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Subject: US Charging Evacuees

I suppose if the Bushies had thought of this last summer, people being hauled off rooftops in New Orleans would have been asked for Visa or Mastercard.

US Charging Evacuees to Get Out of Lebanon

Mike Curtis
Greenbrier, Ark.


Subject: Feeling Helpless About the Way It Is?

If so, there are plenty of ways for one to obtain temporary relief, such as sex, sports, jumping up and down, screaming and cussing, getting drunk or high, watching a reality show, mowing the lawn, overeating and attending a rave. But if one is seeking permanent relief the only known way is to go all out to change the world.

A BuzzFlash Reader


Subject: "Pro-life"

I honestly can't believe that one of your headline/links reads "Another reason not to vote Joe: His stance on the Terri Schiavo case makes him look like he's on the verge of going pro-life." And you are anti-life?

This is one of the tricks the Repugs use; tricking you into calling them what they call themselves. They are not pro-life any more than Donald Rumsfeld is, since the only lives they seem to take seriously are those that haven't been born yet, since they favor the death penalty, oppose welfare, and refuse to do anything that makes the quality of life of anyone who lives below the poverty level any better.

No more "pro-life" -- "anti-choice."

A BuzzFlash Reader

[BuzzFlash Note: Better? Another reason not to vote Joe: His stance on the Terri Schiavo case makes him look like he's on the verge of going anti-choice 7/17]



Subject: [Forwarded] Iran's luck -- President G.W. Bush & The Law of Unintended Consequences

Iran should be canonizing George Bush. Turns out he is the best friend they could possibly have. Just think:

He got rid of their implacable enemy Saddam Hussein whom they could not defeat in nine years of war;

He opened the way for a theocratic state of Shiias in Iraq, with Iranian imams and mullahs filling the gaps and supporting Sadr and his ilk and ensuring intolerence for Sunnis;

He opened the door for Iranian terrorists to join the Shiia militias and disbanded the Iraqi army which might have been an effective instrument for the containment of the militias and the mounting civil war;

He weakened the US so that there is no way for US to threaten military action to take out the Iranian nuclear program or to bring US or international pressure to bear;

He created the political and economic environment where the run-up of oil prices became not only possible, but inevitable...affording Iran the money to support Hezbollah and Hamas and encourage their intensified rocket attacks on Israel and the kidnapping of their soldiers. It seems to have escaped attention that by eliciting a brutal response to the action upon Lebanon, the Syrian agenda is served by a weakened Lebanon more likely to be subject to takeover by Hezbollah;

and, he gave them the opportunity and reason to intervene in the Arab Israeli conflict, following up on Ahmadinajad's call for jihad and the destruction of Israel and the means to follow his words with action;

He gave Iran the opportunity when he insisted on an immediate response to the incentives package he sponsored with the EU to thumb their nose at the US and the West making our threats essentially hollow;

He helped to ensure that the US would continue to increase dependence on imported oil when he refused to tighten and renew CAFE [fuel economy] standards and standards for appliance efficiency.

What more could you wish for from a "friend" who has no idea of the rule of unintended consequences?

A BuzzFlash Reader


Subject: Where Is Our Lopez Obrador??

I am watching what is happening in Mexico...and I have lived there half time for years... and I am saying to myself...where is OUR Lopez Obrador? It is time for us to STAND UP ( to make THEM stand down)...to the lies, to the government spies, to the giveaway of our natural resources to corporations, to being hijacked by the oil companies, to crooked elections with manipulated machines...to unjust treatment of practically anyone who isn't a rich Republican American ...

ENOUGH!

It is time for massive civil disobedience. Time to do more than just march...we need to block the streets, to shut down infrastructure...if enough of us did it, in concerted action...we could make a hell of a difference.

A BuzzFlash Reader


Subject: October Surprise?

Well, we all thought dumbya and co. would declare war on Iran, but it looks as though it will be another little country with little defense -- Lebanon. More smoke and mirrors.

I also love the fact that RETHUGlicans are taking up the stem cell issue in an effort to difuse the "wedge issue" come election time.

Meanwhile, RETHUGlicans are spreading the fear-for-votes method.

