The BuzzFlash Mailbag
February 28, 2002
When someone is paying "big bucks" to avoid paying even bigger bucks it must be important. You know stuff like hospitalization insurance, termite insurance, etc. Now think of it in terms of getting those benefits while letting someone else pay for it. That's what the Bush administration is doing for corporations who pollute the environment. These corporations are giving "big bucks" to politicians to reap the benefits, it's so they won't have to foot the bills for cleanup, which costs even more than campaign donations, or big business lobbyists. Now who is going to have to pay for this--you and me, the tax-payer. So much said for "it's your money." Bush is now saying to the taxpayer, "it's your money so let's spend it."
The pResident is bizarre, i.e. let's strive for maximum goal in welfare plan, but let's be satisfied with mediocre when it comes to seatbelt use. Of course he's trying to help his automaker friends with this stupid decision. When will the American public catch on? How much longer?
FYI: 'Creepers" (Cretin repuglicans Egregiously Erroneously Peabrained Espousal of Rightwing S***) are reading Buzz.
Regarding the Sorkin interview, I followed your link to "Creep(ers)" and found this:
"...Hey you left Wing nuts Clinton is an impeached President and your site looks like it was made by a 10 year old. Not talking to you bob but to the left wingers that have this thread linked to their rats hole on the front page. Your famous my friend.."
do these guys keep up with their own hypocrisy? On this page are several
references to the First Amendment and, yet they are slamming Aaron Sorkin
for exercising his right to free speech. Apparently, in addition to twisting
the 2nd Amendment to the point on non-recognition, they have (in true
bush/fleisher/lynne cheney style) abridged the meaning of the First Amendment
to apply only to those who are lock-step in thought, word, and
Now, a flash to all Buzz readers: support NBC, Sorkin, The West Wing, and its sponsors! Let it be known that attacks on their rights--the rights that are guaranteed to all of us--will not be tolerated! The Creepers are launching an assault on those who dare to think for themselves. Do not allow the right wingnuts continuing theft to go on--they stole the White House. Step up and let OUR voices be heard.
Oh, and Bob of "creepers," the word (one of the words, anyway) that should be applied to you is "infamous."
And: congratulations, Buzz, you are pissing 'em off. Keep it up!
[BuzzFlash Note: As news reports of Bush's hypocrisy become more mainstream and we hear more stories from readers about friends and family who no longer believe the propaganda from the White House, it will become more difficult for the Bush-Can-Do-No-Wrong-Clinton-Is-Evil crowd to find supporters, and their tactics will become more desperate. Drudge's attempt to connect Clinton to Lay is an example of this type of behavior. Fortunately, there are reporters like Joe Conason and sites like The Daily Howler that will help us sort out the truth from their angry lies.]
Thanks to Chris Gibson for the super article about President Clinton's visit to Australia. He is much loved by many in this country, too, who do not have a voice in our "seemingly closed republican society" now! Everywhere he goes, he gets receptions such as you described. This is why I love reading all of Buzz, but especially the mailbags. So many people from so many places write to this website. Also, loved the article from Mr. Westerman, the author of Exit Wounds. If that is the book that was made into a movie, starring Steven Seagal... I am impressed. If not, I still thank you for the wonderful letter......
Shirley, St.Louis..a faithful!
I'm confused. Our SCOTUS is currently reviewing a law that evicts anyone from public housing who is related to someone arrested for a drug violation, even if they didn't know about it. Disclosure: credit should properly go to a caller from Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, Oregon for first raising this question.
the White House and the Governor's mansion in Florida are public housing
and weren't both the "President's" drunken duo and Jebby's daughter
arrested for drug crimes? Here's my confusion: Why are Smirky and Jeb
still allowed to reside in public housing? Shouldn't
read with interest Daniel DeJoode's comments about Derek Para being asked
to sit in Cheney's box during the closing ceremonies at Salt Lake City.
It should be noted that Derek Para is of Mexican descent and is the first
Hispanic to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. NPR had a piece tonight
on attempts to lure Hispanics into the GOP. The Repugs feel that Bush
has made inroads into getting the Hispanics to cross over from their strong
Democratic party loyalties, which could mean the difference is future
elections. I bet
Just wanted to let someone know that there are semi-subliminal NRA advertisements within H&R Block commercials airing during the Grammys. Look for National Revenue Association in big block letters behind the actor standing at a podium.
Subj: I am almost ready to denounce Texas
The word is out. Don't Mess with Texas because they happen to be the home to Enron. Bush doesn't want us to blame Texas for all the crookedness at Enron. I am a native Texan. I was born about ninety miles from Midland, Texas where George Bush had to say he was from in order to become Governor and President. I no longer live in Texas, but I guess I will always be Texan at heart, but I want everybody to clearly understand that I am not proud of Texas, nor do I take in particular pride in stating that I am from Texas anymore.
