The BuzzFlash Mailbag
January 18, 2002
Subj: I love BuzzFlash...
When I read the headline about the Wash. Times and how they are lying...I just laughed, and thought how I relate to BuzzFlash..my soulmates...I love, love, love the subtle humor, the truth, the "I can't believe it!" attitude. Thanks a lot....Betsy in Texas (by the way, why do you think you've got so many people from Texas writing to you...maybe because we've have already 6 years of Bush? Also, I love it when you interview famous people. How about Barbra Streisand, Paul Newman, Gephart, Hillary, Julia Roberts, etc.)
I love ya....Betsy.
Note: Striesand, Newman, Gephart and Hillary we can understand, but Julia
Roberts? Is she politically-active?]
Dear Mr. Ashcroft:
I know you're upset about the Enron thing. It's one of those serious PR problems that comes up from time to time for persons of Republican persuasion with family and heavenly values.
Anyway, I thought I could help, seeing that you had to recuse yourself and the problem is not going away. Mr. Bush has asked that this not become an unseemly partisan chase. Lord knows, there is no reason for that since there are no Clintons involved; just huge conspiracies and fraud with thousands of families screwed every which way but sideways.
Actually, my help is limited to ideas since I'm dedicating whatever money I can spare to causes like Sierra Club, Greenpeace, ACLU and anything that is anti-NRA and anti- other brainwashing cults and frauds.
And, sir, my idea for you and for the problem at hand is to appoint a nonpartisan panel of respected people who would be known to have the best interests of the country ahead of their own personal biases. That lets out just about everyone in your circle...which is why you need my help.
I'd say about a dozen people ought to do it. Twelve, plus a chair person. And, for chair, I'd nominate...trust me on this ... Bill Clinton. Remember, two thirds of the nation is convinced, even as many sling mud to this day, that Bill kept America first and still does.
You can be sure, too, that he won't be easily led away from finding the facts and taking the investigation wherever it has to go. Credibility; that's the key.
Such a move would do wonders for your reputation. Let's face it; bible-thumping can do just so much. Sooner or later, you actually have to act in a responsible, trustworthy and learned way.
Clinton, of course, should have a blue ribbon panel. I'd be willing to serve and I wouldn't mind being the weakest link. Hopefully, Al Franken, Molly Ivins, Allen Dershowitz, Mario Cuomo, Janet Reno, and a few others could serve for a small stipend and expenses.
If I can help further, please call. I am a believer in the need for personal dedication and service to the world's foremost democratic republic whose only real enemy is internal corruption.
In the face of corruption, silence is treason.
Great article. Thank you.
As I was reading Your Angry Liberal article today the thought occurred to me that Bush's and his gang of thieves need to be informed that "Lowered Interest Rates Are A Tax Increase." His cronies in the Federal Reserve are taxing the savers who can no longer work. And, it's a tax increase when we must withdraw from our 401k and/or IRA when the stock market is like our economy, gasping for life. Maybe you can do something in your writings with these ideas. I don't have the writing skills. Thank you again for you wit.
One angle about Enron that has not been brought up is the issue of offshore tax havens. I know the press has finally gotten its teeth into Enron's energy lobbying, but your site today has a remarkable link to a story about Enron having over 800 offshore companies, and I believe the same holds true for their partnerships.
Note the attached article in the New Republic. Since it does appear Rep. Waxman pays attention to your website, another question might be what contacts Enron and its execs (and its partnerships) had with Treasury in lobbying over softening the Clinton administration's fight against offshore tax cheats?
It might also be interesting to see the list of investors in the partnerships. The press has so far concentrated on folks with shares of Enron, but what of these offshore partnerships? Were they only Enron execs, or were there other "friends of Enron" allowed to buy into these tax havens? (I will admit that I am curious about the timing of Gramm's and Armey's retirements so soon after the Enron CEO resigned in August. Given their fights against the Clinton administration's offensive against tax havens, I wonder if perhaps Wendy Gramm or an Armey relative was allowed to buy into them. But I have no such evidence, just intrigued by the timing of their retirements.)
