The BuzzFlash Mailbag
January 3, 2002
In the article you posted on the Enron's top executives getting subpoenas, Joseph Lieberman says of his committee's goal: "The focus is, how did this corporation collapse, and what can we do to make sure that something like this never happens again?"
I have a suggestion for him: You can send these white collar criminals to jail. Perhaps then they will understand that fraud--even multi-billion dollar fraud--is illegal and hurts innocent people. Simple enough Joe?
RA in LA
I understand California Republicans are getting ready for a smear campaign against the Democrats by blaming the upcoming tax increase on Governor Gray Davis, a Democrat. That's interesting since I believe the upcoming tax increases were the work of former governor Pete Wilson, a Republican. Isn't it just like a Republican to blame Democrats for Republican errors?
M. H. Lewis
I would like to see someone publish an article the compares (with graphics if possible) the Bush Stimulus bill (the one that passed the House) to the Senate Democrats proposal. This would help communicate the fact that Bush's package has more in it for Large Corporations (including Enron) and the highest income people and less for the people that are out of work and need assistance. I am getting tired of the Republicans saying that Daschle does not want to help people who are out of work.
Excuse me, but I think that saying you hope George Bush doesn't win the election during the campaign and saying you're sorry he got to the White House after the campaign is over is pretty damn clear, whether you actually utter the words "Al Gore" or not. It's simply unfair to imply that he's some Neanderthal that's oh-so-slowly come around to the right way of thinking. It ain't true.
Folks get confused about Friedman because he's labeled as "pro-globalization," and therefore must be a right-winger of some kind. But in fact, his whole point is that you can't be either "pro" or "anti" globalization because it's inevitable and unavoidable. It's like being pro- or anti- the sun rising in the east.
He also, by the way, wrote an impassioned column very similar to the one you mailed out a couple weeks ago. He didn't say the words "Al Gore," but he made it very clear that he thought Bush was totally inadequate.
I object to lumping him and Broder, who has really been a jerk, into the same category of folks by implication.
Thanks for responding.
As early as 1942, our great war president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, planned for peace and a better world even as he readied our nation for all-out war. His vision was of a generous and decent America helping struggling nations to grope their way to better government and a better life for their citizens.
does none of that: he swaggers, he boasts, he threatens, and he smirks
-- but he does not plan for peace. He wants war. He will have war. His
war will go on forever -- because terrorism will always be a part of life
on this planet as much as evil will always be a part of life on this planet.
Bush has "promised" not to stop waging his "war" against
"evil" and "terrorism" until they are both erased
from the face of the earth. In other words, perpetual war. Perpetual popularity.
Perpetual robbing of the national treasury to enrich his campaign contributors.
Perpetual squandering of the Clinton-gained-surplus, so Bush can line
the pockets of his corporate executive "friends." Yup, no need
to end war and strive for a just peace! Why should Bush want to? -- he's
so-o popular now with his unending "war."
From Media Whores Online:
Update: CNN changes Profiles in Leadership lineup
MWO Reported a few days ago (next item) on CNN's promotion of a New Year's Day special entitled "Profiles in Leadership," which was to feature seven leaders CNN claimed had "inspired and unified" America throughout the terrorism crisis. We urged readers to contact Walter Isaacson about the blatant bias of CNN in featuring only Republicans in the special.
"Profiles" finally aired, Laura Bush had been replaced with...Pakistan
President Pervez Musharraf, in what was undoubtedly CNN's idea of a "response"
to viewer criticism. (There is no question Ms. Bush was one of the original
"leaders" CNN planned to profile. The ad featured close-ups
of only the seven we listed in our original report. No other officials
According to CNN, Musharraf did more to "unify" America than Senator Tom Daschle, or any other Democrat. And he apparently "inspired" America more than other world leaders, too, including Tony Blair - a liberal despised by American right-wingers.
don't know which is worse: CNN's original lineup, or its "corrected"
version. Even when the disgraceful sellouts at CNN attempt to slightly
mitigate the network's blatant right-wing bias, they still can't bring
themselves to do anything that might be seen to benefit or promote Democrats
or liberals. Instead, it's preferable to handle criticism of Republican
The network has become every bit as ridiculous and hopeless as Faux.
by Norma, a BuzzFlash Reader
Mark A. Barker
I am doing one of my many web searches and came across a site that mentions Buzz, among other great sites:
"...Buzzflash.com is the news source that filled the void created when the media spurned news to become the mouthpiece of the right. It was recently slurred by the Wall Street Journal. Given that we are known by our enemies, this is the ultimate badge of honor..."