Why go to so much trouble when you can "fix" elections anyway?

Running scared rover?

KJ Lovell
Duncan, OK


Subject: The Politics of Meanness

It is difficult to understand so-called “Conservative” politics. I don’t see conservatism, I just see mean. A bone deep meanness.

It is never enough with conservatives that they have their values (ha) and ideologies. They must force their beliefs on everyone. The problem there is that no matter how you try you cannot turn liberals into conservatives.

Most liberals just aren’t mean. They like people to get ahead and get along. They can’t bring themselves to stand up and cheer for death and destruction. This is one part of liberal wimpiness I am gut-wrenchingly, tearing-up proud of. We are just better than they are.

In the all out bar room brawl to which American politics has descended, being nice can be a problem. Liberals don’t like delivering low blows. Lying about someone and destroying them just doesn’t fit in with “our” values.

Think of Conservatives as drunks and Liberals as potheads. Drunks tend to get mean and want to fight. Naturally alcohol is legal. Potheads tend to want to smell flowers, both real and artificial and look for the nearest bag of Cheetos when finished. Naturally there is a bar on every corner and the Feds are breaking down the doors of old folks with Glaucoma. Yup, that’s life in Conservative world.

We don’t have to become them to beat them. We do have to stand up for what we believe and be proud of “our” values. We have to tell the people the truth. Over and over… You can’t back down and you can’t give in.

Being a liberal doesn’t mean being a coward. You stand up and fight for what you believe in and then you fight just as hard for peace. Why would anyone want to be a Republican? They have a meanness that goes all the way to their souls. They don’t want a better world; they want their world. God help anyone who stands in their way or sees a different way.

Liberals stand for a good life for everyone, a clean and healthy planet and peace. Damn, no wonder they hate us so much. That’s against everything they believe in. And there isn’t any meanness.

Marjorie Swanson
Kenosha, Wisconsin


Subject: The "pro-life" Label

I notice that often in your headlines you continue to use the term "pro-life" when describing the anti-abortion people. I think it might be important to consider that we don't allow the right wingers to continue to hijack the term "pro-life" because we all know they are nothing of the sort. The most recent article headline referred to Lieberman as on the verge of going "pro-life" but I would have rather seen you use the accurate term of "anti-abortion" or even more accurate than that in my opinion would be "anti-woman" or "anti-choice"

Allowing them to continue to hijack terms like this by using them ourselves is a mistake and I think Buzzflash can also be a front line in terminology.

In my opinion "pro-life" people would be those leading the charge for universal health care coverage, particularily for children, making sure people have food and shelter, caring for the environment, opposing war and the death penalty...you get my point.

The right wingers are really more of a "pro-death" group and its time to start taking away their hijacked labels.

Best Regards,

Jackie Tierney
Rutland, Iowa


Subject: Dead-End Straight Ahead

Israel's behavior towards its neighbors is to the war on terror what the use of fossil fuel is to global warming.

A BuzzFlash Reader


Subject: The Decider?

Nobody has mentioned THE MOST TELLING PART of Bush's remarks: "I think Condi's going over there." Not "I'm sending Condi," not even "I'm considering sending Condi." Clearly Bush is not "The Decider."

Rosamond


Subject: ‘False Stability’

Sunday, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos (ABC This Week), Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice created a new term to define the turmoil in the middle east. She called all the efforts made during the last 60 years to bring peace to the region “false stability.” How can you have a FALSE stability? Either it’s stable or it isn’t.

The dictionary defines false as “intentionally untrue.” It defines stability as firmly established, permanent, enduring. By buying into her new term, she has dismissed the Camp David accords as mere pretense at achieving a lasting peace in the middle east. And she swept away the last 60 years of negotiating peace in the middle east by dismissing all those efforts as having “traded security and stability” and a “set of policies that produced, helped, al Qaida and other extremist elements” for what she termed a “false stability.”

And she seems to blame these peace efforts for the horror that is Iraq. When confronted by Stephanopoulos with a clip of Cheney stating that “Regime change in Iraq would bring about a number of benefits to the region ... extremists in the region would have to rethink their strategy of jihad ...” she replied, “Well, first of all, those hostilities are not very well contained as we found out September 11.”

