The BuzzFlash Mailbag
January 17, 2002
Commerce Secretary Don Evans claims that some guy in Oregon, "Ken Dortz," gave him a $38 contribution to the Bush/Cheney campaign. And...that he has the SAME level of access as Bush Pioneers like Ken Lay.
Aside from the blatantly comical nature of that claim, it turns out that there is something funny about that story. Does Ken Dortz really exist? And if so, how much money, if any, did he REALLY donate to the Bush campaign?
Well...one way to find out is to check the Federal Election Commission records. They have a searchable database, and anyone who gave a hard-money contribution to any of the candidates in ANY Federal races will be listed.
Well...I did an "Individual search" for Mr. Dortz, and came up with.....BUBKIS! If anyone by that name in the United States DOES exist, he never donated any money to the Bush/Cheney campaign [or anyone ELSE for that matter].
One other intriguing possibility DOES present itself, however. Maybe Dortz DOES exist. Maybe he DID give that money to Don Evans or the Bush campaign. But...maybe, just maybe...they never REPORTED it.
Hmmm.....I wonder. How many OTHER donations did they fail to report?
Subj: Why Bush supporters will always forgive Enron...
Because, as close as the 2000 Presidential election was, Enron's thousands (or millions) undoubtedly were a vital, essential part of the train of events that led to W being inaugurated president, even if he didn't win the popular or electoral college votes.
For Bush's hard core business and religious-right supporters, politics is a war between the chosen, and the unwashed, filthy, mongrel masses. When defending ALL that is good and holy against "those evil abortionists" (or those who feel that government assistance shouldn't be limited to those at the top of the corporate pyramid), ANYTHING is defensible. Sort of like, burning the village to save those dark-skinned furiners.
For their part, the Dems were so reluctant to stand up for Clinton against the excesses of the GOP investigations, that they are now afraid to stand up for much of anything. Daschle is making an effort of it... but he walks a razor's edge. Aren't there any Dems with as much savvy as Daschle, but willing to make some waves and rattle some cages?
The Dems really have ONLY one campaign if they want to restore success and confidence in their next election run: they should investigate Enron, of course, BUT they should ALSO stand up and reaffirm that America is better off for having the SEC, and FDIC, and Social Security, and Medicare, and interstate highways, and even big defense spending.
The Dems are letting the GOP win the publicity battle, just as Nader CLAIMED to stand up for Environmental protections, but actually drove Gore AWAY from seeking any credit in the $7 billion Everglades restoration pkg. Partly that was Gore's fault - letting himself be bossed around by the Nader greens and a negative press... but that is certainly a campaign tactic we hope the Dems don't repeat!
Meanwhile, Bush to his credit has got his supporters on the same page . . . they know that they aren't going to get a better deal (for their agenda) than Bush, and they would let him repeat 2 or 3 Enrons before they got disgusted.
Some avid football fan friends of mine were wondering if Bush remembers what quarter he blacked out in. Was it the same quarter he regained consciousness? Some of us are just wondering?????
Some San Diego fans of yours
Good gods, how many more gov't officials are going to recuse themselves from the Enron investigation? Is there anybody NOT connected? Will there be anyone left to conduct the investigation at all?
How about WE THE PEOPLE...
Watched the C Span this evening and their program on political contributions & lobbying - Enron.
Enron definitely attempted to cover all the bases, giving money to both sides of the aisle, but of course, leaning heavily toward the Republicans. However, You will be happy to hear, Congressman Henry Waxman, your hero, thus mine, in his long career, has never taken a cent from Enron. He can forge ahead with his investigation carrying absolutely no baggage. I'm sure he won't disappoint us!!
One of the men on the show, represented a website called: www.opensecrets.org
It's a great site -- lots of very interesting information. Shows what amount each and every congressman and senator received from Enron these past years & lots of other information regarding politics and money.
I've been looking in vain for that list of Texas energy barons who were at the controls when the USS Greenville sank the Japanese fishing boat. It would be just too perfect if any of them had Enron connections.
Too much to hope for, probably. But is anyone checking?
I am so mad at Fox (when am I NOT mad at Fox?). They title the following article "Kennedy Calls for Tax Increases"
Tell me...how can it be a tax increase when the tax cut Kennedy is suggesting we repeal or scale back hasn't even taken effect yet?
Do we need any further proof that the tag line, "fair and balanced," is pure fiction for the folks at Fox?
