The BuzzFlash Mailbag
December 6, 2001
Where is the outrage? That was the tagline of the Republicans during Bill Clinton's presidency. He had the audacity to have sex with an adult who was not his wife and the media and Republicans were outraged. When the American people chose to keep him in power despite this act of high outrage they shouted from the hilltops "Where is the outrage?"
it's my turn. When George Bush has his spokesmen lie about low level Clinton
staffers where is the outrage? When George Bush disappears from sight
on the day of the attack and lies about it where is the outrage? When
Bush and the Republicans bail out the airlines but not the employees where
is the outrage? When Bush and the House hold our safety hostage for weeks
to the benefit of their campaign contributors where is the outrage? When
Bush and the House in the guise of stimulating the economy pass the biggest
amount of corporate welfare in the history of the universe where is the
outrage? When Bush and Ashcroft take away the rights of non citizens to
fair trials where is the outrage? When the lover of a woman who died in
the Pentagon attack is going to lose her home because Virginia thinks
they were only friends where is the outrage? And finally, when a Republican
who is too cowardly for us to even know who it is single-handedly holds
up a bill
Well Bill Bennet where? Henry Hyde where? The Hutchinson brothers where? Chris Matthews where? Tim Russert where? Where oh where is the outrage?
SUBJ: More From Liberated Laura
Wearing a red suit and in a cheerful mood, the First Lady confessed that neither she nor the President decorated their own private tree in the second floor’s yellow oval room this year. "That’s why the President ran [for election],’’ she joked.
When a foreign reporter asked if she thinks it’s true that behind every great man is a great woman, she said without missing a beat, "I’d say that’s absolutely right.’’ And in Laura's case, that's three paces behind.
Pat said upon resigning:
"We are seeing an outpouring of revival power in the United States that exceeds anything that I have known in my lifetime," he said in the letter. "With the few years left to me of active service, I must focus on those things that will bring forth the greatest spiritual benefit."
Like diamonds and gold?
do I get the feeling that John Ashcroft's soon to be grilling before the
Senate, has everything to do with the Bush Administration trotting out
the old "we are on the highest state of alert" once again? Haven't
we been on the highest state of alert since 911? Seems to me Bush and
his lapdog Ashcroft, aided and abetted by Tom Ridge, are intentionally
trying to push the public's panic button, in order to gain the strongest
This isn't a tip to a news story but just a question. What happened to the investigation and stories surrounding the plane crash in the Bronx? It has been one month since the "accident" and I have not seen a single story about the investigation, rebuilding of the area, or even a theory that is contrary to the turbulence explanation. I seem to remember the theories and investigations surrounding flight 800 took almost a year and back then there were numerous stories in the media about a possible missile attack on the plane but now the media has effectively erased the event from the American psyche and in record time. Has the media always been a government lackey during a national cover up? I would expect this type of complicity from Xinhua or some other state run media organization and maybe this is a new norm for the American media as major media companies continue to merge into one main news organization. Just a thought.
In today's Arkansas Democrat is a cartoon by John Deering that is pretty much a classic. There are three kids outside singing a Christmas carol to the tune of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town". Here are the words:
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saw an interview on CNN this morning with Bernard Goldberg who has written
a book about liberal bias in the media. When asked for examples of liberal
bias, he gave two-- both of them apparently from the term of President
Reagan. He said CBS had given lots of air time to stories about the homeless,
depicting them as poor victims of something. "Everybody knows that
homeless people are all either drunks or schizophrenics. But the stories
misrepresented them because the friends of the CBS executives wanted the
homeless stories to get lots of play." He also claimed that stories
about AIDS were overblown. "The newscasts made people believe that
AIDS was a threat to straight people and that is just not so. The Gay
Lobby pushed the news media to hype the threat." I am
JA in LA
Note: Who wants to bet the Goldberg book is published by the same people
who own CNN?
I honestly believe all the pauses in Bush’s speeches rehearsed or otherwise are because he has a bug in his ear and whoever is on the other end has not responded to the questions posed, thus he is waiting to hear what to say. Whoever is prompting him is about as alert and intelligent as he is, if we are to judge by the answers he gives. I find it disconcerting to say the least, that his current swagger suggests that he is beginning to believe that he is intelligent. Kinda scary!
Your web site is the best! Thanks so much.
Your readers may like to know why Linda Tripp isn't likely to get a government job anytime soon after reading NY Times story today, Tripp May Lose Home to Foreclosure.
This was posted at a winger site:
I've noticed a thread of despair among those who send you their thoughts and observations of all that has happened since 12/12/00. I believe the antidote to despair is this observation: What we are witnessing are the death throes of a failed, dying system. The Republicans had to steal the election because they knew they had not won the hearts and minds of America. They have had to spin facts because they know the truth will bury them. Deception, war, and fear are all that are keeping them in their place of power. These are all signs of core rottenness and weakness, and instead of being afraid, we should rejoice at the evidence of failure. At the same time, I hope everyone will nurture their own vision of a future for this country and the world of justice, freedom, and economic equality. There will come a time for rebuilding our government and our economy. Those who have kept the dream alive and have stood with Truth will be the architects.
