The BuzzFlash Mailbag
February 8, 2002
Subj: Human Potential?
spat began when Byrd took offense to a cartoon in the Bush administration's
2003 budget document, released on Monday, showing Gulliver tied down by
Lilliputians, which the West Virginia senator said implied the interests
of ordinary people were too minor to warrant consideration. ... O'Neill,
a wealthy former industrialist, was clearly agitated by Byrd's manner
and fired back: "I've dedicated my life to doing what I can to getting
rid of rules that limit human potential and I'm not going to stop."
The rules that O'Neill seems so bothered by were put there to help people develop their human potential without getting cheated, polluted, poisoned, or exploited. It seems that O'Neill may have gotten upset because he's dedicated his life to getting rid of rules that limit his human potential to make more money with little regard for the human potential of anyone else (except perhaps for a few elite friends).
I spent over four hours listening to and watching the House Enron hearings on Thursday, 2/7. Do you know what I've taken away from this so far? I can list it right here, quite succinctly:
1. CEOs, CFOs, Treasurers, and other assorted and sundry "officers" and/or "board members" have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what's going on in their companies.
This, I realize, is NOT a newsflash to any of us who have worked at a certain telco in Las Vegas. (Though I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I doubt it's inherent to a certain telco in Las Vegas.)
2. Aforementioned "officers" and "board members" seem to "not recall" a lot of things, especially when they've been in attendance at said things. Additionally, these same "executives" "aren't aware" of a lot of things that one would think was in their "realm."
For example, the former Treasurer (current CEO?) McMahon, despite repeated questions about Enron's finances AT THE TIME HE WAS TREASURER, repeatedly (I lost count) stated that the subject of the question was "not in [his] realm".
The mind boggles.
3. CEOs apparently don't pay attention at board meetings. They apparently don't remember BEING AT those board meetings, despite said meeting minutes being right in front of them.
4. Not one "executive" so far has any idea "how it could have happened" because "no one brought it to [their] attention".
It's like listening to clones over and over and over.
Where can I get one of these jobs?
Sigh (yet again).
Ladies and Gents!
A good time was held by all at the South Beach Fundraiser held for Kid's in Dade Society in which President Clinton was the invited "Guest Speaker." The place sold out. There must have been 500-600 folks in attendance. A lot of money was raised for a very good cause. And ladies, President Clinton is even better looking and just as nice as can be, in person. The pictures enclosed do not do Big Dog justice. As soon as I get my pictures developed, I will send some more pictures.
P.S. I yelled out at President Clinton: "Mr. President, I love you!!" And President Clinton without missing a beat, replied back to me: "I LOVE YOU, TOO"!! Go Big Dog!!
Vilma Fox ;-)
[BuzzFlash Note: We had trouble opening the pics. We'll post them as soon as we can.]
My life is about to change and I owe it all to Jeff Skilling! Today, while watching the Enron hearings, something became stunningly clear: I have what it takes to be a CEO of a major company!
my qualifications are tailor-made to take the helm of any Fortune 500
company: my memory can, at times, be spotty; I have no clue as to how
to run a company; if circumstances warrant, I can be completely oblivious.
The latter would be especially easy, given my complete lack of understanding
of Big Business. Looking down the road, I could--with confidence--raise
my hand, take an oath before Congress, and swear I had NO idea what was
going on. The beauty of that scenario is: I would be
At this time, I am busily updating my résumé--excited at the possibility of pulling in a tremendous salary for the limited skills I possess. Would any of you be interested in being one of my references?
[BuzzFlash Note: We're not even submitting resumes. We're simply going to declare ourselves the CEO/CFO/COO/CPM/CD/DVD or whatever the fancy acronym might be. Those execs obviously weren't hired for their abilities, so what's the point in having any.]
Subj: CNN Scrubs Poll Favoring Enrongate Special Prosecutor
This week, CNN ran a "Quick Vote" whether a Special Prosecutor should be appointed to investigate Enrongate. The results were overwhelming: Yes 73% (92393 votes), No 27% (34812 votes). So why has CNN scrubbed this poll from its site? Send your complaints to email@example.com - and tell them to report on Democrats.com's campaign for a Special Prosecutor at http://democrats.com/enron.
