The BuzzFlash Mailbag
January 29, 2002
What if Bush's "I can't remember what I did." remark is false? Wow. On the other hand...
What if Bush's "I can't remember what I did." remark is really true? Wow!
It always comes back to the oil, somehow.
But wait, there's more! What about the Reagan/Cook Golf outings?? And the Reagan/Cook Library Connections??
Here is an article about a bill passed by the South Dakota state legislature on 01/25/02 that would ban anyone in SD from running for President and another office at the same time. The (republican) sponsor claims it is not specifically directed against Tom Daschle. Yeah, right.
Imagine you were accused of a crime and you were denied your most basic rights. There is nothing imaginary about it if you are one of the prisoners captured during the war in Afghanistan. Due process? Why bother with messy details? junior has appointed himself judge, jury, and--no doubt- -executioner ("...Bush said today the 158 captives held by the United States in Cuba are killers and terrorists"...http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/special/terror/front/1229002). And, in case you have forgotten, since the attacks many right here in the good old U.S.A. have been rounded up and put in jail. No charges, no due process, no legal representation, etc.
Perhaps the news is not all bad if you are an American citizen. In time, the terrorists will no longer have reason to hate us. Why? Because, according to junior and his associates, "they" hate us for what we have: freedom and rights. As the bushites continue on their cut and burn path of destroying the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, all the things "they" hate about us will be gone. Will that be considered a defeat of terrorism?
It has been said that the events of September 11th were an act of war. We have been told nearly every day since that time that we are in a war. I do not dispute those statements. As a result of this war, prisoners have been taken. Yet these captives are not considered "prisoners of war". Something does not add up--which is nothing new with an administration that was directed to avoid even the appearance of wrong-doing.
This article is: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/special/terror/front/1229002
Article on Christy Todd Whitman and her husband and possible conflict of interest involving Citibank and her $250,00 worth of stock which could have influenced her decisions with re: to a clean-up site. May lead to Congressional investigation. Media 2, Bush 0!
Dick Cheney should be impeached. This dribble about getting Un-Varnished advice being too sacred to sacrifice is the worst contrived smoke screen ever told with a straight face.
lets discuss how the rest of the Country operates, even Florida I dare
say. They operate in the open, period. They are called sunshine laws and
they were put into place as a result of what occurs when politicians operate
in secrecy, corruption. That's right, corruption. Anytime politicians
contrive laws and regulations without full open disclosure, the system
gets perverted. The end result is the public gets screwed by picking up
Second, lets discuss Un-Varnished advice. Any person that knows their words might possibly be released to the public, inevitably gives Un-Varnished advice because they for one don't want their own words to come back to haunt them.
Cheney was soliciting from this pollution buddies was VARNISHED advised.
That's the type of advice they know will be kept secret and can't come
back to bite them. It's advice
The question that Dicky isn't getting asked is,
"Why would a person helping you develop a NATIONAL energy plan give you different advice in private than in public?"
"Why would the advice they were giving you differ if they knew it might be made public, and shouldn't this disturb you?"
The answer is plain to see. The advice they give in private would benefit them. The advice they would give in public would benefit all.
Keep up the great work,
I don't think Mr. Cheney gets it, limiting "presidential power" is the point. "Power" over the American people in the hands of a few men is what the founders of this country were trying to avoid with all the checks and balances placed in the Constitution over THE PRESIDENT. The power of the president is supposed to be LIMITED Mr. Cheney. And if you can't see that then you are not a "servant" of the people, just another ego maniac trying to control a country and benefit at our expense, which makes you too dangerous to be in government.
Someone help! When will someone tie the two "suicides" together??? Within a month, an employee of Enron and an employee of Anderson both die in the same way??? And the article about the medical examiner is chilling (the Enron one) It was like reading about the one in Florida that was swept under the rug. You all remember, the one that examined the girl found dead in Scarboroughs office? That Medical Examiner was permanently revoked from practice in Missouri for falsifying autopsies. This is so damned frustrating that no one, no one checks any further. We are all so unable to do anything! Help, Joe Conason and Gene Lyons! Incidentally, the book they wrote about "The hunting of the President," the 10 year thing, is being made into a movie, about to be released sometime this year..can't wait!
