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Tuesday, 19 January 2010 03:40

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 19, 2010

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Subject: Scott Brown Suggests Obama Is A Bastard

Scott Brown, the Republican running for the Senate seat in Mass., was on a Boston TV show recently sticking up for Sarah Palin and at the same time suggesting President Obama's mother was not wed when she had him all those years ago.

I sent this to "Morning Joe" and others, but I doubt if anyone will use it or even bring it up:

Scott Brown told a Boston TV station he was not sure President Obama's mother was wed when she had him.

Does this mean the Hawaii newspaper that printed Obama's birth is in the habit of printing the birth of babies born out of wedlock?"

And how did the Hawaii newspaper that printed the birth of Obama know he would grow up to become President?

Bill Corcoran
Chicago


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Monday, 18 January 2010 03:38

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 18, 2010

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Subject: silence is deafening

Dear BuzzFlash:

I have often wondered why Christian groups are so curiously silent when people like Pat Robertson spew off, pirates like the late Oral Roberts and countless clones rake in millions thanks to gullible followers and the GOP continues its unabated hate of anything that isn't white and rich. I know it isn't because they aren't aware of what's going on. Maybe it's because to comment on any so called Christian wrongdoing is to be viewed as a self-attack, or maybe more ominously, they actually agree with what the pinheads say and are more in lock step with these evil lunatics than anybody wants to know about.

I fear it's the latter, judging from the amount of people I've noticed on blog pages rushing to Robertson's defense over his Haiti analogy. Couple that with the fact that these people are also marching to the beat of the Limbaugh Lemmings and Fox News, and you have a social class that is no better than those that followed Nazi Germany with so much fervor, or the teachings of Mao. We do have that wonderful 1st Amendment that allows these people to speak, and we can argue back, but if the GOP and its shills were ever to tamper with the freedom of speech, there would be absolutely no protest from their devoted herd. Is removing Limbaugh or Robertson from the airwaves possible? Yes, but only with difficulty. Number one, refusing to listen to them isn't enough. We must refuse to patronize any company that sponsors their programs, and take that action to the local markets, where your local talk radio broadcasts from.

If those local sponsors get boycotted in great enough numbers, especially in larger markets, it could create a ripple effect that would send a message to the companies that own the local stations. When common sense won't rule, in this country, lack of profits does, and nothing will kill a program like losing money. It's a long shot, but perhaps worth a try. Disassociation with madness on the level of Robertson, Dobson and the GOP followers in general, including their local businesses and others who empower them could be quite effective.

Scott
Fayetteville, AR


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Friday, 15 January 2010 03:59

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 15, 2010

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Subject: rush and pat dig deeper

Hi, Buzz!!

Just when I think Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh can sink no lower, they do.

With regard to Pat "The Earthquake is God's Punishment" Robertson, maybe Buzzflash should add another award (in addition to Wings of Justice, GOP Hypocrite, and Media Putz). This one should be for the religious-right figure who does the most in a given period of time (like a week) to bring the name of the Lord Jesus Christ into disrepute. Maybe call it the "Trashing Jesus" award, or some such thing. Pat should get the first one hands down. I don't understand the man; every time there's a natural disaster, he's right out there claiming it's God's punishment for one thing or another. What happened to God's love and mercy? Hasn't Pat read the Bible? What's he going to say when some disaster happens to him? No wait - I know what he'll say: He'll be on the airwaves asking for donations. What a worthy (not) cause!

As for Rush, I'd be in favor of dropping him into the middle of Port-au-Prince with no food, no water, no roof over his head, and - worst of all - NO MICROPHONE!!! Let's see how long he lasts.

Why does ANYONE listen to these guys?

Jane Hawes
Edmond, OK (red-state Democrat)


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Thursday, 14 January 2010 03:11

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 14, 2010

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Subject: our country

What has happened to the United States of America? I look around and all I see is greed, hate, obstructionism and ignorance. This is not the country where I grew up and had such high hopes for my children and grandchildren.

