The BuzzFlash Mailbag
March 1, 2002
When will mainstream media and the press wake up to the fact they are abetting the current administration in polluting the environment, amassing huge debt for our children, stripping civil rights from American citizens, putting senior citizens in jeopardy re: retirement, making choice questionable for women, allowing the poor to fall even further into a quagmire that is irreversible, brick-by-brick undermining democracy and jeopardizing America's standing as an example to the rest of the world?? This is a disservice to the American public. No investigation into Bush's tenure as governor by either a lazy or disinterested press corps was the beginning, besmirching a career politician who until the press went into attack mode had an exemplar reputation, in my opinion no investigation into a flawed and in some cases criminal election, supporting unmandated policies, at times no news when there is news, no real investigation into Enron (when, as my mother would say, it's as plain as the nose on your face) and the connection to the White House, critiquing anyone who questions this administration and labeling them as unpatriotic, spinning all the dirt into a passable story. I could go on and on, but I would close with YES the press and mainstream media has done a disservice for the American people. I might add we as a people are lucky to have BuzzFlash for news, without them we would be left with those who support the right wing agenda and no truth in reporting.
This is the 2nd story you've had about a GOP of the yr. honoree -- the first. Just the other day, was that guy serving 26 yrs or something for, I believe, child molestation. This is a great story in itself and certainly says more about the stereotypical GOP hypocrisy than the phony Lindh thing.
rerun an article from BBC News Monday, 30 April 2001, 20:37 21:37 UK
International media assessments of George Bush's first 100 days in office have focused on his pragmatism, conservatism and stance on the environment.
Many commentators note his popularity at home but warn that beyond US borders he has sown "dismay and discord".
Egypt's Al-Jumhuriyah condemned Bush's foreign policy as "inconsistent" and "confused" and said his attempts to change the US approach to the Middle East had failed.
At the beginning of his first 100 days in office, he decided to leave the Middle East peace process to the two parties concerned - Palestinians and the Israelis. [Emphasis by BuzzFlash]
Close to the end of the first 100 days, he discovered what is considered common knowledge by anyone monitoring developments in the region. He discovered that the US cannot afford to do that for numerous and essential reasons the paper said.
For the past couple of years I have noticed that CNN runs polls on several of their programs. For awhile I was discouraged to find they were always skewed to the right. I guess I was somewhat dense or one could say honest as I would vote and leave, then one day quite by accident I discovered you can vote as many times as you chose to hit the button! No wonder it says it isn't a scientific poll. Anyhow the point is the right wing has an organized effort to vote in these polls, so consequently it always looks as though the right opinion is the dominating opinion, so why not those of us who are proud to be liberal start voting so at least they will know that the right is not dominant! Talk Back Live always has a poll, Wolf Blitzer and some of the other shows. VOTE LIBERAL and show the right wing their are some liberals out here!
does this seem so surprising? By limiting access of the internet and keeping
the poor down, the only way they'll be able to get "news" and
information is from TV & radio. We all know what kind of information
that is and who controls its output these days. This is nothing more or
less than having their repugnican goon squads go into poor communities
This is compassionate conservatism at its finest.
One more thing... I really wish people would stop calling them "Right Wingnuts." One of these words implies that they are correct or justified. They should really be called "Wrong Wingnuts." Just my opinion.
EB from NJ
[BuzzFlash Note: Are simply "nuts."]
For the Bushies to even hint that Bill Clinton is responsible for the middle east conflict is abhorrent! To insinuate culpability while they sit on their (they think) royal behinds giving lip service is beyond belief. Israel certainly has the right to defend against terrorism, but if dialogue and negotiation is a possibility then we should be doing everything possible to assist!
Subj: Feeney aide mixed state, campaign work
This is the guy who was ready to call the Florida State legislature to send a separate slate of electors to DC during the Recount.
And he's running for Congress! Unbelievable.
Subj: Bush's statement on trifecta is a lie!
know, I was campaigning in Chicago and somebody asked me, is there ever
any time where the budget might have to go into [deficit]? I said only
if we were at war or had a national emergency or were in recession. (Laughter.)
Little did I realize we'd get the trifecta. (Laughter.)"
Also in the few weeks before the 9-11 tragedy he ran around the South and SouthWest on his "Home to the Heartland Tour" claiming (warning us) that the only time he would use the Social Security Trust Fund to run the normal operations of the government would be if we were in a recession or we were at war.
Hence, George's new budget wrapped in a patriotic flag will use OUR Social Security Trust Fund to dismantle SSI.....oops, I mean run the normal operations of the government.
Thanks to George, we are now in a recession and a W-ar. And now you know why George and the Repugs are so happy about hitting the trifecta! Its all too convenient (for George that is) if you ask me!
this to let you know that your thoughtful, vital plantings are taking
recent AP news release gives me some cause for concern. There seems to
be a material misrepresentation of the facts in that story, and I wonder
if you can forward this note to the person or persons responsible for
Little progress is made on global nuclear disarmament. The United States rejects a series of arms control treaties and announces it will withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Terrorists seek to acquire and use nuclear and biological weapons."
Choosing to instead to lead off with the popular buzz-word of "terrorism," in eleven paragraphs, AP does not mention the primary reason, clearly given by the Doomsday site, for their raising the volume of clock's warnings: nuclear disarmament, and the USA's treaty rejections. Indeed, in eleven paragraphs, AP neglects to even include the words "United States," and "rejects treaties," both of which are main points of the Doomsday statement.
