The BuzzFlash Mailbag
March 6, 2002
did I hear this yesterday morning on NPR? -- but a reference to the Afghan
War --not the War on Terror, or the search for Bin Ladin or the Al-Qaeda,
but the Afghan War. And the first image that popped into my mind was the
U.S. troops shooting coverlets at the enemy. (In that cold climate that
might not be a bad idea!) The second image was one of large dogs fighting
it out! Now, I don't mean to be flippant, but can this be a shift in the
media's terms for the war? Wasn't the war with Russia and the mujadeen
the Afghan War? Should this one be Afghan II? Perhaps the term goes along
with a continual war with several "theaters" of war in each
country we invade/bombard! The Georgian War, the Yemeni War, etc. It sort
of goes along with Smirk's cheerleading days...we are the mighty warriors!!!
I don't have enough data yet to see if this shift in war terminology has
It occurs to me that the new Mrs. Skilling must've known some stuff. Of course, she stopped knowing it as soon as she said "I do". Now, neither of them can be compelled to testify against the other. I'd be looking into that angle of this match made in Enron heaven, if I were a prosecutor.
morning Ms. Christie Todd Whitman, Director of the U. S. Environmental
Protection Agency, appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. A caller asked
her to comment on the recent resignation of Eric V. Schaeffer, her former
director of the Office of Regulatory Enforcement. Mr. Schaeffer has been
with the EPA for 12 years (an appointee of Bush, Sr.), the last 5 as director
of O.R.E. The full letter is available on the web at http://www.msnbc.com/news/717482.asp?cp1=1
I was awaken from a dream in which it struck me that Halley's comet must have been set into orbit by our Creator as a reminder of our mortality, and that the Universe, all around us, in its great vastness, wondrous beauty and unfathomable age, moves on unabated and uncaring of Human evolution.
Haley has seen Homo Sapiens emerge, as she must surely see us one day, become extinct. In the thin blanket of atmosphere in which we thrive, we believe we are somehow different, special, unique in this great and vast Universe. Yet we have faired no better than the beach mouse, selfishly overcome with the desire to assure the success of our familial genetic code, and to create in our own minds, the illusions of success. Mankind's productivity will be but a footnote in time; albeit a miraculous footnote, but our destructive ways towards Mother Earth and towards ourselves, will surely be our legacy.
Herein lies the difference between the GOP and the Democrats. We Democrats look to the night sky in absolute awe and respect, whereas members of the GOP see only dust and vast emptiness. As Rhenquist said in a case a few years ago, finding for the individual's right in speculation over the Sovereign's right to protect the environment, "…but what is the land but the profits thereof?"
All the while, Halley's comet moves effortlessly through space, reminding us that our time is slowly running out.
A couple of observations from recent items you've posted:
The recent article about Neil Bush mentions in passing that he was (is?)
dyslexic. I find this very interesting given that there is strong evidence
that Dubya is too but hasn't been
Ashcroft's horrid song repeats a line that goes something like, "Only
God, no other king." This is almost exactly what he said at Bob Jones
University (except I believe he used
Keep up the good work.
I sent this letter to my newspaper. I hope it gets published. Maybe the nuclear connection is what Cheney REALLY wants to keep secret.
March 5, 2002
Letters to the Editor.
Two recent events have shown once again how completely foolish and wasteful it is to plan and develop a "missile Shield" to protect us against "rogue states." The first news item reveals the fear of a nuclear bomb being smuggled into a city, and that in fact New York was thought to have been a target recently (although the Bush administration did not warn the Mayor of New York, or even the FBI). We are going to use "sensors" to help detect such a device, but everyone agrees that our borders are porous and our ports have no capabilities to do this. This is a real and present danger…not the chance of a missile attack from the "axis of evil."
The second piece of information is the fact that we have been duped by the assertion that our technology can distinguish between a warhead and a single dummy warhead. The only test touting this breakthrough is now thought to have been cooked by colluding MIT scientists, according to an investigation by the G.A.O. and by other MIT scientists critical of the Pentagon study.
Where is the media outrage. Bush and Cheney want to spend some 250 billion dollars on this turkey when it doesn't work, and it will be completely ineffective to protect us from terrorists. Let us spend this money sensibly for real protections, and not just fatten the earnings of the aerospace industry. Is there another Quid-pro-quo here? How much campaign donations did the politicians get for this spending.
