February 21, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Interesting. One of the commentators mentioned today that yesterday brought our first terror alert in months. The co-host asked how that was extraordinary, and she laughed and said: "Well, because there's a scandal in the White House, and Bush needs to refocus the public's attention." Golly, I'm so jaded it didn't even occur to me to make the connection. LMSAO! But she is so obviously correct.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush's Privatization Shell Game
Subject: "The Emperor's New Plan"
Hi. I humbly submit the following: The Emperor's New Plan, a short animated flash movie (.SWF) which I hope you'll enjoy. Created for the inauguration, but surprisingly applicable a whole month later. Features two Sousa marches, a half-dozen 'policies on parade,' and a brief walk-on by Karl Rove...thanks for your time.
Subject: I Read The News Today...
After reading the news, not only today, but for a long while, I have decided to give up on Americans. I am sorry, but, there is only so much a foreigner can take even if you are not so far away. There is too much bloodlust, too much capitalism, too much ethnocentrism, too much hatred and blindness in so many who lead you and who follow those leaders. I am glad that many of you are fighting your battle so valiantly against the indecent and immoral governance of your present administration and I hope you win your country back. I am now going to stick to our indies rather than the American ones because it is far too depressing.
For now, I am going to fight for my country's retention of our rights so that we will not follow in the footsteps of our neighbour. I will fight to retain all our social programs and to add to them. I am willing to renounce any tax cuts in order to fund them, because I believe that governments are in place to speak for the people; we who have put them where they are now. Were it not for single individuals within their jurisdictions, governments would not exist. They need us more than we need them.
I am going to make sure that the elderly get the proper care and nutrition just as I am going to fight for the same quality care for the children of my country. When governmental agencies forget that without a people, they have no nation, so that nation is lost and ceases to be.
I must thank you Americans for reminding me that I must fight to retain my rights and those of all others who cannot by themselves. Sometimes a good strong dose of reality does wonders. I am ready to start roaring!
So goodbye America, and should you come to Canada to visit, please
wear a blue ribbon so that we will know that you too, have hearts
and care for people, of all colours and nations.
Subject: proof for impeachment
Get all the clips you can from archives of Hannity and Colmes, O'Reilly, Rush, etc. (Coulter, too) of them discussing the impeachment of Clinton. Then splice them together and use their logic for the calling of impeachment of Bush and everyone with him.
I sent this to Congress:
Subject: The Silence Is Deafening
Subject: Re: Tom
Ridge Lied In Denying Links To Bush Campaign
In this address he included the line: "....we must understand that the kind of information available to us today is the result of the Presidentís leadership in the war against terror." This obvious plug for the Bush campaign was likely penned by Luntz or Rove to reinforce the Cheney warning about "...making the right choice on November 2...." to protect us against another al-Qaeda attack.
From the start, Ridge (and the DHS) has acted as nothing more than
an arm of the Bush propaganda operation and explains why the White
House wanted a comic-book figure like Kerik to succeed him
Subject: Fox Network And Homicide Bombers
Subject: It's Working
The nature and content of this story is totally unique. It is opening
up dialogue between myself and conservatives about the way the white
house manipulates news, the myth of a liberal press, the bush propaganda
machine, etc.... Having the mainstream media not cover this while
you guys pound away only offers more proof and the idiots I work
with who voted bush in are starting to see. now... DON"T STOP!
we need rallies, we need concerts, we need MEDIA EVENTS to publicize
this message. We need to ask ourselves "what would the conservatives
do" if the tables were turned? But most of all, we need you
guys to keep the fire burning. And you have! Thank you.
Subject: Jim-jeff Guckert-gannon
I bet we never see any person in the White House sitting in front
of a Senate committee saying, "I never had sex with that man,
Subject: Honeymoon that Wasn't (Washington Post)
I just happened to read this column this morning and am so incensed
that Rush Limbaugh would be granted "journalist" status so he can
go to Dubai and Afghanistan paid for by our tax dollars that I immediately
emailed my Congressmen, and am now suggesting you add this article
to your lineup so others can be alerted and do the same. Remember
how Limbaugh has always said he's an entertainer, not a journalist,
so he can say anything he wants to. Also, he's the only talk show
on Armed Forces Radio.
Subject: Suspicion creeps into and grows in my mind
Subject: Guckert/Gannon got White House press credentials BEFORE
he shut down his gay porn/hustler websites!
So, Guckert/Gannon was still a gay hustler when he was first granted media credentials by the White House.
Subject: Re BuzzFlash commentary
Don't forget that the NYT intentionally spiked a well researched
and validated story on Bush wearing an electronic device during
the debates. See full details on FAIR's
Subject: Bush Still Bugged?
Subject: Boycott the Press conferences
I vaguely remember an old expression which, I think, goes something
like this: What if they held a war and no one came? (Please correct
me if I have it wrong.) Well, I dare the White House correspondents
and their media bosses to just not attend the press conferences
at the White House. If no one shows, does anything really happen?
Or they could just have one person show, because most of them report
the same way anyway. If the majority of media have the guts to do
this, they might find it so invigorating and empowering that they
will get their consciences back and take on the weaselly Bushites!
Will it happen? Probably not!
Subject: Corporate Lawsuit Relief
Soros Make Cable Buys (CNN Money)
I submitted a news tip about Money/CNN reporting that George Soros and Warren Buffet have bought large blocks of stock in several different cable media outlets. I think this is great news. Soros even bought over 200,000 shares of NewsCorp, (Faux News Parent Company).
