The BuzzFlash Mailbag
February 22, 2002
When I hear Bush talk of "family values," and express concern for "American families" I find it ironic that he seems to forget one of the values that founded the American principle, "A days work and a fair day's pay." He seems to favor the corporations who are paying CEO's ludicrous amounts of money, making huge profits and laying off workers! These same corporations are paying unimaginable (for most of us) sums of money to create havens that will enable them to avoid paying taxes. While many Americans don't like tax time they recognize the value received by the country as a whole. It seems like the "regular guy" is now footing the bill for corporations to grow larger, pay the exec's huge salaries, avoid income taxes, and layoff jobs. Is Argentina a view of the future of America under the Bush plan?
Good Lord. I saw Bush's remarks in both S. Korea and China and I thought he came off badly. Really badly. Lecturing the Chinese on how to be good Chinese. No wonder the rest of the world hates us (if their impression of Americans is Geo W Bush).
Post article sucked. They give Bush kudos for staying at a five star hotel!!!!!!!
Subj: 13 Journalists Killed in Afghanistan
Including Danny Pearl.
Anyone who says that being a journalist in a warzone is "cushy" duty ought to read this website. In fact, it's probably a lot more dangerous that being an Air National Guard pilot who never leaves the States.
[BuzzFlash Note: We don't know the legal implications of such a move either, but we also know it stinks like everything else Bush/Cheney has dumped on us.]
Karl Rove has become editor in thief! He has edited Bush's statement regarding an enduring alliance with Japan for over a century and a half! Somehow I knew they would try to erase those words from American history! Yes, Bush and whoever is writing his speeches are less than intelligent! This my dear friends is what is forming policy and decisions that are of monumental import. I for one am not very confident about the future of our country or my personal future with these people calling the shots!!! A little mistake here and there may not matter to the GOP but it certainly matters to America and to people world wide.
Buzz forwarded from a fly-on-the-wall at a recent Republican "think-tank" somewhere in D.C.:
Condi's Problem: How can we fund foreign terrorist groups in the usual GOP way (ala Contras, etc) and spin it in a new Compassionate Conservative (tm) kind of way?
Karl's Answer: Have our oil buddies take hostages for us in scary, far off lands... then "pay to get them back" with U.S. Taxpayer dollars!
Then, of course, we can "be aggressive in recovering the money once a hostage was safely released.." much like we have aggressively pushed for Election Reform so that Florida could "..never happen again".
And above all.... DON'T TELL COLIN!
(more laugher...whirring of paper shredders...)
Wow. Sure wish I could think like that!
So, our dear pResident now tells China that the US "has the soul of a church." Not a synagogue, nor a mosque, but, of course, a church. After all, 95% of 'Mericans believe, according to Dubya. The other 5% are obviously Taliban sympathizers, or, at the very least, members in good standing of the Society of Evildoers.
You rightly highlighted the comments of Dr. Rosenberg on the stalled anthrax assassin case according to an article briefly describing a speech by her. MUCH more instructive is the full, direct source found in her report at www.fas.org (Federation of American Scientists) scrolling to her name then the anthrax heading.
That is MUCH more revealing. It details many other aspects of this case that should trouble all Americans. Only lightly (because of course there is no public evidence except the odd coincidences) does she treat of accomplices and motives, but if one were suspicious of this timely attack several damning possibilities worth investigating could be connected to her report.
In my mind there is a possibility worth investigating whether a group with political or policy motives could be supporting this for aims all too consistent with Bush operations and operatives past and present. What do you think?
This site is also a great source for other issues concerning science and government policy.
I wanted to thank you for the interesting link you provided to Katherine Harris' website. I sent her an e-mail, asking why she would bother campaigning at all. Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper just to steal the election? After all, she has a lot of experience.
No answer yet, but I'll let you know as soon as I get one! (Don't lose sleep waiting for an answer.)
[BuzzFlash Note: Yesterday someone named Katherine Harris, with an electharris.org email address, signed up to receive BuzzFlash emails. Funny, hunh?]
