The BuzzFlash Mailbag
December 17, 2001
Just curious: Daschle and Leahy were targeted by the anthrax letters. Any Republicans? I don't remember seeing any.
[BuzzFlash Note: We aren't aware of any either. Curious, no?]
OK, this morning I received an envelope from the University of Nantes (France) where I am currently a student. Inside the University envelope was a "registration form" from the American Presence Post from Rennes, France. And here is what it says:
And a two page questionnaire follows, wanting my "biographical data", my address, telephone, email, passport info, height, hair color, expected length of stay, emergency contacts, etc. However, there is some sort of Privacy Statement that is supposed to comfort us that this info will remain really private (and voluntary, or shall I say "encouraged" ?).
Yes, here it is the best part:
What in the hell is going on? Why is the University sending me this? Is the same thing happening in the US to foreign students in the US? Are they receiving registration forms from their home countries or from the US government? I admit, my attendance at the school has been rather lackluster, but so are the classes.
This is insane! I don't live in Rwanda or Indonesia where some internal conflict is threatening my safety. I am taking French lessons in a quiet city where the only disturbances are strikes (which get pretty spirited), and car thefts.
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I would be more than happy to fax you this, so you can post the actual
documents on BuzzFlash Plus, I'm 6-9 hrs. Ahead of you guys, so time is
no constraint! I couldn't find any fax # on your site. Keep up the good
Isn't it ironic the very symbol of Enron is a crooked E?
Thank you for your article about the Bush idea of breaking up Amtrack. I think he wants to do that just to smack the people on the East Coast around since they voted for Gore and he probably wants to disrupt their transportation."Brilliant" breakups like the phone company breakups under Reagan mean poorer service, higher rates, and more layoff. Do you like your phone service now or did you like it before the breakup of AT&T?
I was just finished talking about how Bush first blamed Clinton for this economic recession, which he refers to as a slowing, and then blamed September 11, and now he has the unmitigated gall to blame the Senate Democrats? He says it is their fault that we will lose 300,000 jobs. Daschle is just trying to tell Bush that his "stimulus" package will help no one other than the wealthy. Was Daschle correct in saying the tax cut would not help? Huh? Why isn't Bush talking about that now? I would see Bush as "likable", since apparently the media wants us to do that, if just once he would take responsibility instead of always finding a new scapegoat. What he has done for me though is this. My family, who were faithful Republicans, have now become Democrats. My family has done this because Bush of the so-called "Party of Responsibility" has repeatedly found one scapegoat after another for the nation's faltering economy. What kind of a president has a philosophy, "When times are bad, I'll blame someone else."?
Re: A BuzzFlash News Alert: Bush, The Unilateralist -- Despite What Rove Want...
When are you, and others of your persuasion, gonna have the balls to state that Osama was/is the "savior" for this otherwise-one-term administration? It was almost as if Mephistopheles, himself, had offered junior a clear road to 2004. And don't think he ain't gonna drive this "train" for as long as it runs. This is sounding like the old cold-war screed "there's commies under your bed."
Lastly, unless the rank'n file Dems start waking up and framing an alternative to bush & his "hidden" agenda, which also addresses the de-facto collusion by the "liberal media", no amount of "Buzz-Flash" is gonna is going to rescue this party from terminal Bush-wack.
to your great site, I had the opportunity to read an article I would most
E Mail Gets the Cold Shoulder
course it does - Let's face it, most of our representatives would prefer
No, they prefer letters (anthrax begone), faxes or phone calls. Phil Gramm for instance, values a letter someone sat down at a kitchen table to write on lined paper and a number 2 pencil. Isn't that one of the stupidest statements you have ever heard? That very same letter may have been destroyed or is still sitting in some unopened bin. Hmmm ...Hey Phil, how about calling back the old pony express.
Phone Calls - how many of you have actually ever talked to your elected representative? Zero for me. When I've finished my conversation with myself -- for that's what it feels like because there is normally complete silence at the other end of the line, I get a polite thank you. At my congressman's office, half the time they don't bother asking your name or address - I have to remind them to take it down. I always picture the person on the other end of the line doodling while I'm talking, you know, it's what you do when your bored and have paper and pencil in front of you.
Faxes - Many times I've tried faxing an article or letter and it just won't go through. The machine is busy, broke or off -- can't be sure which however it is extremely frustrating.
face it folks, the majority of them only want to hear from us at election
13 Dec. 2001
Bravo! to Buzz and SF-Gate's Joe Carroll for today's on-line article "Executions first, Trials later." I've started a couple of letters taking Conn. Sen. and former Dem. Vice Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman to task, but never quite completed any.