Buffet and Soros, what a team!! Combined they should be able to
give old Rupert and the other ditto-heads a run for their money.
Just think, if every progressive, liberal or Democratic member of
the reality-based community bought a couple shares of media stock,
there would be a shift in the stockholder voting. Maybe "fair
and balanced" could mean just that again. Take on right-wing
media from the inside-out.
As I am writing this, Judy GOP shill Woodruff, is talking about blogs with Stuart Rothenberg, from Roll Call, and a CNN analyst, and Howard Kurtz from The Washington Post. Kurtz seems to be for blogs and says they are forcing mainstream to pick up stories they would usually ignore. Rothenberg says they are just opinion and need to be edited and Judy thinks the bloggers should put their efforts more to mainstream news.
For once I agree with Howard Kurtz. Surprises even me! He made
the comments I was about to make in my ranting here. The blogs are
not perfect but they do seem to be the only investigative journalism
we have in this country. I believe they will continue to grow with
amazing speed and will overtake mainstream media as the principle
news source for the world. There will always be the liars and spinners
out there like Fox News, Talon and, yes, even some on the left.
But over all, the blogs will sort out the truth in the end. Something
the mainstream media refuses to do. My faith in America is quickly
Thank you BuzzFlash.com for being such a good Investigative Reporter! I have added above link to my site: http://www.dataoptions.com/informed.htm#ISSUES Keep up the good work,
Peace, Hope and Optimism,
Subject: What's in a name
Even Upper Class Twits. Like the ranking Democratic member of the
Armed Services Committee, "Poppin" Jay Rockefeller. The
man believes Negroponte, former Gauleiter of Iraq, is a wonderful
choice to assume the role of Obergruppenfuhrer of our 14 (14!) spy
agencies. He, Negroponte, is another bloody fascist with a shady
past of supporting right wing "death squads" in Honduras.
Subject: Your Editorial Today Friday
I agree with your editorial, and believe too that mainstream media is attacking internet media out of fear but also because they seek to marginalize internet media.
Unfortunately, some internet media are, through their content, helping this marginalization, but Ii have hope that other i-media will tend to become more credible and valued. Corp media and NPR, too, are all worried about financial results, more so than reporting in the spirit of what we hope to get from solid journalism, and this issue is as huge as you mention.
A major problem though is this: the major media are relatively few, have 'assigned channels' on TV, newsstands, and known radio channels (e.g., "your NPR station") and i-media are scattered all over the web so to speak..it's like having a radio that tunes from 550 khz to a gazillion megahertz, so many choices, how does one get a handle on what's out there? How does 'the public' find these i-media resources? There are so many, including your site.
And, what about internet radio? Pacifica's KPFA is on the web, so is the BBC, so is Thom Hartmann's show, so is Air America, and one has to be a geek like me to find all these resources. Beyond this, having worked for "your NPR station," I am very aware of how, for example, NPR appears to cover an issue without covering it, or how the power of the ability to question can lay the ground work for supporting government rather than questioning it.
That media is supportive of a corporate-Bush administration, and that we have a Congress which is controlled by money and corporate power, means we get from this media a very specific picture, and other voices need to be heard, such as yours. I agree with you that this situation, media, the Bush administration's seeking to disenfranchise Americans who make under 200K/year, all of it, is larger than we all realize...it's monumental in scope, a sea change, a changing of the climate, and people are not awake to see this.
Your site and all the others can help wake people up...but i-net and i-radio need to be easier to find than is the case today for people, and we cannot really hope that the Bush Kool-Aid drinkers are going to seek out alternative media, but there are 50 million others who would, if they had some help in finding these sources. Just recently, I helped a person who was TV and NPR bound to discover the net and news sources there...he was amazed. There are others like him.
Thank you for what you are doing!
Subject: More On Outsourcing And The US Downfall
What was it that made our country the strong military power that it was. Was it a technologically advanced military? No, the Germans were much more advanced in that area. Maybe it's the ever popular idea that our troops, our people, are better than everyone else's. As nice as that sounds to Americans let's be honest, our troops are very brave and well trained but so are the troops of other nations. I think that's a draw. Perhaps it's that our causes are more righteous and we are fighting for more. No that's not it either, because I'm sure our opposition sees their cause to be just as good.
So what is it then? What made us so powerful? How about this: We were the greatest industrial nation on the planet then. We made everything for ourselves and made it right here and could make it in large quantities. We could do all that and do it on demand. There were thousands of factories in this country making just about everything. If we didn't, any number of those factories could adjust to make what it was we did need. In a time of war that's just what they did. Business owners who had an obligation to their nation before their own profit adjusted to manufacture what was needed for a war time nation. Proud Americans worked hard to put out so much that no other nation on earth could keep up with us. The Germans couldn't blow the stuff up as fast as we could make it. Because of this our military was an unstoppable wave of industrial power.
We don't have that anymore thanks to outsourcing. We don't make much of anything here any more due to "true capitalism!" Thanks to "good business" we don't even have the capability do do it if we need to any more! From steel to cars to even the great technology we brag about. None of it is made here any more! And if you think about it, in the idea of good business, it's all being made in countries that could potentially be enemies of this country. Like China for instance!
The so-called true patriots of this country have sold our security to countries like this for their own profit. And they have used our tax dollars to do it. Technology and super smart weapons don't win wars. The ability to make an endless amount of them does. We don't have that ability anymore because of "good business." Amazing that, if and when you think about it, American jobs, good American jobs in manufacturing, etc., and our nation's security and military power, are so closely connected. And "W" wants us to think we are safer!?
A True Blue State Patriot
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