The BuzzFlash Mailbag
February 25, 2002
Hi, Buzz -
As a former journalist I mourn the death of Daniel Pearl & my heart goes out to his family & the baby who will never know its father. However, Pearl's particularly gruesome death, videotaped no less, is just a little show of things to come should other hapless American citizens be kidnapped or American soldiers become POWs.
I read that when Soviet troops were there, they encountered some of the most ferocious fighting they had ever experienced. Routinely Soviet POWs were tortured & some decapitated before video cameras. The videos were sent back to the Soviets as stark warnings of what was in store.
Should Americans expect any different treatment at the hands of fighters whose history goes back to centuries of tribal and clan warfare -- whose daily lives are controlled by the whims of warlords, and whose hatred of the West grows daily?
Yes - there will be more horrific tapes. Other children will become fatherless.
Subj: The Calico Cat
anti-Clinton bias of all news entities, broadcast, cable, print, everything,
has by now been well established; but am I the only person noticing a
marked increase of anti-Clinton remarks on non-news tv shows? I remember
the furor that erupted when it was revealed that the Clinton administration
was trying to get anti-drug messages inserted in programs; could the networks
be using similar tactics by inserting derogatory remarks about Clinton
in their continuing attempt to make Dubya look like something more than
the borderline illiterate dumbass that he is? What's really infuriating
me is that it is happening on all of my favorite shows. Of course, the
upside is that I have a lot more free time since I immediately quit watching
whichever show does this. I have to date stopped watching or
Is a sexual indiscretion that happened several years ago and did not even involve intercourse the most serious faux pas by a President that is to be addressed on national TV shows these days? Might I suggest just a few much more important topics that these shows could insert witty comments about that would be of more relevance to the ordinary citizen than a few blow jobs: (1) Surely the fact that the present resident of the White House is declaring war on the entire world in an attempt to keep his approval ratings high should rate its own hour show each week. They could just steal the title from the movie Wag the Dog and maybe make it a little more topical by calling it Wag the Dubya. It could be made interactive by having the viewing audience vote in an online poll which country they think should be attacked next. (2) And how funny is getting drunk and choking on a pretzel? Or, if he really wasn't drunk, how funny is it that this country is now being led by, as a Buzzflash reader pointed out, a person who can't watch TV and chew at the same time? Surely they could work in a few comments about that. (3) This one should be a classic that they can work into several shows: the fact that our armed forces are now being used as advance people for the oil companies, always being deployed wherever a new pipeline or drilling area is wanted. Get your bomb shelters ready, anyone living close to the Alaska Wildlife Preserve. You're up next.
And that doesn't even cover the economic problems caused by Bush and his cronies; his attempts to screw the citizens of New York out of the money he promised them (just curious, but do those firefighters or police, whichever it was, who booed Hillary Clinton maybe want to direct those boos somewhere else right about now?); all the people still being killed by insurance companies and HMOs who, without an effective Patient's Bill of Rights, are still denying coverage and hoping for a quick death by the insured; or all the people being held in custody by Deputy Fuhrer Ashcroft for no other reason than he does not like the color of their skin and/or their religion. I'm going to stop there, but it's amazing how many more things the Bush administration has been responsible for that are truly destroying what this country is all about, but just like the news media, apparently no one in the entertainment side of the industry can pull their lips away from Bush's nether regions in order to notice what is going on. The sad thing is that this ploy will probably be more effective than the attack news shows because, after all, who still watches them? Having Sydney say it on Alias will probably reach a lot more people.
Johnny Fund! He's such an upright rightwing WSJ shill! I hope he gets
[BuzzFlash Note: Since we first heard of Mr. Fund's troubles with women, we've been playing that little record player between our thumb and middle fingers. You know the one, it plays "My Heart Bleeds For You" in awfully sarcastic notes.]
