April 6, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: UN's Oil-For-Food Program
The Rightwing 'Smear Campaign' Against World Body (Common Dreams)
To hear the voices from the right-wing
powder keg, however, you would think
that Annan had been caught with
his finger in the proverbial cookie
Subject: KBR: Halliburton
Another thought to consider ... did Bush 41 intentionally screw Halliburton with the merger and walk away with millions from the Dresser sale? What do you think?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bankruptcy Bill is Morally Bankrupt
I find it amazing that Congress wants to write a bankruptcy bill that penalizes consumers to the benefit of credit card companies. It is so much in favor of corporations that credit card companies can take away your child support payments!
They should change the Declaration
of Independence from: "We the
People" to "We the Corporations."
And they are doing this at a time
when the national debt is bringing
the entire nation into bankruptcy.
If I were rewriting the bankruptcy
laws I would make members of Congress
personally responsible for paying
the national debt and take everything
they own if they can't pay. Instead
we are becoming slaves to the fascist
Subject: Just another photo-op for geedubya
Dear Fellow Buzzers:
The Pope is supposed to be buried on Friday.
Geedubya is going to attend the funeral.
There will be a massive security operation for the chicken livered resident. There will be demand of special treatment. The little poultry excrement knows that everyone hates him, and the Popeís funeral or not, someone may be tempted to be unpleasant to the bubble boy. The Popeís funeral will be pushed out of the limelight, so to speak, to accommodate geedubya, his hysterical cowardice and his special security needs.
Not only does this tweet make us the people look like a bunch of bloodthirsty mass murderers, he is also going to do his best to disrupt the solemn ceremony just to have his chimp face photographed against the backdrop of Vatican. The Popeís body is nothing but the prop for this occasion.
Does anybody know what it will take to keep geedubya inside the country, and prevent him from making us a target of international ridicule and hatred again?
Subject: Karen Hughes
A Shout from Canada. We here in Canada have been watching for Karen Hughes' first move in the new position. Check this...
That's the heading from the washington post. Looks like Karen has
Tom Brokaw got the anthrax letter. He played to the Bushes and stayed for 3 (?) years. Phil Donahue didn't play. He went quickly. Bill Maher didn't play. He went quickly. Finally got to Dan Rather. Took a while, he's gone. Connie Chung? Who's she?
Who have I missed? Oh, just knew Peter Jennings would be next. It's a pity that it had to be lung cancer. Hopefully he will recover. All the good journalists are going, going ...
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: John Edwards' "One America"
Edwards Walks APWU Picket Line (APWU)
Subject: "DeLay Is Finding Out People Don't Like Snakes"
Subject: Dubya To Represent Us at Pope's Funeral
Subject: Rant About School and Kids
However when I ask most kids they just flat out refused, even when a couple of days back those same kids and I were ranting about the problems of Bush's Cronies & Puppet! Lets just face it, nobody, except my very close friends, listens to my ideas, just because I don't act like everyone else. If some "cool" kid had thought of forming a club against bullies, people would be turning out in droves.
I suspect that this is another attempt by all the company owners (grrrr) of the T.V. stations and the other crap those kids think you're uncool if you don't do, to give them scary thoughts. Ostracize those who are different from you, (especially those who disagree with what we want them to do) don't pay attention to what's going on in the real world, stick to day to day affairs. Show no emotion, don't succeed in school, consume, consume, consume.
The irony of this is that these same companies have probably laid
off those kids' parents, are going to force them to be flipping
burgers or cleaning up after their messes, cutting costs to health
care and leaving them with a bad economy that's going to last for
generations. Luckily some people of all races, religions, home states,
and especially political views are seeing the light. (Sorry for
ranting but this is the only place in which I really can, 'cause
everyone else rants too.)
Subject: Advice for Both Conservatives and Liberals
I wish I had a dollar for every conservative blog I've visited
that has labeled something as "the Democratic viewpoint"
that I disagree with wholeheartedly. If any Republicans went to
BuzzFlash I think they would feel the same (not that any would.)
The Freepers are up to more than spouting ignorance about Planned Parenthood. They are organizing a "March" to try and push the Senate into destroying the filibuster. They plan to "hand-deliver" as many letters as possible to every Senator.
We need to fight back.
I have written to Senators Nelson and Martinez, but I don't have much hope for their assistance in protecting the filibuster. Senator Nelson doesn't respond to my letters or calls since I wrote to him about his votes in confirming Rice and Gonzales. I guess my line about how I wished that I had someone, anyone in Washington to represent my viewpoint, offended him. Martinez is a plant, not a bush, but the same species, so no help there.
Anybody in the DC area this Thursday night could drop in to the restaurant the Freepers are meeting at, just to say hi and see how their day went, ya know?
