The BuzzFlash Mailbag
February 5, 2002
Thanks for running this piece from the Baton Rouge Advocate. Was it, as it appears to be, a letter to the editor, as opposed to the 2 op-ed pieces it responds to? That would make sense, but I guess we should be thankful the paper's 'liberal' publishers deigned to run it.
Just one objection: I wouldn't refer to 'liberal bias' as a 'myth,' but as a deliberate 24-karat Big Lie, worthy of Nazi Germany and Goebbels' propaganda machine. It's a Lie that's been repeated ad infinitum for close to 30 years, until it's come to be accepted as conventional wisdom without having to stand any test of truth. It does the magical job of discrediting ANY critical reporting on the right's shenanigans, because after all such petty carping is coming from the 'liberal' media, and cannot by definition be believed.
just in case people are starting to take notice of increasing media mega-conglomeration,
what better time for a hardcover 'nonfiction' book rehashing the bogus
arguments all over again? Now that the 'vast right-wing conspiracy' is
really rolling in dough, they can afford to put another salivating-for-the-bucks,
squeezed-out-of-the-networks former TV reporter on the payroll who will
obediently repeat the Big Lie. Maybe the righties should stop and take
a look at the success of their efforts: the media is
[BuzzFlash Note: It was a "letter to the editor" and we are as surprised as you that it was printed.]
Can't find Osama....
Can't find Omar.....
Can't find Lay.....
" just a coink-indink "
[BuzzFlash Note: You left out the Anthrax Killer(s). We know John Ashcroft would just as soon forget about them, but the rest of us will try to remind him, from time to time, that our very own homegrown terrorists are still on the loose.]
Dear Senator Boxer,
restore faith in government decision making, we must enact campaign finance
Campaign Finance Reform is just the beginning.
We need to break the cycle of big-money influence and return the government to the public, who it was created for. It's people you need to protect and greed we need to protect them from: greed of politicians, greed of businesses and businessmen, and greed of wealthy citizens*.
Lobbying your cause is fine, but lobbying your cause by giving people money is corruption because it creates greed.
It's as easy as that. Stop the money train. Is there anyone left in Washington who wants to be a "public servant" or are they all there to make a lot of money at the expense of our laws?
I worked for the largest trade association in the world. They prided themselves on being one of the top 10 most influential lobbyists in Washington. They said they were working for their membership, protecting and introducing legislation that benefits their members.
I said they were corrupting the system.
They said it was the only way to compete, otherwise other companies would lobby and legislation would work against them, eventually causing them to lose membership.
I said, if we needlessly prop up a system of laws that have become antiquated, merely to increase our membership, regardless of the benefit of those laws, we corrupt the system.
So pass Campaign Finance Reform. Start somewhere, but work to eliminate the potential for greed.
Figure out a way to take greed out of the public servant mix. Remind people like Delay, Lott, and, most certainly, this ridiculous Republican executive branch, that they serve US. They are there to make laws and legislate for ALL of our BENEFIT.
And if they don't want to do that, if they don't like it, if they can't fill their need for greed through corporate donations anymore, they can quit. It's really very simple. They could turn in their resignation tomorrow.
We won't be upset. We'll applaud them for making the right choice. Go be a capitalist, just don't try and do it as part of the government.
There are people out there who want to be part of a positive government solution, who want to see government do good things, but are without the financial means to buy a seat in government. When we take out the profit-motive, we eliminate those whose greed drives their government ambitions, and we open up the government to more people.
Government isn't capitalism. Government is of, by and for the people. When it ceases to be that, it becomes corrupt.
We need Campaign Finance Reform, but we need that to be the beginning.
Thanks for asking.
* I'm not opposed to wealth. In and of itself, wealth is neither good nor bad. But, it has the potential for both. It's the accumulation of wealth at the expense of human dignity and lives that needs to be watched for and Ken Lay and his blubbering Tammy Faye wife are the purest forms of the worst that wealth can create.
Senator Barbara Boxer" wrote:
Sharyl Atkisson reported, Monday, Feb.4, the following interesting story.
Hopefully the link works. In the second half of this story on accusations
that Enron Executives stole money from employee retirement plans, there
is an interesting part indicating that someone in the Bush Dept. of Labor
tipped off Enron officials about an interview conducted by Labor Dept.
investigators with a former Enron accountant...at the very time the interview
occurred. Try the link below. Otherwise check the CBS homepage.
was with great relief that I inadvertently stumbled across your website
a few weeks
Debbie Reid (A New Zealand Friend)
P.S. Go Al Gore! (please print this email)
[BuzzFlash Note: We will.]
Here's the key graph from Susan Page's Monday USA Today dispatch on 2004:
"Republicans are watching the early Democratic contest as well. A senior White House official, asked which Democrat now seems most formidable, picks Edwards, describing him as a Southern politician who is more charismatic than Gephardt or Daschle, less liberal than Kerry and a fresher face than Gore."
Subj: William Bennett
The intro to his "essay" that you wrote stated:
Last time I saw that book (about two/three months ago) it was in a local dollar store ..... right next to the one by that other beacon of integrity, George Stephanopolous.
Sometimes there is justice in the world. LMAO.
"The United States of America will now bring a new birth of freedom to countries that oppress their citizens and threaten the free world. But to do this, our Army must not just include men and women in uniform. Todd Beamer, Jeremy Glick and Tom Burnett from Flight 93 knew their duties as citizens and did not hesitate to die for them." -- William Bennett, Washington Times, 2/4/02
Mark Bingham also died while trying to overtake the terrorists on Flight 93. But he was gay, so I guess he doesn't count in Bennett's eyes.
