The BuzzFlash Mailbag
February 19, 2002
Re: Bush Administration Protecting Anthrax Suspect
According to the article,
""We know that the FBI is looking at this person, and it's likely that he participated in the past in secret activities that the government would not like to see disclosed," Rosenberg said."
So, it's OK to keep so-called "suspected foreign terrorists" incarcerated for MONTHS without any information regarding their identities, charges, evidence, etc. being made public.
But this can't be done for a so-called "domestic terrorist"?
Am I missing something here?
Oh, wait a minute. That's right -- the only ones affected were Democrats ("liberals"), the news media ("liberals") and working stiffs ("liberals").
Subj: Ralph Reed 's morality includes selling the "faith community" to Enron.
After listening to Daniel Schorr's commentary (http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/atc/20020204.atc.03.ram) I had to read this for myself. I suppose I should not be surprised that Ralph Reed would prostitute himself and the religious right for Enron's cause. For the small sum of $380,000 Reed was "prepared to do whatever fits your strategic plan."
more at the Washington Post:
Instead of "walk softly, carry a big stick", the current administration looks more like a "bull in a china shop." Plow ahead without thought to the consequences, breaking everything in the path. How many times can the "aides" repair the damage? When is it going to happen that it will be too late to repair the damage and we find ourselves in a dilemma that defies "damage control"? Misspeak here and misspeak there, doublespeak here, doublespeak there, any confidence in knowing what they are doing is now zilch!!!
Plus, here's another interesting press release from the ACCF:
Besides Andrew Card, we also have Paul O'Neill as a former Director, and Larry Lindsey also very much involved with the group.
I know this myth has been debunked elsewhere, but here is a link to the entire guest list of people who had stayed as overnight guests at the White House during Bill Clinton's entire two terms of office.
Neither Ken nor Linda Lay are on that list.
The GOP is spreading the lie that Ken Lay spent a night in the Lincoln bedroom while Clinton was President. This should put a dent in that one if it's e-mailed to every opinion journalist in the national media who still has an ounce of integrity left in their bones.
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The Clintons released a supplemental list of overnight guests at the White House covering from July 1, 1999 to August 31, 2000.
Here's a link:
Still no Ken or Linda Lay.
There is still a gap that needs to be filled from about the middle of 1997, to the middle of 1999.
So much of the current ideology hearkens back to a time in history that has been revealed as tragic! The government was able to do whatever was the whim at the time, the military became most powerful, citizens were encouraged to "report" any activity that was suspicious, a single country invaded countries in order to bring a "better" society, a race was obliterated because they were to be "feared", fear became the dominant factor. "Motherland" was the popular enduring patriotic phrase. Does any of this sound familiar? How close are we to history repeating itself?
Subj: U.S. Companies File in Bermuda to Slash Tax Bills
If these companies have moved off-shore then they absolutely can not donate to any US political campaigns. We have laws against it - only US citizens & US incorporated entities can donate to US campaigns otherwise it is treated as a foreigner trying to influence US politics. I remember reading a lot about this when the Repugs were trying to say the Chinese were influencing Clinton & trying to subvert our government.
So........... my question is - how do these companies get away with making political contributions? We know Enron had several thousand off-shore subsidiaries - did any political contribution ever come from any of them? If it did then it's illegal & the recipient should have know & questioned this as we were told when they were investigating Clinton & the Chinese subversion of our political process.
I am really ticked off about this. If the larger companies aren't going to pay their fair share of taxes then it will fall on us, the individual tax payers to take on their burden - just as we have taken on the burden from the richest tax payers. Just how much does Bush expect we are going to accept? You know the saddest part about this is that even when we protest we are sent to designated "first amendment zones" miles away from his highness.
I think we should start a movement. We should all start carrying a copy of the book 1984 with us everywhere - make sure that it's turned out so the title can be seen. Pretty soon millions of Americans would be carrying this book!
