This is Part 2 of the August 24, 2006 BuzzFlash Mailbag. Click here for Part 1.
Subject: Author of Bush's Brain on No Fly List (dailykos)
Sounds to me like the fascist state is becoming ever bolder in their abuses. You know none of us is safe when they put James Moore, author of Bush's Brain, and Air America Radio talk show host Randi Rhodes on the no fly list.
How long can we sit still for these flagrant abuses of our civil liberties? It's as if they don't have any worries about having to answer for this despotic behavior -- maybe because the voting machines will continue to rig the elections.
[BuzzFlash Note: This article was posted in January, 2006.]
Subject: Ann Coulter Column About Attacks by Muslim Extremists
Never did I imagine Ann Coulter writing a column supporting Democrats and critics of the Iraq War. But she did just that in her column concerning Muslim terrorist attacks printed in my local paper.
Her column lists 11 such attacks. Of those, seven occurred during Republican administrations, and four occurred during Democratic administrations.
The three worst attacks, the blowing up of the Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983, the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, and the 9/11 attack, all occurred while Republicans were running our foreign policy. 9/11, by far the worst, occurred during a Republican administration after President Bush, while on vacation, was given a report on terrorism warning that such an attack was imminent. And of the 11 attacks listed by Ms. Coulter, NONE involved Iraq.
Thank you Ann, for pointing out that America is safer under a Democratic President, and that the Iraq War has little to do with terrorism.
David L. Richards
Royal Oak, Michigan
Subject: Bush Lied and Is Still Lying
From 8/21 Press Conference:
THE PRESIDENT: What did Iraq have to do with what?
Q The attack on the World Trade Center?
THE PRESIDENT: Nothing, except for it's part of -- and nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a -- the lesson of September the 11th is, take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. Nobody has ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq. I have suggested, however, that resentment and the lack of hope create the breeding grounds for terrorists who are willing to use suiciders to kill to achieve an objective. I have made that case.
Meanwhile ... retrieved from the memory hole
March 18, 2003
Dear Mr. Speaker:
Consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), and based on information available to me, including that in the enclosed document, I determine that:
(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other peaceful means alone will neither (A) adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq nor (B) likely lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and
(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.
GEORGE W. BUSH
And these snippets:
This report also explains that a determination to use force against Iraq is fully consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.
4. Use of Force Against Iraq is Consistent with the War on Terror In Public Law 107-243, Congress made a number of findings concerning Iraq's support for international terrorism. Among other things, Congress determined that:
Members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq.
Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of United States citizens.
It is in the national security interests of the United States and in furtherance of the war on terrorism that all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions be enforced, including through the use of force if necessary.
Subject: Drafty Ain't It?
Last night I had the strangest dream. I dreamt that escalations in our global conflicts had prompted the White House and the Pentagon to begin to point out that our forces have been asked to do more than any others in our history by serving multiple duties in our war on terror. The conservative pundits repeated and repeated that our war on terror had obliged the men and women in our armed forces to sacrifice their lives and their livelihoods for our sake. I dreamt then, that an emergency, possibly the combative involvement of Iran, prevailed upon Bush, prevailed I say, to make an impassioned plea for military volunteers to ensure our way of life, our freedoms and our democracy, just as we were unselfishly fighting for the freedoms and democracy of others. This entreaty included the iteration that we owe our country our loyalty, that it is our duty to defend our shores, and that it is essentially our lives and the lives of those we love that are at stake. Also that, in fairness, this duty applies to every American, and so, in fairness, in this time of war, a draft would commence in six months, giving those who would voluntarily join enough time to do so ( the volunteering request, you see, might very well fail, so it has to be backed up with the threat of the draft, spurring a furtive, fatalistic heroism and thus fresh recruits, which, seemingly inspiring, would, in return, be very useful to shame others into support).
Then I woke up and realized that it was just that I had left a window over my bed open and a damp summer breeze was bathing my brain. Ha! That was close.
Subject: Republican Blah Blah Blah
Yesterday morning Congressman Jim Ryun (R-Stepford) was interviewed by Kansas Public Radio. I wanted to throw the radio out the window as he was talking. He doesn't have a thought in his head that doesn't come from the Rove/Mehlman playbook. "Have to fight them there instead of here," "death tax," and "war on terror" were his standard phrases.
My favorite, though, was his stand on the minimum wage bill. He literally said that he voted for it, but would vote against it if the bill did not include a reduction in estate taxes. The interviewer even mentioned the several raises Congress has gotten in the same length of time that there has been no increase in the minimum wage, but Ryun was unfazed--kept on repeating the same old tired lines.