I'm intrigued by the letters I'm seeing in your mailbag that ask, "Who are these people the pollsters are interviewing?" Like these writers, I, too, can report that everyone I know thinks Bush is at best, an idiot, and at worst, intentionally dangerous.... so I've been bewildered also by the unanimity of poll results that place Bush in the close to 90% approval bracket. I'm starting to think it's not just a matter of the phrasing of the questions making it almost impossible to "disapprove" of Bush's handling of the "war." There's something really screwy about these results.
We need to encourage the Senate Democrats with letters, phone calls, e-mails, etc. Here is my letter to Daschle. They need a reason to counter the artificial 80% approval rating that is a serious barrier to do the right thing.
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Dear Sen. Daschle:
First, let me commend you for your grace and composure under the dual assault of the murderous anthrax delivery and the despicable demonization of you by Republicans all the way up to the White House.
I'd like to ask you simply, as leader of the Democratic opposition, to block the current administration's efforts to exploit the Sept. 11 tragedy for the benefit of an extreme right-wing political agenda: increasing the gulf between rich and poor, eviscerating our civil liberties and pushing a permanent state of war that ultimately will erode our prosperity, save for the oil and defense pals of the senior Bush, and do nothing for peace and security.
In particular, I would hope that you and your congressional colleagues will not try to cover for the current (and, let's face it, illegitimate) administration, should evidence reveal that not only were they negligent in our national security, but that their alleged efforts to secure a pipeline through Afghanistan actually precipitated the tragedy. Some of us have not forgotten that the Bush admin. had given $43M to the Taliban as late as May '01, and that the former deputy director of the FBI, John O'Neil, had resigned in July '01 from his position heading up terrorist investigations, complaining that the Admin. had blocked his investigations into Al Qaeda/bin Ladin/Saudi links.
If you don't hold the line against this regime, who will? This administration has done NOTHING but enrich the big $$ folks who installed them in the White House, and now is trying to establish a permanent environment of fear to keep any and all dissent suppressed against their buddies plundering our prosperity and our environment. The resident of the White House feels invincible - "I've hit the Trifecta!!" - and it's up to you to put the breaks on their power and greed.
Thank you for you attention to this admittedly heated letter, but I've never felt this strongly against a national leader of either party in my life. I again commend you for your eloquence and steadiness under pressure.
Mary Anne Cummings
Subj: Support Senator Hollings for Speaking out Now!!! We need to use Buzzflash to take action. We need to have our voices heard now!!!
Hurry, Hurry, you have to inform your readers to support Senator Hollings of South Carolina for speaking out today against Enron and the Bush administration. His phone number is: 202- 224-6121. Tell your buzz readers to call and support his honesty and for finally coming out and expressing what we all feel about the Bush administration.
Buzz, we've got to do this now, he is getting a lot of negative calls from South Carolina and he might get discouraged if we don't help him. I bet you the Republicans wing nuts are behind this.
Subj: The Thought Cop
On his website, New Republic's Andrew Sullivan nominates atty/author Ann Coulter for his "Derbyshire Award" for the following comment she made at the CPAC convention last week: "When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too. Otherwise they will turn out to be outright traitors" (2/1).
BuzzFlash is doing a fantastic job, and providing a public service as well, covering the Enron debacle from across the media spectrum.
just noticed a posting about the $25+ million fleecing of New York City
Teachers. As long as we're tallying up the losses inflicted by Enron on
an unsuspecting public, I thought that BuzzFlash and its readers might
be interested to note the $11.3 million worth of damage they did out here
to the Hawaii Employees Retirement System, which is the public employees
pension fund for all state, city and county employees and retirees in
Excerpt: "By targeting executives, O'Neill says it may be possible to avoid sweeping regulatory changes on corporate disclosure."
And we all know we must AVOID those nasty "sweeping regulatory changes" AT ALL COST!
A BuzzFlash Reader
In his column Howard Kurtz stated, "the media loved the president's state of the union address." I wonder if the media realizes that many Americans did not! Many Americans found his delivery Bushesque and not a good example of reading text out loud. His substance was in my opinion alarming and confrontational. Why were all his "aides" out on the Sunday Talks downplaying some of the rhetoric?
Subj: Money In Politics
Presidential Recipients of Enron Contributions, 1989-2001*
Contributions to George W. Bush, 1993-2001*
Total Contributions to Federal Candidates and Parties, 1989-2001*
Presidential Recipients of Andersen Contributions, 1989-2001*
Total Contributions to Federal Candidates and Parties, 1989-2001*
I sent the following to the Tennessean in regards to their article posted at your site.
This statement above by the Tennessean and by Mr.Waters is flat out "bull"! I went to the rally and I saw a crowd of well over a thousand that was, exuberant, excited, and extremely angry at GW Bush and the Republicans for not only their unfortunate domestic policies, but for stealing the 2000 election as well.
Former Vice President Al Gore, referred to by TN Democrats throughout the night as "The Real President," was well received by all! His vision for the National and the Tennessee Democratic Party was not only well conveyed in his speech, but responded to with loud cheers of enthusiasm from the crowd. There was certainly no ambivalence and I met no one who considered Al Gore to be the 'loser' of the 2000 Presidential campaign!
But as you know how the saying goes, there is always one in every crowd! And you can bet your bippy that the Tennessean will always 'smoke 'em out' and print their words as if they were the sentiments of a majority! This time their man was Mr. Waters.
Nancy Lynn Nagy
otherwise noted, all original