I am a daily reader, and supporter of the Buzz. Great job everybody.
I want to add a comment to your story about classified gun ads in newspapers. I am in the antique business, in Chicagoland. I have seen many suburban antique shops with guns for sale. I have seen them in other states, as well, such as Michigan. This concerns me, because I know that these are not licensed dealers. These guns are treated as if they were household objects. Anyone can buy them.
As an antique dealer, I am ashamed to see such things in my suburban stores. My store in Chicago will not allow it. I have seen KKK members come into my suburban store looking for weapons. Especially after 9-11.
While standing on the South Korean side of the DMZ, a day or so ago, and gazing over to the North Korean side, President Bush said, "They have a Peace Museum there and the axes that were used to slaughter two U.S. soldiers are in the Peace Museum. No wonder I think they're evil."
We, in America, also have museums full of guns, cannons and bombers that have killed in war. We have the Enola Gay B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima; the airplane was displayed for years at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
None of the weapons of death should be revered, but the North Koreans are not alone in exhibiting such weapons.
A BuzzFlash reader
[BuzzFlash Note: W's lack of perspective is appalling and embarrassing on a global scale. It's not just that he doesn't know anything about history or foreign relations or, well, much of anything else, it's that his handlers continue to let him speak in public as if he does.]
With a very heavy heart I watched the news tonight regarding the death of Daniel Pearl. My heart and prayers go out to his wife and family. I am truly sorry that a vibrant young man's life was taken. It is especially horrible that he was murdered while attempting to keep the rest of us informed. Wars create senseless death and destruction. I would have hoped that in the year 2002 we would have found a better way to end disagreements and that killing so barbarically had been left to the dark ages where it should be. The human condition has not progressed after all.
Subj: from the "I'm gonna puke" file
A BuzzFlash Reader
RE: BANKRUPTCIES ROCKET!
Mailbag contributor, Vilma Fox clicked on a light in my head when she said, "Let's see how long Bush's so-called "popularity" will last. That is, if you can believe the polls which are most probably skewed in Bush's favor by the corporate media. [Bush is certainly not popular in the rest of the world."]
Doesn't anyone think it is odorously peculiar that US citizens are severely out of step with the rest of the world? Could it be that the foreign Presses enjoy much more freedom than ours?
The rest of the world seemed to like Clinton very much and he received gracious welcomes from foreign governments and it's people. In fact, Clinton was better liked by people in foreign countries than in his own country (according to the American news reportings). We continue to see great admiration of Clinton in other countries, and he has been out of office over a year.
Vilma hit the best evidence yet, proving that the corporately owned media is directly responsible for cramming pro-Bush and anti-Clinton propaganda down American's throats.
RE: An Email about Katherine Harris
Since I live and vote in the 13th Congressional District (Florida), which is the one that Harris woman is running in, I am well aware of her race. However, as a very strong lifelong liberal democrat, I just want you to know we have 3 and possibly 4 candidates running against her. Our primary is in September and we will vote on these 4: Jan Schneider, Charles McKenzie, Candice McElyea, and the fourth, who cannot declare yet because of what the Florida legislators are doing about redistricting, Joan Cross. Her home is in an area which may be divided to include a new district. The R's are taking strong democratic districts and chopping them up then adding them to strong republican districts. The legislators are dragging their feet with the redistricting as long as they dare. Mrs. Cross cannot declare until this is decided because she may no longer live in the 13th. So if you could help us get the word out that that Harris woman is not running unopposed, we'd sure appreciate it.
Inspired by the actions of so many Buzz readers, today I sent my own complaint to the editors of my local paper, the Chicago Sun Times:
I have noticed that your commentary section is often very one-sided (i.e., Republican conservative). For example, today there was an article by Bob Novak deriding attempts to link Republicans to Enron (as if this is really such a stretch!).
