03 November 2004

What Have We Learned? 

Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. ~~ Frederick Douglass

Today we learned some hard truths about the United States of America.

Today we learned that the issue of whether or not two people who love each other should be allowed to spend their lives together is more important than the issue of tens of thousands of dead women and children in Iraq, Afghanistan, and which ever countries are next on Chaney's hit list.

We learned that denying a woman the right to choose whether or not to carry the child of rape or incest to term is more important than the spending of TRILLIONS on bombs, guns, and filling the coffers of the very rich.

We learned that the education of our children, the care of our disabled and elderly is less important that the oil fields of Iraq.

We learned that We, the People, have no clue as to how we are viewed by the rest of the word, or even worse, we don't care. Today we learned that we are the people we condemned the Germans for being.

Many people voted for Bush based on "moral values", something I guess I can not comprehend. Moral values, the Ten Commandments, which should include "thou shalt not kill" doesn't seem to apply to anyone who is not a white Judeo Christian citizen of the USA with acceptable leanings.

Jesus said, "what so ever you do to the least of these, you do to me." Just what have we now done to Him? Do we love our neighbours? Do we care for the widows and orphans? Not if they are Iraqi, or Muslim, or poor, or black.

"The bitch got in the way" is now acceptable justification for shooting pregnant women in the back. According to Bush, Jesus would pat him on the back for this one!

We have learned, today, that we, as a country, are no better than those dictatorships that Bush called "evil."

Can you hear it? That rumbling sound is the sound of the Founding Fathers, the Apostles, and all of the good Saints who have gone before rolling in anguish in their graves.

Today we voted, in numbers never before seen in the history of the country.

Today we voted away the very freedom our fathers and grandfather fought to keep.

The Flea

Katherine A. Juestel
USA Citizen by Birth
Australian by Choice

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02 November 2004

Message from The Flea: My Fellow Citizens of the United States of America 

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." ~~ Theodore Roosevelt

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~~ Benjamin Franklin

The peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country -- when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." ~~ Carl Schurz

Message from The Flea:

My Fellow Citizens of the United States of America,

Tomorrow you go to the polls, those of you who have not already taken this step and voted early. Tomorrow YOU decide the fate of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth. YOU will decide if the rest of the world will turn it's back on America, if your children and grandchildren with be dragged off to fight and to die in endless wars. YOU will decide whether to saddle yourselves and your children and grandchildren and your great grandchildren with an ever increasing burden of debt.

And YOU will decide if I, and others like me will ever be able to return home, to visit our own families, or to return to live. You will decide if we, who chose to bring the truth to your inboxes, will walk free or be classified as traitors rather than the patriots we intended to be.

I have tried, in these Flea Bites, to bring the truth to you each and every day. Have you listened? Have you learned that there is more, much more at stake here than just who sits in the oval office? Will you continue to allow multinational corporations headed by those who sit in the whitehouse to bleed our country dry, to impoverish the impoverished, to trod upon the Bill of Rights with their iron shod jack boots?

Will you stand by and allow the tax burden to continue to shift to your shoulders in heavier and heavier burdens while the rich continue to receive tax cuts and windfalls?

Will you take back your freedom of speech, your RIGHT to disagree? Will you allow the disenfranchisement of your fellow Americans who may be of other races, religions, ethnic backgrounds?

Make no mistakes, my friends, even if Kerry wins tomorrow, it may be YEARS before even he can bring the country back onto the right track. It may well be that those in power will not let go of that power, whether by force, by coercion, by theft, they have become so entrenched in the system that they will be very hard to defeat. It is a long, hard road ahead to recovery.

Do not let these people rob you of the birthright that is yours as a citizen of the United States and of the world. Stand up, stand up and shout "NO MORE", and then shout "NEVER AGAIN", else future generations will speak of our country as they have spoken of Germany for the past 60 years.

30,000 and more innocents have died in Iraq. Afghanistan is deeper in drug production that ever, yet Bush is poised to attack county after country. Is this what we want? The world WILL walk away, they WILL turn their backs and will no longer call the USA "Friend."

VOTE, and do not let ANYONE prevent you. Should you be challenged at the polls by a member of the opposing party to your choice, lie if needs be, tell them you intend to vote for their candidate. They will back off. Then vote as your conscious dictates. Report any suspicion of voter fraud, report any attempt to dissuade or prevent you from casting your vote. And, where ever possible, ask for a paper ballot, and make sure it goes into the box.

