January 19, 2006
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Governing by Soap Opera
"Governing by Soap Opera."
Dead on. Good one.
The MSM has only One View To Air, however...they've been covering GW from his POV from the start. Never forget the backstage moment with the LOSER of the 2000 election, and his family when Florida was called for Gore. When before have the cameras ever shown a loser before he came forward to concede?
Also, juicy doesn't equal airtime if it's embarrassing to the thugs, it doesn't get aired that way. How else to explain the Bush administration not being hounded, by tv and by attack radio, for the 12 White House sleepovers by Jeff Gannon? You always hear people saying that Bush is "safe" because he didn't lie about a blowjob. Well, maybe that's because no one has ever asked him if he's the one the military stud gay whore was blowing during the sleepovers.
Will he explain or answer any questions why he was not outraged at the outing of a CIA agent? If an agent was outed, as in the Plame case, and the boss keeps quiet, it appears the boss was slam dunked. I guess the press will stay away from this one.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Carville and Begala
Why on earth do you promote such incredibly sleazy and anti-democratic demagogues?
Carville worked for the opposition in Venezuela; supporting the coup against the popularly elected government of Chavez. Fortunately for the people of Venezuela, the coup failed and Carville and his gang had to retreat back to Wall Street.
Begala openly opposes 3rd Party participation in electoral politics; as if his Party is the only party worth supporting. He might as well have said, "How dare people like Nader or others whose ideas resonate with Democratic and other voters attempt to run for office! We own your votes, alone!"
They are both creeps, and BF's pandering to the Democratic Party right wing is very distasteful.
Subject: What Hardball?
I am sure others have pointed this out before and better than I am doing, but fury is driving me. I watch Hardball every night. I think Chris Matthews is a clown. Any individual over the age of 7 who describes corruption in government as “stinky poo” is a twit. That is not my point. I know before ever cranking up the remote that Matthews is an idiot. An inaccurate blabbermouth with the I.Q. of a donut hole.
Why then do I watch? Some of the guests are worth watching and David Shuster is the only class act on the entire program.
Approaching Hardball with the lowest of expectations it always surprises me that they can somehow manage to go even lower. It’s a Matthews talent. If he should ever hook his brain up to the Matthews meter he uses on his Sunday morning program it would register a minus number. All that aside, on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 he managed to outdo himself. As is usually the case, there were a Republican guest and a Democratic guest. Never mind that Matthews frequently assails the Democratic guest more than the Republican. That’s evidently Matthews' idea of balance. Wednesday night it was Ed Rogers, Republican strategist and chairman of Barbour Griffith & Rogers, LLC, and Dee Dee Myers who was White House Press Secretary for the Clinton administration. The subject was Matthews' pet hobbyhorse, Hillary Clinton’s use of the word plantation. Matthews is determined to make this a major scandal.
If Matthews didn’t think that Rogers was capable of holding his own against Ms. Myers, perhaps he should have chosen another Republican toady. Instead, as is getting to be a very bad habit, Matthews and Rogers argued with and against Ms. Myers. She held her own, which is not too surprising considering the competition.
Rogers remark about having Abramoff “fatigue” might have sent another host into reporter mode, but not our little Chris. No Chris just said at the end of the interviews, “It was a great party” to Rogers. To which Rogers replied, “Glad you enjoyed it.” Now there is some balanced reporting, don’t cha think? Or was it just a male bonding moment that I as a lowly female didn’t understand?
Edward R. Murrow must surely be not only rolling in his grave, he must be spinning like a top. Good night and good grief!
Marjorie L. Swanson
Subject: Iraqi Elections
Anyone know who won the Iraqi elections conducted over a month ago? Was the official results predicted to take this long? Why isn't the press asking?
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: You make a good point. Before it happened, the election was touted as the turning point to end all turning points. Now, it's out of the news. Here's one recent update: Iraq closes in on election result after only a little fraud is found: Outcome unlikely to change; tally could come Saturday (Detroit Free Press/Knight Ridder).]
Subject: Sent to Greta Van Sustern (foxnews.com) On Senator Barack Obama
My political preference is Republican, however, I will say that I am most impressed with this young man. I remember the first time I heard him speak, I guess about a year ago, I was especially taken with him. He reminds me of some of the decent Democrats that used to be! Later and have a great evening!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Lieberman has a challenger. Best news I heard in months. That's exactly what these a.hole (Dems. in name only) deserve--a good old fashioned challenger. NOW if you guys could get another challenger for Feinstein in Calif. Another GOP in Dem clothes. Keep up the good work. I may even become a DEM again...I only switched to Independent because I'm sooooooo disillusioned with the Dem party who refuse to stand up for anything.
Subject: Patriots and Heroes
Dear BuzzFlash Readers:
Leave it to a flat-worlder like Bush to create fear, highjack our constitutional guarantees, continue to misdirect, to outright lie to the American people, and to bring us yet closer to reactionary totalitarianism. When does his complete incompetence in everything he has done and his reckless abandonment of the lives of our military heroes rise to the level of unfettered outrage? When does his witless adherence to a failed economic policy that is wrecking the lives of working class Americans rise to the level of condemnation? And when does the pillaging and grand theft of our treasury, leaving us with the omens of illness and destitution, become a criminal act? In the wake of the most recent revelations on civilian spying by Bush’s Information Police, how much more of an erosion of our civil liberties can we sustain before we cease being Americans … before we cease being America?
Bush’s moronic simplicity about complex and nuanced issues has placed us in great peril. His almost Orwellian facility to misdirect and to miscommunicate to a decent and too often trusting American people has made him a pariah, not a leader.
These are times when our politicians have to put their principles on the line - just the way our troops place their lives on the line. Bush has lost all credibility and authority. All democrats and every freedom loving Republican must speak with one voice until this aberration to our democracy is corrected. And if that means filibustering - so be it! If that means stopping business-as-usual in the Senate (the House appears to be hopeless) then so be it!
Bush’s bizarre logic is no more or less than the arguments of other deluded and zealous despots: The ends justify the means. Because in the absence of any truth in the pabulum that Bush asked us to believe … imminent threat, weapons of mass destruction … mushroom clouds, all that you are left with is: Well, we are better off with Saddam gone, or the ends justify the means! This assertion by Bush shows that he is not only morally hobbled, ethically challenged, but also ignorant of history.
We know of times when men and women have had to rise to the level of patriots. This is such a time!
David M Loucas
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