The BuzzFlash Mailbag
February 7, 2002
I don't know why it is that no one seems to have noticed it (at least I have seen little or anything about it on either this site or others on the internet), but it occurred to me that Bush seems to have given himself a free pass when it comes to giving formal press conferences.
the fact that he is barely articulate, I can understand why he might be
reluctant to do something like that. If you or any of your readers can
remember when Bush last gave a formal press conference (i.e., actually
strode out to the lectern and faced the press for a
Maybe he's done it and my Alzheimer's disease is more advanced than I thought. But if, in fact, he hasn't given a formal press conference recently, shouldn't we really insist he do it?
Just a thought.
[BuzzFlash Note: Shortly after 9-11 he did something in front of a long hallway that had significance to Clinton. That's what we remember.]
Charles Bishop wrote in his suicide note that he believed "Osama bin Laden is absolutely justified" and "The U.S. will have to face the consequences for its horrific actions against the Palestinian people."
[BuzzFlash Note: An interesting fact buried deep in the article was a list of books the sheriff's office took into custody: "After the plane crash, Pinellas sheriff's detectives took several books from Bishop's home as evidence: Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage by Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen; Secret Agencies: U.S. Intelligence in a Hostile World by Loch K. Johnson; and two installments of the multibook series Left Behind by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Assassins: Assignment: Jerusalem, Target: Antichrist and Desecration: Antichrist Takes the Throne." We don't remember any of the right-wing pundits bringing this up when they blathered on about how John Walker Lindh's Marin County background. Ahh, there's nothing like the sweet smell of hypocrisy.]
anyone see Bill Moyers program about Chapter 11 of NAFTA???? Have any
of you figured out how the rules were changed by congress to allow ENRON
to happen???-If congress is giving all these changes of laws and making
laws just for the big money corporations and taking all that money to
finance their re-elections then where do you as a "tax paying "
CITIZEN -play in this mix??? I'm gonna say it again- We as taxpaying Americans
are under "attack" from the very government we pay taxes too!!!
This is not a war on terrorism-it's a war on us and they're using the
war pretext to get all the
Laden Fled to Iran, Cook Says. Is Osama's Chef Cooking this Up? It Sounds
Fishy. One Wonders If Chef Haji Has a Beef with his Former Boss. 2/7
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Is it not ironic that for the last several months since 9-11 Cheney has been hiding in an undisclosed location for the purpose of security, and now suddenly he has emerged for a trip to the middle east? Seems a little strange to me.
Cheney is going to the Middle East. How about "you can run but you can't hide or the heat is on let's get him out of town.
would really make me happy if the 9th Circuit handed down a judgment which
destroyed Free Republic. Free Republic is a terrible web site. Seeing
Jim Robinson suffer for violating the law would be a very pleasant thing
Monday's Senate Commerce Committee News Conference on Canceled Enron Hearing,
I feel that the corporate media has been hiding what some of the U.S.
Senators had said. The corporate media is focusing on what was said about
Lay and Enron, and ignoring the fact that some of these Senators had implicated
Cheney in this corruption.
Did y'all note the quote below? Now it's not just terrorists, it's all potential killers we're after. Jeepers, I thought the Good Book taught us that all have sinned and fallen short. Thus we might all be potential killers.
Keep up the great work fighting the good fight.
Bush Administration just thinks government is "evil." Treasury
Secretary Paul O'Neil is said to reject tougher laws to protect 401K plan
participants. He is quoted as saying, "I think adult human beings
ought to be able to decide how to invest their own money." Gee, we
don't need physicians to be certified because adult human beings ought
to be able to
JA in LA
[BuzzFlash Note: "Where did this mindset come from?" One word: Greed.]
Subj: Drugs Spots at Super Bowl and More!
Its not ending there. Today in Jacksonville's Florida Times Union, page A 8 there is a 3/4 page ad showing just a face, dark printing, perhaps to imply racial character. Text as follows:
at bottom: Drug money helps support terror. Buy drugs and you could be supporting it too. Get the facts at theantidrug.com. Get help at the National Treatment Hotline 800662 Help If you go to the site . . .
. . . you will find that it is part of the government drug office campaign.
seems to be less an effort to stop drug abuse than to tie the Bush war
to something everyone is against, drugs, and so sustain its "popularity".
It may also be a preliminary step in building support for expanding our
actions in Colombia, and for future action in
Its not just $3,200,000 at the Super Bowl, its also the cost of just today's ads. It would be interesting to know how widespread this is and at what cost. It would also be helpful if our Congress would look into this as to the motives.
