The BuzzFlash Mailbag
January 14, 2002
I heard Bush say at his little press conference in Crawford a week ago that his last meeting with Lay was 6 weeks ago. Then yesterday I heard a news story which said that Bush said his last meeting with Lay was last March when he was with his mother. So I looked for the stories on the web. I found them, but his statement at the press conference is being reported as no contact with "Enron executives". Well Lay is an executive, so I am not sure if they are dancing around the subject by not using his name or what. However, I thought it was interesting and worth noting.
On the Capital Gang today of course they went with the March meeting and of course the twits tried to push the story of George saying he really didn't know Lay that well. No, only since 1988 when the Bush's were taking Lay money for Bush Srs. campaign. It was nice to see Novak told he was lying.
Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!! Karen
Ari Fleischer's boast that the Secretaries of Commerce and Treasury did nothing in response to Kenny Boy's calls is itself incriminating.
As Tony Cuelho pointed out on a recent edition of CNN's Crossfire, they were obligated to inform the Labor Department of Enron's situation, in order to protect the rights of Enron employees. They may or may not be guilty of malfeasance in office, but they certainly appear to be guilty of very significant nonfeasance.
Here we go again. Media reports of alleged plan to kill the Jeb Bush with a truck bomb. Is this another political scheme to get political "sympathy" votes?
Perhaps, designed by the same supporters who came up with the idea to leak a report that the 9/11 terrorists also targeted the White House or Air Force One or both?
Knowing they cannot get elected, or reelected, by telling people the truth about their AGENDA, radical conservatives in the last decade seem to have professionalized their ability to distort truth, confuse the public, lie, scheme, and otherwise focus on HOW DO WE FOOL PEOPLE, rather than become public servants. Shame!
According to their GOPAC training manual, language is a "key mechanism of control." You do not have to MEAN what you say, of course, you just have to use the right language and sound like you do...
Thus, we hear spicy words in Bush and gang's speeches, such as "concerned" and "working people," even as they they fervently design ways of dismantling social security, public education and social welfare...
American people are looking to elect those who desire to lead as public servants, not con artists! Just shameful!
of course the people don't want war ... But after all it is the leaders
of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter
to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship,
or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ...Voice or no voice, the
people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy.
All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce
the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."
Dear Buzzflash: How does a conservative newspaper view the Enron debacle?
Consider the following headline and the only article about Enron which appeared in the January 12th edition of the Tribune-Review (Richard M. Scaife's paper):
"Enron 401(K) plan collapse leaves lesson for workers"
The article goes on to say how Enron employees were more the victims of circumstance than any conspiracy. Furthermore, the employees were not permitted to move their money out of company stock between Oct 20 and Nov 13 because Enron was in the process of changing plan administrators. (Never mind that by this time Enron stocks had fallen from $13.81 to $9.98 during this blackout period.)
Can the reader see where this spin is going? Blame the employees,but never mention the Enron executives who cashed out their stock options when their stock was worth millions.
We need to harp on the fact that they DID NOTHING about it-they are hiding behind the fact that they did nothing inappropriate to help their good buddy but they did NOTHING to help the PEOPLE of this country and we cannot let them rationalize their non response as a good thing-they were damned if they did and damned if they didn't but they have this all worked out to spin in their direction and we need to push the media to criticize them for doing NOTHING at all!!!!!
Hmm...Greenspan is married to a "journalist," so maybe someone should be checking if anyone in the media industry dumped their Enron stock at a convenient time, too? Just wondering.
am studying nutrition. Decided I needed a change. I am going to develop
a nutritional supplement that will turn Republicans into liberals.
again, Buzz, for providing us out here with this great service! I have
contributed, and will continue to contribute.
"Sound science" my ASS. I live a scant 90 miles from there in Las Vegas. I'm NOT happy about this at all.