If the people of the 2nd District in Kansas are listening, they will vote him out of office.
you might want to remind the press and republicans that a democratic administration caught the person responsible for 1993 wtc bombings and bush and the all talk and no action republicans have not gotten bin laden.
so, who is tough on terrorists????? who is leaving all the borders unsecured? who leaves our ports and cargo unsecured? who has outsourced the ammo our soldiers' guns hold?
they are nothing but talk...and who wanted to cut vets benefits? who lied about medicare? who-the republicans..
.use their own votes and words against them please. MORE REALLY NEEDS TO BE MADE ABOUT CLINTON GETTING THE BLIND SHEIK.
and you might want to remind people the only thing to fear is fear itself-instead of the fear mongering that the republicans blatantly do.
Subject: Stay the Course!
I usually turn off the "IDIOT" any time I hear him on TV....but was too busy doing something this time so I accidentally heard this latest press conference...and I actually heard him say it... I heard him say that "as long as HE is the president HE will not pull out of Iraq"....and people I know he was serious when he said it.... because he did NOT even have a SMIRK on his face this time...Didn't even place his hands over his heart as he usually does...Well kiddos... HE will be president (except somehow for the grace of God hmm) for three more LONG years. I don't know about you, but the picture that is forming in my head is..... the number of lives lost up till now....times three..... let's do the math...2610 X 3....yep... get out your pen an paper and figure it out...Oh and BTW that isn't counting the sick and maimed....And of course he gave that same O! same 0!... about fighting them over there instead of over here....REALLY?...IF HE HADN'T GONE OVER THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE.... WE PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE FIGHTING THEM ANYWHERE...
Just think people!...THREE MORE LONG YEARS!.. I guess we better all....stick together...hang in there together...and keep meeting here on Buzz to insure keeping our sanity that long...I guess time DOES only fly when your having fun......
Subject: The End of the Dinosaurs
Now that the death-rattle fills the throats of the Republicans, their true nature is revealed. They never made a very good show of giving a fig for the average working Joe, what with writing and passing legislation that gave Big Pharma bazillions of our dollars while shafting our parents. Or fattening already bloated corporations with giveaways while our pockets were picked at the pump and the electric meter. Or taking care of their obscenely rich friends while they shook us down for our last bit of change like a schoolyard bully. Or selling off America's National Forests to environment-destroying developers. Or fouling our land, air and water with enough carcinogens and volatile organic compounds to turn us into 'Omega Man' mutants.
Now they're just being overtly greedy, selfish, racist and demeaning ogres. They're trying to kill as many brown people as they can before they clean out their bank accounts and flee the country. Just where do they think they can go where they won't be strung up from the nearest light pole? I'll personally buy them all a one-way ticket on a rocket ship to the Sun. No wonder they all live in gated communities.
Once upon a time, the Republican Party stood for fiscal restraint. Now we're so far in debt a fleet of backhoes couldn't dig us out. Cover Fido's and Fluffy's ears, because we're going to be reduced to eating our pet population to survive. A wheelbarrow full of greenbacks won't buy you an item off the dollar menu at Wendy's. Did you notice how the Fed stopped announcing the M3 numbers? They won't tell you how much money they're printing these days. The presses are running 24/7 in order to bamboozle the public into thinking that everything's just fine. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. The dollar lost 17% against the Chinese yuan today. Those 6 for a dollar Ramen noodles are the best buy on the commodities market. Goldman-Sachs advises a 'hold' on refrigerator leftovers.
Think I'm a wee bit too cynical? What kind of deep REM sleep are you in, anyway? That foreclosure is going to slap you in the kisser like a stanky halibut and rudely bring you out of your TV-induced coma. When a gang of wiry and ragged former software programmers comes skulking down your block armed with USB cords and neckties, it will be too late to do anything but run. Those aforementioned gated neighborhoods will be the first to be torched. The Hummer won't serve much of a purpose without any gas to put in it.
This kind of Stephen King-inspired scenario can be avoided if we make some seriously overdue reforms once we take back our country. We can start by rescinding NAFTA, GATT and the WTO. Then we can freeze the assets of the real terrorists, the CEOs and politicians who put America in this black hole. We can revitalize manufacturing by building Green industry coast-to-coast and become the world leader in recycling technologies. We can make science and mathematics our educational priorities and stop teaching our kids how to fail. We can eliminate factory farms and make American farmers the valued members of society they once were. Local farmers feeding local people. No more genetically-modified freaky food. Repeal of intellectual property rights for biological organisms. The evil empire of Monsanto and its crop cops gone for good. Hey, I could elaborate here ad infinitum, but those of you with a brain and a conscience see where I'm going.
Evolution, with the help of a really big asteroid, wiped the dinosaurs off the face of the planet. At that point, the meek actually inherited the Earth. Dick Cheney, the chickenhawk, already looks like some overgrown archaeopteryx. The Age Of Reptiles is approaching its rightful conclusion. It's about time for mankind to blossom. The asteroid of voter rage is closing in fast. Vote your higher conscience in November.
