The BuzzFlash Mailbag
March 8, 2002
Subj: Stay Alert for William Cohen Interview with Lou Dobbs
Yesterday (March 6), William Cohen appeared on Lou Dobb's Moneyline (CNN) and gave very frank and straightforward comments regarding this administrations "hands-off" approach to the conflict in the Middle East. In essence (although not his exact words) he was very clear in his assessment that it was foolish, naive, and a bit presumptuous of the US just assume that the Israelis and Palestinians would eventually tire of their conflict and work everything out.
Cohen said (again, my words) that Bush was mistaken to assume the current conflict would end as a result of attrition. In reality, the daily/hourly skirmishes and terrorist attacks will only serve to fan the flames into a full-scale conflagration.
I've been searching frantically for a transcript of the interview. There's nothing on the cnn/moneyline pages. And nothing on any other news source that I've searched. --- Perhaps it a bit early for a transcript to have been posted.
In any regard, it was an excellent interview and William Cohen did an excellent job at explaining and exposing this administrations folly and foolishness (without actually using those words). --- His tone was diplomatic, his words were measured and constrained... but his message was very clear indeed.
[BuzzFlash UPDATE: We found the page with the Moneyline transcripts (http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/mlld.html) and March 6th is interestingly absent from the list. Perhaps the transcript didn't have enough Republican propaganda in it to make it worthy of a CNN.com page.]
Has it occurred to you that someone in the whitehouse must be reading BuzzFlash?
First the Ari apology about Clinton after all of your articles about it.
Next...The whitehouse saying that it WOULD be minimum wage for welfare workers after the white house had said that the jobs would mostly be less than minimum wage....
Next the backdown-ing of Trent Lott after the "how dare Tom Daschle" speech when you printed all of those who have, and have not served their country.
Now you recently printed and article about Bush sitting on his.....? while nothing is being done in the middle east, and suddenly now we have people being sent there, especially the usually unavailable VICE RESIDENT.......
Maybe you should be printing more of Michael Moore saying that Bush should resign......Who knows !!!!!!
Subj: Make Toxic Dumpers Pay
just another example of how the Bushies are trying to stick it to the
Call and urge them to oppose President Bush's budget proposal that would cut the corporate tax on industrial polluters and pass the bill for toxic cleanups to the taxpayer. The proposal will eliminate the main source of income for the Super-fund and negate its founding principle that, "the polluter pays."
Since the Super-Fund's inception, 1551 hazardous waste sites have landed on the Environment Protection Agency's national priority list. The sites are contaminated with highly toxic chemicals, including lead, arsenic, mercury and PCBs that poison soil and groundwater, and cause everything from cancer to birth defects in nearby communities. The Super-Fund has been used to clean up about 30% of the sites, with the polluters themselves cleaning up the other 70% to avoid being billed by the fund, which can legally charge three times the cost of cleanup. This provision of the fund provides a powerful incentive not to pollute.
Bush's explicit proposal not to reauthorize the corporate tax, which brings in about 1 billion a year, means that taxpayers will have to pay a greater percentage of the fund's cost, if it is to be maintained. According to the New York Times, in 1994, taxpayers paid about $250 million, or 17 percent of the fund's cost, while corporate taxes accounted for $950 million, or 83%. Bush's plan would increase the taxpayer's share of the fund's cost to 1.3 billion, over 50 percent of the total by 2003.
Can you believe this?
PS Thanks for your continued wonderful work. Barbara and Gloria are so great. The female gender is well represented on your site and certainly contribute greatly to its success.
Thought this might be a good link, especially this bit, rather telling:
As long as it pads their wallets, who cares if their grandchildren have an outdoors?
I read you daily, BuzzFlash . . . thanks for the continuing education.
Fond Regards, Ann
Please join Democrats.com in mobilizing opposition to Disney/ABC's continued drift to extremism
Since ABC Television has gotten away with rebroadcasting Pat Robertson's 700 Club without a public outcry, the ABC/Disney behemoth is moving even further to the right. The station that ABC Radio owns and operates in Washington last week fired Victoria Jones -- the only talk show host they had "balancing" a lineup that broadcasts right-wing vitriol throughout the day. WMAL cited complaints coming from "all three branches" of the federal government in adjusting their schedule so that Jones no longer had a program. Her last show was Wednesday 2/27.
Democrats.com has launched RadioActivism.com to set off an Internet mobilization. Let ABC know what a mistake it is making by shedding its former stance as a non-partisan enterprise and taking a new one in the constellation of right wing media. Call, fax and e-mail WMAL program director John Butler. But to be sure he gets the message you should also call, fax and e-mail ABC Radio President John Hare. Tell them you will join the groundswell of opposition to the renewal of their broadcast licenses if they do not stop using their business as a front for arch-conservatives trying to manipulate the public agenda.
the increasingly aggressive right-wing bias of the commercial news media
find it interesting (or amusing or disgusting) that Bush is all for raising
the debt limit for the federal government, allowing him to run up unbelievably
huge deficits for taxpayers to pay off, but is unwilling to raise the
limit of insuring FDIC bank accounts, thus leaving consumers holding the
bag if we have a repeat of the S&L fiasco that happened on daddy
So, let me understand this. Its a great policy to run up huge government debts, but don't expect your government to guarantee that your money is safe in a bank. Hmmm......