Ms Rice, we expect a more informed Secretary of State than you seem to be.

First, the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was a Saudi citizen, Osama bin Laden. He may not have been on Rice’s horizon, but all the members of the intelligence arm of our government were quite aware of his band of terrorists. They had been operating out of Afghanistan for some time. In fact, Rice’s boss was given a report titled “al Qaida Determined to Strike Within the United States” just 37 days BEFORE al Qaida struck the World Trade Center for the second time and succeeded in attacking our military industrial complex for the first time.

Rice is the one who told us this, during her testimony before Congress. And she also told us that she and her boss did nothing about this information. Were they both relying on the safety net of “false stability” to protect them from responsibility when they ignored the information contained in that August 6, 2001 report?

Did George W. Bush go to war with Iraq based on this policy of “false stability” used to dismiss those 60 years of negotiation for peace? Most informed Americans knew that the middle east was a powder keg just waiting for someone to light the fuse. We had seen the taunting of Israel with rockets and explosions in market places, the escalating violence that led to reactions like the Six Day War. We lost citizens and soldiers to these suicide explosions over the years. How could Rice or her boss have missed the reality that visiting the Christian “Holy Land” was fraught with risks?

And the world welcomed the deescalation of violence with the uneasy truce between the Isaelis and the militant factions of the middle east. A policy of “false stability”? It was better than no stability at all.

And until George W. Bush invaded the most westernized middle eastern country, Iraq, we were limping along toward peace. The United States government had used Iraq to keep Iran in line for us during the 1980s. Saddam was an ok guy back when we gave him those weapons of mass destruction to assist in his war with Iran.

Fleeing terrorists did not often stop in Iraq, it was “too westernized” to be trusted as a secure hiding place. But with the destruction of Iraq, terrorists -- not new terrorists, but the ones who had always been there stirring the hornets' nest of the middle east, unleashed their fury upon conquered Iraq and the United States unchecked and seemingly unstoppable.

Secretary of State Rice is correct when she states that “policy changed” with the Bush administration. Unfortunately, she does not seem to realize that it did not change for the better. Four years of occupation has not mellowed or molded Iraq into our image, but has inflamed that jihad Cheney was convinced would have to be moderated.

And emboldened by the disarray and Bush’s inability to cope with the swarm of terrorist groups sweeping through Iraq, Hezbollah gave the elimination of Israel another try. Fortunately, Israel does not dabble at war. They have learned the lessons of survival well, and from the army forged from the “Greatest Generation.” The government of Israel is not about to put their fate in the incompetent hands of Bush. So, because of this new interpretation of old attempts to achieve peace between Israel and the nations of the middle east, we are so much closer to World War III and Israel may be prepared to fight it but We, the United States, are not.

Carol Hagner
Richland, MO


Subject: Headlines For NY Daily News Item with BuzzFlash Headline "... but Remember Israel Did Not Start This."

7/17 Mailbag - Ly Kessee, Alfred NY -- I could make so many comments, but I'll try and be concise although that's probably not possible. Right now I am busy trying find out if my cousins in Israel, who have always minded their own business, ARE STILL ALIVE (they live a few miles from the Lebanon border). So far, no luck.

You say: Many Americans don't realize that Israel is ILLEGALLY, occupying the West Bank. Many Americans don't realize that land is illegally being seized from Palestinians. Heck, I did not realize that until deep into the 1990's, way after the Oslo accords.

And to you I say: Many Americans forget (or it seems in your case, never knew) that in 1967 the West Bank was one of the areas that was used by Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon to attack Israel -- and destroy them once and for all -- they lost -- big time. Also mobilizing their armies were Iraq, Sudan, Algeria and Kuwait ready to back up the other 4 countries. Israel took that land in self defense. If the Arabs don't want land taken from them, perhaps they should have left Israel alone. But they can't, can they? Hamas' official position is that they want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. How does anyone negotiate with people who hold this position? Tell me that.