Plus, talk about a political winner! Playing up how the GOP fights for offshore tax cheats, people who take money out of this country to cheat on taxes? Tell me again how this serves the national interest?
Sorry, rambling a bit there, but again in terms of a suggestion, how about linking this site to your site as a "Archive" article, and ask what lobbying efforts did Enron or Enron execs or Enron partnerships make of the administration when it came to offshore tax havens?
Again, keep up the great work!
what I just heard on the radio?
"Enron Fires Andersen" this is proof positive that Enron and this Administration are way too cozy. Only Bush's Keystone Cops could have suggested this, along with the "I got this bruise from choking on a pretzel and fainting." Who would have thought that all we had to do was wind up these people and watch them run into walls and each other.
Just heard on Faux News that NYC employees funds (which of course includes
FDNY) has joined the class-action suit against ENRON b/c they lost more
that $400,000,000 in pension funds due to the E's phoney stock scam.
Subj: restoring honor & dignity, one picture at a time
They're changing pictures now. Cropped bush out of this one as of Jan 12th, as best I can tell. Check it out.
A BuzzFlash Reader
The problem with with the left is that we stand by while the right wing in this country spews inconsistencies and lies and all we do is gripe. Since they successfully brought about an unconstitutional impeachment proceeding and stole the Presidential election we might ought to stop and reconsider. We have two choices here, q.v., go to the chopping block without complaining, or fight fire with fire.
Here's my plan: Start using the word IMPEACHMENT, anywhere and everywhere. If there was every a time a word needed to beat to death this is it. You never know, perhaps the 35% of Americans that don't have time for the facts just might catch on.
I very seldom watch the talk shows on TV anymore. However, last night I was flipping through channels and caught a few of the shows. You would think that Bill Clinton was still President. During the shows he was blamed for the recession, the ineffective military, the war, the 9/11 terrorism act and of course the Enron scandal. I may be living on another planet but I thought since January 2001 we have a President named George Bush. I am wondering when the media and all the talk show pundits are actually going to start looking at exactly when our selected President is doing. I guess until George Bush's term ends, the blame on all the problems will continue to be Bill Clinton's. They can't seem to let go of bashing Clinton. Of course this is why I seldom watch talk shows. Thanks Buzzflash keep up the good reporting.
On Tuesday afternoon I heard CNBC's Maria Bartolomo(sp?) briefly read an interesting story that was, according to her, just breaking across the news wires. With a facial expression and a tone of voice which seemed to reveal more than a little astonishment, she said that the Houston judge who last week presided over a hearing wherein it was to be decided whether or not the assets of Enron execs should be frozen and used for some future compensation to now-ruined Enron employees had issued a press release announcing - with no additional explanation - that he/she was recusing him/herself from any further proceedings involving the Enron debacle. The judge, by the way, decided in last week's hearing NOT to freeze said assets.
would seem to be a notable development (given the recusal-fest led by
John Ashcroft and his ENTIRE Houston office), but in the nearly 48hrs
since Ms. Bartolomo's revelation I've neither seen nor heard any mention
of it anywhere. For the bulk of the whore media this is no surprise, of
course, but the story's absence is most conspicuous on your site,
Would you mind looking into this and letting us all know if the story is true or not?
you know the real reason why Cheney being kept in a closet? Because of
his commanding performance on 9/11.
[BuzzFlash Note: Thinking about Cheney's lack of exposure reminds us of a line from a famous movie: "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"]
Have you noticed that Bush keeps getting injuries on his face? I wonder if Laura is beating him? First, there were the "blotches" he had right after the "election", then there were the cancerous things the doctors took off his face, and now this scar from the killer pretzels.
Either Laura is abusing him or they're hiding something.
What do you all expect from the National Review? C'mon.