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
the recent campaign finance reform effort, we can see once again where
the far right (aka Republicans) manipulates most of their constituents,
treating them like the fools they often are. How so? The line of B.S.
they've chosen in this case is to brainwash the "ditto-heads"
that campaign finance reform = a ban on free speech. They know that phrasing
the issue this way, or framing it this way, will strike a chord in the
common man -- when in fact, campaign finance reform really just "harms"
the fat cats, or the non-common man. But, your typical man/woman-in-the-street
conservative never gets this, never sees how they're being played for
fools. The far right folks (Bush, Rush, etc.) did something similar with
the tax cuts, convincing many less-than-rich conservatives that Bush was
cutting taxes for THEM -- when in fact he really wasn't (he was cutting
taxes mostly for the rich and corporations). They just don't get it! They're
being used, taken for a bunch of idiots by supposedly the leaders they
respect and vote for!! You can find this over and over on many issues...
Right to bear arms is another, where the far right frames it as a constitutional
freedom issue, when really it's all about the NRA giving tons of campaign
$$ to get certain people elected. The politicians accept these $$ and
thus vote against gun control. It really has very little to do about guns
but nearly everything to do about a corrupt political system. What's the
difference between big $$ coming in from the milk lobby to control milk
prices or big $$ coming in from the NRA to vote down gun control laws..??
There is no real difference because it's simply money buying votes, whether
it be about milk or guns -- or whatever.
My dislike of the GHP goes way back to Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr., etc. And it is increasing exponentially. They continue to be the most hate-filled, nasty, and whiny group. The Democrats also annoy me because only a few are willing to stand up for what is right.
I would like to hear from other former and current Peace Corps volunteers
as to what they think of Smirk's latest push for the Peace Corps. My feeling
is that it can't be good. First, he appoints Gaddi H. Vasquez as the director
(please put up the website address for a criticism of Vasquez---http://peacecorpswriters.org.
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Lastly, would you consider an interview with Ralph Nader and/or offering his latest book, Crash!ing the Party? In that book he talks about trying to work within the Democratic party and with Gore. He was/is right about the corporations. For those of you who still harbor ill feelings toward Nader, I suggest an alternate website: www.citizenworks.org They discuss ways for citizens to get involved!
Thanks, Buzzflash, for all you do!
Subj: Gore's Presence Today
It is crystal clear that Al Gore understands and sees the bigger picture when it comes to facing down the terrorist threat that has erupted so violently. Instead of using incendiary remarks such as "evil axis," Gore sees the underlying reasons of abject poverty, hunger, disease and environmental disorder as the cause of the far greater evil in this world. Before the George W. Bush administration took hold, we as a nation were engaged in world concerns, and in one year have isolated ourselves on so many fronts. The backing out of the Kyoto Protocol, the ABM Missile Treaty, being voted off the human rights panel in the United Nations and a hands-off approach when it came to the Middle East and Northern Ireland. While I do not condone terrorism, we Americans live in a bubble and have no idea what it is like growing up in nations that must face this far greater evil on a day-to-day basis. There is an old saying that, "War is failure." War happens when there is a total breakdown on many diplomatic fronts. I am glad that Gore has reentered the political dialogue. After all, he has had over two decades of solid foreign relations experience. We as Americans deserve experience over incendiary remarks. If he should choose to run again in 2004, he will still have my support.
I went to do my taxes on the Turbo tax site and three pages into it I got the following Bush propaganda that you might find interesting.
[BuzzFlash Note: It's the kind of thing that causes one a short burst of loud, wide-eyed, nervous laughter, the kind that causes others to stop talking and look at your strangely, because what you've just read/heard is as laughable for it's ludicrousness as it is frightening for its reality.]
Cover up and hiding info is the byword for this administration. I find it hilarious that questions are being asked about Bush's papers being scurried off to his father's library. Why weren't these same questions asked over the National Guard records, what happened in Alabama that no one can remember his even being there? We have a man in the highest office in this land who has no background. The press has failed to report on anything about Bush prior to his unsuccessful run for Congress in Texas, and very little since then. Mums the word. Just tell the public as little as possible. Perhaps that's the story, he did as little as possible while governor, he did as little as possible while in the National Guard, and I think we can only hope he will do as little as possible while pretending to be president.
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