The BuzzFlash Mailbag
January 21, 2002
I've been writing too often, I know. You have other things to do! Had to send this to Bush after reading the proclamation.
Thanks for the "heads up."
Jean in PA
OK.. I'm reeling about the National Sanctity of Life thing that Bush proclaimed
and you guys posted...I can't believe it! Please keep it on Buzz longer
so more people can forward it to all the people ( friends, congress, et
al.) they know. I wish you guys could get somebody like Mark Crispin Miller
to deconstruct each and every incredible, unbelievable sentence in this
proclamation. If I weren't laughing I'd be scared to death. And I am sick
of all this Founding Fathers talk and what they "supposedly"
wanted 200 years ago (depends on the Heritage Foundations' issue of the
day), but in this one the FF wanted "life" for people? Yeah
right, tell that to the women who fought for over 100 years just to get
to vote, or the blacks who were subjected to brutal slavery by wealthy
landlords, or the Indians who were slaughtered because they were "savages
and not converted". Oh right, America wasn't founded on "life"
issues in the 1776. I can't believe this, Totally
Betsy in Texas
the Guiness Book of World Records, 2002:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Read a plea from the Traditional Values Coalition against nomination of SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt for helping keep porno company with teen sex sites from being delisted on NASDAQ -- evidently in the Bush White House, protection of corporate interests comes before obligations to the Christian Right.
Couldn't help but notice this morning while watching Tim Russert's interview with the CEO of Arthur Andersen. They are identical. They know, and knew, what goes on, but don't ask the right questions because the money is so good. I love reading BuzzFlash, although I do tend to be more middle of the road.
you want to know what happened to the 5 bil in loans and investments to
Enron - go back and review how S&Ls collapsed and where that loan
and investment money went.
said the problems in Enron were developing during the Clinton administration
and questioned why the regulators did not find them then
To paraphrase Lily Tomlin - I'm as cynical as I can be, but I just can't keep up.
Chapter title for Dim-Perverse's 1st year as Acting President (acting until the U.S. has a valid election) - From Smirk to Swagger. I don't know where choking and fainting fit into this picture.
Thank you for keeping pace with the events that my television is programmed to shred. My friends who have been most frightened by the attack on Sept. 11, think Bu$h is protecting them. BuzzFlash is my greatest source for sanity.
Jean in PA
Remember the bruise-like mark that suddenly appeared on Bush's face during the disputes over the election? It seems that Bush suddenly developed a boil that needed to be lanced.......hmmmmm......another strange explanation for a strange sudden mark on his face. I can't help but wonder. If I had a friend who was a recovering alcoholic as Bush is, I would ask them if they were really being straight with me about how they got those marks.
The press was all over Clinton about Whitewater and his piddling sexcapades in the Oval Office. So what is everybody waiting for on the Enron-Bushscapade? Let's go after him folks! This phony "War on Terrorism" is just a stall, and will lead nowhere! Sic-em!!
Hopefully the GOP tactics of blaming the victim is exposed. Novak of CNN has been touting that Enron employees could have sold their stock, now some of the GOP pundits, Howard Fineman to be exact, is remarking the self-indulged baby boomers are concerned about losing their savings in 401 plans. These people (GOP) are despicable. I for one cannot tolerate the way they operate and certainly hope their are more people like me out there.
After reading Newsmax's fairy-tale version of the Enron scandal, I was moved to send them the following Email:
Right after the Pretzel (and "sauce") episode I saw a picture in a web page of Air Force One Pilots loading a case of Lone Star beer on the plane. Can you explain to me why these things never get into the mainstream "liberal" print media? If we really want real news anymore, we have to rely on Buzz, Truthout, Ray Berry and Make them Accountable, or the BBC. It seems Liar Ari has All the media afraid of their own shadows. Hopefully, one of these days the whole truth will eventually come out and I can hardly wait for the day. The three things I abhor and have instilled in my children are: Don't be a Phony, Liar or Thief! It seems like we are dealing with all three of the things I detest.
