Subject: Global Cooling
Pray for the restraint, patience, and courage of the world to resist more war in the face of unspeakable horror. Meditate on peace. Breathe in the heat of war and breathe out the cooling air of peace. We can all be part of this transformation.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Had Enough Yet?
In a little more than three months from now, Americans will go to the polls to determine who runs the next Senate and House. Republicans are frantically trying to distance themselves from George Bush, who is disintegrating right before our eyes. Democrats had been searching for a unified message when they got together and backed a resolution to bring home our soldiers in Iraq. That is a good rallying point to stick with for the fall elections. Republicans have gotten their hands dirty in so many different cookie jars that trying to call them out on all their malfeasance could get a little confusing. Their latest dirty trick, wrapping a minimum-wage bill in a package of more giveaways to the super-rich in an effort to force Congress' hand, is just another in an endless list of frauds perpetrated against our country. Of the people, by the people and for the people has no meaning to the ruling party. They run roughshod over any House member with a soul who tries to enact legislation that benefits the people rather than a corporation. They bend and break House rules to keep people-oriented legislation from ever reaching the Floor for a vote.
We have three months to demand from our states and counties a verifiable paper-trail in the voting process so that Republican-owned voting machines cannot be manipulated to steal yet another election for the Party That Left Lincoln.
If Republicans are allowed to rip-off one more election by a Supreme Court that chooses to defer to an unqualified executive and a corporate-owned media that refuses to tell the truth, no one can guarantee that the streets won't erupt into massive protests and a complete shutdown of our society. We must not and cannot allow America to spiral any further downward to a police state and a military dictatorship. We owe it to the lives of those who died before us to defeat the tyranny of an English king.
Subject: Outfoxed on Minimum Wage
Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp, a Mayberry Machiavelli if ever there was one, who could not restrain himself from telling House Democrats, "You have seen us really outfox you on this issue tonight."
Minimum Wage, Maximum Gall (Harold Myerson/Washington Post)
Congratulations, Wamp. You have now made me ashamed that I was born in Tennessee.
(I tried to email him, but his website does not accept out of state emails.)
Subject: The Little Dog That Sometimes Barks
Senator Arlen Specter’s infrequent attempts to convince us that he not only is his own man, but that he is a man of integrity, would be funny if they weren’t so sad.
I suspect that within Senator Specter there may be a tiny bit of integrity left that is disgusted with the things he continues to do in the name of expediency, but what is a “good” Republican lapdog to do?
Little Senator Specter barks when others point out to him that maybe things are not going all that well, constitutionally and legally in the Nation’s capital. As Senator Specter is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he is the one who decides to hold oversight hearings on certain issues. Or not. Mostly not.
When illegal shenanigans committed by the administration are pointed out to Senator Specter, he usually yaps ferociously . “We’ll hold hearings and get to the bottom of this,” the feisty little terrier proclaims.
Then sometime between such proclamations and real oversight, someone yanks Senator Terrier's chain, whacks him across the nose with a rolled up paper and he quiets right down. “What a good little Republican!”
There are many who are eager to point out that Democrats don’t all agree with each other on issues. If Senator Arlen Specter is what happens when a party marches in lockstep, then be glad Democrats don’t do so. There are times to stand together and there are times to stand alone if it means standing up for what is right and best for the country.
Senator Specter is a disgrace to himself when his loyalty is not to the law or the country but to the Party. “Heel Arlen,” they say, and Arlen growls and then quietly heels. Sad little puppy, really. Sad.
Subject: Weird Film Reviewed
I saw the strangest yet compelling film over the weekend. It’s called, “America: Freedom to Fascism.” It is in limited release across the USA, so I don’t know if it is playing at a theater near you. If it is, go see it. This documentary has a very uncomplicated premise. Aaron Russo, a veteran producer and impresario (See Wikipedia) best known for making Bette Midler into a star, seeks the answer to a simple question: What law requires American citizens to pay income tax? Neither left-wing, nor right-wing, this startling examination of the federal government exposes the systematic erosion of civil liberties in America since 1913 when the Federal Reserve System was fraudulently created. Through interviews with two U.S. Congressmen, former IRS Commissioner and former IRS and FBI agents, tax attorneys and authors, Russo connects the dots between money creation, federal income tax, and the national identity card, which becomes law in May 2008 and the proposed use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track all US citizens. According to Russo, this is a precursor to an impending police state in America.
