BuzzFlash Note: Look for the next Mailbag to appear Monday.
Subject: Let's Give Thanks
Thank you, America! We can celebrate our first victories in the War on Fear this Thanksgiving! We have taken the first huge steps by changing our government. Perhaps the next front could be the Corporate Media, which appears to be running on fumes and completely oblivious to the fact that WE'RE NOT BUYING IT ANYMORE! They will go away when we stop supporting their advertisers, and when we turn them off altogether. As always, we the people have the power of the purse.
Subject: Lessons from Iran
Links to article about Americans in Iran, 1977-78:
A superpower with a vast and powerful military-industrial complex without a vast and equally powerful humanitarian-cultural complex is like a giant hobbled by a crippled or lame foot. Few dare mention to the giant his imperfection because his power and financial resources are enormous and his stride encompasses the globe and he does not tolerate criticism because he says it is Un-American and unpatriotic.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Gloria Borger, Worst Person in the World
Sometimes when a fool on television says something particularly stupid it takes a minute before the idiocy sinks in. So it was on Sunday November 19 on the Chris Matthews show.
Subject: McConnell-Lott: Seriously?
Okay, everyone. Time out. We know there's been a large number of changes already going on since the recent election, so many that it's hard to keep up. But have the Republicans snuck somebody in "under the radar," so to speak? While all the country's political nabobs seem to be focused on all things Nancy...and whether her choice of the hawkish John Murtha (or was he really her choice after all)?) versus the more progressive Steny Hoyer, might we have just overlooked a little something?
No better proof that "A Village in Texas Has Lost Its Idiot."
No better proof that the entire senior Bush Cabal are Vietnam chickenhawks who went AWOL or "had better things to do" in order to avoid the draft.
No better proof that absolute power is now held by one-dimensional COWARDS!
Subject: Ignoring Wounds Won't Make Them Go Away
I sure hope the Democrats are just blowing smoke when they say they have no impeachment plans for Bush. Investigations are useless as long as Bush and Cheney have the right to not testify under oath, which makes most investigations costly and pointless. I can hear the usual excuses for not nailing Bush: the nation needs to heal, bipartisan efforts, ad nauseum.
Subject: Accountability and Justice
When will the Democrats stop letting the Republican Party set their agenda? I'm really frustrated that the Democrats always seem to cave in to Republican spin machine. The Republicans have started the spin that investigations of the Bush administration's past six years would be some kind of unfair partisan political ploy and if the Democrats hold investigations those investigations would only be out of revenge for the Clinton impeachment. Now the Republicans claim bipartisanship and working together for the good of the country is what they're all about. Where was all this Republican bipartisanship the last six years?
The Democrats better understand that investigations of the Bush administration are not only warranted they were DEMANDED by the people in the mid term elections. I know the spin machine says the elections turned on one issue, Iraq, but that's SPIN, exit polls clearly included corruption!
Subject: Good Work
I have been meaning to order several books from you and will do so soon I hope. I just hate Pen Pal or any such thing, so that I need to do snail mail.
I have been very busy and so I am slow, and what I can send will not be that much (maybe a few hundred), but I am appreciative of the work you and other liberal groups have done....you are one of the true defenders of democracy. The politicians, regardless of party, have betrayed America overtly (republicans) or covertly (democrats, through ineffectual fulfillment of their responsibilities...with a few exceptions). The liberal sites and independent investigators and "soldiers" like the Black Box voting people are the real heroes of this crucial time. Thank you.
Subject: Howard Dean
I have not viewed or read anything about the great job Howard Dean has done to get the Democratic party back in the mainstream. He was instrumental in winning Tuesday's election and deserves out thanks.
Subject: Bush Admits He's a Liar. The Media Yawns.
Last week Bush looked us in the eye and brazenly lied when he avowed not to replace Rumsfeld. Yesterday he admitted he misled us for political reasons. This is a perfect example of what is wrong with this man - he's a liar and is completely out of touch with reality. Far from helping the Republicans, his support of Rumsfeld only convinced more voters that he is delusional.