Subj: Infiltrating al-Qaeda - Great American Comedy Featuring Jihad Johnny
We Americans are greatly admired and even envied by the rest of the world, and rightly so.
For any who might think otherwise, I would ask you, what other country on earth could possibly spend billions of dollars and inestimable man-power over a five-year period, trying without success on any level whatsoever to infiltrate the nefarious Al-qaeda gang?
Then, at the precise moment when every reputable pundit and government intelligence expert is acknowledging publicly that this kind of undercover operation could take perhaps another three years to accomplish, they are interrupted, practically in mid-sentence, by reports that some loopy kid from California waltzed over to Pakistan, met shortly thereafter with Osama bin Laden, in person, and was offered a choice for carrrying out jihad essentially wherever in the world he'd like to.
Now let's just see how long it takes those lame comedy writers in Europe or Asia to put together a film treatment that can top this farce.
-- Wayne Sumstine
was watching Joe Conason on C-Span this morning. It was like a breath
of fresh air, and I felt a sense of sanity returning to my world. Then
C-Span interrupted the tape and went to some dog and pony show with Stepford
wife Laura Bush and Anthony Kennedy. I turned it off before the creepyness
could set in. Then later I was watching Ari Fleisher do his whirling dervish
dance for the press. Did you ever notice that the longer it goes on, the
Call me crazy, but how many suicide victims take the time to "partially" cover or cover their bodies when committing suicide?
Kiss said Bush joked, "I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war."
What war did Bush serve in? I am very interested in this new information. All of my research indicates he not only did not serve in a war but he did not even finish is tour of duty for the TNG as was required of him. This is a slap in the face to every member of our current & past Armed Forces. Nothing disgusts me more than to have a dodger claim he went to war. It's bad enough when the wanna-bes do it but Bush is supposed to be the Commander in Chief. The words that come to mind to describe this are not fit to put on paper. What a slime.
Since when is it ok to joke about war? It's easier to go to war than raise children? What exactly is this message supposed to convey? What a great set of family values - make war instead of raising children because it's easier???!!!
He is so arrogant & full of himself, with a most compliant media, he honestly believes he can tell all these lies & get away with it & so far he has. The lie about when he met Lay & who Lay supported in 1994, the lie he told Jordan in his town hall meeting, now this.
The press relentlessly pursued Gore over the most minute detail of every word he spoke, headline like "LIAR! LIAR! LIAR!" over a desk shortage in Florida - it was true - now we have Bush outright lying, not once, not a slip, but a pathological series of lies & the media is totally silent.
Just where is that liberal media we all seem to hear about but never from?
The last time I looked at Title 38 of US Code , choking on a pretzel, passing out, and smashing you face on the carpet while watching "Apocalypse Now" doesn't exactly meet the minimum requirements for classification as a disabled veteran. In an AP story dated January 27, 2002, G.W. Bush is quoted as saying "I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war.''
me Mr. President, what war? I was in Vietnam and I sure as hell don't
remember seeing you there! You never explained how you managed to jump
to the top of the waiting list for the Texas Air National Guard and avoid
the draft. You also never explained how you got away with being AWOL for
the last year and a half of your service obligation. Now you're the Commander
in Chief and sending other people's children off to war. While
A BuzzFlash Reader & Veteran
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I cannot figure out the likes of blacks like the black Secretary of State Colin Powell, the black Oklahoma politician named Watts (where one of the worst mass killings of blacks took place in the town of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 1900s), the black Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from Georgia where many horrible things have been done to blacks for centuries now, and the few black "political talk show" visitors that talk the Republican line. They have done so much damage to their own race by being Republicans that they should all be ashamed----but none of them seem to have a clue.