From the CBS MarketWatch article to which you linked:
First of all, these morons can't guarantee this stuff will be transported "safely". As is the case with every other federally-run "project", the jobs will go to the LOWEST BIDDERS, not the most qualified. And now that the idiot-in-thief has proclaimed that government contractors (in essence) don't have to have a clean or safe or even LEGAL record, who knows who will be transporting this stuff.
Second, what rocket scientist decided that storing it all IN ONE PLACE was a good idea? Could it be someone connected to a terrorist organization? Why don't they just give them a freaking map and directions?
LV's mayor, Oscar Goodman (say what you will about his past; I like the guy -- reminds me of Ed Koch -- I used to live in NYC), said he'd lay down in the road to prevent these trucks from coming in. I'm right next to him.
I want to ask when we lost our country, and I know it was probably during the Nixon era, but I SWEAR it was December 12, 2000.
Keep up the good work.
(P.S. Wish I could ante up a donation, but thanks to the "new direction" the idiot has taken the country, I lost my job two months ago and there are ZERO prospects on the horizon.)
Re: UNBELIEVABLE! Abraham got thousands from nuke biz
What the hell does Abraham know about 'sound science'? His entire congressional career was spent trying to abolish the energy department.
Suddenly he's for science?
"I'VE NEVER DISCUSSED BUSINESS WITH MR. LAY", THE SAME AS, "I
I liked Mr. Farruggio's opinion piece on Universal Health Care, probably because it is similar to mine. I mentioned this same thing to my former boss on Long Island 20 years ago, who was former Congressman Tom Downey. When I complained about my insurance rates going up, he asked what I wanted and I told him exactly what he had for the same price. That was my first dive into pushing Universal Health Care. I want coverage for all Americans from cradle to grave with a single payer provider. Get the insurance companies out of the health care business. They do not belong there. Like Mr. Farruggio said, Medicare/Medicaid works. My only differing opinion to his........that we are all issued a universal health card. Mine would be identical to Bill Gates' and a person whose income is way below mine. This would prevent discrimination when dealing with hospitals and doctors. Everyone but those considered below the national poverty level would pay something for that card. Businesses would no longer pay anything toward a person's health care. This would put them in a more competitive market with overseas businesses. Face it, our trade balance stinks. Other than those differences, I know a UHC plan would work. Add up all the programs offered now and distribute the money spent on everyone.
"If he has nothing to hide."
How many times did we hear right-wingers chanting that during eight years of investigations of the Clintons? Over and over, they chanted, "If he has nothing to hide."
Well you know the drill about things that are good for the goose being good for the gander.
George W. Bush should appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate all possible criminal behavior leading up to Enron's collapse; including any possible wrongdoing by members of the Bush administration. Did Dick Cheney or Karl Rove or any Cabinet officials do anything wrong on Enron's behalf? Did George W. Bush?
Americans deserve to know "if their president is a crook," in the immortal words of Dick Nixon.
If George W. Bush and Bush administration officials have nothing to hide, they will welcome this opportunity to clear the clouds of suspicion from their names.
Wonders never cease. Check this out. They have an actual breakdown of monies donated in 2000 election to Republican and Dems from both Enron and Arthur Anderson. Also a list of top recipients of Enron contributions to individuals. Kay Bailey Hutchinson R. Texas wins the big prize. This is the very same lady who makes her aid stand outside her door with her coffee, cannot knock and is let in when the queen so decides. Ugh, what a witch. Cuddly Gramm wins second prize.
Anyway, thought you guys would like this info. Scroll down a bit for the charts.
Isn't it astonishing that Arthur Anderson Accounting gave over a million
I couldn't believe my eyes today when "comedian-actor?" Ben
Stein became so enraged with Arianna Huffington ( on CNN'S Talk Back Live)
that he shot her his middle finger on national TV! He then left the panel
of four....a so-called free-for-all..... which almost truly became that.
The discussion at the time centered on the 9-11 attack. Arianna mentioned
that many terrorists are home-grown. During the exchange that led to Stein's
leaving, he had haughtily told Arianna to be quiet and let him talk, that
she had said enough. When
Hats off to Arianna for standing tall.
remember during the Clinton Administration that an offer for a special
When do you expect them to start offering a special edition on the Enron scandal? Probably the next time it snows in Saudi Arabia.