In listening to Bush's speech in Japan, and then reading the transcript Rove published, it occurred to me that indeed Bush is dyslexic. He apparently read "a century and a half" instead of "half a century." While I have great empathy for those who are dyslexic and wish them no ill will, I do think that the president of the United States should be more precise when reading the written word, especially when he knows he has a problem. Of course it would also help if he had some knowledge of the substance of what he's reading. I do believe WWII is still being mentioned to children in grammar school. Just think of the possibilities that could send us all into oblivion if one cannot read directions properly.
This excerpt from: "Behind-the-Scenes Clash Led Bush to Reverse Himself
on Applying Geneva Conventions" at: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/22/international/asia/22DETA.html?
<<Mr. Bush's first decision to reject the [Geneva] conventions, reached in secret on Jan. 18 and never announced, was based on advice from the Justice Department and from the White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales.>>
is the same Alberto Gonzales most frequently mentioned as GWBush's probable
U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Shades of Antonin Scalia -- no wisdom in either
of those two men, just a rabid ideology and hatred for anyone not in their
clique. Of course, both are joined by that other useless jurist, Clarence
Thomas who despises the poor and powerless.
The relevant passage from Machiavelli's "The Prince" (see if you think this applies to our present "wannabe-prince")
(NOTE: Thanks to a Smirking Chimp poster who provided this passage.)
A devoted BuzzFlash reader
Gloria! There is no point in watching any of it anymore..I have to agree
with you. And, Ann Coulter, turns my stomach. She is not on much anymore,
since they canceled her show, whatever that was. I, like you, have gotten
to the point where I watch old movies, old reruns of Lucy, Mary Tyler
Moore and all that stuff. I know we've seen it before, but it was
good, and real at least. I am sick to death of this administration and
cannot do one thing about it..and it is good to hear from you, once in
a while. I am deeply troubled by the fact that J.H. Hatfield, The Anderson
employee, and Cliff Baxter all
Keep Writin', Gloria!
Shirley, St. Louis
I e-mailed Chris Matthews Friday night re MM program. I have received NO ANSWER.....Here is a copy..then read on, please! SECOND REQUEST!
Original Message -----
happened to the program scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. with Michael Moore???
From the Just Asking Department:
Has any of the congressional questioning about Cheney's energy task force meetings included this query:
"In the course of these meetings, was the subject of Afghanistan ever raised?"
It would seem strange indeed if access to the world's largest remaining petroleum reserves was NOT discussed in meetings of the world's largest petroleum producers and marketers about the future of the world's largest petroleum consumer.
Depending on the answer, Question 2, of course, would be either, "Why not? A pipeline through there would give us access to the world's largest petroleum reserves, and it never even came up?" or, "What was the substance of those discussions?"
Something smells funny here, and I think the questioning ought to probe down this corridor a ways--the stonewalling is so desperate it feels like something bigger than just corporate shenanigans or even inappropriate influence is being hidden...something bigger than a scandal.
Just asking--but you can bet your sweet bippy I'm not e-mailing anyone in government directly over a concern of this magnitude.
My son has asked me to write. Are you aware of Alabama Republican Chief Justice Roy Moore's lastest disgrace? (He's the Ten Commandments Judge)
A week ago Friday he wrote an opinion in a custody case involving a California gay woman and her Alabama heterosexual husband. He said that homosexuals were evil and unfit to be parents and quoted scriptural warrants. There are some wonderful editorials and columns -David Person(2/22), John Ehinger(2/21,2/23) available perhaps on al.com (Huntsville Times) and other Alabama newspapers. We need national help to unseat this most unfit judge and protect our gay citizens here in Alabama from crimes of hate which might find support in these judicial words of hate. Adolf Hitler once said the same things.
2/24: Today, you had two Columbia-related stories linked from your site:
-- WILL BUSH GET US INTO A VIETNAM IN COLOMBIA: THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T FIGHT IN VIETNAM IS LEADING US INTO A QUAGMIRE 2/24
If you want to know why we're getting involved in Columbia, read Arianna Huffington's latest at Alternet, The Bush Oil-igarchy's Old Friend Oxy.