Each day I grow more and more concerned about the activities of this government. One that seems to have no boundaries that they are afraid to cross in their pursuit of their objectives.
Robert E. Reynolds, Orange Park Fl
[BuzzFlash Note: So, do the "drugs" in "doing drugs supports terrorism" mantra also include prescription drugs illegally obtained while pretending to be a doctor? Just asking.]
Excellent article (from the NY Times) below, if you take a lunch break and want something to read.
And pretty much what I've been observing and saying for the past four months, to anyone who'll listen...as Paul Krugman sums it up, (a little too gently, I think)..."The events of Sept. 11 shocked and horrified the nation; they also presented the Bush administration with a golden opportunity to bury its previous misdeeds." But his point is still well taken, and way over due, by any of the news media.. .his point very few will ever hear, unfortunately...(I really do believe however, that people truly would care, if they knew.) But Bush and his administration's machine, is doing a great job with it's war propaganda and the peripherals (John Walker case, etc.) as it's smokescreens.
One gets little else on the news, unless one really puts an effort into searching for it, (mostly alternatives can only be found online, and perhaps public radio.) The television news services, Fox, MSNBC, CNN (where most people get their news) are so amazingly right-wing and bias, that it's sickening to me...and these same "news" services are obviously going along for the ride, with the yummy profits, they are seeing, in return for the large viewing audience, they are feeding this shit to. (Mostly to it seems, to the incredible amount of sheep that people are in this country. They really believe that they are going to get blown up in their homes, by terrorist, any moment now.) The television "news" services, really have just become an extension of the White House's press releases. Sadly the profits and bias and in many cases, just plain laziness by most reporters to go after the truth and see through the smokescreens, Bush and his people are throwing up, is the problem.
they saw it work (and like fine clockwork) with Reagan (they know they
lapsed with big Bush, by thinking the Gulf War was enough to get him re-elected)
and they won't make that same mistake again with little Bush. Shit, shit
and more shit is all we can hope to expect from Bush, Cheney & company,
for the next seven years!
Subj: WHO'S BETTER OFF TODAY????
Yesterday, Mr. Bush sent to Congress a proposed budget of $2.13 trillion. Let's see what that looks like when written out: $2,130,000,000,000 ..... and that's probably "rounded off"!!!! The largest portion of of this mind-boggling figure $1,700,000,000,000, is destined to go to the very rich....people who, in the words of a former World Bank official, "are wondering whether to install a fifth bathroom in their fourth home." Think about that, you hard-working American families who are striving to save some food money to pay the rent. You who try to put some money aside for a medical emergency or to replace your old car.
If there is some honest logic behind these exaggerated tax cuts for the wealthy, I'm having a hard time understanding it. Ever since Mr. Bush invaded the White House, we've been hearing about millions and billions and trillions. These are mind-boggling numbers for us mere mortals. It all reminds me of the TV programs with the famous astronomer, Carl Sagan, who used to explain cosmic distances in "billions and billions of light years," remember? But he was talking about light years, not dollars. Mr. Bush is talking about DOLLARS.....your dollars and mine!!!
When the rich get these tax breaks, according to Mr. Bush, they will immediately start building factories and hiring people to produce goods. This is not only fuzzy math, it's even fuzzier logic. No one smart enough to get rich in the first place is going to invest in producing goods unless there is a demand for them. And until the less fortunate (me and thee) can afford to buy these goods, there can be NO demand.
And if you recall, during the presidential campaign, Mr. Bush was already proposing these tax cuts to the very wealthy. That was a year before the September terrorist attacks. At the time, he was proposing to give the rich these fabulous sums by saying, "It's their money." Now, he's proposing it as a "stimulus" measure to help our suffering economy.....and blaming it on the "war." The excuse has changed, but somehow the money must still go to the rich. If this is 'compassionate conservatism," Webster will have to redefine the terms!!!
Except for the Enron executives, the munitions makers, and the nation's richest citizens, has any anyone benefited from Mr. Bush's year as president? Like Marc Antony, "I pause for a reply."
Does it strike anyone else as odd that the conservatives in this country don't believe that access to guns contributes to gun violence, but they firmly believe that access to condoms causes sex (see Olympics controversy)?
Oh, and god forbid that anyone have recreational sex, but recreational shooting is OK. Sigh.
Note: And to further complicate matters, condoms (as demonstrated in the
movie G.I. Jane) are also used to muzzle the sounds of a firing
M-16. So, do conservatives think that placing a condom on a gun them more
likely to fire it?]
otherwise noted, all original