This time around, I want to say that I agree completely with Jon Carroll
that Sen. Lieberman is a "nutball." To begin with, imagine the
irony: Florida Jews, including concentration camp survivors (no less!)
voted for Mr. Lieberman, and how did Mr. Lieberman fight for their rights
to have their votes counted? Ans. - NOT AT ALL! Florida law is pretty
specific: in the event of a closely contested election, ALL DISPUTED VOTES
shall be HAND COUNTED at the request of the losing candidate, and the
standard of counting is to be "the intent of the voter" (which
is to say, all OVERVOTES clearly
So Mr. Lieberman joins thousands of Republicans in saying "that's past history" and he won't make an issue of it.
OK... So, What does Mr. Lieberman do instead?
Ans. #2: He looks for the EASIEST black and white issue he can find, in this case coming up with bashing "terrorists." Only problem, if you suspend due process and trial by jury, WHO determines who is a terrorist, and who isn't??
Ans. #3. Mr. Cheney's friends in the Ashcroft Justice dept. & Bush administration!!
If this is the best "leadership" Mr. Lieberman can provide us, I suggest he stick with the US Senate and not pull another "Bob Dole," who to placate HIS r-w supporters advocated abolishing the IRS. Fighting the "war on terror" without ANY tax revenues, now that would be a real trick. (That, and Mr. Dole (and his dog) drooling over a writhing Brittany Spears, now there's a real step up from Majority leader of the US Senate).
(PS Of course Mr. Lieberman's claim to fame was that he was more "moral"
than Pres. Clinton, who was caught in an affair of sorts. I look at the
Clinton WH "affair" and see a man who was greatly improved over
his earlier womanizing. I'll take a Clinton, FDR, Kennedy, Johnson, or
Martin Luther King, who all stood up and fought their battles, over a
Joe Lieberman any day.)
Concerning your BuzzFlash editorial on Dec. 13, 2001, the thought crossed
my mind that this is the second time that a video tape has turned up mysteriously,
the first being the "interview" with Bin Laden that the administration
chose not to release for fear that it contained "coded" instructions
(and one that was provided through mysterious agents early on in the war),
and like the first it appeared at a very convenient time for the administration.
heard president Bush say that, in effect, that since the international
(as opposed to domestic) terrorists are funded by drug profits, that if
you are a drug user, and quit using drugs, you have done your part to
fight international (as opposed to domestic) terrorism.
little something found on Bartcop.com addressing the very issue we hear
almost daily about how 9-11 is Clinton's fault....
Appearing on ABC's "This Week" in November 1997, Cohen plopped a five-pound bag of sugar on the table and claimed that an equivalent amount of anthrax could kill 300,000 people.
months later, a team of four experts demonstrated in the Archives of Internal
Medicine that it would take more than 100 pounds of anthrax to kill far
While the press and the Ditto-Monkey congress had their attention glued to Clinton's zipper, he & Cohen were trying to get people to take terrorism seriously. Nobody would listen. Publications like Mother Jones were scolding Clinton for crying wolf on terrorism.
Check that last sentence - it would take 100 pounds of anthrax to kill
far fewer than 300,00 people? That's what MoJo's experts used to portray
Clinton as the fool.
Liberals and Democrats spent more time attacking Clinton than they did
the GOP. Still do.
I just read the letter sent by Jerry Falwell to his supporters re: the
Pledge of Allegiance. As a dedicated Christian, I have to take issue with
his view as expressed in the letter (and this won't be the first time
that I've taken issue with the right-wing Christians such as Revs. Falwell
& Robertson!). What he seems to be saying in a nutshell is that the
phrase "God Bless America" has become very popular as of late.
Well, I don't have any argument with it--in one sense anyway. Indeed,
I would have to say that we Americans *are* very blessed. Anyone can see
that we have an abundance of resources in this
And the "sniveling Mr. Myers" that Mr. Falwell derides in his letter makes an interesting point--some people refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance because it "pledges allegiance to something other than their god". Well, guess what Mr. Falwell? As a devout Christian, you should know that God just may have a problem with someone pledging allegiance to something man-made (such as a flag), rather than to the Word of God.
If my country is behaving in a way that is opposed to Christian teaching, then it is my responsibility to point it out & try to change it--especially if my country is claiming to be a "Christian country". Blindly saluting the flag, regardless of what is going on here and abroad because of our country's policies, will never make up for that.
otherwise noted, all original