I believe a newspaper's job is to present balanced commentary so readers see both sides of a given issue (at least I hope you agree there are two sides). Also, you might do the average reader a favor and provide a note about the writer's political leanings--otherwise I'm afraid the average reader will think these comments are factual or at least not understand the extreme bias the writer holds. In addition to Novak, this would apply to George Will, Mary Hart and Linda Chavez among others. That recent commentary by Mary Lahy (?) was surprisingly hysterical and not worthy of publication--I was amazed you gave it space in your paper. At least you stopped publishing Ann Coulter.
As one who has made increasing use of the Internet for my news sources (finding TV and U.S. newspapers increasingly lacking in balance and solid investigative journalism), I do try to look at the Sun Times each day and imagine what I would believe if this were my only source of political information. This is why I find it disturbing that the views presented in your paper are not balanced on a given day. I strongly believe they should be so your readers get the complete picture and can form their own opinions.
Re: BuzzFlash presents The Angry Liberal: Enron, Part IV: Should Companies Like Enron Exist At All?
Another Buzz Flash reader writes:
I don't see how we can keep them from existing, but the silver lining behind the Enron cloud could be that the Republican plan to privatize social security will be dead in the water.
The longer Enron stays in the news and the public gets the message that 401Ks depend on cos. like Enron, the more they should abhor privatization of SS!!
I wrote a letter-to-the-editor, which was published here, connecting the dots just in case people missed the Enron/privatizing link.
I wish the Dems who took small amounts of money--they usually got under $3,000 a piece-- would just write checks to the Enron employees' lawyer in the class action suit--make a big deal of returning the money now that they know how badly Enron stinks--and tell the Repubs to return the six figure amts. Enron gave THEM, starting with the gross amt. Kay Bailey Hutchison took & on up to Bush-Cheney.
"AMERICA IS IN DISTRESS"
Remember when Clinton ordered Missile strikes against Bin Laden in Afghanistan???? He almost got him and was planning further action against terrorist BUT The Trent Lott's and Tom Delay's made it a political issue by accusing him of generating an overseas problem as a cover for the Lewinsky affair?? According to the Republican leaders it was a wag the dog thing.
Take a look at the Bush strategy. He has big problems here in the U.S. The Economy is defunct, unemployment on the rise you name it the Bush domestic policy is a catastrophe. What does he do?? He latches on to the World Trade Center tragedy hoping to ride his "War Against Terrorism to a Republican Victory in 2002. I don't believe he can drag it out to 2004 although I'm sure he and his fellow conspirators will try. This article was obtained from the U.K Guardian. You see no mention of the "Bush battle plan to take out Saddam in our so called free press.
They have been bought of or have been Intimidated by the administration.
The carrot or the stick thing. You say nice things about us you will be
rewarded. Say something negative and you will be punished. The New Hampshire
papers editor who criticized the Bush economic recovery tax cut is know
standing in the unemployment line.
"We will take a serious look at all T.V. and radio license renewal to Insure the stations maintain the standards set forth by the FCC My question to him is, what are the standards???
If the Bush administration Implements the WAR plan against Iraq, it will not be to fight terrorism, it will be to enhance the Republican party's effort to regain control of the U.S. Senate and increase their majority in the House of Representatives in 2002. If it works for him in 2002 you can be sure they will find another country who supports International terrorism for the 2004 Presidential election.
America is in distress. Our constitution is being Ignored by G.W. Bush.
He took an oath "I shall Defend The Constitution Of The United States." The Media should call him to task for his total disregard for The Bill Of Rights but instead they are complimenting him.
during the Iran hostage Americans applied yellow ribbons on trees, cars
etc. to show their support for the hostages? I have an Idea which is worth
considering. Seeing as the Media is in lock step with the Bush Administration.
Let's all True Patriots fly the American flag in a manner that will indicate
our support for our Constitution and in
flag flown or displayed in the upside down position is the International
distress signal. I have already reversed the flag on my car and outside
my home, and when people ask me why I have the opportunity to get my message
across. The flag is a symbol of what our
How about it any one willing to pick up the ball and run with it? Keep The Faith
I think America might be getting ready to heave. I think we're in that interminable, surreal, glassy moment before rushing to the bathroom to vomit.