Yours for a better 2002, Millie
Washington Week (PBS)
As far as I am concerned, Enron and the rest of these trading companies can just stay out of business. Why do we need them? All they did was intercede between the buyer and seller of energy so that we now have a middleman to pay exorbitant amount of money to for nothing. It is akin to a realtor or a broker which in this industry does not make sense to me. However, now that the deregulators, spelled GOP, have screwed it up, we probably can't do without them.
Did you see where Arizona employees lost $35 mil on Enron?
this list be true?
[BuzzFlash Note: The list that Marlene refers to can be found here: http://www.truefacts.co.uk/cgi-bin/trufax?a=dubya. It is truly unbelievable, despite being dishearteningly quite true.]
one of your most loyal readers. I can't live without you! I've sent money
twice in three months but I'll send more soon. I don't understand how
any in the press can let Ari Fleisher off so easily. He claims that "nobody
has accused anyone in the Administration of wrongdoing" so they don't
have to respond to any requests for information. But there are allegations
of wrongdoing everywhere--especially in regard to Cheney. Why doesn't
anybody SPEAK UP??
happened to the "restoring honor & dignity" mantra that
Bush spouted all through the campaign? What about the promise that Bush
& his staff would
we have Ari saying that the White House won't give out information about
Enron contacts because it's just a "fishing trip" for information,
but if the press knows of any wrong-doing then of course the White House
will comply. Isn't that ass backwards? How does one prove there is an
impropriety if one can not get access to any records? Remember the uproar
over the Buddhist Temple Fundraiser that never was? What about Whitewater?
These "scandals" were not even worth the paper they were written
on but now we have a very large US company, with deep, deep ties to the
White House that
Additionally, Enron did not pay any taxes in the last 4 out of 5 years! Zero taxes & Bush is claiming they were hard done by? That they deserve another tax break? What about us little guys? You know, the ones living from pay check to pay check? The ones without any heath care? I am sick of all this corporate welfare.
Where the heck is Cheney? Why is he still hiding? Even during the second World War our Vice President did not run & hide like this. Does the White House think they can keep Cheney under wraps for the next 3 years? After all we've been promised a never ending war, albeit undeclared.
Now we find out that Bush is the pathological liar - ironic isn't it? Everything Karen Hughes accused Al Gore of, is exactly what Bush is. There's that nonsense about the "one terrible pilot" & now he out right lied about lay backing Richards in 1994. Even Pretzelgate raises serious questions - was he drunk? He claims he was wearing his reading glasses but he was watching TV. Hmm...
Why don't the survey people ever call any real Democrats? The results seem to indicate that Bush is maintaining his super high ratings but I can't find anyone who thinks he's doing a fantastic job. Maybe the polls are rigged? In order to investigate, though, we'd need a reported from a different country - you know someone independent from the White House.
Kekumu - totally disgusted with all the hypocrisy
Re: BuzzFlash Note Asking Why BuzzFlash Should Interview Julia Roberts
To answer your question about Julia. Don't believe she's politically active, but back when the Bush girls were in deep dodo about their drinking problems, she's quoted as saying "If George Bush were my dad, I'd be drunk all the time too." Quote may not be exact, but close.
Yes, we liberals hang onto those little tidbits, because they don't come our way too often. Sad but true.
Jeesh - hope you guys aren't inundated with hundreds of emails explaining the Julia thing, but you asked a question, so......we all love you guys and if we can help, we will.
[BuzzFlash Note: We did ask the question and we did not receive too many responses. But, thanks for asking and thank for the reminder about Julia's comment.]
In regards to the last update you sent from a reader about Texas pension funds. I live in New Mexico and the other day I heard on the radio that something to the effect that some of New Mexico's pension funds where tied up in Enron also. They said the amount that was lost but I can't recall. This thing is all over the place.
