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Thursday, 15 October 2009 05:21

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 15, 2009

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Subject: An idea for Senator Blanche Lincoln

You know, a lot of us are poor and have lousy medical care, but do you know who has it worse. Movie monsters!

Look at the Frankenstein Monster. He couldn't make a move without seeing his doctor. In fact he owed his life to his primary care physician. The Wolfman was very forward thinking, doing his own onsite research for a cure and assisting medical professionals. In HOUSE OF DRACULA, even the Count called on a doctor to cure his vampirism. After the fire he endured in CREATURE WALKS AMONG US, it took considerable medical skill to save the Creature's life. And let's not talk about how much all that Mummy wrapping cost!

Yes, Senator Lincoln, perhaps you should go represent them -- SINCE YOU SURE AREN'T REPRESENTING US IN ARKANSAS!

Mike Curtis (Uninsured)
Greenbrier Ark


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Wednesday, 14 October 2009 04:50

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 14, 2009

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Subject: Gay Rights

With "friends" like Shirley Jackson in Portland, OR, the gay community needs no enemies. I would like to ask her just how long she would like me to wait for full equality. I came out in '69 at the age of 24 and have been patiently waiting and waiting and waiting for them. I figure, if I'm lucky, I "might" attain full equality if I live long enough but I'm not counting on it.

So, Ms Jackson, in your infinite wisdom, please advise me and my gay brothers and sisters exactly when the President won't have his plate so full of other more important things that he can take the time (the stroke of a pen) to end DADT and take the lead in repealing the odious DOMA.

In the meantime you might look a little deeper within yourself and realize that when a minority doesn't have equal rights it diminishes the majority. Women in this country couldn't vote until 1920. Do you find that acceptable in a democracy? It's people in our party like you that hold us all back. Sorry, but I had to say it.

Steve Moore
Camptonville, CA


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Tuesday, 13 October 2009 04:55

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 13, 2009

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Subject: The Today Show interview of Rush Limbaugh on October 12

I wrote the following to MSNBC after hearing the first half of the interview. I believe its content should be known.

You have aired a portion of an interview of Rush Limbaugh by a certain Ms. Gangel. Unless tomorrow or later this week you interview a respected person of reason to refute this piece, I have to believe your network is in the business of being a traitor to our country. You are helping to bring down a sitting president who all of you know is a person of integrity and knowledge, whether or not he always makes and executes perfect decisions or whether you agree with him.

I do not write or speak hate or discrimination, so this is hard for me to say these things. But what you have done cannot be ignored. This airing should be in the trash, not being broadcast. It is vile. It is odious. We have enough anger already in this country because of hate radio. Anyone with an ounce of sense could see Limbaugh had been cleaned up, but his message was the same filth. And when this part was finished, hosts Viera and Lauer said, "fascinating" and another flattering word I shut my ears to.

Limbaugh, Fox, and other right-wing radio are destroying the character of our country. Intelligent, kind persons no longer recognize that they have been maneuvered and manipulated through the power of words into believing untruths and disliking their neighbors. Words matter more than you can know because they are potent. Words persuade. Words sell. Words can deceive. Words can spread fear and loathing. Words can demean. Words can kill. And kill they did in Rwanda where a million were murdered after listening to hate radio. Limbaugh knows all this; words are the tools of his trade. He is making fools of the rest of us when we believe him. He says the words; we go out and commit mayhem.

How dare you contribute to presenting Limbaugh as a decent person who says he is only doing a little bit of satire to go along with what he says is truth, when in fact all of it is a twisted version of truth. Even should you send out an equally compelling message of repudiation or of common decency, you have added to the poison already spewed out over this country, because words cannot be taken back. You have given impetus to more ugly, noisy, intrusive Fox TV in public places. You have encouraged more citizens to scream obscenities based purely on emotion. You have helped to make pawns of the people.

I can only hope you have also given an incentive to persons of good intent and good will to rise up and work to unite us in harmony and justice.

Margaret
Mansfield, OH


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Monday, 12 October 2009 04:49

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 12, 2009

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Subject: Hope reigns supreme

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama is the world commenting on the failed Presidency of George W. Bush. President Obama has demonstrated a willingness to bring back strong diplomacy and not just swagger. It is not a "you are either with us or against us" stupidity, but rather we are willing if, that has brought forth hope for improving relationships with Cuba, Russia, and Iran. In each of these the benefits range from an improvement in the lives of people through simple expanded trade to a reduction in nuclear arms, to preventing another nuclear power on the globe. He has taken a balanced approach to the whirling dervish that is Israel and Palestine. He has prevented further settlements from being built.

The world was fearful of the hate mongers, racists, and war mongers who lead our nation for 8 long years. They resented the trivializing of death and invasion through such evil terms as "Shock and Awe". The resented the lies that promoted and tried to justify the murdering of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. They resented the arrogance and the dangers of fighting wars because "God told you to". This award is a "Thank You" from our neighbors for having the common sense to end the hatred. It is encouragement for President Obama and his support for bringing out the best in America.

Given the anti-American philosophy of the Republican Party the real question is do we try to continue the tough diplomacy? Should Glenn Beck be imprisoned? Rush Limbaugh sent to a Mental Health Hospital? Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity deported? Should Fox News be banned from the air waves as the support those that advocate an over throw of the government? Are they in fact a Communist Cult? Is what they are engaged in any different than yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater? And finally, Why don't we just pass single payer healthcare for those of us who want it? I will gladly pay taxes. Those that don't simply do not enroll and will not be eligble for 10 years.

