The BuzzFlash Mailbag
December 19, 2001
I thought all of you on this list might be interested in the attached chart from last Sunday's New York Times. It shows the monthly increase in handgun sales (easily extrapolated from the figures on national background checks mandated by the Brady law) over last year's. To me what is ominous isn't only the increase since the September 11th attacks, but just the raw numbers. Looking at them, you can see that the average monthly sales were between 700 and 900 thousand last year; and they have averaged between 800 thousand and a million per month in the last three months.
[BuzzFlash Note: To see chart, visit here: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/16/nyregion/16GUNS.html]
believe this indicates that approximately 10 million new handguns have
been purchased each year in the US for I don't know how many years. If
it has been only 10 years, that means 100 million new guns in the past
10 years. Considering the trivial number of permits
Apparently, therefore, our household (three adults and two children) would seem to contain the only adults on our block without a gun in the house. This is surely a more imminent threat to our safety than all the attacks of September 11.
And, if people become even more nervous and worried, how much will the number of accidental handgun deaths and injuries rise in the US?
Here's just an itty-bitty little detail that I hadn't heard before:
detail adds to the Kremlin's worries. Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-American
academic, recently was appointed in June as special assistant to President
George W. Bush and senior director at the National Security Council for
the Persian Gulf and southwest Asia and other issues. According to Philip
Smith, director of the Center for Public Policy Analysis, "Zalmay
is immensely influential in driving US policy toward
for all you do!
Richard Mellon Scaife has funded, either directly or through another group, both of these entities. As we saw in the Clinton witch hunt, it is not unusual for Scaife-funded groups to work in tandem.
Look for Judicial Watch and Landmark Legal to also participate in this tag team, because they usually promote the same propaganda distributed by Drudge and NewsMax.
wrote (re Right-Wing Media Research Center Targets ANYONE That Disagrees
With Bush) that "this organization's mission is totally political
in scope, and therefore they are not eligible for 501(c)(3) status. There
should be an IMMEDIATE congressional investigation of this organization
and any ties to the Bush administration."
congress has again voted themselves pay raises! This is undoubtedly a
result of the great job they have done giving all Americans a terrific
health care package, raising the minimum wage to a livable standard, guaranteeing
social security and Medicare to all Americans, supplying affordable prescription
drugs to our senior citizens, strengthening the
I sure think they deserve a raise don't you?
According to the new Time magazine, a majority of people have written in to vote for Dumbya as their Person of the Year. Please encourage your readers to swamp them with reasons why he shouldn't be!!!! We all know if he wins, it'll be another puff-piece, not a story about how "8 years of peace and prosperity are finally over" and how our rights are under attack by our own government. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
From a BuzzFlash Reader
Re: A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT: Right-wing Media Research Center Targets ANYONE T...
How in the world can MRC be a 501 (C) 3 not for profit corporation and be fully tax deductible? Something is very wrong here!
Subj: Explaining George Bush
Lord Bertrand Russell once wrote "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt". Well, his insight appears have been confirmed by science. Lord Russellís insight and this study certainly explain George W. Bush.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
[BuzzFlash Note: Hmmm. The dumber one is, the smarter one thinks one is. Bush thinks he's a very smart man.]
I would like to suggest that all of you who question the 501C(3) status of Media Research Center send a copy of the item and a request for investigation to the head of the IRS and to your representatives in Congress. The more letters they receive, the harder it will be for the IRS to ignore.
[BuzzFlash Note: How to Contact the IRS - http://www.irs.gov/where_file/index.html]
to your "The FBI House Calls," I contacted the FBI in L.A. and
they referred me to San Francisco FBI, and also told me that they wouldn't
investigate any rumors unless the guy was making physical threats against
the Prez, or like, terrorist bomb threats. Then, I called the SF FBI,
and they denied the rumor and basically said the same thing LA did about
direct threats or terrorist plots and that we did have a free speech amendment
in this country and that it was not a crime to voice a negative opinion
Sad to report Bias is currently the number one best seller on the New York Times non fiction list.
love to read and have noticed something I've never seen in the past. The
all knew this was inevitable -- the right had to go CBS and Dan Rather.
You know, these lies about the "liberal media," "Air Force One theft," "Democratic evildoing," etc., are made up so fast and furious that there isn't even time to research answers to them all. So they just hang out there and appear to be the truth. Very frustrating. Keep on researching for us, Buzz!
otherwise noted, all original