I don't know the dollar amount, but my financial advisor told me last week that Ohio state teachers and public employees retirement funds lost multi-millions of workers pension funds also. This is so much more far-reaching than just Enron employees.
[BuzzFlash Note: It's a plaque of corruption.]
Got to share this letter to editor in K C Star. "Bill Clinton was so mentally together he could pay down the debt, balance the budget and keep Medicare and social security in good working order. We now have George W Bush, who promised he could do the same thing, but we're finding out he can't chew pretzels and watch TV at the same time."
Thanks, but no luck on Google. The benefits Congress bestows on itself are apparently a well guarded secret. I've even sent requests to all my Congress people for information. No luck there either. They do not want the people to know that they live under a very nice socialistic system while resigning us to strict capitalistic principles of the free market.
[BuzzFlash Note: Any BuzzFlash readers know where we can get the details of Congress's Healthcare Plan?]
They may have refused to help Enron, but they helped the Enron management significantly, by keeping their mouths shut.
Doesn't the Treasury Secretary have a fiduciary duty to the people of the US to sound the alarm or at least bring the situation to either the President's (assuming he didn't) or at least the SEC?
[BuzzFlash Note: We thought so. But, that would put the government in the position of protecting the people, and far be it from this administration to assist anyone other than rich, politically-connected friends.]
job being done by you guys! Please look at the new draft bill just being
introduced in Washington. Two things I noticed on my first rough read
is that there are no deferments for college involved students. Also, seems
to be a draft bill on the cheap so to speak--calls for pay to equal 35%
of what a regular member of the armed forces of equal rank would receive.
Something really fishy here. Shouldn't any draft revision include a provision
Mr Smith of Michigan (for himself and Mr Weldon of Pennsylvania) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services.
[BuzzFlash Note: For the "Bill Summary & Status," visit http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:h.r.03598:]
Ok. Must be on my end. You guys are doing a better than great job. A sign of the times. My 78-year-old mother thought Bu$h was just so clean & wonderful. After reading my printouts from your site and reading between the lines of the everyday stuff she now describes him differently: "Crooked little bastard"! The tide is turning. And you guys are a BIG part of it. Whoever and wherever you are, thanks.
you ran a story about a cross-burning in the front yard of Newport,Tennessee
mayor, Roland Dykes. Newport is near the city of Knoxville, and Mr. Dykes
is that town's first black mayor.
a Tennessean, allow me to apologize for the knuckledragging behavior of
some of my fellow Tennesseans. The facts of the case - namely that the
cross was propped against a mailbox - seems to indicate that this act
was perpetrated by misguided children, rather than a more dangerous coordinated
and deliberate group of adults, does not excuse what
Tennessee, racism is a prevalent but often overlooked social ill, mostly
because our racists aren't the midnight-riding, hood-wearing, Carolina
Congressional kind. We have whispering racists, for the most part, people
who get along peacefully with their black co-workers and neighbors, but
who persist in whispering racial epithets behind their hands or
although I do not enjoy it, I must apologize to Mayor Dykes, to Buzzflash,
and to America for the childish behavior of my fellow Tennesseans. One
day, we will, as a state and a community of people, grow up. Until then,
please don't take the actions of these
So, baby Bush was attempting to secretly transfer jurisdiction of media antitrust cases to his buddy Ashcroft at DOJ, without congress finding out. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62087-2002Jan17.html
am sure it is just a coincidence that (Big Daddy's employer) the Carlyle
Group is currently buying up independent television stations in anticipation
of Michael (Colin's kid) Powell changing anti-monopoly regulations at
the FCC. Carlyle is banking on the fact that when Mikey opens the floodgates
there will be a mad rush by the media behemoths to acquire as many stations
as they can get their hands on, and Carlyle will be holding all the cards.
