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Tuesday, 01 December 2009 03:41

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 1, 2009

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Subject: Lugar Takes a Luger to Health Care Reform

I like to call it The Audacity of GOP Self-Interest or The Audacity of Hopelessness, or Your Health IS'NT "Terribly Important" to the GOP. I have no idea who was asking the questions, but Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) had an answer:

"The war is terribly important, jobs and our economy are terribly important. This may be an audacious suggestion; I would suggest we put aside the health care debate until next year the same as we did with cap and trade and climate change and talk now about the essentials, the war and money."

It makes those "death panels" irrelevant, The Congressional GOP Caucus has decided they have their own government run health plan. They have decided that prolonging this war and lining the pockets of Big Pharma, Big Health Insurance and keeping costs higher than a cat's back are more important than whether you, your children or you old granny lives of dies. They will just let you die and not only that, they will allow the Health Industry to bankrupt you and your grandchildren's futures in the process.

The GOP puts your health right up there with "cap and trade" and "climate change," the first they would like to take Lugar's luger to and the other they think doesn't exist. If they really cared about jobs, they wouldn't have made it so easy for all the jobs to go overseas. There has been a concerted effort on the part of the GOP to send the workers overseas too, but you have to get shot at in the War to End All Health Care Reform.

The terribly important essentials, "war and money" supersede your need to have what Congress has, a choice on health care. They want to prevent you from opting out of your Simon Legree Health Plan that literally costs an arm, a leg, and your future, by making it mandatory that you choose a plan someone is guaranteed to make huge amounts of money from. And they get to fine you if you don't choose one.

Now is the time for all good GOPers to come to the aid of their contributors. The same people who were trusted with regulating their own activities and sunk the economy with all hands escaping and leaving the rest of us to drown is helping the GOP write the Health Care Reform death certificate.

It isn't "united we stand, divided we fall" it is "stand with United, divide the spoils."

Karen Webb
Moore, OK

Subject: Suspect in police killings and Huckabee connection no surprise

You see, most of us here in Arkansas already KNOW Huckabee's bad records on granting amnesties to criminals. Unfortunately for him, now the rest of the country is about to learn all about it.

This other case is quoted from Wikipedia under WAYNE DUMOND

DuMond received his second sexual assault conviction from a rape perpetrated in Arkansas in 1984. The victim, Ashley Stevens, was a 17-year-old cheerleader and a third cousin of then-Governor Bill Clinton.[9] Although she is much younger than Clinton, they share the same set of great-great-grandparents. After Clinton was elected president, a right-wing campaign alleged that Clinton had framed DuMond for rape.

DuMond's case resurfaced during the 2008 Presidential election when questions were raised on the conduct of Republican candidate Mike Huckabee in securing DuMond's parole while Huckabee was governor of Arkansas.

The details of how much assistance Huckabee provided to DuMond remain uncertain, in part because the governor met in "executive session" with five of the seven parole board members to discuss the issue, and the administrator who normally took notes was removed from the room. This is a violation of Arkansas law as such secret executive sessions are limited by statute to discussions regarding personnel decisions, specifically to avoid the appearance of undue influence from the Governor's office.

"The board’s executive session appears to have been a violation of the state’s Freedom of Information Act, which says state boards may meet privately only for the “specific purpose of considering employment, appointment, promotion, demotion, disciplining or resignation of any public officer or employee."[12]

Although minutes would normally be kept of even executive sessions, the office administrator was asked to leave the room, and no record of that session was kept.

"Despite the fact that the meeting was closed, there still should have been a record of it, four former board members and a former staffer say. They say that Sharon Hansberry, the board’s office administrator, ordinarily attends the meeting and takes notes. It was also a common practice around that time, they say, for her to tape record the meetings as well, even though the tapes were often destroyed once the minutes were formalized. Former members of the board say that Hansberry was asked to leave the room when the board went into executive session. A spokesman for the board says that there is no record of what occurred in the executive session — no tape recording of the executive session, or notes, or minutes."[12]