Who is "Congressman Billybob? Visit the site, know your enemy.
Subject: Just when you think he couldn't stoop any lower ...
... he hits new depths. This morning, pre-coffee, I heard on NPR
that one of Bush's "60-stops-in-60-days" visits was to
an office in West Virginia, where he sneered at a 4-drawer file
cabinet that supposedly contains the entire Social Security "trust
fund" in the form of "worthless" IOUs. (I couldn't
help thinking of the totally tasteless "search" under
his desk -- "Nope, not here" -- and elsewhere for the
elusive "weapons of mass destruction.") Still another
version of not-quite-ready-for-prime-time comedy -- but this time
he went beyond mere boorishness. (Actually, I'm surprised he didn't
open a drawer, light a match, and wave it over the documents inside.)
Subject: MSM now sees no crime in Plame link (The American Thinker)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Lock Box
Please start using the phrase," The Republican Administration," instead of Bush ... or Bush Administration when talking about negative things Bush does. Bush wonít run for office again so we need to make the association of any negative things with the republicans.
Put a sign in front of your eyes till it becomes a habit. If you must give him credit for anything, then use his name so positive things donít get associated with his party.
Subject: Maybe the US Media Just Can't Help It
The death of Pope John Paul II, however, is a different matter. The media (print and broadcast) routinely treat the deaths of those considered "celebrities" as newsworthy. Deaths of very famous individuals are not merely reported, they are "covered;" sometimes for days. Unlike the Schiavo tragedy, I was able to see how the Pope's death was covered on the BBC World News program and on the ABC network news.
I watched both programs on Monday, 4 April 2005. For the record, I didn't watch them with the intention of writing about them. In fact, I wasn't even at home: I was visiting my Aunt Val and Uncle Willy. They watch the BBC World News on public television every evening. When the BBC World News is done, there's a half-hour to kill before "Jeopardy." So it was just blind chance that found us watching the ABC network news coverage of the death of the Pope. Watching them sequentially really accentuated the differences between the two news programs.
The BBC's report was respectful and informative. It included a brief biography of the Pope's early life in Poland and listed some of his accomplishments as High Pontiff. There was also video footage of a younger, healthy Pope John Paul II kissing babies and playing with young children even during a ceremony or official event. Viewers learned that Vatican personnel were in charge of maintaining order inside the Basilica. It was they who decided to forego having a book for mourners to sign and to prevent people from stopping before the Pope's body to pray, preventing traffic jams from forming and allowing each of the two million expected visitors to see the Pope one last time. Viewers were informed that the local authorities were responsible for those waiting in the hot sun outside the Basilica and that among the staff were people whose only duty was to give out bottled water. Extra campgrounds had been set up for the hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. The report said that additional police officers had been placed on duty in anticipation of the two-hundred dignitaries and heads of state expected to attend Friday's funeral.
Conversely, within the first five minutes, ABC's anchor used the word "ethereal" to describe the ceiling light in a hallway in the Apostolic Palace. The viewers could see the diffuse white light for themselves. One wonders how the anchor thought it was his duty to "editorialize" by ascribing such a quality to the light? After showing the procession from the Apostolic Palace to St. Peter's Basilica, the anchor made general comments about the Pope being well-loved, etc. Then they found an American tourist to provide the obligatory American perspective, about how it was worth waiting in line for hours because she "just knew" that viewing Pope John Paul II's body lying in state would be "meaningful, somehow." The long lines and the heat were emphasized by showing a woman being carried away on a stretcher. No mention was made about the additional personnel on duty instead the report conveyed a mild sense of panic. The additional campgrounds were not mentioned. No explanation was given as to why mourners were not permitted to linger before the altar where the Pope's body lay. Instead, after showing nuns and priests in the pews, the mourners who'd waited in line for hours to pay their final respects were dismissed as "curious onlookers."
I had the feeling that the folks at ABC just could not help themselves.
Gratuitously describing the overhead light as "ethereal,"
showing the woman being carried away on the stretcher, failing to
make viewers aware of the extra staff and law enforcement personnel
on duty to ensure visitors' comfort and safety, describing mourners
as "curious onlookers" are all methods to manipulate the
emotions of the viewer while providing only the minimum amount of
actual information about the topic of the report. This style of
narrative, devoid of content and without context, has long since
become the standard in mainstream network "news" presentation.
Second DeLay Scandal Story! First Washington Post, Now New York
Times! Delay Wife & Daughter Reportedly Received More Than $500k
From Pac And Campaign. He Is Toast.
We can take pleasure in these moments of (DeLay's) embarrassment,
but I think the people who made this happen are the same people
who made the Iraq war, and the Medicare "reform" and the
USA PATRIOT Act happen.
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