But the National Review strikes again: Jay Nordinger reports (1/11/02) that Juan Escalona, Cuba's Attorney General, hoped that some of the Guantanamo prisoners escaped and killed a few Americans. Escalona's statement is unlikely, as much of the press (insofar as they're reporting Cuba's position at all) is reporting that the Cubans have been very quiet on the subject of the use of the base as a prisoner-of-war camp. Some of the anti-Castro press has, in fact, reported that the US is cutting deals with the Cubans (much to their dismay, of course).
Indeed one interesting note is that the head of Interpol arrived in Cuba on Monday or Tuesday with the software that will enable the Cuban government to access the interpol database. After all, they can't prevent an Al-Qaida from launching an attack on the base if they don't know who they are...
With Ari the Jerk and the rest of the talking heads doing their best to deflect attention away from Bush and Cheney and their bonded-in-cement ties to Enron, I hope we won't lose sight of the more horrible aspect to this story. I am referring to the book written by the French authors who accuse bush and buddies of slowing the investigations into the Taliban so they can build a pipeline through Afghanistan. In a project that big, wouldn't Enron be involved? If a connection could be made between Enron, bush, and the Taliban all in bed together for fun and PROFITS, we could impeach this idiot. Thousands of innocent Americans were murdered at the WTC, and our Resident could have prevented it if not so blinded by greed.
KEEP ON THIS STORY, BUZZ!!! Start the Revolution!!!
fan from Petaluma, CA
Re: BuzzFlash presents "The Angry Liberal" - Ted Kennedy Throws Down the Gau...
What a breath of fresh air...pass out the calcium for the backbones of Democrats who don't speak up as our representatives!!!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
DEAR BUZZFLASH ,
SUBJ: Response to Jackie's article yesterday..
JACKIE, YOU CAN'T LET "B.O." BOTHER YOU. AS WE SAY. "YOU
CAN'T EXPECT ANYTHING MORE FROM A PIG, BUT A GRUNT"!
Kurtz is at it again. He's now saying that the press is "pumping
up" the Enron scandal. Yeah, if it had been Whitewater with these
kind of revelations we'd have impeachment proceedings followed by a military
tribunal. Give me a break, Howie.
This was bound to happen [see article below]: our approach to fighting "evildoers" and "terrorists" -- ignoring civil rights and human rights -- would inevitably give PERMISSION to cruel regimes (legal or otherwise) to repress dissent and opposition in their own countries.
Let's try to keep in mind that one person's "freedom fighter" is another person's "terrorist." The French and Polish Resistance fighters we honor so highly from World War II were deemed by the Nazis to be "terrorists" and the Nazis dealt with those "freedom fighters" by means of torture and murder. When the Nazis caught "terrorists" – whom we would call "patriots" -- they considered them to be "illegal combatants." Sound familiar?
Yes, I fear we have joined the ranks of those who believe the ends justify any means. I have heard church-going old ladies complaining that the Afghans we are incarcerating at Guantanamo Bay are having a 'Caribbean holiday,' and that they should be sent to Alaska with no blankets. Yes, those are similar to the utterances I grew up hearing -- from the Nazis.
I have heard that if any of the 'detainees' wind up being deemed "not involved," they will be returned to Afghanistan. They have not yet been tried and may (or, at least some MAY) be "not guilty" of terrorist acts.
Let's remember the ones who bombed the WTC and the Pentagon are dead. These 'detainees' may or may not have been involved (but frequently each cell knew nothing of what other cells were doing). The point is we don't yet know what role these detainees played, but we are caging them in the "tiger cages" made so infamous in Vietnam by the Viet Cong.
Who gives a rat's a_s, you say. They are not blond-haired and blue-eyed. They're weird. They talk weird. Their religion is weird. Well, maybe. But they may also not have been involved in the bombings of the WTC and the Pentagon. So, are we going to stomp around the world incarcerating, torturing, and killing people because we don't like "their kind"? Let's find out just who is guilty and then punish those appropriately. Okay?