I had a letter that was posted in The Mailbag on January 11. I made the comment that I was disgusted with Republicans and Democrats and I believe Ralph Nader was correct when he stated that there is no difference between the two parties. I retract that to a certain degree. The ideals and philosophies of the two parties are different. VERY different. That’s sadly where it ends. The Democrats believe they must play nice and concede their positions to make the conservatives happy. The Republicans are destroying this great country with their lies and greed. As they wave the flag, their ignorant followers have no thoughts of their own and repeat the lies over and over again.

I sit here and watch the tragedy unfolding in Haiti with tears in my eyes and pain in my heart. At the same time the hateful right, from the likes of Pat Robertson, Rush Limbaugh and their ilk, spew hatred and racism through the media. My anger and rage with our leaders, our political system and our media grows every day. I am as active and involved in our system as I can be. I write, I call, I speak out, I volunteer and I attend every town hall meeting my congressman, Brad Sherman sets up. It’s at these town hall meetings where I see, first hand, America’s ignorance. I’m thankful that I am at an age where I do not have to start building my future. I do however, fear for my three children and two grandchildren.

Bob Lambert
Northridge, CA


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Monday, 11 January 2010 03:49

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 11, 2010

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Subject: Credit Cards

Credit cards are trying to squeeze every penny from the consumer. They are charging inactivity fees. Fees for doing nothing. Also, for even those with great credit they will start charging yearly processing fees, annual fees, activity fees and statement fees. What a racket. My own credit card just lowered my credit limit to what my balance is and raised my interest to 19.9%.

I have had this one particular card for years and I have never missed or have been late with a payment. I have always paid much more than the minimum. After a few years of using my card too much, mostly for medical payments, but never over my limit, I have chipped away at the balance to where it is reasonable. I try to avoid using credit cards and I would like to eliminate them altogether, but we are held hostage to the banks and credit cards by big business. Try to rent a car with only a debit card. You just can not do it.

Hotels will take your debit card but will charge a deposit to your account. My experience has been that the major high end hotels treat you like a second class citizen and you usually get the worst of rooms if you use a debit card. I can change the payment to my debit card at checkout, but to get the service at these hotels you need to have a credit card on file. For those two reasons alone, I am FORCED, let me say that again, FORCED to carry a credit card.

The people that say if you don't like credit cards don't have them, never rent cars or go to hotels. In days past, today's credit card companies would be considered illegal, loan sharking and usury.

Every day, there are more and more examples of how our government works for the corporations and NOT the American people. I am getting fed up with our politicians, especially the Democrats that had a chance to make real significant changes for the people. I believe Ralph Nader was correct. There is no difference between a Republican and a Democrat.

Bob Lambert
Northridge, CA


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Friday, 08 January 2010 03:27

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 8, 2010

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Subject: you go, Mike!

Hi, Buzz!!

Mike Curtis is RIGHT about flying: too intrusive, too uncomfortable, and too much of a hassle generally. I have curtailed my flying quite a bit over the last two or three years, and may quit altogether, if the airports start using strip-search machines the way Mr. Chertoff would like them to.

Amtrak, alas, is not an option for me, since there is no Amtrak in Oklahoma anymore. I remember, however, when the Texas Chief ran from Houston to Chicago, with a stop in Norman, where I was in college. I could get on the train in Norman and be in Chicago the next morning. The chair cars were so comfortable that one could sleep soundly. And yes, the dining car food was first-rate. I have been in touch with my elected representatives in Washington supporting the proposed high-speed rail line from Tulsa to San Antonio. It's not the Texas Chief, but it's a start.

In the meantime, I expect to do more driving. It's amazing how free I feel when I don't have to worry about liquids and gels in my luggage, or the size of my suitcases - when I can leave when I want, stop when I want, and arrive on my own schedule. No X-rays, no metal detectors, no parking hassles.

I think all of us who think the way Mike and I do should contact the airlines and let them know they're losing business. If we can get them to make a stink in Washington, maybe common sense will prevail.

Jane Hawes
Edmond, OK (red-state Democrat)


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Thursday, 07 January 2010 03:31

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 7, 2010

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Subject: The easy way to keep up on hate radio

Dear BuzzFlash:

If you're like me, you want to keep up with the other side and their latest ravings, but the nausea factor usually stops you. Like anybody can tell you who works or socializes around a right wing lunatic, most of whom also double as evangelical wackos, too, these Limbaugh lemmings are just like African gray parrots. They can speak English just great, but have no comprehension of what they're saying and rely solely on verbal cues to tell them what to say and how to think, if that's what they do. Here's a sample of crap unloaded by the lemmings I work with lately.