AMEN!!! Go check it out--
In answer to the question, "Did God Make Bush President"! Rehnquist, William H. that is, would like to think he's God, but alas as most of us know after William spearheaded the "selection committee" last year it seems another entity could be considered. Any crime committed in conjunction with another crime becomes a felony, and selecting the president of the US over the majority vote should become a crime against democracy and the people of this country. Rehnquist no longer has any credible standing! And the arrogance of Bush to believe that God selected him is despicable.
Perhaps they should post THIS version of the Ten Commandments:
Thanks for being the "Anti-Drudge."
Re: Thank you for your order
A personal note to BuzzFlash - I didn't want the Holiday Season to end without saying "Great Job!" to BuzzFlash, for providing what may well be the 'net's premier information and news website.
Of course, it has always been amazing how great Oaks from little acorns grow, but in today's era of mega-media mergers, corporate buyouts, and corporate leverage (both of the financial and "news" variety) we know that it is harder than ever to get the "straight," unfiltered, unbiased news.
BUZZ is filling that void in a great fashion, and it is getting to be
the mark of a newsmaker to appear on Buzz to contest the great, humdrum,
gray-wash of "the corporate talking points." On behalf of those
who are dedicated to improving American life, and on behalf of those who
often don't even know what is in their own best interest, here's hoping
Buzz rattles some cages, makes some waves, and gets the "straight
story" out in the New Year
I for one will not forget Enron for a long time and I certainly hope our party leaders feel the same. Congressman Waxman is great however he will need the support of many of his fellow democrats in order for this story not to simply die as so many others have.
The right are continuing with their plan and now Senator Daschle is labeled an obstructionist because he refused to bend on passage of the Stimulus Package. I for one, am very grateful for his brave stance on this issue.
Just thought it worth mentioning, if the Republican plan had passed, a plan which our President endorsed, Enron would receive $254 million dollars. Just one of the many corporations who may still be rewarded if the Republicans can pull another one off.
Hopefully 2002 will be a better year...
Remember how we always heard the Republicans criticize the Democrats for letting our Military decline over the past 8 years. Well it seems to me that our military was very well prepared and equipped for the war in Afghanistan. This preparation did not occur in the last few months since Bush has been in office but has occurred over the last several years. I wonder why the press has not mentioned this?
RE: REHNQUIST BELIEVES THAT STALLED JUDGESHIPS HURT WAR ON TERROR, THE GOP PARTY LINE
Not only that, but in the article, the Wash Post repeats the GOP line that "the Democratic-controlled Senate had confirmed only 28 federal judges". You know that when the GOP was in control and Clinton in office the deliberately stalled his appointments (especially minority ones) -- and the GOP didn't have any post-Sept. 11 legislation to handle.
To all my friends and kindred souls at Buzz:
Thank you for making 2001 bearable...it would have been misery without all your great efforts! I look forward, especially, to the mailbag. So many bright, articulate people expressing their views...it's a joy!
Be proud that the right is on the attack--all it means is: the truth hurts and, you are DEFINITELY doing something correctly (a substitution of the misused word "right").
All the best in 2002. I wish you all health, joy, and peace of mind!
Happy New Year to you. Thanks again for BuzzFlash. I don't know what we would do without you. Reliable news is so hard to come by these days, everyday I say thanks to you and recommend Buzz to someone I know, and those people in turn recommend to their friends. From Fl. to Ga. to Calif.! Will send another check as soon as I can because it's so important to keep you going for the good of all America.
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