Also, can you answer these questions? Why wasn't any Arab country interested in that small strip of land called Israel until 1948? Never an iota of interest. Explain that. It's a little strange, isn't it? Why do they claim Jerusalem as their capital when most of them never stepped foot there until, once again, 1948? And why is it that the very people who now call themselves "Palestinians" had never referred to themselves that way until 1948? Probably because the majority of them never actually lived in what we now call Israel. Most of them lived in Jordan, Egypt, Syria, to name a few. These people had a homeland. They gave it up and cannot get back in. Why? Because not one single Arab country will allow the Palestinians to re-patriate into the Arab countries. Why? Because they are using the Palestinians as pawns - without the Palestinian issue, they have no issue - nothing to rile up the Jewish/American hatred. Why do these Arab countries do nothing to support the Palestinians? Can you answer that for me? Yet only Israel gets blamed for Palestinian troubles. Yes, of course Israel is to blame for a lot of it, but the Arab countries seem to get a free pass - it's OK that they treat their own people like trash. It's absolutely amazing to me that no one asks or is the least bit concerned why the Palestinians get no help from their own people.

I myself am for a 2-state solution. Give the Palestinians a state. Everyone deserves one. But remember this. If they become a sovereign state, then when they attack Israel (which they no doubt will), then Israel has every right to fight back in any way they choose without the whole damn world whining about how Israel is ILLEGALLY defending themselves.

I would have to agree with Len Viola (from the same mailbag ). Learn your history.

Barbara in NYC


Subject: Stop Taking "Religious" Potshots!

Some very independent thinking people are still Christians, Jews, Muslim. It would strengthen Independent Buzz Flash and Independent, Libertarian and Alternative Parties so much if we'd leave religion OUT of a connection to the Republicans, Bush, The Flag, The Troops, 9/11, etc. It actually pushes Christians, the US' predominant Religious choice, to become Republicans because of their Religious affiliations. It forces Independent, Demos & others to renounce The Flag, The Troops & patriotism, in general. This is not good for what we need. Independent thinking, doing Americans who can make a difference w/o criticizing religious affiliation. In the end, it will serve your purpose to a greater good.

Mary
Fair Oaks, CA


Subject: Dixie Politics 101

When current DNC Chairman Howard Dean was a presidential candidate in 2003 he said, "I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks." That was a huge tactical error. I am a Louisiana democrat who has lived among pickup trucks and Confederate flags all my life and take it from me there are no swing votes in Dixie.

Most of today's Southern republicans are working class fundamentalist "Christians" who claim to support smaller government, less spending and conservative social issues. Yet they willingly trade working class values like fair wages, job security, labor unions, health insurance, and pension plans for Republican values like outsourcing jobs, suppressing wages, tax cuts for millionaires, and corporate welfare. They willingly vote for Republican politicians who oppose raising the minimum wage for working Americans. They willingly support the Republican Party knowing the GOP has become the party of big government and big spending and they willingly support the Republican Party knowing the GOP's selfish greed driven political agenda makes a mockery of Jesus' Biblical teachings regarding the poor. They even support the Republican Party knowing that the GOP has not delivered on a single significant social issue important to the conservative base even after controlling all branches of the government for six years. So how could these southern 'œChristian,' smaller government, working class, conservative people be so stupid?

The answer is simple. Southern working class republicans aren't stupid. They're racists. That's why KKK leader David Duke is a republican and it's why most of today's Southern working class voters remain in the GOP. Essentially there are two kinds of voters in the South. There are racists and non racists. Most non racists vote Democrat and most racists vote Republican. The GOP always carries the South simply because there are more racists than non racists in the South. That's not simplistic thinking. It's a political fact. If racism didn't exist working class people in the South wouldn't even be republicans. They would be democrats.

What Howard Dean and the DNC should understand is that they can kiss off the South as long as the Democratic Party joins hands with blacks and minorities. That's unfortunate but it's true. When President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 he said, "I think we've just delivered the South to the Republican Party for the rest of my life, and yours."