We need an investigation into the bush/enron administration spending taxpayers money without the approval of congress for their advertisements both during the Superbowl and in newspapers (Florida). One other thing, buying prescription drugs with an illegal prescription would make it an illegal drug. The same goes for purchasing alcohol under the legal age (21) would make that an illegal drug buy also. All Americans know at least 3 terrorist financiers now.
A snippet buried in the following front-page NY Times article got my attention:
Bush, in New York, Affirms $20 Billion Aid Pledge
[Mr. Bush ticked] off the reasons why he said [NY Gov. Pataki, Republican]
Did someone say something about the new spirit of bipartisanship in Washington? Does that include blackmailing voters in a populous state that's still reeling economically from the worst terrorist attack in US history into voting Republican by threatening not to return the phone calls of a Democratic governor? Just asking.
p.s. In same article, NY Times reporter Adam Nagourney is to be commended for catching Dubya's lie about his State of the Union Speech. Of course Nagourney is writing for the NY Times, so he has to speak euphemistically by criticizing Bush as "perhaps overly exuberant" rather than just calling him a bald-faced lying demagogue:
Mr. Bush's visit to New York was his fifth to the city since Sept. 11,
[BuzzFlash Note: Look for a new Perspectives section on Bush's lies. We're going to start cataloguing his half-truths and untruths so BuzzFlash Readers can forward the list to those reluctant to believe anything but the propaganda coming from the White House.]
Just had to tell you that you are a blessing to so many people. Most people I talk to are amazed at what they are hearing on television, primarily because they don't agree with the news as being reported and unreported, and because they are troubled at the direction our country is being taken. Your web site has been a saving grace for us all. Thank You.
[BuzzFlash Note: Getting the news out would be a much greater task without our loyal fans and readers. It is because of your efforts and support that we can be an effective alternative voice. Thank you.]
haven't seen this mentioned here so I pass it along FYI. On our satellite
dish here in LA we can now get a station called Free Speech TV. The first
time I turned it on I almost cried. Liberal voices! Yesterday they aired
a program called "The Myth of Liberal Bias in the
JA in LA
[BuzzFlash Note: We're not here to be famous, we're here to spread the truth.]
Contains statements left in the note by the "Young republican" who crashed into the Bank America building in Tampa. This should perhaps be juxtaposed against Bush's Liberal Marin County Hot tub remarks.
Overheard televangelist Pat Robertson while flipping channels last night, referring to the water conflict in Klamath, OR:
"Environmentalists worship the woods. They don't worship God."
Right. And rich TV preachers worship God, not fame or money.
I don't remember seeing this link. I found it while searching the Prospect site after going there for another story link from BuzzFlash. The story might explain further why the repugs wanted so badly to dis the last true President.
me among (what I hope are) the millions of others who look to your site
daily for a desperately needed dose of sanity and truth. In the last Mailbag,
Anthony Arias clearly demonstrates what most of us are feeling: utter
frustration, rage, and incredulity at the devastation bush and co. have
brought to our country in just one year. All of us who
But as time goes on, and each day brings more revelations about just how deep into the administration the corruption and greed exists, I get the feeling that us folks reading and writing here on Buzzflash are singing to the choir. WE know what's going on, WE want to change it, WE want the REST OF THE TAX PAYING CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY TO KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON.
BUT HOW???? Buzz, can you tell us about yourself? How many hits a day does your site get?? Who is reading you?? Can you do a reader poll? Can we then use the information about who WE are to rally this on-line community to combat the right-wing war mongers?? How can we utilize this wonderful and desperately needed service you are providing to SPREAD THE WORD??? Why can't we have the first on-line revolution?
Besides reading you every day and getting MAD AS HELL, what can we DO to get the word out???
WE need to play JUST LIKE THE BAD GUYS DO....we need to be as relentless and rabid about the TRUTH as they are relentless and rabid about their lies and their propaganda.