You are absolutely right about Bill O'Reilly. He is typical Fox. They
tell one side of the story and then claim to be "fair and balanced."
The reason I think they do that is so that their right-wing viewers can
believe that. They cannot be honest and disclose that they represent a
certain of view. They have become useless to someone who is trying to
I am confused. If "companies come and go," as Treasury Secretary O'Neill claimed over the weekend, how come taxpayers have to fork over billions to bail out the airline industry (which was already flagging before 9/11)? The airlines are private, aren't they? Or did they become nationalized in some secret White House ceremony?
It seems like everyone and his brother in the Boosh White House knew that Enron was going down the toilet--save for it's loyal employees.
As for the Chump n Chief's fainting spell, I have no doubt that Laura clocked him one upside the head because she wanted to watch QVC instead of some crummy football game.
Why the hell doesn't anyone ask where Cheney is? how long do you think Al Gore could have been absent like this? The American public deserves some answers and they deserve them now.
A BuzzFlash Reader
the mainstream media buys the pretzel story! Of course, the Secret Service
is close by and knows, but can't tell. And, if the dogs are truly your
loyal friends, they would be by your side and face immediately. How convenient
to rely on two critters that don't do humanspeak! As for the rez probably
drinking--I suggest a revisit to an article by Cary
As more and more Enron and Pioneers data emerges, Ashcroft goes before the microphone with indictment after indictment concerning The Taliban and Al Queda supporters John Walker and Reid.
Dear Buzzflash People,
Subj: things that make you go Hmmmmm..
Does it make sense that Enron Executives would call the White house over and over again if they were getting no help? Are we supposed to believe that they just called and were rebuffed on a regular basis? I think if that were the case there might be two or three calls not seventeen to twenty.
Right after I sent my note regarding Wimping Out, I found this article by:
Conason - Where's the Outrage Over Enron Scandal?
I agree with Joe. The George Bush, Enron connection will be covered up - Corporate America will see to it. The only way Americans will get the real story is if Democrats shout out the details -- and I don't have much faith in that happening.
It's time to bring back Media Watch (USA).
Having just watched Jonathan Karl on CNN , I became so enraged over his report I had to contact you. He was reporting on how the tentacles of Enron reached far into politics; however, the only politicians he mentioned were Democrats (Jack Quinn, Joe Leiberman, etc.) He even managed to weave the name Clinton into his report.
Have any other Buzzflash readers noticed the one-sidedness of news reporting on CNN? (I won't even talk about Fox, because I refuse to watch anything on that network.) Listen to Kelly Wallace, Judy Woodruff, Aaron Brown, Bill Schneider, Paula Zahn, and Jack (the ass) who is on with her on American Morning. Are they all cheerleaders for Bush, or am I just supersensitive?
As for their Breaking News, I am just waiting for the day they report that Bush has just broken wind. They go on and on everyday showing him getting on his plane, getting off his plane, boarding his helicopter, ad nauseam.
The Pretzel story dominated their news yesterday. Was it a coincidence that Paula Zahn said early in the morning how cute it would be if Bush gave the reporters pretzels and later on he did just that?
Thank goodness for Bill Press, except when Ann Connelly makes an appearance on Crossfire as she did last evening.
Please bring back Media Watch.
Absolutely no post about DeLay should be unaccompanied by a reference to his incredibly clumsy/stupid lie about his failure to serve in Vietnam. Check your own archives and run that one every time!
You wouldn't believe what I just heard on CNN!!! Apparently Enron gave $150,000 in contributions to three democratic lobbyists and advisors to Clinton, Gore, and Lieberman. Scandal!!! They didn't mention the EIGHT MILLION the Republicans got!!! They said, as an aside, that Republicans got 70% of the contributions. Let's get these guys, Buzz!! I'm counting on you!!!
Ms. Dem. in a Dither
Republican crooks always contribute token $$ to the Democrats, as a smokescreen, so they can shift scandals away from the GOP. (They depend upon a feeble-minded press to allow them to get away with this over and over and over again.) It's a basic investment in the future for them. When the scandal breaks, they can obscure their footsteps and camouflage their chain of command.
They know the public is easily confused about campaign contributions and can't always distinguish between legitimate contributions to the party whose ideals one supports, and paying large sums to gain access to power.
The key, of course, is what happens before and after the contribution - the connections and activities that result in and from the contribution. As when the Republican majority in Congress in the '90s offered to let their contributors write the laws.