I hope to hear from AP about this; in fact, everyone in my journalism class will be interested in this one. This AP-crafted "mystery" appears to be more than merely reinterpreting and enhancing three short, simple sentences to de-emphasize the USA's noo-kee-ler lunacies; this seems to be a wide-brush whitewash, with ten paragraphs of gratuitous hot air thrown in for good measure. AP should not play with a basic statement in this manner, if the illusion of AP objectivity is to be maintained.
Get ready senior citizens of America, Bush is getting ready to eradicate your Social Security!!! In his speech he said it won't affect anyone who wants SS to remain status quo, it will be the same as they are receiving now! Isn't this the same cowboy who told us the surpluses were so huge we needed a tax cut, isn't this the same guy who said he wouldn't dump nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, isn't this the same guy who said he was sending the American people a rebate on their taxes, isn't this the same guy who said we've had an enduring alliance with Japan for over a century and a half, isn't this the same guy who said he hit the trifecta (as though war, recession, and attacks in our country were a laughing matter), did we not hear from him we needed to clean up the environment, didn't he say he couldn't remember anything about Alabama, isn't he the one who hid a DUI, come on people if you believe a word he says then you'd believe the earth was flat!!!!
feel I must respond to the article, "Why the democrats can't get
tough" for misrepresenting Jeffrey Toobin's book, "Too close
to call" by only including Toobin's blame the victim of the crime
portion. The truth is, Al Gore did all he could to have all of the legal,
uncounted votes in Florida counted. What was he supposed to do, start
a civil war?
The big problem with liberals is that we are "too nice". We never go for the jugular. We want to do what is right. We want to live by the law and the constitution. We want to clean up the environment, help the poor, give a decent education to all, provide healthcare for everyone and make sure that social security is there for all people now and in the future. The list can go on.
Well now is a time for us to start taking back the airwaves. It all starts tomorrow (Friday) at 12:00 PM when Joe Allen will be broadcasting over the Internet with a voice for all liberals and democrats. His show will be on every Monday and Friday at noon. If you miss a show, it will be archived for 60 days.
of you BuzzFlash readers, please go to Joe's website and listen to what
he has to say. It is a breath of fresh air and will really pump you up.
The website address is http://www.democraticlibnetwork.com/
is an editorial from the Jackson, MS "Clarion-Ledger" about
redistricting efforts in our state, and Justice Scalia's friendship with
Charles Pickering and his son, Rep. Chip
Not foreign mercenaries
On Feb. 13, The Washington Post and the Manila Times reported that the Bush administration had signed "Terms of Reference," placing 660 U.S. troops deployed to the Philippines "under the authority" of Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Diomedio Villanueva.
U.S. military personnel take an oath that "I will obey the orders of the president of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me."
U.S. Military personnel are not required to obey the orders of a foreign officer and they are not mercenaries of a foreign government.
I wrote U.S. Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby and protested the decision that placed U.S. Troops under foreign command. Neither has replied.
Military veterans of all branches should immediately contact their senators and members of Congress to demand in the strongest possible language that either the Terms of Reference be modified to place U.S. Troops under U.S. command only, or that U.S. Troops be withdrawn immediately.
Joseph E. Boyett Jr.
My 8 year-old son wrote this poem. It is a "shi" which according to him is like a haiku only different.
I have read thousands of pieces over the last year but none, to my mind, sum up the Bush presidency as well as this. I realize that you don't normally post poems, but I felt that this might just cheer up a lot of people.
-- Julius Goldberg-Lewis, age 8, Brooklyn, NY.
Guess which oil services company formerly run by a sitting US vice-president has several contracts with the government of Azerbaijan to develop 300,000 barrel/day oil fields in the Caspian Sea and upgrade the pipeline that runs through the neighboring Republic of Georgia (the newest front in the Unending War On Terrorism)?
I recently came across two interesting stories which seem to contradict themselves. While this in not unusual for something to occur with the Bush administration -- it did cause my blood pressure to rise a few points.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Reuters) - President Bush on Wednesday urged congressional leaders not to play politics with raising the federal debt limit, which must be extended by the end of next month or the government will be unable to borrow money.
"He's reminded them this is a very serious matter that when it comes to risking the default of the United States government in the pursuit of politics, that is something the American people will not welcome," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.
"He hopes they will not politicize this issue," Fleischer told reporters as Bush was traveling to North Carolina for a political event.
Here we have the Bush mouthpiece asking that the Democrats NOT use the economy and deficits as a political issue. And why not use it? It's an issue, it's a concern and it needs to be addressed. But this is a request coming from the pResident, so perhaps the Democrats would agreed to this request.
Now for the kicker, story #2:
Remarks by the President to Robin Hayes for Congress and Elizabeth Dole for Senate North Carolina Republican Party Luncheon
And we've got a job to do at home, as well. You know, I was campaigning in Chicago and somebody asked me, is there ever any time where the budget might have to go into deficit? I said only if we were at war or had a national emergency or were in recession. (Laughter.) Little did I realize we'd get the trifecta. (Laughter.) But we're fine.
With Poppy Bush we needed to read his lips. Looks like with Bush-2 we need to watch BOTH LIPS because with one lip he says "Please don't use the deficit and economy against me," and the other lip he makes jokes about a tragedy that occurred and an economy that has gone down the tubes because of his incompetence.
Where's the outrage? Where's the media coverage on this?
The Democrats should take that part of the speech and run it over and over and over again.
otherwise noted, all original