It is an alarming film and it has led me to begin researching The Federal Reserve Bank. See WorldNewsStand.net. I’m not sure where this all leads, but there are certainly alarming signs of an incipient police state developing out of Bush-Cheney governance techniques. We shall see.
[BuzzFlash Note: Chicago Tribune movie critic Michael Phillps calls this "a flailing libertarian fever dream" and points out that Aaron Russo ran for president on the Libertarian ticket.]
Subject: Marlo Thomas - The World Needs You!
The past three three weeks I have watched children from Lebanon and young people from Israel and Palestine being bombed in their homes and screaming in pain with injury and dying. It has broken my heart to see these poor children suffering or in their last moments. Now we hear that the hospitals are targets of the warfare. I thought of you, Marlo, because your family came to the U.S. from Lebanon. You also have stood up for women's rights and nothing violates women's rights more than when women and their children suffer on account of war. You have carried on the legacy of your father along with your family to continue the good work of St. Jude's Children's Hospital. You seem to be the one, Marlo, who could have a great influence as an ambassador of goodwill to the Middle East and be of help in some way to end this horrific mess, or help with aid for the women and their children who are displaced or in hospital. If you would make an appeal to the nations and/or make an appeal for aide we would be more than glad to help you in the effort. God Bless You! (P.S.: If you want Phil or your siblings to help in the effort and they are willing that would be great too!)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Re: Talabani Sets Optimistic Security Goal
President Jalal Talabani predicted Wednesday that Iraqi troops will assume security duties for the whole country by the end of the year ...
Talabani sets optimistic security goal (AP/Yahoo)
In June 2005, 3 out of 100 Iraqi battalions were at level 1 combat readiness, that is, capable of independent operation.
Three months later, in Sept. 2005, 1 battalion out of 100 was at level 1 readiness.
U.S. general: Single Iraqi unit is combat ready (9/29/05/AP/MSNBC)
In Feb. 2006, not a single Iraqi battalion was judged capable of independent operation.
U.S. Report on Iraqi Troops Is Mixed (2/25/06/AP/Washington Post)
And in August 2006, how many Iraqi battalions are at level 1 readiness? Sorry, citizen, that information is classified:
The decision to stop making the information public came after reports showed a steady decline in the number of qualified Iraqi units. That number now is classified, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Victor Renuart, director of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
U.S. mum on strength of Iraqi troops (6/12/06/Detroit Free Press)
We will be able to prop up a few photo-ready Iraqi battalions by the midterm elections, units capable of “subduing” some quiet corner of Iraqi desert by themselves, but the notion that US forces will be handing over day to day combat operations in places like Baghdad by year’s end isn’t “optimistic” it’s inconceivable.
What more do the Busheviks need for them to wake up to the fact that W is a colossal failure, that he destroys everything he touches? This is the bedrock of democracy that we are talking about. This man has robbed us of our freedoms, has put America in a position where it is derided by most, if not all of the Arab world. After the debacle at the G-8 conference, I doubt any world leader takes him seriously (if they ever did). The man is full of sh*t-literally. Unfortunately, he also represents America and Americans. He impacts the way the world perceives ordinary Americans, and to them all of us here must seem like bumbling idiots incapable of articulating a single cogent sentence or thought. How long are Americans going to sit by and watch him destroy the future of this nation?
There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless. -- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
In my view, Busheviks fall into the third category.
Oh, yeah, I also want to add that I am glad that ...
Subject: Watching C-Span Washington Journal 8/2/06
This morning likely is the first time in my life I have ever seen a republican on [C-Span] alone, taking calls...and every single call was a basher. There was a half hour of this...and I was floored. It was Chuck Grassley...you know...a Bush dittohead. He is not Chuck Hagel, or any of the reps. who are trying to get Bush to bring the troops home...this man is just that...a dittohead. So he got mad, but the callers did not give a damn, they just kept it up...I have never in the past 6 years seen that. There is always a whiny woman or a blowhard man, who thinks he is the best president we have ever had...and a christian! None of that...nosiree! They all hated him and Bush, it just made my day. Slowly and surely...this country is getting its fill...hopefully not too late...I can just see it!