We The Taxpayers get to help out Occidental Petroleum, with nary a survey
asking us our opinions.
Meanwhile . . .
-- Millions of Us The Taxpayers are out of work and the House won't pass a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits (the Senate has already approved it) unless the opposition votes for pretzeldent's "economic stimulus" (sic).
Am I just not understanding something here? When did the government suddenly become Of, By and For Corporate America? Was it December 12, 2000?
[BuzzFlash Note: Our government became "Of, By and For Corporate America" when the first political representative voted for a bill to please a campaign contributor, regardless of the bill's affect on the representative's constituents.]
our local TV station KFOR in Oklahoma City, JC Watts, when questioned
about his thoughts on Enron, stated that Ken Lay had stayed in the Lincoln
bedroom during the Clinton administration. It looks like the republicans
are spreading this around, in order to protect the Bush administration.
He stated he didn't want to make this a political argument and that is
what the Democrats are doing. It is really hard being a Democrat in Oklahoma.
These people believe everything the republican party tells them. If a
republican says it "It has to be true," so don't check the facts
just report, say it's so and they will believe!
[BuzzFlash Note: Remember to forward this article to anyone who propagates the "Clinton/Lay/Lincoln Bedroom Lie: http://www.salon.com/politics/col/spinsanity/2002/02/21/lincoln/index.html.]
While we have had numerous presidents in the past who wished to maintain their privacy -- Roosevelt didn't want the public to realize how much he depended on a wheel chair, DDE, JFK, and Clinton were a few who didn't want the public to know too much about their female friends, I might add a lot of congressmen and senators haven't wanted female friends publicized -- I find this kind of privacy OK since it did not interfere with their ability to make decisions involving the public and what benefited America. While it may be ok for a backyard cook-out or dinner, what I don't want is "a guy just like me" as president, I would hope the presidency should require an intellect that was better than mine. Someone that has the "smarts" to represent America with a grasp of policy, both domestic and foreign, who can think on his feet and make decisions based on the best for the American people. In this day of globalization we need someone who can represent the public and our country on a world wide stage. "Plain spoken man" and "rather be underestimated" can no longer cover for the current guy residing in the White House. It is becoming evident to even his most ardent supporters this man does not have the necessary qualifications. He continuously is an embarrassment with his "mis-speaks" his "uhhs" and his lack of knowledge. Sooner or later one of these careless "misspeaks" is going to cause a bigger problem than embarrassment. We certainly need more than what has been appointed for us.
Should we be a little concerned when federal agents in SKI MASKS are swarming through American Dormitories in order to find small amounts of pot, and some college student's favorite bong?
This sounds like the beginning of the Ann Coulter "Attack on the College Liberals" plan. The goal was to "intimidate" was it not?
Tests show it wasn't anthrax, but the CDC wasn't able to detect what the substance was because the sample was too small???? Isn't that just a tad contradictory?
"...Field tests shortly after the bag was found Friday afternoon had indicated anthrax, but more conclusive tests Saturday proved anthrax was not present, Col. Guy Shields told a news conference.
Shields said the CDC wasn't able to detect what the substance was, since the sample was too small..."
Tests: No Anthrax at Army Base
A BuzzFlash Reader
The humor links in the lighter side are usually great for some much needed comic relief. But this anecdote I found there is way to frightening to elicit laughter:
What he said: "We're not going to let the ability for us to discuss matters between ourselves to become eroded. It's not only important for this administration, it's an important principle for future administrations." - President Bush, backing up Cheney's refusal to turn over records of the energy task force
What he meant: "It's not only important for this administration, it's an important principle for Jeb's administration and for Jenna and Barbara's administrations."
God help us all, if this is at all prophetic!