Re: What Goes Round, Comes Round, Linda Tripp
What is Julie Hyatt Steele thinking right about now?????
I would love to hear her take on this Trippster tragedy......!
Thanks for the good news......
luv you guys...
A BuzzFlash Reader responds to the CS Monitor:
Clooney slams O'Riling--it's a small part of the article, but great to see someone calling O'Riling for what he is:
"...he exchanged snipes with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly over charity payouts after the Sept. 11 attacks.
O'Reilly broadcast a story that Clooney would not appear on The O'Reilly Factor to account for the millions of dollars the actor had raised for the families of the victims through a celebrity telethon. Clooney responded through other outlets that the money was going to the right people and that O'Reilly used the accusations to boost his viewership. A decreasing death toll demanded patience in distributing the fund, Clooney said, because the organization would have written 1,300 checks to supposedly deserving recipients who didn't exist.
O'Reilly "is the only person I know who has profited from the Sept. 11 tragedy," Clooney said, adding that O'Reilly's story was "criminally irresponsible"..."
SUBJ: Ted Olson's behind the Military Tribunals idea...
And probably a whole lot of the other questionable "anti-terrorism" measures being taken by the Justice Department.
who have lost family members to terrorism often speak of the frustration
and powerlessness they feel at not being able to do anything personally
to help bring the guilty to justice. This is one emotion that perhaps
Solicitor General Theodore Olson has been
Even on NYPD Blue, they didn't allow Andy Sipowicz investigate his son's murder. He had to recuse himself, and let Bobby do it for him.
So why is Ted Olson the driving force behind the anti-terrorism campaign? Isn't he personally, emotionally involved? Shouldn't he recuse himself, lest his emotions wind up shredding people's constitutional freedoms?
Drag 'em in here and string 'em up!
I have decided to quit fighting for human decency, for remembering we have Constitutional rights, and for obeying legal precedent. I have decided to join the Forces On The Dark Side.
I think it is time to reinstate the days when the Common Folk could witness torture and executions in the village square. I think we should watch while our military tortures their prisoners. I think we should see people screaming in pain and anguish as torturers torture In Our Name and For Our American Way of Life, in order to Secure A Safe Future For Us.
I think we should watch, in the town square of modern life -- that would be on our TV screens -- as the Evil Ones are put to death, preferably in agonizing ways, just like in the old days.
I think we should let George W. Bush sit on a little throne -- as in the days of the Roman Emperors -- and give a thumbs up or a thumbs down as he, and he alone, gets to decide who is a "terrorist" and who should be tried in the New Design Bush Military Tribunals. Yes, let's name those tribunals after the Great Man who thought them up. He deserves that honor. Doesn't he? Right.
In addition to watching this Torture In Our Name on TV, we could hold these Events in stadiums all across America, so the Local Folk could get the real feel and flavor of the Rites Of Old.
Who says we are not bloodthirsty enough? We are. We will not shrink from rooting "terrorists" out of their caves and nests and homes, and then torturing and killing them. We will not flinch. Will we? No. We are strong, patriotic Americans.
We CAN watch torture and death as long as it is for a Good Cause. As long as it is used to Preserve Our American Way of Life. We love our American Way of Life. We love democracy and the people's right to a fair and open trial by our peers. Oops, no we don't. Not when it comes to Evildoers. We want them dead. We want them out of our lives and off the face of the earth. And if a few thousand innocents have to die in the process of Preserving Our American Dream, so be it. They would just have grown up to be "terrorists" anyway. Wouldn't they? Right.
I say, "On with the show." Let's get those Evildoers and "terrorists" out there on to our nightly TV news shows. News is show business these days anyway (when it is not just re-typing Pentagon press handouts). This would get fantastic ratings for the various TV news shows. And ratings are what "they" are after. Right? Right.
So drag the "terrorists" out in front of the cameras or out onto the stadium fields across this beautiful land. What is done in Our Name and For Our Way Of Life is a Good Thing and should not be done out of our sight, un-noticed and un-rewarded. Let us cheer for our torturers, Bush's Military Tribunal judges and Bush's executioners.
who have gone over to the Dark Side want a good show.
RE: UNACCEPTABLE: BUSH'S FIRST REACTION TO SEPTEMBER 11th ATTACK: "I used to fly myself, and I said, 'Well, there's one terrible pilot.'" 12/5
Are you surprised? Don't you remember his first reaction to the Anthrax scare? "Well, I don't have Anthrax."
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