I guess all of the black men listed above should have lived in Texas or other Southern States after the Civil War, and on up to the present time to see just how bad the current and past families of their current white Republican cronies treated blacks in the past and even now behind the scenes. Some black men were beaten, hung, and burned to death on the Tyler, Texas town square after 1900, the New York Times ran an article and pictures of whites in Carthage, Texas with the body of a young black man they lynched in about 1940, blacks were lynched by the hundreds all over the South after the Civil War, a black guy was beaten to death (in a small East Texas town) by the local law men who were holding him in custody in the 1980s or early 1990s, a black man was drug to death in Texas in the late 1990s, and black churches were still being burned in Texas in the late 1990s. The worst racists in Texas and other Southern States (who used to be Democrats) are now Republicans (such as past and current Klan members) and lots of them are good friends of and support GWB & his Republican cronies.
people in our country don't seem to realize that there was a big turn
around in Politics in the 1960s in the South. Most of the decent, non-racist
white people in the South became Democrats in the 1960s, and the bad racists
became Republicans. That change came about during the 1960s when the decent
whites in South backed President Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson
in the drawing up of and the enactment of the Civil Rights Laws. Everyone
in the South knows this is true. Someone needs to educate the above listed
black men about the damage they are doing to their own race. Don't they
A BuzzFlash Reader
I haven't yet found an email address for the Supreme Court, but will send the following email when I do:
I listen to Kgo radio in the bay area. One of the hosts is Shann Nixx (kgo.com) It is the AM station. She said that Ashcroft has ordered the Statue at the Justice dept covered up because she has a bare breast. Ms Nixx stated that Ashcroft has ordered covers for the statue at a cost of $8,000.00 to taxpayers. Can you look into this. A story like this will never get into the conservative press. Go to kgo.com, Hit kgoAM. Hit "Programs Summeries" Hit Shann Nixx. I have contributed to you 3 times now and will continue to urge my friends to contribute to you. Don't know what I would do without your website. The news just seems to cover up for the Bushies! Thank you and keep up the good work.
D. Nethery (Millville, Ca.)
Once again the right wing displays their penchant for irony. How absolutely laughable that Chief Justice Kennedy would be launching a campaign involving "Moral Outrage"!!! When he voted to coronate Bush for the presidency of the United States he gave up his right to be morally outraged. His idea of democracy is that he is a supreme being and he certainly has no right to critique anyone else. One would hope that the really outraged will be able to attend the impeachment service for Chief Justice Kennedy!
Thank you for this good news. I hope BuzzFlash can help Candice McElyea. I bellieve she has a good chance considering the fact that Harris should be recognized for what she is - a puppet for the wealth Republicans.
During the campaign, he lied to the people of Nevada and said he would VETO any attempt to make Yucca Mountain an interim nuclear waste depository.
What will the political consequences be? Read what Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman had to say:
"[ABC News Political Director, Mark] Halperin: What are President Bush's chances of carrying the state of Nevada, as he did in the year 2000, if this project goes through?
Goodman: Well, there was a certain inference that was suggested to the voters in Nevada that if infact Mr. Bush was elected that he would veto the site. That's what we were told as voters and --
Halperin: Who told you that and when, and how explicit were they?
Goodman: Oh it was very explicit by the politicians who were running on the Republican party ticket at the time, they made it very, very clear that we had support as far as the President was concerned if President Bush was elected.
Halperin: So let me go back to my previous question: What are the chances of President Bush once again getting the electoral votes of Nevada if he approves Yucca Mountain?
If the Dem nominee wins all the Gore states, plus Nevada...he's President in 2004.
Bush Says, "I've been to war, and I've raised twins, I'd rather go to war."
that, "I gutlessly avoided war when I was eligible, I watched this
one on TV,
-- Peter Sinclair
On 1/25/02 the White House made a big deal out of doing the following, as described in this CNN headline:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Bush administration on Friday ordered all government agencies that have contracts with Enron or the accounting firm Andersen LLP to review those agreements to determine if the companies are performing their duties.
The article says in part:
Now, this announcement makes it sound like the the WH is being proactive. However, I used to practice law many years ago and I can't remember ever seeing a contract (governmental or non-governmental) that did not contain boilerplate language giving each party the right to cancel the contract in the event the other party filed for bankruptcy or reorganization.
So re Enron, I'm betting that the government has an absolute right to cancel all contracts and this exercise may well be just intended to give the illusion of doing something without really doing anything.
Again, this is mere speculation on my part, but it may bear looking into by someone inclined to research federal contracts. Such clauses are so standard, that it verges on malpractice to not have them in a contract.