How else to explain this strange frozen passivity of the American people in the face of Bush outrages...one after another and hardly a squeak out of all those millions of honest citizens, the seeming 80% Bush-approvers. It is either the build up of collective nausea that will sooner or later end in a vast agonized purging of the body politic (after which we will feel so much better) or..my growing paranoia suggests this idea: the Repugs are using mass subliminal hypnotic suggestion on all those trusting, viewer/voters out there. Sitting quietly in their armchairs, relaxing, feeling warm and heavy, inhaling and exhaling...It would be so easy. They have only been caught that once...the Democrats -rats ad. What if that was the tip of the iceberg? What if all or some of the rightwing media are lacing their bizarre, almost inexplicably biased and dumbed-down presentations with subliminal directives which can be written or whispered into the text of any statement or image? The Psyops headtrippers at the CIA...(and now we learn they're seeking a foothold at the Pentagon) know all about these creepy mass mind-control methods, (see yesterday's BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/americas/newsid_1832000/1832200.stm)
The unresisting, unquestioning, swallowing down of the all the mickeys this administration has slipped us just seems so out of character, so un-American. Or maybe its just that we're tired, we can't face any more Unbelievably Widespread Corruption in High Places...please, please, no more nasty surprises from the cockpit. So understandable but it means among other things that impeachment, like mutiny, a grave and rare last resort, will have to be used more and more often in a grotesque process of political bulimia as we struggle to disgorge the junk politicians that we got stuffed with at the last election.
I find this statement of Agatha Christie's comforting when I start to fear that our selected evildoers are going to get away with their multitudinous treacheries:
I just hope that when this moment of painful comprehension dawns in the minds of those millions who still trust the wolf they have chosen to be their shepherd, that we will be able to find the political will to remove him and his corrupt minions from office and to install reasonably upright people in their places.
a Loyal BuzzFlash reader
was an article on Drudge (I didn't have the stomach to read it) saying
"Clinton tried to help Enron overseas." The desperation that
the right wing has to move the Enron away from Bush and his administration
is becoming funny, if it weren't so tragic and so tiring. But it is indicative
of how much this administration is steeped in Enron and how much they
are trying to hide.
[BuzzFlash Note: For more on the LIE about Clinton and Lay, read Brendan Nyhan's article in Salon. For Michael Moore's new book, "Stupid White Men . . . and other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Union," stay tuned, we'll soon be offering the book as a BuzzFlash Premium.]
Subj: presidential prayer team
It almost sounds like a bad joke but these right-wing nut cases are CRAZY
A BuzzFlash Reader
A BuzzFlash Reader Letter to William Safire:
It IS a political scandal! Our entire system of capitalism and our democracy has been corrupted by political and corporate thieves. The crooked accountants, lawyers, and government deregulators just happen to work for these same thieves! You, in the mainstream media, working for your corporate Mafia Honchos, are just as guilty in this monumental theft, as all the others!
Spare us your defense of poor Wendy Gramm who lost much of her deferred payola.
Maybe this article, The Angry Liberal - Enron, Part III: Enron Supported Both Sides (Except the Democrats), will help you to better "understand" what Enron actually did.
American citizens, taxpayers, voters, and investors, are not the fools you think we are. We no longer believe ANYTHING we hear or read from mainstream sources! Many, many, millions of Americans now go to the Internet to get their news. Your propaganda and Bush Bullshit will only go so far. Until you can effectively shut down the Internet, which I suspect will be tried soon, you are fighting a losing battle.
Please spare us your double talk about the intricacies of "swaptions and ever-narrowing derivatives." Do you really think that this campaign to thoroughly confuse us with this gibberish will be effective? You may succeed at boring some of us to death, but not all of us.
Intimidation, corruption, and theft, by those running our country, is really not all that hard to understand!
A Buzzflash Reader and American Citizen
otherwise noted, all original