President Johnson was right. In 1964 blacks became democrats and racist working class 'Dixiecrats' became republicans. They will deny the truth and scream "playing the race card" when their bigotry is unmasked but it was racism that turned Southern bigots on to the GOP in 1964 and it's racism that keeps them there today. And they aren't about to change. That's why instead of joining hands with progressives, pro labor democrats and minorities in the fight for the working class, these southern blue collar bigots joined hands with anti labor fat cat corporate elitists. Instead of thinking for themselves they let right-wing sociopaths like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter do their thinking. Instead of following the Bible they follow greedy politically motivated right-wing televangelists who use Jesus' name to rake in cash.

The Democratic Party shouldn't waste one second courting these misguided people. They will vote Republican even if it means the end of their own way of life. Why? Because they're "Dixiecrats" and bigotry has found a home in the GOP. If Howard Dean is smart he will advise Democratic politicians to use all their resources getting pro labor democrats, moderates, minorities, progressives, and non racists out to the polls on election day. And leave the 'Dixiecrats' alone.

Jerry Harkness
Shreveport, LA


Subject: Hey Democrats! Stop Conceding the Frames!!!!!

The general platform of the Democratic Party is a platform that coincides with the views and values of 70-75% of Americans. Democrats generally believe that the Constitution is sacrosanct, that government has no business interfering with people's personal lives, that foreign policy is predicated on non partisan policies designed to keep Americans safe and make the world more secure, and a domestic agenda that creates a pro middle class, opportunity society with strong investment in education, health care, and our infrastructure combined with a progressive tax code that provides opportunity for the middle class to mobilize upward.

Unfortunately, many Democrats go to Washington and soon learn that there is money to be made by appeasing the corporations and right-wing media that prints the propaganda that they call news. Some Democrats do it because they are corrupt sell outs while other Democrats unknowingly undermine their own values by saying what they think Tim Russert or Wolf Blitzer wants to here just so they can feel accepted and important.

A couple of recent examples come to mind. Recently, Senator Bayh said that the Democrats need to have an agenda that appeals to the middle class. While I don't doubt Senator Bayh's sincerity, he's missing the boat. For decades Democrats have had an agenda that is pro middle class. The problem is that some Democrats in Washington are afraid to bluntly state what that agenda is, knowing full well that the media will ostracize them and the corporations will cut off the funding. Unwittingly, Bayh plays into the false GOP stereotype that "Democrats just want to tax everybody and give your money to people (blacks and Hispanics) on welfare."

A couple of weeks ago Senator Obama, a well intentioned man, thought that he could score points by bashing the non religious playing into the false GOP stereotype that "Democrats want to outlaw religion and ban the bible." Senator Obama forgot one of the greatest tenets of religion, that there are many ways to climb a mountain but those who think that there is only way to climb the mountain will be the first ones to fall down. The debate is not between religious and non religious people, Senator Obama. The debate is between the Taliban Fundamentalists of the Radical Right and everybody else.

Nowhere is this pandering to the corporations and punditocracy more evident than on the issue of foreign policy. Never mind the fact that Democrats won two World Wars, implemented the key policies that led to the collapse of communism, saved the Balkans from genocide, eradicated missiles from Cuba's shores, and all but one member of Congress supported using the military to hunt down Osama Bin Laden. Does one really need to compare that record to Republican Presidents who put war profiteering ahead of American national security? Yet the Democrats will allow the media to portray them as weak and ineffectual and Republicans as strong and protecting despite all evidence to the contrary.

Democrats need to understand that all it takes to be a permanent supermajority for the next 50 years is to speak truth to power. For every four people in America, three basically agree with you on the major issues. However, no matter how many people would prefer your product, nobody is going to buy it if you package it poorly.

Big Dave from Queens


Subject: Obstructing Justice?

Holy smokes! I just finished reading the article from the NY Times:

In Testimony, Gonzales Says Bush Blocked Inquiry (NY Tmes)

I'm not a lawyer and I don't play one on TV, but does this mean what I think it does? The Justice Department was going to investigate the legality of the spying on Americans and Bush personally prevented it from happening? WHY? Was he concerned about its legality? My gut instinct tells me they are hiding a hell of a lot more than we've found about and it isn't pretty.

To quote Yogi Berra: "It's deja vu all over again." Remember when the Taliban offered to turn OBL over if they could see the evidence and he refused? Remember when he blocked an investigation into 9-11? How can we find the weaknesses in our national security if we don't find out WHY it happened in the first place?