Texas has lost its appeal. It is one of the most polluted states, if not the most polluted. Sprawl has run rampant in all the major metropolitan areas. It is almost to the point that there is one city from Dallas to San Antonio and from Austin to Houston. I lived in Austin for 15 of my 48 years and it is considered one of the Meccas of Texas, but it too has been destroyed by development and pollution. You can't even eat the fish or swim in Town Lake at the heart of the city because of pollution. Maybe, I am wrong. When I left two years ago the were trying to decide if they could lift the moratorium of eating the fish. I am not sure what the final result was, but I don't think I would have rushed down to the Lake to go fishing if they said they thought it was alright.
The smog has gotten so bad in parts of Texas is the only thing that I can see through in Texas is Bush. I take no pride is him being our president. He is has no respect for our environment. He caters to the Texas fat cats and they cater to him. He has insured that the little guy has gotten littler and fat have gotten fatter. Texans have been had. You have a president who literally cheated to get there even though most of the world is either ignorant or in denial about this fact. You elected him as Governor only because he was the son of a past president and you thought is would be good for your pocket book. Now, look at the mess you are in.
Bush and many of his supporters caused the demise of Texas. All Texans need to admit this and begin cleaning up the mess. No more gloating. No more bragging. Yes, everything is bigger in Texas including the mess. And to the rest of America, the mess is spreading.
For those of you that don't know there is a litter campaign in Texas with the slogan "Don't Mess with Texas".
Cheney's old boy network gets more $$ - for prison cells in Guantanamo bay - why will we need 408 permanent units?
i applaud your courage in speaking your mind about the current resident of the white house. i am saddened to say that these days it takes great courage (and a couple of brass ones) to speak out loud one's opinion...when i was growing up, it was considered patriotic to voice one's opinion, be it opposite to or conforming with the administration's.
please keep up the good work.
Running government as a corporation doesn't work! The states who have had Repuglican governors are all now in a financial bind-they keep trying to blame it on terrorism and recession-but I see it as mismanagement and big tax cuts for the rich by Repugs who don't know what they are doing. New Jersey, thanks to Whitman is now trying to figure out how to survive, Florida, thanks to you know who, the brother of that guy in Washington, what's his name Bush is into deficit spending, Texas ah Texas that's the state the press didn't tell you a whole lot about during the presidential campaign, they are searching for money to dig out of the hole dug by the guy in Washington. America, now run by those same Repugs is in recession, deficit spending and a return to a failed economic policy just like Dad's. We also have a never ending war to add to our grief. I would prefer government to be run like government with someone who knows what they are doing. Bill Clinton was a lot of things that were good for this country.
have read with interest about Little Miss Beef being strategically placed
next to Bush at the Olympics. And I was thoroughly disgusted with the
product placement of Bernard Goldberg's book in Bush's hands in a photo.
Has anyone checked the State of the Union speech for subliminal messages?
You know, those instantaneous flashes of messages such
JA in LA
University of Los Angeles (UCLA) students vigorously protested the announcement that Laura Bush has been invited earlier this month to speak at the June commencement for the UCLA graduate school of education and information.
Hooray for them. Maybe the young people of our Country will lead the way and set some standards for the rest us. The students said she was selected because she was first lady rather than for her achievements. Hmmmm.....pretty similar reasoning could apply to her husband -- selected, no achievements. Were those students trying to send a subliminal message? Anyway, Laura declined the invite -- you know, she has such a busy schedule! Too bad Georgie didn't decline when they offered him the Presidency - what a better place the world would be.
Appalled at Tom Brokaw's fawning interview with GWBush during "their day at" the White House, I wrote the following letter.
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RE: your White House tour with President Bush.
Dear Tom Brokaw,
I had respected you and your work as a journalist for many years; now I'm not so sure about that respect. How could you, as a serious journalist, let yourself be "used" by the president for his political purposes? That is toadying; that is NOT journalism. You know it, and I know it.
Aaron Sorkin was correct in observing that the press heaps far too much praise on Mr. Bush for his meager abilities.
have signed on, in life, to be a journalist. Now is the time to stand
tall and be one.
Just caught Dumbya's speech for Liddy Dole in N.C.! Interesting, while there was polite applause, to the tired repetitive"war" phrases he has repeated until everyone knows them by heart (actually he doesn't have to speak since we all know what he's going to say), there wasn't the thunderous hoopla he thought he deserves, and this was a fund raiser for Dole (all Repugs). Could it be that even the Repugs are beginning to get a little bored with the same old rhetoric? I know I am, these oft-repeated phrases are like the wind, it blows and blows but doesn't say anything. Though to tell you the truth this may be a blessing in disguise, since he certainly does know how to put his foot in his mouth.
Subj: Is SEC now "mediating" for Andersen?
Ira Sorkin, former SEC director, New York --
"They're not mediators, they're not facilitators, they're regulators, and they've not dug up all the facts," Sorkin said. "A lot of firms have gone under. The SEC is not in the business of saving firms."
How entirely predictable of the SEC under Harvey Pitt, former advocate for Andersen and SEC appellant on behalf of the same (see Notes 1); the same Harvey Pitt, current expert on corporate "accountancy" (not to be confused with corporate accountability), who once essentially suggested document destruction as an appropriate "defense" to manage corporate crises (see Notes 2).
Yes, how predictable--and utterly disgusting.
A rigorous investigation of Andersen, Enron et al. promised by the Bush administration and Mr. Pitt?