Subject: Republican Terrorists
The Reptile/Republican party is no better than the terrorists they pretend to abhor. Like the Islamic terrorists, the Reptile party thrives on fear. While Bush and his cronies may publicly lament each act of terror, privately they smile with glee, knowing only too well that their popularity and strength will only increase. Immoral? Unethical? Of course. But then, when did the Reptile party give a hoot about morals or ethics?
Subject: Idiot Katrina Survivor with FEMA Trailer Kissing Dubya's Ass
Just when you think the Bushies have stooped to an all time low with the "Rain Man" news conference, along comes "Goober" with his FEMA trailer. I would have given Karl Rove more credit than this total embarrassment. What we are seeing is Nixon's final days replayed by a cast of characters much less talented. I am always reminded of Jon Stewart hoping that Bush would be re-elected in order to see him squirm through his final years in office.
Subject: Moonies smash up newsroom threaten to kill reporter
Anyone who does NOT think the Moon organization is a threat to world order, needs to read the posts and links provided at Gorenfeld's on this fraudulent "peace" group smashing up a newspaper office and threatening to kill a reporter in hundreds of text messages. Moon's organization will likely see this as bad publicity and do some back peddling - try to act like they didn't authorize the protest. ANYONE who knows anything about the group knows that the last line in Robert Gammon's article about one of Moon's "pastors" poaching thousands of protected baby leopard sharks is spot on.
"You don't do anything in that organization without the okay from your superiors. You don't fart without permission."
Keep in mind, this is an organization which has convinced thousands of political and religious activists and MANY nation's current leaders that it is the ONLY answer to world peace. They have put on "peace" conferences in the Middle East, one of which was endorsed by Mahmoud Abbas. They have given awards to Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan, and met with many current world leaders including the president of India during their recent world tour to lay the groundwork and open doors for their "peace" front organization.
The Speaker of the House of the Philippines admits that Moon leads his country's efforts to promote the idea that the United Nations add a theocratic body to the UN structure. The president of Nigeria recently asked Moon to use his "great influence" to help Africa.
Amazingly, given Moon's claim that he is THE Messiah and his organization's involvement in one Catholic Bishop leaving the church, Cardinal Dom Claudio Hummes, Archbishop of Sao Paulo met with Moon's "peace" front organization last June. Moon's organization, which has a stated vision/goal to make a united Korea their "Sovereign Nation" are very likely involved - as they claim - in at least a facilitating role in our nation's negotiations with North Korea and have been since Bush 41 gave his blessing to a Moon front's trip to North Korea in 1992. They also claim and likely have advised our State Department. This is an organization which has spent billions of dollars, much of which it swindled from the Japanese, to manipulate America's political structure and they are now doing the same to the world, though the media has ignored it. This is a power hungry, authoritarian, homophobic and theocratic (with them defining God's terms) organization.
This is a link to Moon's last gambit at controlling the direction of world events, his "peace" organization, and because the UN won't theocratize fast enough for him, his personal United Nations, the Universal Peace Federation.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Terror in the Sky
Some of the passengers pulled out cell phones during the flight and appeared to be trying to pass the cell phones to other passengers, a U.S. government official said. In addition, some passengers unfastened their seatbelts while the light requiring they be fastened was still illuminated, the official said. That was enough for U.S. air marshals aboard the DC-10 to break their cover.
They pulled out cell phones and unfastened their seatbelts when the "fasten seatbelts" sign was on. Is it just serendipity (for Republicans) that absurd incidents like these are now being treated as potential terror threats? There was the ridiculous "Matches and Vaseline" flight that turned out to be the "stressed-out granny who peed in the aisle" flight. It's hard to imagine how such events could be orchestrated (although perhaps something as simple as issuing new "zero-tolerance' guidelines for Air Marshals would do the trick). Perhaps it's just a sign that my political paranoia has reached new heights. But if the F-16s are scrambled when a passenger asks for a third bag of peanuts and a NON-diet Ginger Ale ... ?
Common household ingredients such as peanut butter and sugar solutions could be modified to provide the fuel and oxygen needed to make explosives.
Subject: We need to sue oil companies for Iraq War
Even if the GOP loses in the fall, Bush is impeached, and top members of the cabinet are tried as war criminals here or sent to the Hague, the underlying causes for the war would remain: oil company execs can pick up a phone and dictate our foreign policy.