Isn't this obstruction of justice? Why does Specter keep kissing Bush's ass? I thought the committees had the right to issue subpoenas? Why don't they subpoena every single stinkin' one of them and demand answers? Why they just ignore the rule of law? Can I ignore the rule of law the next time I disagree with a law?

I truly hope the ACLU latches on to this one. I know they've been busy for the last 5 years, but what's a few more lawsuits?

Lisa Johnson
Milwaukee, WI


Subject: Voting Fraud, What To Do on Election Day

Many people have many crazy ideas on how to counter the diebold and radical republican threat. Well here is exactly what I have been saying to them:

What the? TOO COMPLEX! TOO COMPLEX! Corrupt republicans rely on democrats and other opponents to come up with complex solutions. Why? Simple: most people in general do not understand complex solutions thus they think they are wrong. Radical republicans and conservatives have a way of simplifying everything in their favour. You want to stop them? Stop bi***ing, stop being confused, stop putting your heads between your knees start fighting everything radical republicans preach. Kennedy, Jr. is on the right track but I don't see him asking us for help, this is a good thing. Let him deal with Diebold let him stall them up with legal complexities, nevertheess, no matter what last name he carries you won't stop Diebold from hitting again like the last election.

So what do you do? How do you change stuff? It’s called focusing RAGE. Have you ever stood in a line for 13 hours? Most people have not done that, but for some strange reason it was very common among many democratic voters in the last election. HMMMMMM...what do the republicans feed off? Angry energy. ANGER AND RAGE. Here is my simple way of putting it: no one likes to stand in line for 13 hours to use one or two machines and then not get their vote counted. No one likes to go through that and then have all the mainstream media ignore it.

Take that rage, take that anger and turn it against the republicans.

Protest! boycott! scream! preach! Shut down every thing! Ignore what Fox says, ignore what CNN says, ignore what winning Republicans say. Stop being afraid of emotionial bullying! Start fighting, don't shut up, spread the word: When the next election comes and there is a fraud, there should be ignition of rage!

317,000 people lost their votes? That’s a lot of capable ADULTS able to rally together to shut down the country. Stop seeing things as, “Oh...oh...we’ll just...file some complaints and...hopefully the courts will listen to us.” PANSIES! Find a rally point, shut down everything around it! Peaceful protesting YES! Isolation, silence and no coverage, NO!

You get over 100,000 people screaming for a week, republican politicians start to wet their pants. You’re all insane. Honestly, it's really that simple. Find everyone who is pissed, get them together and start bringing down the walls of silence and emotional abuse. You think it can't be done? The reason you think that is because you have been made to believe that one person can not make a difference. Why can't one of you Americans be that one person who loses his or her mind on election day, buys a megaphone and walks up to the polls where people are standing in lines farther than the eye can see and say, “GUESS WHAT EVERY ONE? YOU’RE ALL USING 1 MACHINE. THE REPUBLICAN CENTRE DOWN THE ROAD HAS 16! WHOEVER IS PISSED, COME WITH ME NOW!”

You don't think it's possible? You don't know the rage of people. Not to be racist, but you also don't know the rage of African Americans when they're being suppressed by white Texans in business suites. It can be done.

Stop being bi***ed around by Republicans, it's not like they can go out and shoot you with ease, you live in the country of guns for god sakes.

Hacking, hidden programs, conspiracy -- that’s just too complex to start people off with. They can't conceive of that, but they can conceive of the fact that the bastards down the road have more than them.

Now...if this all sounds too much for you if this all sounds like too much time and too much effort ... for example you may be thinking, “Yeah...those dumb hippies in the 60’s tried this with Vietnam, it didn’t work.” Well if you think that then why are you reading this post? Why are you reading this article? Stop caring! Stop caring about your beautiful country. Just go about your daily lives and forget the fact that a bunch of rich oil-digger war-starting two-faced thugs are raping your beloved country from every angle possible while saying “You better like what we give you or you’ll be deemed a traitor.”

Stopbi***ingstartfighting