More than promises, the public has the right to such an investigation even as the Bush administration removes the expectation.
<----- Original Message [Excerpted] ----->
According to documents currently maintained at the SEC, Mr. Pitt
Bad Things Happen to Good Companies: A Crisis Management Primer";
<--Quotes reported by Village Voice 2002 Jan 16 --->
"At the crux of many corporate crises there are typically a handful of key documents," Pitt wrote. "Corporate counsel must take every available opportunity to imbue company executives with the understanding that their documents will take on separate lives when they enter the treadmill of litigation.
"Ask executives and employees to imagine all their documents in the hands of a zealous regulator or on the front page of The New York Times. Each company should have a system of determining the retention and destruction of documents," he continued, adding, "Obviously, once a subpoena has been issued, or is about to be issued, any existing document destruction policies should be brought to an immediate halt."
The newly announced US foray into the Republic of Georgia, has absolutely
nothing to do with al Quaeda, and everything to do with (surprise) oil.
It is all about a feud between Russian and American oligarchs, who have
been battling for years over the abundance of untapped oil in the Caspian
Basin. Since the Caspian Sea is landlocked, any oil drilled there has
to travel overland via pipelines. Those pipelines can either run southeast
It is no coincidence that Russia or the US are fighting (or threatening) "wars on terrorism" in virtually all of the aforementioned countries. In fact, it seems that Russia's own endless war in Chechnya is distinctly advantageous for US and European oil interests since it keeps the Russians from completing their own Caspian-Black Sea pipeline, while the West cozies up to Georgia and Turkey. Hey, and weren't the Chechen rebels originally backed by CIA trained and armed Mujahadin from Afghanistan? Hmmm, as Alice said: "curiouser and curiouser."
During the last presidential debates, George W. Bush repeatedly stated he would not send US troops to any foreign country unless "it's in our vital national interests... whether or not the mission was clear ... And finally, whether or not there was an exit strategy". Following are quotes from and a link to a Financial Times article about Georgia. Reading this article makes it abundantly clear exactly what US (oil companies') interests are at stake in Georgia and what the US mission in Georgia is (to control the pipeline). As to the exit strategy, just like a frat party ends when the keg runs dry, we will leave Central Asia when the Caspian Sea is completely drained of oil.
From the Financial Times of London:
first pipeline to carry Caspian oil runs through Georgia from Baku to
Supsa, just south of Georgia's biggest and fast growing port of Poti.
Completion two years ago was "the first bit of positive news to come
out of Georgia for years, it put us on the map again", Mr Shevardnadze
says. The second, now under construction, will carry oil through southern
Russia from Kazakhstan to Russia's Black Sea oil port at Novorossiisk.
What remains to
"While Moscow's potential for good or ill remains a crucial factor in regional politics, it is to the west that Georgia has been looking in recent years in its search for economic prosperity and a counterweight to historic Russian preponderance. In April, Mr Shevardnadze was re-elected for another five-year presidential term at the end of which, he told the FT last year, he would be "knocking on Nato's door". "
On Feb. 26th, Barbara from Atlanta wrote:
of internet oversight body says goal of leaving Internet in pvt. hands
fears are well founded; in fact, they started the ball rolling back in
October. Fox News reported that the FBI wants to centralize the US Internet
through their own servers. I suppose this would work much like the Chinese
system, but their excuse would be for our
Check it out:
Mike in Everett, WA
How much does this kind of publicity cost?? Just figure out the cost of Air Force 1 for the trip from Washington to SLC, add the cost of all those Secret Service people and the hotel, food, etc. expenses for everyone. Then add the cost of Bush's hotel suite, ground transportation via limo's, etc. ad infinitum. And bear in mind that WE, the taxpayers of America, paid for all that publicity. Let's don't even dig into the $$$ we also pay to subsidize the cattle industry every day.....
Funny, I thought Bush has our country at war and would be hunkered down in Washington with truly important things........oops, 'scuze me. This is Dubya we're talking about, isn't it? Mr. "Never Miss a Photo Op, No Matter What It Costs Taxpayers" Bush -- we certainly can't expect him to actually stay in that lovely White House we provide, and for him to really work on anything for our best interest, now can we?
Dear "Buzzflash," Providers of Informative News.
I appreciate your service greatly in order to find out the facts of what is NEW. Please put more emphasis on the dangerous shift in the USA from a "democracy" to a theocracy, the signs are everywhere in mainstream politics of Bush Inc. See my summary of the latest example which I sent to various senators (R+D) and my Congressman (D). The sane in this country need to take action or we all will fall into the hands of the collectively insane.
"Text of message"
am deeply troubled about Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's recent ruling
in the custody case involving a "Lesbian" mother and especially
about Moore's elaboration on homosexuality. Stating that homosexuality
is "an inherent evil" and that "The state carries the power
of the sword, that is, the power to prohibit conduct with physical penalties,
such as confinement and even execution. It must use that power to prevent
the subversion of children toward this lifestyle, to not encourage a criminal
just found an old San Francisco Chronicle from the WW II years with this
column by Drew Pearson...
otherwise noted, all original