If you don't believe it, you only have to read THE PRIZE by Daniel Yergin, a Pulitzer Prize winning history of oil. The author is such a lefty that he went to work with Papa Bush at the Carlyle Group. When oil companies have problems negotiating with a foreign government, they pick up a phone and expect a coup or war to be in the pipe before they hang up, as happened in Iran in the 1950s, and likely happened with Saddam because he wasn't going to play ball on subservient enough terms.
Some of those who made those calls and asked for the war have even gone on the record on the BBC:
We pay the cost for securing oil for those companies, and they keep the profits and decide how much to screw us at the pump. Additionally, the consequences of having our foreign policy dictated by them means we will have to live with the hatred of a large chunk of the world population long after the last barrel of oil is sucked out of the ground.
We have never profited from these companies being based here any more than the average Saudi has benefited from all the oil under their sand. During the Great Depression, the United States was the Saudi Arabia of oil, the number one exporter. That didn't feed or shelter a single family out of work. And even today, as over a hundred thousand of our troops fight to hold Iraq's oil for them, those companies gouge us at the pump and demand more tax cuts.
In many ways, this is similar to the tobacco situation. Private companies profited, but society as a whole was forced to bear the cost, both monetarily and in lives. The same is true with the cost we bear of our taxes, our reputation abroad, the lives of our soldiers securing and protecting oil, and the lives of innocent Americans who will die in terrorist attacks in response to decades of a foreign policy that stole and killed from many to profit the very, very few.
A poll of Arab countries a while back showed that our popularity there has declined as a result of the invasion of Iraq, and most don't think we are there to spread democracy. They know why we are there, and even an Arabic version of Fox News wouldn't be able to make them forget what they have heard their parents and grandparents mutter for decades and then seen with their own eyes. What is beneath their land does not belong to them, and if they get in the way of the rightful owner, the full weight of the world's only superpower will fall on them.
The people who live with that reality don't latch on to a corporation or holding company to be mad at. They blame us, who only get a plastic flag, a yellow ribbon, and a couple of sh**ty country songs at most.
These kinds of wars will not stop until we hold those who instigate them responsible, and that means going a level higher than the heartless bastard in his bunker and the son of privilege. As destructive as those two are, they are not acting on their own initiative, but serving a handful of business interests with the oil industry up front and the rebuilding and defense contractors following like hyenas, feeding on the dead and dying left in the wake of the predator.
Sadly, most of our legislators, including most Democrats, dare not do more than barely imply the relationship between the criminal and the crime. The closest they can get is saying that category of criminal and those crimes are bad in an abstract sense like, "We wouldn't have invaded Iraq if their main export was coconuts," but if that was the kind of case prosecutors made against Charles Manson, he would still be on the streets. Sometimes, when the predators are feeling generous, they let Congress kick a hyena like Halliburton to lull the public back to sleep, but the crime itself cannot be interfered with by mere elected officials. As Grover Norquist said about elections in Iraq:
The right to trade, property rights, these things are not to be determined by some democratic election. (on video to BBC's Greg Palast)
There is no evidence the interests he serves feel any different about our democracy than they do about Iraq's.
It took some brave lawyers to take on big tobacco, and class actions have been done against big oil before, as happened with the Exxon Valdez oil spill. As we have seen with the recent rulings on Bush ignoring the FISA laws, the courts are the only branch of government that still functions with some relationship to reality. Even conservative judges are freer than legislators to follow the facts and their consciences since they don't have to worry about the next election or getting some corporate job after they are kicked out of office.
Are there any lawyers brave enough to step up to the plate, hit these guys where it hurts (in the wallet), and make these companies play by the rules and pay for their actions, the way you or I would if we killed one person to steal a few thousand dollars? They have killed hundreds of thousands to steal hundreds of billions. If there is no punishment for a crime of that magnitude, we should give up with the pretense of being a people of laws, admit that there is only the law of the jungle, and take our place behind the other hyenas, hoping that the predator leaves some scraps of flesh and gristle for us.
Santa Monica, CA
Subject: Terror suspects planned to use liquid explosives to blow up planes (US News)
It's from 8/10, but it names the "explosives components" the suspects had: "low-concentration hydrogen peroxide, sugar solutions, peanut butter, and in one instance, nine tins of baked beans under a suspect's bed."
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: More excerpts: "Now it's up to the explosives experts to figure out whether these ingredients were intended for bomb-making purposes or, as one law enforcement official said, ''Perhaps the guy just likes peanut butter.' ... British forensic authorities are playing catch-up because the arrests were made earlier than anticipated, because key players in the plot all had arrived in London after making trips to Pakistan, putting British police under pressure to bust the plot before it went too far, officials say. So while they have found possible precursors of explosives, they have not found any of the actual devices themselves, sources say. Law enforcement officials told U.S. News that the United States brought pressure to bear on Pakistan to make a key arrest, leading to a 'domino' effect in Britain and the arrests there."]