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Tuesday, 29 December 2009 03:26

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 29, 2009

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Subject: Worst Case Scenario

Here's a very scary thought. Imagine if the United States had a Republican president during the years 1933 to 1945. This country would be in a horrendous condition right now! Hell, we might even still be living through The Great Depression. Thank God almighty we had a Democrat--Franklin D. Roosevelt--to help get us out of the dark years of The Depression and World War 2 instead of some incompetent moron Republican like George W. Bush who hates America and wants to bankrupt the country and throw people out of work. History has proven time and again that Republican presidents are disastrous for the economy and they have no interest in creating jobs or helping the poor.

They WANT to bankrupt America. They WANT to make everybody else poor while they make themselves richer. Republicans are useless, worthless assholes who don't give a shit about America or its people. It is time for all conservative right-wingers to get the hell out of politics where they don't belong. And that goes for those Blue Dog Democrats who act like they want to be Republicans. We don't need you. America does not need you. All you care about is destroying this country while getting as rich as you possibly can. There is a special place in hell for your kind, and you will get just what you deserve. Your evil deeds will come back and bite you on the ass someday. Karma is waiting for all of you evil people.

Shirley Dianne Jackson
Portland, Oregon


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Monday, 28 December 2009 03:39

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 28, 2009

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Subject: Airport "Security"

Hi BuzzFlash,

Well, here we are after a busy Christmas Holiday, with millions of people traveling around the country (and world).

But I have a problem with the so-called security and who they deem a risk.

Back on Thanksgiving, my niece and her husband flew from Arizona to Connecticut and back again.

They were given the typical pre-flight security but it blew my mind when their 8 month old son had to have his small shoes taken off along with his teething ring removed and both put through the x-ray machine. Guess he really looks like an 8 month old who would hijack a plane.

Now I see on the news how some guy got on board an airliner from Nigeria, with the equivalent of Nitro Glycerin and explosives strapped to his leg.

Excuse me, but what is wrong with this picture, when my niece's eight month old son gets a going over and some twenty something guy from a foreign country gets through the so-called "security" with explosives?

Tom Wieliczka
Windsor Locks, CT


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Thursday, 24 December 2009 03:59

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 24, 2009

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Does the fact that Byrd made the vote despite Coburn's call for prayer mean that God has turned his back on Sen. Coburn? Has Sen Coburn fallen out of favor with the Almighty. There is much to ponder in the theological implications of the Coburn prayer and the silence of the Almighty in response to that prayer. Perhaps God is a Democrat after all. Or perhaps God just wants those whom He/She created in His/Her image to have health care so that they might better enjoy the miracle of their existence.  Wow, what a far left wing idea -- God wants His/Her creation to have health insurance.

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Wednesday, 23 December 2009 03:20

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 23, 2009

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Subject: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

To hear Republicans speak badly of Bernie Sanders' insistence that funds be provided to community health clinics as a condition for his support for the Senate HCR bill is so revealing of the mean spirit that predominates in the Republican Party today. Here is a man who could have asked for and gotten just about anything he wanted and he asked for help for community health clinics - not just for his state - but all across the country.

These clinics provide medical assistance to the least privileged amongst us. They don't have a powerful lobby to represent them in Washington. This man is a hero for people in every state and Vermonters are so fortunate to have his representation in the senate. I would like to express my sincere thanks both to the Senator and to the people of Vermont for having the wisdom to elect him. A Senator that the entire country can be proud of.

Go Bernie!

Tim Mooring
San Francisco, CA


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Tuesday, 22 December 2009 03:15

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 22, 2009

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Subject: Which "Americans" were the Republicans listening to?

Dear BuzzFlash:

One thing you can always rely upon the GOP for: the most blatant hypocrisy ever uttered from the mouth of a politician. Let us remember back a year and a half ago when George W. was so hell bent on bailing out his fat cat buddies on Wall Street with no real requirements that the recipients use the billions to pay down their debts. Across the country, 90% of the people polled were adamantly opposed to the bailout, figuring that Wall Street would simply pocket the money and laugh all the way to the Cayman Islands, which, surprise, surprise, they did. The GOP was, of course, bless their greedy little hearts, all for the bailout, and unfortunately so were most of the spineless Democrats, including Arkansas' two Senators.

No Senator or Representative could say at the time that the public "demanded" a bailout. They knew damn good and well that almost nobody was fooled, and what's worse, they didn't care. Now, with the health care plan much closer to fruition, even in a weakened state, GOP lackeys are suddenly waving the constituent flag mightily, especially mush mouth Mitch McConnell from Kentucky. I've heard from him ad nauseum about how the "American people" do not want this package, and how dedicated he is to the people's will. Excuse me while I retch. We know the health and insurance fat cats are all over their privately owned Congresspersons, livid about any reform whatsoever and these D.C. puppets are freaking out because they want re-elected and failure to stop the health care overhaul won't help. Other than that august group, the only other people opposed are the pathetic Limbaugh Lemmings, who can be conned into believing anything.