I've got an idea -- if the FDIC insurance limit of 20 years ago is good enough for today, how about us using the federal debt limit of 20 years ago. At least that would limit the damage Bush could do to the Clinton legacy of deficit reduction, peace and prosperity.
TELL PBS YOU WANT TO SEE THE NEW BILL MOYERS WEEKLY SHOW
Some 30 local PBS stations have suspended the new Bill Moyers weekly news show for several weeks running. Most seem to be afraid that a serious current affairs program -- dealing with terrorism, the recession, and other hot issues -- can't be a draw during their fundraising pledge times. WETA, the PBS flagship station in Washington, D.C., is one of the stations that's dropped the show!
In its first 7 weeks, Bill Moyers' new show has attracted tens of thousands of dedicated regular viewers. As you probably know, it's the most intelligent, hard-hitting, and insightful program on any of the 300 TV channels!
Make sure Bill Moyers stays on the air. Tell PBS now that you want "NOW WITH BILL MOYERS" back on the air now!
Here are 3 things you can do to express your outrage:
1. Click on the link to send an e-mail to PBS. (Message: I watch PBS and I donate. Please make sure your affiliates run the Bill Moyers show as scheduled on Friday nights.) mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
2. If the station in your area has dropped the Moyers show, send an e-mail to the general manager, or call now. See the list of stations at the end of this message.
3. Forward this message to your friends and colleagues.
Help us make PBS understand that with the war in Afghanistan, the war in Israel, and the economic recession at home, we want Bill Moyers on the air now more than ever.
Here is the affiliate list:
AL, WAPT, mailto:abunt.org, 205-328-8756
Does anyone believe that Ray's political ambitions would have let him not prosecute Clinton if he had any semblance of a case. Starr would not have resigned if there had been even a chance to smear Clinton again. Both of these guys would have prosecuted Clinton for taking the "don't remove tag" off a mattress if he had done so. A close reading of Ray's statement can be interpreted to say "Because, politically I dislike like him, and with no convincing legal case, I will say he "undermined the system of justice."
This biased opinion is far from anything chargeable. Of course a prosecutor that says there has been a prosecutable violation of law and does not state what it is but wafts the non provable words "obstruction of justice" and "perjury" doesn't do much for the system of justice. In our system, one is innocent until charged with a specific crime and proven guilty.
To place in perspective the forthcoming Whitewater "non crime" report, Ray should discus the differing orders of magnitude of both the Neal Bush and the California Republican Governor candidate William Simon, Jr., as yet uninvestigated savings and loan disasters.
What does this failure do to the system of equal justice Mr. Ray?
Hello. I am just dropping a note to say that I loved the book Blinded by the Right by David Brock. I always believed that one day someone from the vicious, psychotic, sex obsessed hard right would come forward and tell the real story. I am glad to see that someone did. There were so many things I liked in the book. It was interesting to read that Kenneth Starr didn't want his picture taken with David Brock at one time so that he could pretend to be "independent." Anyway, this BuzzFlash reader thought it was a good read. Did you say that Buzzflash was going to interview him?
[BuzzFlash Note: Look for the David Brock interview very soon. Also look for interviews from Michael Moore and Greg Palast.]
I wonder if someone ought to find some civil action/suit to file from before W was president to file (clearly, under the Supreme Court that is legal) and ask W all the questions about drug use under oath...if it is good for the goose, it is good for the gander...
[BuzzFlash Note: We bet that if Bush, minus the firm grasp of his handlers, were to face a prosecutor's questions, he would stand tall for a few seconds and then blubber like a child cornered with a sticky piece of candy in their hands.]
Clinton lied about sex. This administration LIES about everything and nothing legal has happened to them as of yet. Enron, stolen election, NSA, so much more.
Have we become a totally sexually dysfunctional society more concerned over an officials sex lies? Scary.
So Bush is the Chimp and Cheney feels he doesn't need to tell the nation anything about what he's doing. Their policies indicate that those who don't cooperate with them are enemy operatives. Whenever I see Cheney these days, with the Administration's paranoia floating in their policies, I can't help but think he hums the Beatles' "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey." I offer that up to anyone who wants to take on the effort to present an ironic campaign slogan for the current administration.
[BuzzFlash Note: We also had no luck in locating the transcript. If one of the BuzzFlash Readers runs across it, please let us know and we'll post it a link to it.]
This is a complex story, but to me, it's typical of the way the Republicans and the right wing are working to undermine and delegitimize the election process. Their dirty tricks have to be held up to the light. I love Buzzflash, and while I know this is a local story, I hope that like me, you'll find it typical of right wing shenanigans.
TX, and TX for the great work on BuzzFlash!
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