10% unemployment is real
If you are 18 - 24, you know that there are not too many job prospects out there. The unemployment rate is close to 10% for that age group. There's actually more than a recession going on. If you are a young person, it is worse than that. Remember, this is way worse than the recession during the Nixon years because people at that time had actual pensions, rather than having their retirement invested in the likes of Enron. There are more Enron's out there and their management is going to get away with what it did. They will never spend a day in jail. They are responsible for the destruction of lives as are all of their cohorts. Yeah, times are great. Record unemployment, global warming, anthrax, tariffs, September 11, Enron. All of this happened on whose watch? What if Clinton had been in office? What would the media have done to him? Shame on the media! Their lies will backfire on them. Wait until they see the tidal wave of unrest from the silenced people who have been afraid to speak out.
Yesterday, March 4, 2002, I thought that I would exercise my right as an American citizen to call Senator Lott.
I wanted to voice my support of Majority Leader Tom Dashcle's remarks about the war, and to tell Senator Lott that there were some Americans who did have the same questions, and wanted open discourse from our leaders. And that we had a right to voice those opinions without being called unpatriotic...etc...
The staffer who answered the phone allowed me this very brief remark (as stated above). She then told me that just as I had a right to my opinion, that Senator Lott had a right to his.
I agreed, but tried to tell her that his remarks towards Senator Daschle certainly did not indicate that he believed anyone had a right to ask any questions. Now....you must notice that I said I "tried" to tell her this.
Alas!!! She interrupted me to tell me that Senator Lott was defending the President since Senator Daschle had attacked the President!!!!
Well...stupid ole me!!! I tried (keyword TRIED) to tell her that Senator Daschle had not attacked the President he was simply asking questions about "war policies."
She was not having any of this, and she interrupted me again, to tell me she would pass my remarks along to Senator Lott.
Once again, I told her her that she had not really let me finish my remarks.
By now....her voice was up an octave or two...and she told me that she would pass my remarks along.
My response was "that she was giving me the impression that Senator Lott was not really interested in hearing anything that disagreed with him."
Needless to say....I was not allowed to finish that sentence. SHE HAD HUNG UP ON ME!!!!
Once I recovered from the fact that I had been hung up on by a staffer, I realized how stupid I had been!!
After all, if the Senate Majority Leader is not allowed to have a difference of opinion then why should I....a mere citizen of this country....a voter...a taxpayer...have the right to disagree with Senator Lott or the President?
[BuzzFlash Note: It should be noted -- as each day passes and each new Bush Administration revelation surfaces (like a GOP staffer from an undisclosed location) -- that Bush and Cheney have become a comedy team in their own right. Unfortunately, their act is quite a tragicomedy to those of us forced to watch and experience it.]
I have sent an E-mail to Henry Hyde pointing out that people who believe in marriage do not have "5 year youthful indiscretions with a married woman." A youthful indiscretion is two teenagers in the back seat of a car on prom night.
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[BuzzFlash Note: Or doing cocaine and drinking to excess far into your 30s, if you're a President named W.]
So a smaller footprint means less impact, but it doesn't mean no impact at all. Any development will inevitably change one of the most pristine areas on the planet...
[BuzzFlash Note: Thanks for the correction, we will make a note of it in the article.]
As for Osama bin Laden, the president said: "He's been awfully quiet, I don't know why. But I know he's on the run, if he's running at all. And I know there's no cave deep enough for Osama bin Laden." (GW Bush March 4 2002)
Yup, GW Bush DOESN'T"know why" Osama bin Laden is so quiet but GW Bush KNOWS Osama bin Laden is "on the run, if he's running at all."
Nancy Lynn Nagy
Just a reminder; concerning the new tariffs on steel, last year the Bush administration imposed new tariffs on Canadian timber, supposedly to protect the American timber industry -- and therefore driving up the costs of new home construction. Canadian timber is preferred by builders because it is a harder wood. Look it up.
Thanks, once again. This is also my only source of info lately. There is not much humor these days, but I get a kick out of almost every republican I know who cannot say Nuclear correctly.
counting, almost all, even my relatives who have shamefully turned, pronounce
the word as NUCULAR..JUST LIKE THE PRESIDENT. I suppose if he does it
they all think it
he has written some song about the flag, I suppose trying to outdo some
of those HUGE Patriotic things that have been written since Sept. 11th.
Do you all want to gag? Did you ever hear the singing senators? John Ashcroft,
Trent Lott, Jim Jeffords (who got
It was AWFUL..But they thought they were the Beatles..maybe more like the Oak Ridge Boys and they were never even close to that good, so you can imagine..I've found that I have to try finding some humor somewhere or I'll go stark raving mad with all the bull---- that is being fed to us, by this administration.