- MWM in NJ
During the Clinton administration the GOP was out in force to tell America that our military was underfunded and understaffed. America was not capable of fighting a war on two fronts! That's what they said. Now I see the military has been placed in Afghanistan to fight terrorists; special forces have been deployed to the Philippines to train the Philippine army in the search and destroy mission for terrorists; we are fighting a war in Columbia to eradicate the drug traffickers; we are contemplating a war with Iraq; the North Koreans better look out because they are part of an "axis of evil" and America under the present administration won't tolerate evil; and last but not least of course there is "homeland defense." The mighty Repuglicans apparently haven't informed the Bush-Cheney administration of the dire straits of our military.
Subj: Alexander Haig in an infomercial
out NPR's All
Things Considered from yesterday, 2/22. Apparently a "news
magazine" about world businesses hosted by Alexander "I am in
charge" Haig is actually a disguised informercial. The businesses
featured pay large sums of money to be "interviewed" by Haig.
He asks only softball questions and hypes the companies. The show cites
prestigious universities which "use" their materials. Turns
out that means that they send unsolicited
By the way, the host before Haig was Caspar "I did not keep a diary" Weinberger. How's that for Republican character? Bill Bennet will be proud.
The Bush administration has descended into utter farce. In a cover article in today's LA Times, it talks of extending the "war on terror" to Colombia. Why? - Mideast connections and potential use of biological weapons. Here are the specifics:
If bombarding targets with excrement is bioterrorism, somebody needs to arrest Ari Fleischer now.
re: >>Are Blunderers Running Our War on Terrorism? They Admit They Have FBI Agents in Pakistan Disguised as Journalists. Now Every American Journalist is in Danger. "...when two men approached an undercover FBI operative they believed to be a journalist." 2/23<<
How better to prevent journalists from covering this embarrassing outrage than by deliberately making it unsafe for them to be there? This "mistake" looks deliberate to me.
Your newslinks are the best. I hope you can keep posting them.
somebody hand me a rope: I can't take it anymore.
I really got quite a kick out of The Washington Times correction of the "Lay in the Lincoln Bedroom" article. Noticeably not included in their statement: "We should have checked the facts before running the story." Instead we get the equivalent of a kid who cheats on a test by copying from his neighbor's paper, then blames the neighbor when he fails. Let's hope this teaches that bad, irresponsible Chicago Tribune to be more careful about who they let read their paper!
And, in the future, the WT would do well to stick to printing its own lies, rumors, innuendoes, and unsubstantiated stories.
Subj: The vice president takes the battle to The Tonight Show
So this is how General Electric curries favor from Bush Incorporated. I would be curious to hear from someone that was in the audience for Cheney's Tuesday night appearance on The Tonight Show. Those "applause" signs must have been smoking from overuse. And was everyone in the audience searched before being allowed into the studio? There must be one of us that was there who can give us some insight on how the evening progressed.
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Hey you guys are what makes America great. I am a proud supporting member. I heard a short blurb on NPR tonight about Barbara Boxer and FERC going after the Enron-Bush connections please dig up some info on this I can't find any stories online.
[BuzzFlash Note: For plenty of Bush-Enron connections, visit our Perspectives page, The Bush-Enron Lovefest Connection.]
Let's stay awake and involved during the entire election reform process, and urge everyone you know to do the same! Please distribute widely the LWV message below.
Also, "expect" that corporate media and Bush clan will plan a variety of distractions, and so on, and call them on these tactics! Stay energized and focused, and keep hope alive!
Urgent Lobby Request #107-18
Crucial Votes Expected, Your Voice Needs to be Heard
Beginning Monday, February 25, the Senate will again debate the Dodd-McConnell election reform bill supported by the League. Late in the week of February 14, the Senate began work on the bill and completed action on some amendments. But next week the crucial votes on key amendments are expected. Your voice, and the voice of other League members, needs to be heard.
The League has worked closely with Senators Dodd, McConnell, Bond and Schumer on a bipartisan election reform bill that has been offered as a substitute to Senator Dodd's initial bill, S. 565. The bill is a strong and effective one that will protect and enhance each citizen's right to vote and to have that vote counted fairly and equally.