A Loyal BuzzFlash Reader
So Cheney today said, "I'm a constitutional officer, and the authority of the GAO does not extend in that case to my office" (Cheney: Let the Public be Damned, 1/28). More and more, the whole Bush administration sounds like it thinks it's a separate country. Why don't they please, please, stop the madness, and just secede?
A Patriotic American, Even Though I'm a Pant-Wearing Woman
Hooray for Buzz! at the head of the Charge to give FLA and American voters a REAL choice at the polls! not to "steal" any credit from other office-winning Dems, but since "the big dog" left office, the Dems have failed to find a strong and consitent voice to articulate the positions of tolerance and progress in a complex and at times anxiety-inducing world.
I hope Buzz will post Web-links to McElyea's website, and encourage outraged
Dems from across the land to try to undo some of Harris' damage. (hint
- Jean Elliot Brown, who ran against DeLay lackey Mark Foley in Florida's
16th District, has a web-award winning site;
Keep up the great work, Buzz!
Sent to Bush and Cheney via email:
Dear Bush and Cheney,
When Cheney was asked today why he won't tell us who was at his Energy Policy planning meetings, he said this:
EXCUSE ME! That is such amazing BS! What gall and contempt for the American public.
First, the idea that people won't give their advice for fear of having their name known, is complete and utter crap! There are lots of people who have plenty of GOOD ideas about energy policy, they just happen not to be BIG OIL executives trying to maintain their record profits by secretly building OUR Energy Policy so it benefits them.
have you idiots forgotten that you work for the PEOPLE! This isn't some
Enron corporation that can conduct business behind closed doors. This
is the government and it's very purpose is "of the people, by the
people and for the people." Let me remind you that YOUR WORK FOR
ME and every American CITIZEN, not Chevron, Halliburton or Enron. When
if you don't like it -- QUIT! Get the hell out. Leave the White House
and let someone take over who plans to run it for the public's benefit.
There are plenty of people who would LOVE an opportunity to do something
GOOD in that job and would have not one ounce of issue with letting people
know who they talked to. Let me repeat this: If you don't
How completely contemptuous of everything good that government was set up to do. I am flabbergasted and depressed by your comments. I knew things were bad, but they are simply beyond comprehension.
I don't give a rat's ass if someone is afraid their name is connected to our "all oil, all the time" energy policy -- if they have a problem with it, THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE STEPPED FORWARD TO OFFER THEIR ADVICE!
- Gonzo Schexnayder, Chicago
I watch C-Span channels regularly, and am grateful for the coverage that is sometimes lacking on the mainstream media.
I was therefore somewhat surprised that C-SpanII was not covering any of many Enron Hearings that have been conducted in the last few weeks. There are many people who also express their surprise, and the subject is circulating online that there is no live and/or taped coverage of the Enron Hearings being shown on television.
Please consider airing some of these Enron Hearings as they are extremely important to the American people (especially the thousands that were personally affected), and are of historic proportions.
Thank you for your time.
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Shouldn't Bush give back his dirty Enron money? Enron money is the result of corrupt and illegal business practices, not unlike the mafia. If he took mafia money, he would give it back. Enron is the Texas mafia, an organized criminal enterprise.
Give back your dirty Enron money, George, on behalf of the victimized investors and employees.
- Frank Feeney
We used to live in Cincinnati and the r's sneak into town in droves as if it is money grew on trees, and for republicans it does. Bush Sr. would land at Lunken airport, load up on money and be gone in a couple of hours. Now Cheney comes out of his self imposed cave to do the same thing, just doesn't have Bush Sr. this time calling the shots. Makes a person sick.
Four trillion dollars vanished from the national surplus estimates in just a few months. That figure doesn't carry much weight because it is just so far removed from numbers we usually deal with. Since the pundits and politicians are throwing it around fairly lightly, I decided to sit down, sharpen my pencil and figure out how much money that really was.
Let's say you are going to live for 80 years and due to some great family planning, you have a job that will allow you to make $50,000 every one of those 80 years you are alive. How many times would you have to be reincarnated to make 4 trillion dollars? One million.
How many $150,000 homes do you think you could buy with 4 trillion dollars? Close to 27 million.
The powerball is getting big. The last time I saw the billboard, it was around 90 million. You'd have to win it more than 44,000 times to make 4 trillion dollars.
