The BuzzFlash Mailbag
December 26, 2001
"A possible link to Osama bin Laden emerged when The Times discovered that the alleged bomber, Richard Reid, 28, who was identified by British police from fingerprints sent by the FBI, was a worshipper at a London mosque also attended by one of the suspected conspirators of September 11. The leader of Brixton Mosque in South London said that Mr. Reid was incapable of acting alone and was probably on a test mission for a new terrorist technique when he apparently tried to detonate C4 plastic explosive packed into his shoes on American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami last Saturday."
Suggestion: Please alert readers of BuzzFlash.com to the article on page 9 of the Dec. 25 NY Times ("A Fiscal Crisis, Paid in Credibility), which shows that the Bush administration (and even the previous Bush administration) is responsible to a significant extent for the disastrous financial collapse in Argentina. This is the kind of disaster that Clinton, having to fight the Republicans all the way, averted in Mexico and in Asia during his administration through timely, activist measures.
I believe Paul Krugman also wrote about the connection of American conservative financial policies to the looming Argentine disaster, a couple of weeks or so ago in a NY Times op-ed. I think the gist of that op-ed was that we'd pressured Argentina to go a strictly pre-FDR type of route to financial stability and the Argentines are paying for it (and it will affect all of us too, of course).
Thanks, and keep up the good work. I very much enjoy reading your website's columns.
[BuzzFlash Note: We couldn't find a link to an article titled "A Fiscal Crisis, Paid in Credibility," but this article sums up the problems in Argentina and the Bushs (I and II) hand in making it that way: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/25/international/americas/25ARGE.html]
End of a wonderful Christmas Day, popped onto your site to see what's happening and lo and behold, your interview with Henry Waxman - it was like receiving another Christmas present. Great interview, great questions... I certainly hope Congressman Waxman has the tenacity to hunt them down. It was so refreshing to hear an actual representative of our government, tell it like it really is -- a democrat not pandering to the Bushies is a real treat.
Maybe other democrats will search their consciences and make some good New Year resolutions - For instance, I'll throw away my kneepads, I'll use the brain I was given, you know the rest.
Congratulations on another great interview. You people are the best -- you even worked on the Holiday... I hope by the way, your Christmas was filled with love and happiness.
you BuzzFlash___ for keeping the dream alive,
Frank Luntz is the best thing that ever happened to the Democratic Party. This is the same guy that advised Lauch Faircloth to attack John Edwards profession as a trial lawyer on the theory that the GOP couldn't demonize trial lawyers enough. Faircloth did exactly that throughout the '98 NC Senate campaign and was unseated by NC voters, which past Senate campaigns prove are a fairly conservative lot.
We can only hope that the GOP continues to heed Luntz's advice. Like so many others in the GOP, he preaches to the choir, telling the faithful what they want to hear, not what they need to know.
RE: Funeralgate: The skelton in bush's closet......
all the other really bad things boy george is involved in, this one, most
certainly, should not go unchallenged. It has hit home. Everyone's home!
>Bush Expected to Weaken Portions of Clean Air Act 12/24
Didn't Bush learn his lesson when he tried to loosen the arsenic water rules? (No need to answer that)
Why not create a petition to the National Democratic Party from BuzzFlash members expressing out outrage over these events and the fact that neither the DNC nor any prominent Democrats seem to care. Isn't it about time that we raise our voices in unison and let it be known that we are angrier than hell and we expect our elected officials and the people we financially support to do something about it? I think it is about time that we resurrect the attitude of one of our very wise and astute former Presidents - Harry S. Truman and "give em hell".
WITH A FLIGHT CREW?
I just read a message at Salon TT about the Freepers freeping Helen Thomas about her articles questions at the Bush, Inc. crime syndicate press conference. I wrote a note to thank her but it occurred to me that you guys might be interested in letting people know what these creeps are up to. Here is the message at Freeperville via Salon TT:
Supportive letters to Helen Thomas needed:
3. "Education Department Will Not Ease Student Aid Ba Author Strongly Critical of Decision According to a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education this week, the US Department of Education has decided it does not have the authority to rewrit agency regulations so that the student aid ban on persons with drug convictions would apply only to students convicted of a drug offense while they are in college. In 1998, Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) authored the anti-drug provision in the Higher Education Act (HEA), which mandates that students with drug convictions lose their student aid for specified periods. The law's language makes no distinction between old drug convictions and those received while students are attending college -- three possession convictions or two sales convictions render an applicant ineligible indefinitely -- but Souder, long an ardent drug warrior, has now emerged as a leading critic of the department's decision."
However, the GOP has managed to have the Judiciary committee exclude drug related questions from inquiry. In other words you could be a coke sniffing demagogue from the Federalist Society and pass muster. But, forget about student aid if you were busted with a joint.
I loved your analysis of what likely was the fate of United Flight 93 (your report a couple of months ago). Further evidence that the flight was shot down:
Apparently, the FBI refuses to release any portion of the last minutes of the flight to family members. Perhaps because it was being announced, captured on the tape, that the flight was going to get shot down if it did not change course?
Plus, you have no reason to believe me on this, but a friend of a friend lives in the area, and saw FBI agents at the crash sight *BEFORE* the plane crashed.
Anyway, keep up the good work.
If anyone believes that Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson even remotely represent the Christian faith, he is sadly mistaken! These wolves in sheep's clothing have been spouting Scripture as easy as water running off a duck's back! Just like a chameleon, they deftly weave in and out with just one goal in mind and it's money! They appeal to the lowest instincts of the human psyche to stir up hatred from their followers of their fellow man to arouse the self righteous. When they go too far and are 'called on the carpet,' they suddenly become so nauseatingly pious that butter would not melt in their mouth. This pattern of behavior has been going on for decades Over these decades, each of them have accumulated fortunes. I dare not dwell on what God really thinks of them.
Sincerely, Elaine N. Ramey
otherwise noted, all original