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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


Subject: No more flying for me

I flew for the first time when I was 20. I enjoyed the experience quite a bit. It was nice not to have to drive the 20 or so hours it would take to make the trip, and having a meal inflight was nice. Never did get to be on a flight with a movie though.

In the past 15 years, I flew quite a bit, going to conventions. Sometimes it was rough, making schedules and occasionally the service wasn't that good. But overall I considered it a good buy for the saving of time and trouble.

Then things started to change -- even before 9/11. It wasn't such a good buy after all, if we have to ship our merchandise separately, instead of on the plane. We had to cut back on what we brought to conventions. The meals became snacks, the preflight became a modern dance with twists, turns, and losing your shoes, and had to be done hours before the flight itself. When you factor in that we live over an hour from an airport, a cross country trip becomes an all day event.

We're old and we're tired and we're not going to put up with it anymore.

I understand security regulations -- when they serve a purpose. At the moment, it seems to me that the powers that be want all air flight to cease. Unless of course, you can fly first class.

Airports you can keep your full body scanners, your crackers and soda, your delays and stopovers and cramped spaces and theft of time.

I'll either drive (and leave when I want, eat what I want, and not have to fight to go to the bathroom) or take Amtrak.

More and more the train is looking good to me. I took a trip two years ago on Amtrak. There were numerous delays, stopovers, bus rides etc.

But you know what I remember? The space to stretch out, enough that I didn't have muscle cramps afterwards. And a wonderful thing that happened in the dining car.

Since there's limited space in the dining car, you have to take numbers and sit with several other people you may or may not know. I am 56, white, looking a bit younger than my age. I was wearing a Superman T shirt as I was taking some of my collection to help at a gathering in Woolstock Iowa, birthplace of George Reeves. Seated with me was a black woman, probably around my age, who was traveling to play tuba at an event. She was dressed very professionally. With us was a younger white businessman type.

Without any discussion or hit as to what was going to happen, I turned to the woman and said, "Well, Mom, what have you been up to?" She responded immediately in character and then turned to the businessman and asked "Son, how have you been doing lately?" He entered immediately into the spirit of the thing and told about his wife and kids. Throughout the meal, we called each other Mom and Son and brother affectionately.

For the course of the meal, we were a family, we updated each other on our lives and accomplishments and did so with love in our hearts, expressed through terms of affection.

At the end of the meal, all three of us were a bit sad. We said our goodbyes and told each other that we loved them.

I have no idea of my "mom" or "brother's" real names.

I lost my mother 15 years ago, my brother and I don't have anything to do with each other. But it's one of my favorite memories how I found my "family" again over a train meal.

And that is something you can never offer me, airlines.

Mike Curtis
Greenbrier, AR


Subject: Why We Elected Obama

A year ago, if we had read in the paper that employers were hiring again, that health care legislation was proceeding without a bump, that Afghanistan suddenly became a nice place to take your kids, we would’ve known we were being lied to. Back then, we recognized that the problems Obama inherited as President wouldn’t go away overnight.

 

During his campaign, Obama clearly said that an economy that took eight years to break couldn’t be fixed in a year, that Afghanistan was a graveyard of empires, and would not be an easy venture for us. Candidate Obama didn’t feed us happy-talk, which is why we elected him. He never said America could solve our health care, economic and security problems without raising the deficit. Instead, he talked of hard choices, of government taking painful and contentious first steps towards fixing problems that can’t be left for another day. 

 

Right after Obama’s election, we seemed to grasp this. We understood that companies would be happy to squeeze more work out of frightened employees, and would be slow to hire more. We understood that the banks that had extorted us out of billions of dollars, were lying when they said they would share their recovery. We understood that a national consensus on health care would not come easily. Candidate Obama never claimed that his proposed solutions would work flawlessly right out of the box, and we respected him for that.

 

But today, the President is being attacked as if he were a salesman who promised us that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never made such a promise. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a President can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.

 

Ellie Light


Subject: Peter King is A Nut - First Class

Peter King (R-NY): Saying the Word "Terrorism" More Often Will Keep Us Safe

If that's the case, why didn't King tell us to do this right after 9/11?

We could have saved so much money and precious lives of soldiers by simply saying "Terror", "Terrorism" and "Terrorists" everyday in DC, without sending one single soldier overseas.

Plus we would all be able to go through any airport without getting our bodies scanned.

Yup King, just saying the words "Terror", "Terrorism" and/or "Terrorists" will solve all our problems.

Please wake me up when this clown gets a brain!!!!

Tom Wieliczka
Windsor Locks, CT

 


Subject: Sample Invitation* To A Community Get Together For The Purpose Of Joining The Mass Uprising

Dear neighbor,

A peaceful mass popular uprising is not only overdue, it's a must, what with time running out on account of perpetual war + global warming + economic meltdown = lights out for each and every one of us. Furthermore, unless we do something to prevent this, it could be someone in our community's who'll end up having to answer that dreaded call "Will the last one out please turn off the lights." Why not look to our government? Because it's known about this for umpty-ump years now and the only thing it's done is ignore the problem &/or make it worse. Which means it's up to us, which is why the call for this get together. The gathering is open to everyone in our community, with nothing on the agenda yet except what can we the people do to head off this seemingly inevitable.

Date of get together __________

Place ________

Conveners ____Each and every one of us

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