Break it down into understandable terms and it is a heck of a lot of money. I wonder if we just gave away a cure for cancer? An end to world hunger? After all, it was just a few trillion dollars. What a shame.
Ok, let me get this straight ... J. Clifford Baxter quit in May because he was so disgusted by what was going on at Enron, and he was going to testify in the upcoming hearings, and yet he chose to commit suicide even though he's one of the semi-good guys? How interesting. Check this out:
Comment: He chose to kill himself parked in the middle of the street near his house?? That doesn't sound like standard suicidal behavior.
Comment: A story this big and the presiding investigative officer in the case didn't feel there was a *need* to do an autopsy????
Comment: Baxter felt he needed a bodyguard, and *then* suddenly commits suicide? Oh yeeeeah, THAT makes sense <snort>
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Last night on the Charlie Rose show, Norman Orenstein said "well, no one would even notice this Enron stuff if we were in a war with Iraq!" Is the dog wagging his tail? I was chilled.
Goldman Sachs has added United Defense Industries to its "recommended list," reserved for the brokerage's best investment ideas. Analyst Howard Rubel cites the quality of management at the Arlington-based maker of combat vehicles, and says the company already has important programs in place with the Defense Department and foreign governments.
UDI (http://www.uniteddefense.com), which is still majority-owned by D.C. private equity firm The Carlyle Group, completed an IPO December 14, and its shares are up 9 percent from its initial offer price of $19.
added to the recommended list may not carry the cachet it once did, however.
Just read the blurb: White House calls for Enron Investigation and am wondering:
1. How/why Bush II has his Texas Governor's papers stored at his Father's Presidential Library?
2. Is this legal? WHAT IS HE HIDING? WHAT CAN BE DONE TO GAIN ACCESS TO THESE PAPERS?
From the way that I read it, the writers might find it easier to publish lists of politicians who DID NOT receive money that passed through the hands of ENRON officials. It seems that they manage to send money to just about every low and high level politico in the country...
And, let's stop saying that Ken Lay, etc., GAVE money.... They, personally, did not give money. He funneled other people's money to the politicians.
Best, Jim Mancuso
Corrupt Business Failure.
Shredding of evidence that possibly implicated Bush/Cheney and other bushies.
A supposed suicide of a whistle blower.
White House pretends concern and seeks probes.
This seems to me like a GOP Spun Scandal come back to bite them in the butt. Can you imagine if Clinton were in office now? They will try to blame him I'm sure.
Time for America to wake up.
I am tired of the Lanny Davis and the other Democrats that are always saying wait for the facts to come out before we accuse the Republicans, if the facts that these guys in the Bush administration are crooked, specially now that new facts have come out that the sanctimonious Ralph Reed received about $10,000.00 a month for a few years and E. Guillispie received $525,000.00, on top of Cheney's papers and all of the facts by Waxman and your site, what are these guys waiting for.
sickening to listen to these guys on the talk shows, and the only guy
with "cojones", H. Waxman is not given a minute on any station,
when will the Democrats understand that Mock sticks, look what happened
to Clinton the guys was investigated more than any figure in the World,
Mike Espy was indicted and acquited and the same with Cisneros, but does
anybody remember that all these people were acquited of any wrong doing,
No, mock sticks, so they better start throwing mock at these Republican
clowns, because it will stick.
Your articles on the Carlyle Group and the Secretary of the Army's Enron connections reminded me of something--President Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation. Recommend you check it out; I reread it tonight. Much of it seems very timely. I found it at www.eisenhower.utexas.edu/farewell.htm.
Also, have you done an interview with Helen Thomas or Molly Ivins? They would be spectacular.
Also, in today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was an editorial cartoon of Huckabee and wife standing in front of the Governor's Mansion waving goodbye to their triple-wide. Even though our state's budget is verging on the disasterous, Janet and Huck can now rest easy in their newly remodeled Governor's Mansion.
Also, there was a short blurb in the latest Arkansas Times about Huckabee paying off his Cotton Bowl bet with Keating of Oklahoma. He took Keating and other guests duck hunting; among the guests was none other than Antonin Scalia.
enough "also's" for now; after all of that, I need a stiff drink
Loyal "Razorback" BuzzFlash Reader
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