This, my Friends, may be your last chance to save OUR COUNTRY from the most dangerous times it has ever faced in it's history. Help keep America the Land of the Free. VOTE! Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does.

Vote to allow me and others like me the freedom and safety to return without fear of arrest. Vote to allow the tens of thousands held on "suspicion" to once again walk free. Vote to save our children from wars. Vote to save social security and schools and most of all, vote to save the Democracy we hold so dear.

This is my last message to you on this election eve. May the Higher Power of your own Heart and Faith Bless the United States of America.

The Flea

Katherine Alexandra Juestel

United States Citizen and Patriot

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? ~~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), "Non-Violence in Peace and War"

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01 November 2004

Dear President Bush, 


November 1, 2004

Mr. George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Bush,

As tomorrow is Election Day, this will be my last letter to you before America casts is ballots in
the everlasting spirit of democracy. I’ve been thinking for quite some time about what, exactly, I would like to say to you on this occasion, and I think I’ve finally got it: I will be voting for John Kerry tomorrow NOT because I agree with his proposals, NOT because of my faith, NOT because of his history, NOT because I think he’ll do a better job than you, and NOT because I think he’ll make America any safer. I made my decision based on the following articles:

“There is ‘no credible evidence’ that Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq collaborated with the al Qaeda terrorist network on any attacks on the United States, according to a new staff report released… by the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks… The findings
come in the wake of statements Monday by Vice President Cheney that Iraq had ‘longestablished ties’ with al Qaeda, and comments by President Bush yesterday backing up that assertion.”1

Comments by President Bush, responding to a question about Osama bin Laden:
“So I don't know where he is. Nor—you know, I just don't spend that much time on him really, to be honest with you… And, you know, again, I don't know where he is. I'll repeat
what I said: I truly am not that concerned about him.”2

Comments by President Bush, responding to a statement by John Kerry that Bush said he wasn’t concerned about bin Laden:
“Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations.”3

Comments by President Bush, responding to accusations about a
mysterious bulge in his suit that indicated he was wired for the first presidential debate: “I don't know what that is. I'm embarrassed to say it's a poorly tailored shirt.”

1 Dan Eggen, “No Evidence Connecting Iraq to Al Qaeda, 9/11 Panel Says,” WashingtonPost.com 16 June 2004, 31 Oct. 2004

2 “Transcript of Bush Press Conference,” CNN.com 13 Mar. 2002, 31 Oct. 2004
3 “Transcript: Third Presidential Debate,” WashingtonPost.com 13 Oct. 2004, 31 Oct. 2004

Comments about the bulge by Dr. Robert M. Nelson, “a senior research scientist for NASA and
for Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, …an international authority on image analysis [and] a professional physicist and photo analyst for more than 30 years:” “I am willing to stake my scientific reputation to the statement that Bush was wearing something under his jacket during the debate. This is not about a bad suit… It’s clearly a rim
of a bulge protruding upward, one due to forces pushing it up from beneath.”
(To analyze the photograph, Dr. Nelson said he used “the exact same methods we use to analyze images taken by spacecraft of planetary surfaces.”4)

As I stated above, I have not decided to vote for John Kerry for any of the reasons you may
typically assume. Sir, I have decided to vote for John Kerry because I want you to be defeated, because YOU ARE A LIAR. Based on the above quotes, I feel confident that you lack the capacity to refute my claim. You have lied to the American people about Iraq; you have lied to the American people about your history, and you have lied to the American people about your bulge.

Many of my peers have expressed their concern about the ramifications of submitting a letter like this to you, in which I say what so many others are thinking. On that note, sir, I would like to say this to you: Please feel free to place my name on any list you like, categorize me as any type of person you desire, and please don’t hesitate to track me down and do whatever it is you do to people like me. It would certainly seem ironic for someone like me—an intelligent, engaged, patriotic American citizen—to be seen by you, the leader of “the world’s greatest democracy,”5 as anything but you greatest asset.

In hopes of a fair and honest contest tomorrow, with everlasting faith in America, and with unyielding reverence for democracy,

Ethan Rider


4 Kevin Berger, “NASA Photo Analyst: Bush Wore a Device During Debate,” Salon.com 29 Oct. 2004, 31 Oct. 2004
5 Colin L. Powell, “Aid for the Enterprising,” The Washington Post 10 June 2003, final ed.: A21.

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