Thanks for letting me rant! Shirley, St.Louis
"Disgusted in Ohio",
I read with horror the words of Henry Hyde (who, as we all know, is a pillar of morality who has the utmost respect for the institution of marriage) and his efforts to marginalize gay and lesbian couples everywhere. This is extremism and pandering at its worst! (Great editorial and analysis at www.buzzflash.com/analysis/2002/03/030502_AFM.html)
However... one can almost set your calendar by the GOP's anti-gay comments and initiatives. If Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell or Ralph Reed has neglected to say something negative about gays and lesbians in any given two-month period... then SOMEONE in the GOP will come through like clockwork.
As a gay male in a seven-year relationship, Hyde's words and efforts are most disturbing. I can almost imagine that he (Hyde) is merely the pawn of the original author... our esteemed Reverend-General Ashcroft. The timing of his initiative is also suspect. --- Clearly the GOP can see storm clouds ahead and they realize that wrapping themselves in the flag and claiming "Patriotic Privilege" at every turn can only get them so far.
need a diversion... some little throwaway issue that will get folks riled
up and distracted from their other shady and/or illegal actions on other
issues. They really don't mind the fight... they know it's probably a
losing cause... and they won't mind conceding defeat (eventually) as long
as everyone was distracted for awhile. --- And, perish the thought, even
if their attempts to distract the public are not successful... if their
I haven't seen it in print... but surely, there must be some rule in some dusty GOP Strategy Handbook that instructs the right wingnuts to demonize gays and lesbians whenever possible. Clearly it works... because they keep doing it.
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So, what's happened to the headlines about Enron? Is the war on terrorism pushing it off EVERY front page as planned????
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[BuzzFlash Note: The Enron headlines are slow these days, but they're out there (try this one or this one). Of course, releasing the information about the shadow government was rather inspired timing, don't you think? Bush's bunker branch and the very unfortunate deaths of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, are crowding out the Enron news. If you get tired of the GOP Enron propaganda or the one-topic-at-a-time mainstream media, you can always reminisce through the Bush-Enron history by visiting the Bush-Enron Lovefest Connection page right here on BuzzFlash.]
Subj: Henry "Windbag" HYPOCRITE EXTRAORDINAIRE
I can't shut my mouth--I am agape at the unbelievable hypocrisy of this letter coming from who else but the man with the "youthful indiscretion" at age 40 when HE broke up the MARRIAGE of someone else with HIS adultery. BUT adultery isn't as BAD as HOMOSEXUALITY - "God" save MARRIAGE!!!
Is the GOP getting more frightening by the moment? What else has to happen for us to WAKE UP and not be complacent in our lives about this right wing looney tune stuff? God ain't gonna help us with this one--WE have to unite to get them OUT OF OFFICE PRONTO!!!
Ann Marie Higgins
positive that the Congress was absolutely correct in blocking Borks nomination
to the Supreme Court. Poor Henry Hyde, he just doesn't get it, he complains
that he works and works but never seems to get the groundswell of support
he needs for his efforts to save American family values. Of course what
he doesn't understand his that his values are contrary to 99% of the rest
of the population of the country. His bigotry and narrow minded views
of marriage, his anti women's rights efforts are never going to give him
Keep Barbara and her thoughts an ongoing Buzzflash item. I agree totally
with everything she has written so far. I particularly enjoyed her comments
on the "Bush Gang" taking over and trying to rule this country
without the way they want with no conversations or consultations with
Dems. And of course Lott...what a low life dog.
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Subj: Here's A Question To Ask
Are the people now running Enron going to ask that Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling and others return the incentives they received as a result of misrepresenting profits? Should those people be prosecuted for fraud if they obtained that money as a result of such misrepresentation?
based on this story:
Note: Good idea. Perhaps we should enlighten our representatives to start
asking the very same question.]
A Glitch in our Constitution
Excerpt from the above:
war on terrorism -- as pointed out by you and your readers, how coincidental
Subj: SPIN, SPIN, SPIN...BARF!
OH-MY-GOD! If the WSJ says it, it MUST BE SO!
It's time for the rest of us to act. What can we all do to save what the Wall Street Journal represents as an apparent dying breed: the over-valued, over-compensated corporate Chief Executive Officer?!
I have a suggestion that I think the Bush administration would heartily agree with:
If all of the nation's schoolchildren would send one dollar... just ONE dollar in to a special fund that I, John L. Johnson, LLC am setting up in an offshore account in the Caymans, together we can see that this injustice, and any other perceived injustices to our misrepresented and misunderstood corporate chieftains will end IN OUR LIFETIME!
Did I forget something about the red clay of Tara?
John L. Johnson
otherwise noted, all original