No doubt there will be big antitrust concerns (which is why the rules exist in the first place). However, as long as Reverend Johnny had jurisdiction over media monopoly investigations, I doubt the government would have put up a fight. What is amazing is that even in the middle of an influence peddling scandal, the Bushies feel they can continue screwing the people of this country for the benefit of family and friends. Of course, once the last vestige of independent media is destroyed, they won't have to worry about us ever finding these things out. Praises go to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), who promptly put a stop to this abuse of power when he found out about it THIS MORNING.
Someone should inform Jamie Kellner his nose is as long as the Elephant he represents. Style and substance huh! Right-wingnut is the phrase that most aptly characterizes CNN these days. I actually heard Wolf Blitzer say that "Enron was an equal opportunity company where political contributions were concerned, they donated to the Democrats too." He neglected to add they gave 80% to the Repuglicans and 20% to the Dems. I don't call that equal opportunity. I call it CYA. CNN is losing a major part of their viewing audience due to the "makeover." I turned to The Comedy Channel as soon as I heard Blitzer's comment. He's laughable but not enjoyable, so I opted for pleasure.
Subj: Congress' request for records fails
Regarding the article to which you linked:
Have you ever seen disconnect such as the following?
Ari Fleischer: dismissed Waxman's report [chronicling 17 provisions in the White House energy policy that he claimed were sought by Enron] as "one more partisan waste of taxpayers' money."
Uh huh. But over $70 million spent to investigate a blow job was a "sound investment". Must be using Enron's accounting methods.
Further down in the article (it just gets worse as you go along):
"Any American who has looked at this for more than 60 seconds recognizes there were not improprieties as far as the administration is concerned," said Mark McKinnon, an Austin-based media consultant who advises Bush. He added that the Democrats are "desperate to create an issue because they are behind now and frustrated because of the president's popularity."
You have to love the "Any American" part, implying, of course, that if you actually THINK for yourself and SEE that there are "improprieties", well, dammit, you're NOT an "American". Additionally, who says that the Democrats "are behind now"? Last time I looked, "the president's popularity" was waning fast. Hence, we get PretzelGate to garner the "sympathy vote" and new terrorist attack warnings to garner the "support the Preznit during the War" vote.
And then we see the Republican Spin of the Day (amazing how they don't seem to care any longer that the public is now -- FINALLY -- beginning to see that their tactics are a concerted effort to "dumb down" "Any American"):
At the Republican National Committee meeting in Austin, officials repeated the message that Enron was not a political issue and that the president had moved responsibly to investigate his largest campaign contributor.
"Moved responsibly"? What the hell has he done? Did I miss that one, too?
But the author saves the piece d'resistance for almost last:
"Knowing the president as I do, I know he is not going to cut any slack for any contributor," said Fred Meyer, former chairman of the Texas Republican Party.
How does he help thee? Let us count the ways.
Excuse me while I LMAO.
How bout this...
It's been a year since the republicans embarked on putting President Bush's Enronomics plan into effect and the results are in: the country is a mess.
Bush's deficit spending plan threatens to make Reagan's recession look like a walk in the park. We now have the highest unemployment rate since Bush's dad and his 'stimulus plan' only seems to stimulate massive layoffs.
The Cheney energy plan, written with a pen provided by Enron, is by far the most prominent domestic cause from this administration; if only we were allowed to know anything about it. Enron (see dictionary: Cheats, energy, cooked books) scripted this legislation, but so far the VP has successfully prevented anybody (republican congressmen included) from finding out just how big of a check Enron wrote for themselves at America's expense (see dictionary: Cheney, energy council, secret).
good for Business, is good for America" is not the case here. George
Bush is a doormat for big business and deregulation. If Bush's administration
allowed the 7th largest company in the nation to slip under without a
peep, then something is seriously wrong here folks. Of course all the
Enron execs escaped on golden parachutes, but their 22,000 employees lost
everything; jobs, insurance and pensions. On any given day, the White
Without a doubt, with republican Enronomics America is certainly getting 'the business'.
earlier generation would be stuffing their mattresses by now.
Bradley Van Hook
otherwise noted, all original