Besides these two groups, who in their right mind would oppose insurance companies being unable to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions? And why would anybody not want the 30 million additional working families to have affordable health care, unless you're an exceptionally greedy insurance giant who doesn't want to make the deductables affordable? Let's just ignore the lemmings on this - they're beyond reason. The answer is, nobody in their right mind with any heart at all would oppose even just these two changes in the system. I don't know who Mitch McConnell's "Americans" are, but it's interesting to see how suddenly he's so eager to do the people's will. When will gullible voters quit falling for this ruse? Probably never - some GOP fans can't be educated.

Scott
Fayetteville, AR


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Monday, 21 December 2009 03:54

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 21, 2009

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Subject: reich prayer-cast

Hi, Buzz!!

I was amazed to see the right-wing "prayer-cast" on Rachel's show Thursday night. What surprised me most was the thought that I could pray for health-insurance reform in exactly the same words that the prayer-casters were using. Our usual measures - negotiation, compromise, etc. - clearly aren't working. We need direct intervention from God to get the Republicans' and DINOs' heads on straight and this reform done in a way that will benefit the largest number of people. I know that's not what they meant, but the words could be taken that way, and I hope God does take them that way.

The prayer-casters' generic "prayers" remind me of what Jesus said about hypocrites praying loudly at street corners so everyone would see them being pious. It was a show, designed to make them and their against-everything position look "Christian." Which reminds me of the third commandment: You must not make improper use of God's name.

If using God's name to promote a political position is not "improper," then I don't know the meaning of the word. Maybe I should ask Gretchen Carlson...?

Jane Hawes
Edmond, OK (red-state Democrat)


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Friday, 18 December 2009 03:24

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 18, 2009

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Subject: Letter sent to The Nation

I'm on Social Security disability since 1980, as a result of an accident while working in construction. I'm the great-grandson, grandson and son of blue collar, right-wing bigots, whom were loved by their families. My wife lost a good job as a result of financial giants merging. We have my check and her minimum pay as a receptionist to live on.

I would never think of sending out money to a magazine that I can get for free on the web?

But I'm going to send my measly, but well intentioned, $10, in acknowledgment of your apology to BuzzFlash and Mark Karlin.

I once ran an aggregate site, until Karlin came along and did it right. I firmly believe that Progressives are well served having Buzz as a friendly guide through important, but hard to find with little time, stories on today's America.

Believe me, I think you are both important leaders in a battle to unearth the America we remember. And we need you both to do the intellectual digging in that battle.

Jack Ballinger
Brooklyn, NY


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Thursday, 17 December 2009 03:20

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 17, 2009

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Subject: CIGNA Threatens Customer Service Reps

CIGNA just sent out an e-mail to its customer service reps. CIGNA tells these reps to call their congressperson and senator and tell them to reject healthcare bill or, they (CIGNA reps) will most likely be put out of a job. Talk about scare tactics.

Personally, I think these reps will lose their job anyway as CIGNA now outsources to other countries with claims processing and customer service survey calls.

CIGNA is also going to being offering for 2010 a "NEW MEDICAL TOURISM BENEFIT" ........ to hold down costs while duping purchasers of CIGNA HC insurance thinking they're getting a two-fer. Outsourcing medical procedures and calling it "Tourism" sounds lovely doesn't it. I wonder if CIGNA Sales brochures will now come with pretty pictures of India, China, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, and maybe even Bali.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2009 03:56

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 16, 2009

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Subject: Healthcare Reform???? Really

Last year I voted for change, this year it is just more of the same. Is there a difference between Democrats and Republicans? Those lines are seemingly becoming more blurred daily. We could have gone a mile and they gave us an inch. Harry Reid is weak. Ben Nelson is an idiot, and Joe Lieberman is an evil self serving low life piece of fecel matter. And yes, while President Obama has done some nice things, on this issue he has not lead the way, on this issue he has been all to willing to pander to those who will never ever support what is in the best interests of the people, they will only line their pockets with blood money.

45,000 people die each year because they don't have health insurance. Those deaths are anonymous right? In a court of law theywould not be found guilty of anything. The people of Connecticut should impeach Joe Lieberman. As for me, I will not give a penny to the Democrats unless and until they find a spine. They find the willingness to fight, if need be go down swinging. I want my party back, and if that can't be, if they think the path to their political future lies with the other corporatists and fascists that I had all along defined the difference between the two parties, then they will have to do it without my vote.

I will never vote for those that think Sarah Palin is even remotely bright. No, I think we the people need to take the sort of action our Founding Fathers would be proud of. These parties no longer serve the will of the people, they must be done away with. New parties must be formed that will do the work and will of the people.

Jim Ridout
Albuquerque, New Mexico


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Tuesday, 15 December 2009 03:14

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 15, 2009

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Subject: A Sequel To The Nigerian Uranium Forgeries Has Just Surfaced

Said sequel as an undated technical document which, according to initial media reports, supposedly shows that Iranian nuclear scientists have been secretly testing a key component used in the detonation of a nuclear warhead. The only question now is whether or not, in his rush to make war on Iran, President Obama will use Colin Powell to pitch this mysterious & dubious document to the Security Council, just like President Bush had Colin Powell show those ridiculous pictures of camping trailers that were purported to be mobile chemical weapons laboratories. To the General's credit, however, he didn't pitch the forged Nigerian documents, but will he have the good sense to pass on this Iranian document? If he doesn't, his record before the Security Council will be two presentations, two wars, and how's that for a great American hero?

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