The Dodd-McConnell substitute provides for basic national standards in vital, but limited, areas. It provides substantial federal funds for election reform efforts. And it provides a blueprint on which federal, state and local efforts can be built.
To protect voters and improve administration, the substitute provides for minimum national standards in three areas:
1. Voting System Standards. This will assure that voters can verify and correct their ballots, as well as be notified of overvotes. These standards also protect against high voting machine error rates and enhance access for person with disabilities.
2. Provisional Ballots. This fail-safe system means that if a voter's name is not found on the registration list at the polls, or if other problems occur, the voter can still cast a ballot that will be counted if the voter's eligibility is confirmed. The voter will be notified that a provisional ballot may be cast and whether the ballot is ultimately counted.
3. Statewide, Computerized Voter Registration Lists. This facilitates removal of duplicate registrations across jurisdictions, provides greater assurance that names will be on the rolls, and streamlines administration while combating possible fraud.
While the Dodd-McConnell bill is a strong one, it needs to be improved in several ways. The bill contains a photo ID requirement for some first-time voters that will result in discrimination and create administrative problems at polling places. It also contains a "safe harbor" provision that prevents effective enforcement and extends deadlines unnecessarily. That's why the League is supporting two key amendments.
1. The Wyden-Schumer Amendment will allow states that currently use an attestation or signature to verify voter eligibility to retain their systems in order to avoid disenfranchising first-time voters. It will also protect against discrimination in verification programs.
2. The Kennedy Amendment will ensure that there are no legal loopholes that prevent enforcement and will assure that national standards are met in a timely fashion.
America deserves an election system that will protect the most basic and precious right of all citizens in a democracy - the right to vote. Each citizen's right to vote, and to have that vote fairly counted, is at stake. Please contact your Senators today. Every time you contact your Senators, your voice is counted.
1. Lobby your Senators at home. With the Senate on recess until February 25, your Senators may be making appearances in your state. Call their district offices to find their schedules, and then buttonhole them or ask a question at a public event.
2. Call your Senators. All Senators need to hear from their constituents. You can reach your Senators through the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121.
3. E-mail or fax your Senators. Go to the Legislative Action Center of the LWVUS website at www.capwiz.com/lwv to e-mail your Senators directly or to find your Senators' fax numbers.
4. Contact your grassroots network, your friends and other concerned citizens. Sent this alert to your e-mail address list with a personal note asking them to take action.
1. Ask your Senators to support the WYDEN-SCHUMER AMENDMENT on election reform. The Wyden-Schumer Amendment will protect against discrimination and allow states that currently use an attestation or signature to verify voter eligibility to retain their systems.
2. Ask your Senators to support the KENNEDY AMENDMENT. The Kennedy Amendment will ensure that there are no legal loopholes that prevent meeting national election standards in a timely manner.
3. Ask your Senators to vote against weakening amendments and to pass the Dodd-McConnell election reform bill.
Every Senator needs to hear from his or her constituents. The following Senators especially need to be lobbied to support the Wyden-Schumer Amendment and the Kennedy Amendment:
access the LWVUS letter to the Senate on this issue, go to:
Did you guys hear the latest (I don't see it referenced on your web site): According to NPR, Bush's plan to "reduce" nuclear warheads means to take them out of deployment and store them (not destroy them), so they can be brought back if needed. Not a lot of reduction, is that?
[BuzzFlash Note: We heard and we're as disturbed by it as anyone. When Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz/Random Admin Hawk opens their collective Cold War mouth, I watch the screen waiting for Rod Serling to step from behind a curtain and tell us we're watching another episode of the Twilight Zone.]
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After sushi-puking Senior, and this past week, Boy George in Japan confusing "deflation" with "devaluation," sending the ailing yen into a tailspin, you'd think the Japanese might hesitate before issuing any future invitations to a Bush.
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