1) Only liberals (Democrats and anybody to the left of Dick Cheney) break laws. This astute comment was offered after a petty theft at my workplace, the culprit still unidentified.

2) Only welfare cheats and people who don't want to work will benefit from a government health plan.

3) If you're broke or poor, you are to blame, regardless of circumstances. Same if you're unemployed, even if you've been outsourced or fired.

4) The homosexual community lurks on street corners, especially San Francisco, just waiting to violate anybody foolish enough to stop at a red light.

5) You can cure homosexuals by forcing Christianity upon them.

6) God is American and Republican, but we already knew that.

7) Rush is right, all the time and anybody who disagrees is a Leninist Socialist. Big Business and Wall Street are our friends and we must support their rights to obscene profits and bonuses from bailouts at all costs.

8) Everybody in the world wants secretly to be an American.

What a sick joke. Needless to say, there's no possible way to have a polite discussion with these people. Any contrary opinion will make them mad, spew Rushisms at you and call you a commie. And these people breed.

Scott
Fayetteville, AR


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Tuesday, 05 January 2010 03:34

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 5, 2010

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Subject: Obama Style Incrementalism Is Either Negative Or Inconsequential, Not Positive

On the feature issues of his campaign, that is, such as giving peace a real chance, health care for all, ending warrantless surveillance, reigning-in the banksters and getting serious about global warming. Seems he misrepresented himself as a progressive but got away with it by dint of his charisma and public speaking skills, particularly his "change we can believe in" and "yes we can," slogans which, it should be noted, he's rarely used as our president.

Why hasn't he? Perhaps because these slogans gave his campaign a populist edge, something that's OK for winning an election, but once in office, definitely not OK when it comes to pleasing those who financed his campaign, and to whom populism is a dirty word, which isn't surprising since every meaningful progressive turn these past two centuries has been associated with populism movements.

Alas, we'll never know whether President Obama, had he not abandoned the populism that got him elected, could have moved America towards a new progressive era, but for whatever reason this failing on his part to make good on a moment of great promise for change, doesn't mean that the moment is lost, since all we have to do to deliver on its promise is to rise up en masse and change the world. A task which is definitely doable today, what with over a hundred million Americans but a mouse click away.

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Monday, 04 January 2010 03:51

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 4, 2010

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Subject: underpants bomber

Hi, Buzz!!

Once again, I'm confused. An Al-Qaeda trained terrorist gets on a plane in Lagos, past whatever security they have there, changes planes in Amsterdam, once again getting past security, and fails to detonate a bomb over Detroit. The solution, apparently, is for Americans to be treated even more like criminals at the airport than we already are. Lagos is not in our jurisdiction. Neither is Amsterdam. So how is putting more restrictions on U.S. going to prevent people from coming into the U.S. with bombs in their underwear?

Seems to me the failure on our side was with the State Department. The man's own father warned our embassy, and our very own State Dept. didn't revoke Abdulmutallab's visa. That's what we need to be looking at, not how to make flying even more difficult than it is now.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Strip-search machines aren't the answer. They are a violation of the Fourth Amendment, and I will not fly into any airport that uses them, even if it means I never fly again.

Does NOBODY in Washington have any common sense?

Jane Hawes
Edmond, OK (red-state Democrat)


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Wednesday, 30 December 2009 03:22

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 30, 2009

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Subject: The Motto Peace, Jobs, Medicare For All, Break Up The Banks & Carbon three-five-O Signifies What?

Beginning in 2010 in the U.S. of A., the mass uprisings that went on to transform not only America but the entire world. While the motto has been compared to the French Revolution's "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" & the Russian Revolution's "Peace, Bread & Land", it should be remembered that those transformations were violent, whereas, the transformation of 2010 was completely nonviolent. Some historians have expressed surprise that such a long & cumbersome motto could have been so useful, a point of view that fails to take into consideration the fact that it represented the coming together of previously seperate movements into a whole that turned out to be much more than the sum of its parts; proof, indeed, that a people united can never be defeated.

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