Thanks to Jackie Corr for her take on Mr. O'Reilly - she watches him so I don't have to. (Gotta keep my blood pressure down, y'know.)
I'm almost as mad as O'R, but over these wimpy liberals such as Powell and Dinges who go on red-meat rightwing shows and let themselves be used as punching bags. Remember that Monty Python sketch with John Cleese standing impassively while being repeatedly slapped in the face with a fish by another Pythoner? In that sketch Cleese finally wallops the other guy with an enormous fish he had behind his back, sending the other guy flying into the drink; well, I'm still waiting for a liberal voice to let loose. If Corr isn't leaving anything out, O'R's guests just sat there & let their host rant, barely managing to offer a polite demurral to his demagoguery.
Why couldn't the interview had gone something like this:
Right away O'Reilly starts off as O'Reilly. "The federal government
gives it (NPR) approximately $3 million in tax money each year. But for
my money, NPR is an exclusionary,
Fantasy comeback: "As always Bill, you ARE wrong."
And so he waited, waited for the opportunity to pounce, to expose the
snub. Which came
[As a longtime NPR listener, I'm not aware of either poor quality journalism in the past or any particular, noticeable improvement recently. I appreciate their thoughtful, low-key approach free of zillion dollar superstar anchor egos. If anything, it seems they hew to the US gov't line more often than not. They also have enough rightwing opinion on to annoy me - but evidently not enough to please O'R.]
I'll tell you why. And this is personal, this is absolutely personal.
As you both know,
... And there's more. A lot more. For you just don't snub "THE EGO" and expect him to forget about it: Do you think he's going to stew on NPR for days and weeks and not strike back? Say these words to yourself as Bill says them, "shut out, shut down, shut out, all things considered except O'Reilly. And here in New York, WNYC last week said, Let's give out some literary awards and we'll call them the' Anything but O'Reilly Literary Awards.' And of course I wasn't invited to be on WNYC."
Fantasy comeback: Liberal guest feigns concern for O'R's hurt feelings: "Oh poor little Bill - I can understand how upset you must be. Would you like a lollipop to feel better or do you just want to suck your thumb?"
couldn't care less." And he is not going to let us forget that NPR
"is an exclusionary
Fantasy liberal comeback: "You would know Bill, being America's number-one baloney spouter. I'm sorry NPR can't be a hard rightwing propaganda outlet to please you, but like you guys say, 'get over it.'"
I have another concern about vote.com. I voted from the link you gave me. I received two subsequent emails from vote.com inviting me to vote on other issues. I voted with the minority (liberal) each time. Then I stopped receiving email invitations to vote. I went to the site on my own and voted again. I wondered what would happen if I voted in a non-liberal fashion. I found an issue on which I could vote with conservatives. Guess what? The next day I got an email from vote.com inviting me to vote. Perhaps this is another reason they have such a conservative majority; that's who they target.
your site; use it every day and urge my listeners to go to it for real
up the good work.
When will the media wake up and call the Enron cronies of Bush what they really are: Traitors of the USA.
The level of deception perpetrated upon the American public by Key Lay and Co. amounts to treasonous behavior. First we find out that Kenny-Boy was fixing the books to inflate the stock price so he and the Bush-Buddies could reap millions of dollars in stock options. Now the NY Times is reporting:
That KB also used over 900 offshore tax-havens to avoid paying Taxes. Any company or individual that purposely sets up offshore entities with the sole reason to avoid paying taxes should go to jail.
According to pretzel-boy we are at War, and to fund that war, real Americans pay their taxes, unless you're one of the Bush-Buddies, then you get a tax refund.
- Republican cowards (try) to call it "the Daschle Deficits"
- after they raid social security, the US treasury, Yellowstone Park,
and everything else they can get their hands on...