Subject: Mel the Nazi
I just wonder if the Hollywood industry will do a "Dixie Chicks" on this creep. Will the MSM play it up as much as they did for Natalie? Will theaters refuse to show his pictures? Will the public burn his movies and make an event of the burning?
Why? Because it is socially acceptable to be an open bigot when it comes to Jewish people, Mexicans, Muslims and gays. So unfortunately he will pretty well be able to fake an apology and hope no one finds that his father is a bigot that hates Jewish people. Swell Mel has said a few bad things about gays in the past. Mel called one of the female officers "sugar tits" in the incident, so I am sure Bill O-LIE-ly will give him a free pass for hating the "right people."
Just like dumbya, cultivate fear hatred and intolerance all the while hiding behind your so-called religion - how sad. Just maybe he and Arnie sit around the table shooting booze and bashing Jews, and in true RETHUGLICAN form, Arnie or dumbya will appoint him to gropinator of a nice little parcel of property called Nevada.
Real Christians don't hate, judge or attack.
Subject: Jon Kyl
Political ad for Jon Kyl states that he was listed as one of the ten best senators by Time magazine. However the ad does not state what he is best at. We in Arizona know that he is very good at following this administration's policy, but what is he best at?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Arab Street
Could play a make or break role in the Middle East. If the street stays relatively quiet that'll bode well for the success of these USA-backed Israeli invasions of Gaza and Lebanon, with success determined by how close Israel comes to wiping out all resistance to its own and empire USA's takeover of that part of the world. If the Arab street erupts, however, the fury that this will unleash will make the Iraq debacle seem like it's a walk in the park.
What would it take for the Arab street to erupt? Israel perpetrating another Qana, that's what. There'll be a general outcry of "Can't take it no more" and, presto, new ball game.
Will it happen? Well it almost did during the '73 Arab-Israeli war, when the Arab street forced their oil producing governments to place an oil embargo on America and other nations that at that time were supporting Israel. In the USA this hurt, as gas shortages resulted in long lines at the gas pump and a lot of pissed-off Americans. But this didn't last for more than a few weeks, being that as soon as the '73 war ended the oil embargo was called off and, presto, it was back to business as usual.
Doesn't mean that the Arab street isn't going to erupt this time around. Yes the basics are unchanged (colonizer against colonized, haves versus have-nots) but the conditions by which people live today are much worse than in '73.
Furthermore there may be a limit to how many variations on the same genocidal theme (Gaza, Falluja and now Qana) that the Arab street (or any street, for that matter) can suffer through without bursting forth.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Why the Democrats?
Now matter how angry you are at the Democratic Party, and many of us are in state of chronic anger with them, you need to consider the alternative. Yes, start building a third party. You bet. But in the meantime, they're all we got. Below is a letter I sent to the Voice Of The People column in my local paper. It may not do any good but it can't hurt. And I quite honestly felt better for trying.
WHY THE DEMOCRATS? Why should people vote for a Democrat come November? You should vote for Attila the Hun if he is running against a Republican. Attila was at least a competent marauder.
There are 2 really good reasons to vote for a Democratic Majority in Congress. They are House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).
Majority Leader Boehner has said very clearly that if he is in charge come January he intends to get serious about the privatization of Social Security. If that is so then be prepared for our own little Republican Congressman Ryan to crank up his Power Point show and take it back on the road. Look out, Grandma, they’re after your Social Security check again!
House Majority Whip Blunt says he would oppose global warming mandates if Republicans control the 110th Congress. “I think the information is not adequate yet for us to do anything meaningful,” says Congressman Blunt. Blunt and an ostrich have a lot in common. Both with their head in the sand and having about the same I.Q.
These two were also up to their usual shenanigans with the bill to raise minimum wage. They helped slip in an amendment to eliminate the estate tax. According to them, in order to allow some poor folks to get a raise from $5.15 to $7. 25 by 2009 we need to also give something to rich folks like Paris Hilton. Senator Bill Frist is also in favor of this bill. Not too surprising since it will reward him and his extremely rich family by millions of dollars.
Both Boehner and Blunt voted against stem cell research. As did our own Paul Ryan. This is what the future looks like with Republicans in charge. You may like it if you are in favor of living in the 19th Century. In which case you aren’t worried about gas prices either and look forward to driving a horse and buggy. (Get free fertilizer too!)
In an interview with the Washington Times published yesterday, House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) promised to privatize Social Security.
Marjorie L. Swanson