John Fund may be taking a powder, oops, a leave from the Wall Street Journal, but I've seen his face plastered all over CNN lately! Just goes to show you CNN has become the network of all disgraced Republican pundits. Anne Coulter, John Fund and numerous others are always on giving a supposedly expert opinion! The experts of sleaze, mean spirit, and just making up stories for the moment to get attention is more like it. I guess the big question is "Is CNN becoming the sleaze for the Repuglicans channel"???
Re:Entire Houston US Attorney's Office recuses itself on Enron
Imagine the hounding that Clinton would have gotten in the press had something like this happened with Arkansas contributors! The Watergate pales in comparison...this one will be much more expensive to investigate. Let's insist Congress raise millions and find a Democratic Ken Starr!
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You have got to give Karl Rove credit for his sense of timing. Rove waits until the media have their underwear in a full wedgie over Enron before he lets Junior make the appointments of Scalia and Reich. Everyone is so outraged over Enrongate, there is little outrage left for Scalia/Reich. We need to be careful not to get too distracted with Enrongate not to notice what Rove is doing out of the limelight.
I'll try to send some money at a later date to help your cause. Meanwhile, a few thoughts:
Keep up the INDISPENSABLY valuable work you're doing, saving some of us from the grotesquely biased (but sometimes just cleverly nuanced) CORPORATE MEDIA NEWS. If I had a bumper sticker that said, "Don't Trust Corporate News," I'd slap it on the bumper of our car.
GOP toady Brian Williams on his program last night "mistakenly" called Ashcroft... John Encroft.
appropriate actually. Rather revealing
It is interesting that you point out that GWB was hiding behind a woman when he tried to drag Ann Richards into his Enron debacle.
This is certainly not the first time he tried to hide behind a woman. In fact, he tried to hide behind his twin daughters when he was outed for having lied about his DUI in Maine.
The Political Amazon.
Everyone has wondered where Dick Cheney was hiding,it seems he has been supervising the Enron cover-up. If anyone does a timeline has has been out of sight since Enron started calling the various cabinet officers.
Do you think anyone is considering the size of missiles in contrast to the size of envelopes bearing Anthrax? Got a missile shield for that yet? I may be way off base, but I don't think these money makers have our safety in mind at all, only their bank accounts. No shield to protect our tankers or our subway systems from small vials of germs? How large a target will the missiles have to be and do they think no one will think to redesign theirs to avoid being located? What are they thinking? Are they thinking?
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Admire your efforts and wanted to vent about something you might find interesting:
Note the comparison of Enron's call to "every time I talk to somebody" as if this was just some everyday event. Enron, Bush's biggest benefactor, is on the verge of the biggest bankruptcy in history its Chairman is comparing it to Long Term Capital Management, which together with the Russian default comprised the financial crisis of the fall of 1998. Lay was calling all over town: Greenspan, O'Neill, O'Neill's deputy Peter Fisher (who Lay basically asked for a bailout ala LTCM, but Fisher, a democrat, saw no comparison), Bush's best friend Don Evans. And according to Fleisher, all of these people left Bush to read about it in the paper (Fleisher: Bush "learned the same way we all did. Through the press.")
Thanks, and keep up the great work.
you might be interested in the correspondence I had with vote.com regarding
their polls. Questions are skewed and it appears that the right-wing poll
responders are 90% to 10% of the liberals. Every question had the same
results and I went through them all. I found the site through one of your
articles or letters. It seems one of the owners is
No wonder the press has been full of "Bill Clinton" stories of late. The White House has started an all out attempt to "bury" the stories re: Enron and the book recently published in France concerning the US and this administration's involvement in stopping terrorism investigations. Expect some cock-a-mamey stories to begin circulating in order to make the real news go away. How many "photo-ops" of boy Bush in the mainstream media must we endure? Do they not realize we are on to these invitation only appearances?
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