (surely I did). Robert

Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier's family The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible Limits on lobbyist's access to the White House Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research New federal funding for science and research labs States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools New funds for school construction The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out US Auto industry rescue plan Housing rescue plan $789 billion economic stimulus plan The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying US financial and banking rescue plan The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards Better body armor is now being provided to our troops The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010 Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions Expanding vaccination programs Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters Closed offshore tax safe havens Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources Lower drug costs for seniors Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel Improved housing for military personnel Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals Increasing student loans Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy Established a new cyber security office Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced Improving benefits for veterans Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud The FDA is now regulating tobacco Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive Making more loans available to small businesses Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000 Renewed loan guarantees for Israel Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket Held first Seder in White House Attempting to reform the nation's healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform Has announced his intention to push for energy reform Has announced his intention to push for education reform Oh, and he built a swing set for the girls outside the Oval Office!

Robert P. Watson, Ph.D. Coordinator of American Studies Lynn University

Subject: Has Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Barack Obama OK'd A War On Venezuela?

Sure looks like it, what with Colombia now turning seven of its miltary bases over to the U.S. Apparently President Obama isn't confident that covert actions, as per the recent coup d'etat in Honduras, will be able to topple Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, so he's opting for military intervention, either by U.S. forces directly or by Colombia troops acting as our surrogates. In the meantime, by way of a totally compliant media, there'll be the mandatory buildup to war, replete with retired top brass (bla bla bla'ing about military tactics, weapons, etc. etc., ad nauseum) made available to the media, compliments of the Pentagon. Excuses cited for this new war will include the usual suspects, aiding & abetting drug trafficers, being in cahoots with terrorists, suppressing freedom of speech &, horror of horrors, together with other Latin American governments, trying to get out of the clutches of Uncle Sam. As soon as it's determined that this "soften-up" the public for another war of necessity has achieved its goal, look for our military to provoke a war, either by way of a false flag incident, a boundary dispute, or perhaps another CIA engineered coup d'etat, as happened 7 years ago, except it was quickly aborted by a mass uprising of the Venezuealan people. This time, though, there'd be no holding back, because, lickety-split, as if on cue, U.S. &/or Colombian troops would be on the attack.

One can't help but wonder what President Obama's role is in all this. He has to know what's happening and where these policies might lead to. Does he sit in on the planning sessions and, if so, does he speak for, against, or does he just leave it to the top brass, figuring they've been at it a long time and, what the heck, must know best? Or has he been told by military/CIA honchos that for his own good he should mind his own business and stay out of this, that otherwise, "Never can tell, you know what happened to President John Kennedy, so best think carefully, Mr. President. After all. we in the Pentagon wouldn't want anything to happen to you or, God forbid, to your wonderful family."

And if President Obama actually is operating under mafiosa-style military/CIA intimidation, what then? The only action that can possibly liberate him from his tormenters, namely, our rising up en masse. It worked In Venezuela and it'll work here too.

A BuzzFlash Reader

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