And of course even the money that these crooks contribute to the GOP is small potatoes, not the real basis of their influence. What is really operating here is a well-coordinated network of venal ideologues and profiteers supporting each other. What drives the system is not the $$ that Enron gives the GOP, but the $$ the GOP gives Enron.
RE: THE GRAND HYPOCRISY PARTY CHARACTER ASSASSINATION SQUAD . . .
I like that characterization of the Republicans believing in their "manifest destiny"---they certainly think they should be the rulers and will do anything to keep themselves in that position.
Subj: Another Theory . . .
you for being there.
Subj: Executive branch says: 'Ixnay on the Johnny Walker-eh'
Me thinks we don't need to worry about endless news stories and round-table media discussions about John Walker "The American Taliban."
Nope. The powers that be want the John Walker story out of the media spotlight as soon as possible.
Wanna know why I think that? Here's why:
was reported today 1/15, that Walker
Gentle reader, ask yourself: If Walker can do these three things, why wasn't our CIA or FBI able to do so as well?
The answer to that question, according to the stuff I've been reading, seems to be that our very own State Dept. was slowing down the FBI's investigations into terrorism SO THAT WE COULD CUT A DEAL WITH THE TALIBAN TO GET THE CASPIAN SEA OIL PIPELINE.
this and don't sleep: According to a recent book (The Forbidden Truth)
by some French authors, the Taliban was ready to hand over bin Laden to
Bush's State Dept well before 9.11, but the state dept said "No,
he's a small-time criminal." (And he's also got ties to the Saudi
royal family. But I digress).
Can't you hear it now: "bin Laden. They misunderestimated him." That might be a funny statement, if only I were able to forget the images of people jumping from the 101st story out of my head.
The same French book also says that John O'Neill, a high-ranking FBI officer, quit the FBI in protest because he wasn't allowed to investigate the terrorists fully. Big oil was getting in his way.
Oil, oil, oil. That's the story here and nobody seems to be getting it.
The sleeping tiger in me (that just woke up pissed off) says: Why in the *&$^& can't we have a discussion about our country's oil and energy policies? And alternate fuel sources? And conservation? Nope, instead my fearless leaders pat me on the head, tell me not to worry, and to "Just Go Shopping."
Oil is the real story we're missing. I know it and Cheney knows it. The difference between him and me, however, is that I want my country to discuss the issue, and Cheney does not. That's why he won't release his secret Energy Task Force meeting papers. (For goodness sake, why do you think he's holding the papers back? Because HE KNOWS OIL'S THE REAL STORY TOO!!!)
So you see, if we are allowed to discuss the John Walker case long enough, maybe some more of us in the public will wake up and also start to wonder: If that John Walker guy got into The Base and HE knew about the plots, why didn't my government?
And then the S_ _T would hit the fan.
And I SHOUT: "My fellow Americans, Let's Roll." Let's wake up and have some serious discussions about how we got into the mess we're in and how we might get out, and how we should make sure this never happens again.
Sitting here this AM, I began to think that with all these corporate big wigs running our country, do we have an Enron future to look forward to??? Is America going to implode in the same way as Enron with these guys running our government? Are the wage earners of America going to support Bush and Co. in the style they have become accustomed to while we stand in soup lines? Is Mr. Bush's idea of running government like he is the CEO of a business the best thing for America? Are the "smarty pants" academics in America still a little nutty thinking Mr. Bush is not up to the job of leading the most powerful nation in the world because of his intellect? Is Enron a road map of the future of America? Just wondering---------!
Subj: Enron DID Get A "Favor"
I hope you and fellow "truth seekers" can spread the truth that Kenneth Lay evidently did get a BIG favor from the Bush administration: proposed rebates on minimum taxes worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the "stimulus package" that Bush is still hyping around the country.
Subj: The Wedding Cake Guy
Brian WILLIAMS, on his supposedly straight, unbiased news program was
playing at eliciting Howard "Fine" FINEMAN's straight reporting
(which actually was a hand-wringing scene) on the Enron situation, ending
with the nugget that the hearings beginning next week would be shepherded
by Senator LIEBERMAN. At the mention of the name, WILLIAMS, aka as "the
wedding cake guy," held up his hand in a "stop" gesture,
saying, "The Senator LIEBERMAN, who would like to be President."
In years past, like 35 years past, when right-wingers complained about
"liberal bias" in the media, they cited "the raised eyebrow."
These days when right-wing bias in the media is rampant, no such subtle
indicator is needed. Instead, words and gestures are overt. The wedding
cake guy sent
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