As of December 2007[update], six of the seven Democrat-appointed board members involved were still living. Two have recently said no comment, or that they don't remember. One has not yet been contacted by the press. Two more of the five members who were present at the closed meeting with Huckabee — Charles Chastain and Deborah Suttlar — have stated on the record that Huckabee used the private session to strongly advocate DuMond's parole.[18][19][20] Huckabee denies their version, though he admits having met with them Following his 1999 parole, DuMond moved to Missouri in August 2000, where he married Terry Sue, a member of a church group who visited him while he was incarcerated in Arkansas. On June 22, 2001, DuMond was arrested and charged with the September 20, 2000, rape and murder of Carol Sue Shields.[22] DuMond was convicted in the summer of 2003.[23]

He was found dead in his cell at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, Missouri, on September 1, 2005. DuMond had been suffering from cancer of the vocal cords. At the time of his death, charges were being prepared, but had not yet been filed, for the June 21, 2001, rape and murder of Sara Andrasek, who was in the early stages of pregnancy.[2] Andresek was murdered the day before DuMond's arrest for the murder of Carol Sue Shields.

Mike Curtis
Greenbrier, AR

Subject: Afghanistan

I was interested in the letter that suggested that we mow down the opium crops and then pay the afghanis to grow other crops. As far as I know poppies are about the only crop they can grow. Don't you think they would be growing something else if it would grow there?? We really do not know enough about their country to go in and try to force them to behave as if they lived in Iowa. They don't and we don't get that. The foreign policy I would like to see is that we allow people to do what they want to inside their own countries as long as it does not cross over into other countries and mind our own business as much as we can.

We have so little education in this country that people cannot get through their heads that Great Britain has National Health and private medical as well. They also have a thriving free market system. Just because you have national universal health care for all does not mean that you are a socialist nation like communist russia. In addition to national health, we need national education and then we need to cut down on the military spending. We have over 700 military bases around the world most of which are really not needed.

We have military bases in South America to fight the drug war. We have bases in Germany and Japan to make sure they are not going to refight WWII. I think that era is over and yet our military is not. Universal military service would be much more appropriate and would help our military be prepared for anything, much more than manning hundreds of foreign bases. And it would be the world's best deterrent to any sort of terrorist attack I can think of.

A BuzzFlash Reader

Subject: What Energizes The Teabaggers

"Being mad as hell at the status quo and desperate to do something about it."

"Isn't that what energizes progressives?"

"Except the progressive's desperation is for a just and peaceful world, whereas, the teabagger longs for the intransigence and certainty of absolutes."

"Seems as if the teabaggers are able to out-energize us progressives?"

"Partly true and partly a perception created by media's coverage of everything teabagger, compared to its non-coverage of almost everything progressive."

"Anything else?"

"Teabaggers exude passion, whereas, they're tight on intellect, progressives, visa versa."

"The answer being?"

"That we progressives loosen up and let our our inner passionate selves."


"We lose by default."

A BuzzFlash Reader

Subject: War in Afghanistan

President Obama said many times during his Presidential Campaign that he would draw down our troops in Iraq and we would concentrate on the war in Afghanistan. Over 2/3 of the American voters agreed with him. Now, he is doing just that and I'm reading a lot of negative comments on BF. I have supported BF for 8-10 years, but, I will be reluctant to do so for a while until you can follow each of these articles with a positive one. If I want to read cut-downs of the President, I'll read Drudge.

The Villages, Florida

Subject: What Our Troops May Not Want To Hear But Need To Know Before They're Deployed

That contrary to what military lore teaches you, your mission in Afghanistan isn't about keeping us safe here at home, nor about bringing freedom and democracy to that part of the world, Instead it's about U.S. domination of the entire planet, its oil and gas producing regions in particular. Which means that you're putting your lives on the line. not to get the bad guys over there so that they won't come over and get us here (no matter how comforting and inspirational such sentiments may be), but to maximize the profits of Big Oil. That's not to say that you're not heros, because you most certainly are, nor that, if the unthinkable happens, that you will have died in vain, just that you won't have died for any of those noble causes that you may have thought you were fighting for. But if not for these, what? That there be no war no more, nowhere, never, not even one.

A BuzzFlash Reader

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