We can't sit by any longer, folks, and just type emails. There was a link a few months ago to an article that quoted some government worker saying that they couldn't possibly read all the emails and they don't even try. SO HOW DO WE GET THEIR ATTENTION??? How about a HUGE email blitz that completely jams up the government servers until they have to pay attention?? Two years ago I would have said: "Get out and vote!" but we now know that that right has been stolen from us. WE can't protest bush's speeches or appearances...the media wont cover it and the "free speech zone" is a horrible joke. We can't count on very many journalists we previously thought couldn't be bought. We recently learned they CAN. So, seems like all we have left are our computers, and who knows how long our freedom to congregate on-line will last with the consolidation going on in media now.
So, can someone out there tell us BuzzFlash fans: HOW CAN WE RALLY AND START THE REVOLUTION AGAINST THIS CORRUPT GOVERNMENT BEFORE IT TOTALLY SELF-DESTRUCTS?
Lead us on, Buzz!!
ps some major funding would be nice, too, huh Buzz? Soon as I find a job I will contribute; but even then, the little I could afford isn't enough for what you've given me!
[BuzzFlash Note: We're with you and so are the thousands of readers that see BuzzFlash every day. However, we know we're often preaching to the choir and the truth can't proselytize itself under the barrage of misinformation the government throws at the media. The first thing each of us can do is forward articles that speak the truth. So when something grabs your attention and/or makes you mad, forward it to everyone you know, especially those that believe the lies. Change begins with education. And support independent media like BuzzFlash. Ten dollars might not seem like a lot, but ten dollars from 1000 people is. We're growing, but we can grow exponentially with your support. Lastly, don't give up the fight. Sometimes there's so much bad news it makes us sick. The important thing to do is to keep stepping forward, keep sharing the truth, and keep letting this administration know that you're not happy they've sold our government to the highest bidder. As Nietzsche said, "In the mountains of truth you never climb in vain."]
Subj: Reporter sees Congressional debate over bankruptcy laws as "bickering"
In today's Charlotte Observer (2/7) there is an article by an AP reporter, Laurie Kellman, in which she says "Lawmakers are also bickering over a provision in similar versions of a bankruptcy bill being ironed out by House and Senate investigators." This silly little tiff is about a provision in the current law which makes it harder for victims of securities fraud to bring civil actions and recover their losses.
This is a good example of how journalists trivialize serious public issues. I have to wonder if the intent is to convince the public that it's not worth their time to pay attention -- which is how laws like this got passed in the first place.
administration also uses the trick of phasing in tax cuts slowly so that
the full bill doesn't come due until the end of the decade, long after
Bush is gone.]
usual, the Republicans assume that we are all stupid. I can only speak
for myself. I am not stupid. I hope like hell that the rest of you aren't
as dumb as they think you are. Of course, many of you are, or you wouldn't
keep believing all the spin and lies they put out daily. I don't think
there is anything that I can do for you. I am sorry.
I just happened to see this report about nuclear powerplant safety and the misleading way some "experts on nuclear power" are trying to imply that the plants are safe from a 9-11 type attack.
TERRORISM: COULD NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS WITHSTAND 9-11 ATTACKS?
Doesn't it raise eyebrows when Congressman Tauzin is so vocal on Enron. Down right strange to me! Is he not one of the biggest recipients of cash from these guys?
[BuzzFlash Note: He was also instrumental in pushing through legislation that helped create the Enron monster.]
It seems to me that the Budget presented by Bush is definitely akin to Lay and Enron. Take care of those at the "top" at the expense of the workers. Using Social Security to offset tax cuts is some how ludicrous. Anyway you look at it, it adds up to middle and lower income citizens will be paying their taxes to finance a tax cut for those privileged few at the top. Middle and lower income citizens will find increases in interest rates which affect them because to buy a house or car or in some cases even groceries will now come at a premium, while the top incomes will be able to cash out wherever they go and whatever they buy. We are back to take care of the rich at the expense of the poor. Bush gives only lip service to gain whatever "popularity" stance they think he needs at the time. The only rhetoric Ronald Reagan ever came up with that made sense was "are you better off now than you were?" Just think we are now at war and expanding, we are now in recession spending any reserves we may have had, our civil rights are in compromise, and I would say no we are not in a better place. The tactics of fear so we can rob you are not those of a moral, compassionate conservative!
otherwise noted, all original