The sad fact (that even liberal web sites have been reluctant to confront - and only over the past year or two at most) is that
#1. IF you vote Republican, you support the radical, hard-line, right-wing of the party; and
#2. the Radical, hard-line, right-wing of the party is made up of A. the "moral conservatives" (or religious) wing, whose fundamental identity is that they are better than others; and who wake up dreaming about the judgment day (and damnation for 9/10th's of humanity); or B. the business "conservative" wing of the party, who actually PREFER deficits and unemployment, as a means to keep "the unwashed masses" in their place.
Make no mistake about it ... the hard-core Southern version of the GOP r-w (DeLay, Gramm, Ashcroft, Lott, those Hutchinson brothers, etc.) not only regard the 1950s as a "better time" (ironically, the '50's had the highest union participation rates in US history), but economically and socially, would prefer to take America all the way back to the early 1900s, when labor was VERY cheap, federal regulations nonexistent, and an extremely small minority dominated politics and government. (For decades, the South effectively had one-party rule. Of course, yesterday's Southern Democrats are today's Southern Republicans.)
Actually, its worse even than 1900s: Ashcroft, Lott and others on the
CCC wouldn't mind taking America back to the ante-bellum era, which is
to say, forced labor (slavery). People at this end of the ideological
spectrum DO NOT see involuntary unemployment as a problem ... it is a
natural order of things that people (should) be poorly paid, have no benefits
or rights, and should be replaceable at a moment's notice by employers.
For example, a company mining town, where worker's were forced to spend
their paychecks in
THAT is the true "bottom line" of today's political equation... a cold, hard reality that hundreds (almost all) pundits and journalists have been studiously dancing around ever since Ronald Reagan, and especially since Newt Gingrich's "Contract on America" in 1994.
link to -
Riverboat Gamble (or, 'why Republicans love the deficit")
Bill O'Reilly has been on a major NPR show -- the Juan Williams incarnation of Talk of the Nation. I listen to NPR a lot when I'm putting in my miles outdoors (sound mind in a sound body) and heard this pompous, sneering windbag promoting his book (and I missed Ray Suarez more than ever).
O'Reilly is cheesed because Diane Rehm won't have him on. She is a saint for many reasons, one of them being that she puts up with the fellow from the Weekly Standard quite regularly and another because she doesn't let her guests or caller yammer on rudely. (She had to chastise Pat Buchanan when he was on her show.) How like Bill to castigate an entire organization because he is upset with element of it. Bullies are like that.
Subj: BOMBSHELL Accusation: We Imported Terror! (Via CBC)
folks, this is a real live story about a 'rat line' our agency established
*with* Osama to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan throughout the 1980's.
Arab fighters would come secretly to the US to get training and then be
sent back to battle the Commies in the mountains of
This is one more reason why the US is reluctant to look into the facts
and reasons behind the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers came from the
Kingdom of Saud. I heard this story on CBC Radio via short-wave last night
(1/16/02) and nearly fell out of my chair. It still should be able to
be accessed via the CBC web site, which I've posted below. Just another
piece of this very strange puzzle. We now have more certain knowledge
of the fact that Osama was the worst foreign policy disaster of the last
100 years. This was a serious Reagan-Bush 'Blowback' operation, he (OBL)
was working closely with us in the 1980's and used
host Rick MacInnes-Rae
The events of September 11 are also focusing the fertile minds of conspiracy theorists in the United States.
One of the latest theories suggests that the terrorists responsible for the attacks, may have been helped into the United States by the CIA and the State Department.
A former American Foreign Service officer, now a practising lawyer in Washington, says his experience gives that theory some credibility.
Michael Springmann is a self-styled whistleblower, and in 1987 he was a Visa Officer at the American Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
He says back then, that consulate was used to rubberstamp visa applicants recruited for guerilla training in the U.S. -- by the CIA and Osama bin Laden.
Rick asked Mr. Springman what first triggered his suspicions.
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