The BuzzFlash Mailbag
January 10, 2002
The web of Enron & Kenneth Lay is so large, guess who else is entangled in it? The very guy people have been clamoring for to investigate Enron - our well loved Attorney General, John Ashcroft.
received $50,000.00 in a campaign contribution from none other than Enron
When Ashcroft was running for the Republican presidential nomination in 1998 for the Republican nomination, he went into the heart of Texas and had a major fundraiser, hosted by none other than Lay himself. At the time, Bush wasn't officially in the race. Could say something really sarcastic at this point...
Lay gave Ashcroft the maximum $1000 gift for his first US Senate run all the way back in 1994.
You just have to wonder about the power of Kenneth Lay and his influence with the entire Bush Administration. John Ashcroft investigate Enron - talk about a BIG conflict of interest. Hmmm....come to think of it, Ashcroft seems to have gone into hiding lately too. Well, he's probably just so busy investigating all those old evil doers - no time for any silly PR work.
Anyway, this article is really interesting:
Subj: Bush the Infallible
I have a few comments on the Washington Post article by Dana Milbank, "A Doctrine of Presidential Infallibility," January 8, 2002, Page A15.
Ms. Milbank quotes Mr. Bush as saying, "All in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me."
Then, Ms. Milbank tries unapologetically to defend these remarks, saying, "Bush was not talking about the state of the union; he was talking about the state of his presidency. In that sense, his remark reflects a belief held by Bush and his aides as they look back on their first year in power. They see little to improve after a near-perfect performance in 2001, as ratified by opinion polls reporting support from nearly 90 percent of the public."
I won't quibble with Mr. Bush's remark, nor even with Ms. Milbank's overall assessment of it, but I'd like to look a little deeper as to just why it's been so "fabulous."
It has been a tremendous year for George and Laura. After all, he was inaugurated, despite the fact that he was not elected. Our democratic representatives (save those few courageous souls in the Congressional Black Caucus) rolled over in the face of the most egregious crimes against our democracy in over a hundred years, and left George's appointment by the U.S. Supreme Court unchallenged; they gave George his promised (though remarkably irresponsible) tax-cut, and have stumbled over themselves to get to the front of the line to praise his activities as Global Warlord.
Just when the press' esteemed <insert smirk> consortium was about to divulge the news that Bush may not (even if one slants every variable in Bush's favor) have cleanly won the November 2000 election, there's an unprecedented attack on American soil, and any questions about the legitimacy of George II's presidency drop precipitously off the radar. Nothing could have given Mr. Bush the appearance of legitimacy like 911 did. It's nice he appreciates his dumb luck in this regard. The fear that swallowed the American people on 911 granted him some of the highest popularity ratings for a president (elected or not) ever. He's happy for that. Can you blame him?
He's issued all kinds of unconstitutional executive orders since 911, with only a few peeps from the democratically-controlled senate, granting him one of his dearest wishes: To be "the dictator" (G.W. Bush, 12/18/00).
The enormous expenditures now necessary for our homeland defense, coupled with that irresponsible tax cut of his, will quickly drive us into a deficit spending situation, so George can demand cuts in, or deny funding to, all those "liberal" programs he and his cabal have despised for so long. Good-bye arts. Good-bye health care. Good-by spending for human welfare of any kind.
Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the enormous financial gains still waiting to be had for his compatriots if America gets a piece of the Central Asian oil action.
All in all, could this year have BEEN any better for George and Laura? I'm thinking not.
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Last Saturday, January 4, 2002, Dubya was on CNN in the afternoon live doing a townhall type meeting in Ontario, California. He made statements alluding to the fact that he had helped California with their energy crisis. A total lie! Bush and his administration did absolutely nothing to help the people in California. He had no right whatsoever to say that he helped solve that problem. A gutsy reporter needs to challenge Dubya and ask him what he supposedly did to help. The audience on that show was clearly handpicked and there were no challenges to Dubya while I watched.
By the way, isn't it interesting that just weeks after Russia's Putin met with Dubya at the ranch in Texas, Russia joined OPEC and cut production. Naturally, oil prices started to rise immediately!
And I'm still upset about the 2000 election and the Felonious Five on the Supreme Court.
May I suggest that you use Harry Truman's term for the GOP, "Guardians Of Privilege", rather than the "Grand Hypocrisy Party." The hypocrisy is self evident.
I saw a trailer for O'Reilly's show several weeks ago. He was saying, "If bin Laden came out of his cave with his hands up, I'd shoot him". I thought to myself, "This guy's a phoney." I went to his bio and found no military service. Deferments for grad students ended in 1969. I was a teacher and still got drafted in 1969. By late '69, the draft lottery was established. I was born Feb 22, and my number was 290---high enough to avoid the draft. Only one problem. I was in Pleiku when they pulled my number. I'm sure a little research could uncover O'Reilly's number, and we'd really know how much dodging he did. The lottery numbers, by birthdate for the Dec 1969 drawing can be found at http://www.sss.gov/lotter1.htm. The July 1970, Aug 1971 and Feb 1972 drawing are also there. All you need is O'Reilly's birthdate to find out where he stood in the draft.
foreign-source story that needs telling: www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/jid/jidpromo011005.shtml.
Here's a followup to the protesters at Bush's recent visit to Portland. The protesters were given false information that the Bushies had canceled their appearance! There were about 500 protesters outside the job referral center where Bush was scheduled for a photo op. After organizers were told that Bush had canceled, most left for another part of town where Bush had scheduled a second appearance. Then, guess what? Ten minutes later, here comes his motorcade! Coincidence, or manipulation? You be the judge. Here's the link:
Doesn't anyone realize the GOP continues to try to focus on Bill Clinton and the "pardons" so that any real news about the current administration's activities with the Taliban will be squelched? All they can think of is to get the press busy with a "scandal" story so they (the press) won't be interested in the "oil" story. America better wake up as we are being led down a path of destruction and we can thank the current leaders for getting us there.
In an interview on the Today show this morning (01-09-02), David Wise of the Washington Post, author of the book 'The Bureau and the Mole', said the US was so injured by the treachery of FBI agent Robert Hansens espionage that the Soviet Union fully believed it could win in a nuclear exchange.
Hansens' brother in law (also an FBI agent) in 1990 attempted to get the FBI to investigate Hansen, but they refused.
All this happened under Bush I, so that makes it his fault right? Will Ashcroft investigate?
The rightwingnuts would be crucifying Bill if this had happened under him.
Why isn't anyone asking the "secret service" what they thought of dubya's "over my dead body" remark. one of the most stupid security statements I have ever heard a president say (elected or selected).
Many people on Long Island believe that TWA 800 was shot down by a SAM (surface-to-air missile). The major plane accidents have recently occurred on the east coast, not far from shore.
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