Jim Ridout
Albuquerque, New Mexico


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Friday, 09 October 2009 04:42

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 9, 2009

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Subject: Nobel Peace Prize

So far, two major networks, in announcing President Obama's award, have in the next breath made negative statements. "He should be spending more time working on the creation of jobs"; "He shouldn't get too excited over international awards, he better be more concerned with his national reputation". If GWB had won the award, they would have been gushing as they announced it, and would never have mentioned the death and destruction that administration inflicted upon the world.

Creed Ballew
Arkansas


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Thursday, 08 October 2009 04:55

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 8, 2009

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Subject: new look

Dear Mark:

After using your new format, I find myself missing the old one. I especially liked the feature that allowed one to access news items "in the last 2 hours," etc. Having to scroll down the entire site each visit is getting annoying.

I also liked the "fading" of the titles of the stories one had already read.

The new format may be a change, but it is not an improvement; au contraire.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

arktikwolf

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Wednesday, 07 October 2009 04:55

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Subject: The New Look

I love it! What a pleasant surprise, when my morning ritual of turning on BuzzFlash first and seeing your very well done new page. At first, I thought I was on a wrong site, but it quickly became recognizable for your excellent links. It's very easy to read and navigate; even better than before.

Everett English
Salton City, CA


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Tuesday, 06 October 2009 04:58

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 6, 2009

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Subject: So Obama Hasn't Accomplished Anything

In response to that SNL Skit and Republican politicians and talking heads, I felt it would be a good time to make a commentary about Bush vs Obama, and where we were at this point in time with George W Bush as our SELected President.

Lets see, if I can remember back that far .... Oh Yeah ... We had just been attacked by Al Qaeda in New York and Washington DC and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001!! Seems George didn't have enough time on August 6, 2001 to read something called a PDB!

Yup Obama. You are doing "one terrible job" at keeping us safe. Three kidnapping pirates popped off with one shot apiece per your order. Recent news has terrorists caught in multiple states (NY, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, and North Carolina). Guess you pay attention to you Daily PDB's

Spate of terrorism arrests not connected, analysts say http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/09/25/terrorism.cases/index.html

Meanwhile, you're still picking up all the pieces of crap that Bush left you with the economy!

Boy oh boy Limpbore; for an overweight guy, you sure can bounce around for joy about the Olympics loss for AMERICA!! Just wondering, This IS YOUR COUNTRY, isn't it Rush? Or are you one of "Those People" that Lou Dobbs loves to go crazy about?

And hey, Glenn Beck. I heard that the Company that makes Vicks Vapor Rub has gone into overdrive with their productivity rate, so you can rub it under your eyes every day to fake those tears you make for your dumb ass FAUX viewers.

Beck Cries on Cue Using Vicks Vapor Rub http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/02/internet-finally-discover_n_307972.html

Wouldn't doubt that those tears on 9/11 and after were the same fake "Vicks" tears!! Just wondering Beck, does John Bohner use the same trick with Vicks under the eyes, when he pleads for war or slams legislation to the floor - and which one of you came up with the trick first?

Just hope that if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ever becomes President and a Republican wins the Presidency after her eight years; she does NOT leave that Elected Republican President a great economy, a budget surplus and a no war situation, such as President Bill Clinton did when he turned the keys over to George W. Bush.

That's when I want to hear how Republicans react to having to clean-up for a Democratic President's multiple, big messes - and then play back for them their many forms of "Waterloo Comments".

To which I will say: "Chew on that one for awhile Limpbore and Beck. Chew on it!!"

Tom Wieliczka
Windsor Locks, CT


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Monday, 05 October 2009 04:57

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 5, 2009

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Subject: A new war is not the solution to our current depression

People looking at the 1930s depression are worried that the government may start a new war to take us out of these economic hard times. If you look at history, World War II did not end the depression in the United States. INCREASED LOCAL PRODUCTION did.

Jobs were created en masse. Old people and women, many of whom had never before been in the work force entered it as factories put on triple shifts building battleships, airplanes, and keeping the supply lines going to the troops.

Nowadays, all those jobs are overseas, the people who own (and closed) this countries factories are sitting on their piles of money and have no intention of doing anything else.

So war is not the answer, but making the USA a manufacturing giant again is. This should really be obvious to the people we send to overpaid public office. Should be, anyway.

But I guess that's why I make the small bucks.

Mike Curtis
Greenbrier, AR


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Friday, 02 October 2009 04:36

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 2, 2009

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Subject: How does Herbert Hoover's depression compare to Bush's?

Just as today, party members of the GOP were swept up in the party's philosophy and enacted legislation in keeping with its sense of wisdom. Hoover was no exception -- as the party member Reagan put it: "...the major problem of government is government..." Hoover's obsession during his tenure was to keep the impoverished in their place and to favor the wealthy in tax breaks and investments. In many ways this was no different from Bush's policy.

In both administrations the strategy involved one of deciminating the government to borders of anarchy until there was little left to control and regulate and being government nor to care in any way for those in need who were ostensibly unable to compete in modern society. Biographers of Hoover have seen him as a most conscientious president and devoted to his party's philosophy and loyalties, all of which were most conducive to further deepening the depression. After the crash of '29, Hoover scurried about to be assured that prosperity was just around the corner, unfortunately with but little insight into what might change the direction of the economy. He coinded the word "depression". It was not just another recession, but as he pondered the conditions of the sinking economy, he attempted quick fixes.

The economy grew worse with 25 percent or 13 million unemployed by 1933. Hoover tried many things to alleviate economic conditions, but all were without an understanding of the economic dynamics of how things worked to bring about prosperity. A simple principle in economics is to put buying power in the hands of the many. Mass consumption necessitates income distribution that allows consumers to buy goods and services that are mass produced. Without appropriate income distribution, warehouses will burst at the seams and production lines will quickly overproduce. This, along with the hands-off philosophy, was what helped to bring on the depression for both Hoover and Bush.

John Burgess
Syracuse, NY


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