The BuzzFlash Mailbag
March 20, 2002
Subj: No Mystery about Ridge
C'mon folks. We have seen this stuff before.
Remember the much awaited, much delayed appearance of Ashcroft before the Senate late last year, just so Senators could lob nuclear-tipped marshmallows from 50 feet away? This is all faux.
The Republicans (Rove) build up this welling of anticipation at every turn, knowing all along they will "cave" in to another Senate-sponsored smore-fest. Then they can point to the "Democratic" senate and say, "What a bunch of blustery fools! Picking on innocent Bush cabinet members! Always crying wolf!"
Each time this happens, they know the Senate loses another ounce of credibility with America...all which helps them to bolster the power of the executive branch; ultimately getting away with the REAL crimes under our very noses.
Don't fall for it.
John L. Johnson
The big news out of Illinois is that both Rod Blagojevich and Paul Vallas received more votes than Jim Ryan yesterday. In fact, Ryan just barely out-polled third place Democratic finisher Roland Burris.
This is significant because there was a lot of talk before the election of Democratic women taking Republican ballots in the primary to vote for pro-choice LG Corinne Wood. And yet, Democratic primary voters outnumbered Republicans roughly 1.22 million to 900,000.
This is yet another indication that Democratic voters are energized this year ... and now that our voting machines have been fixed, we're primed to kick some butt in November.
-- Dan Conley
Subj: Officially tired of this s$$t...
Nice article from the Houston Chronicle guys, but when you read down, did you notice:
"Wendy Gramm, who lost $686,000 because of the Enron collapse, could not be reached for comment."
Isn't that about as genuine a talking point as Dubya's mother-in-law losing $8,000?! Are they still a little concerned over at the Chronicle about helping to polish up Houston's image, you think?
Once again, I implore: "Where can WE give to help these downtrodden, misunderstood Republicans?!"
John L. Johnson
Gramm not among finalists at A&M
It has always been the President's job in the past. Plus Cheney is using one of the fancy 747s to run around in. Just think what it takes to run that plane for one hour.
Aren't we paying the President $400,000.00 per year? This is double what we have paid in the past.
are the American people getting for this?
Hooray! for Senator Leahy, who is demanding an Investigation into the partisan OIC conduct of Robert Ray. As with so many who have sought to investigate and denigrate the former Clinton administration, Mr. Ray has demonstrated a glib neglect of the principles of impartiality, balance, or in America, still to this day, we hold to the principle that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.
Not only did Mr. Ray not have the grace to hold to this standard of presumption of innocence when he released his "final report" from the Office of Independent Counsel," but Mr. Ray's summary -- "We have the evidence to prosecute former President Bill Clinton" --was a mere parroting of the exact SAME words from former OIC head Ken Starr ... back in 1999 at the very latest.
The American people have funded the OIC for the millions of dollars since 1999... to get the exact same line of unsupported condemnation first brought to us by Mr. Starr? Mr. Ray's conduct deserves to be brought under investigation, for trying to use the powers of the office of OIC, at the expense of the good name and reputation of those targeted by the OIC, for partisan and self-enriching purposes.
I can really say, is thank you so much for what you do....
Subj: Arianna Huffington Must Read BuzzFlash
My post, which you all so thoughtfully gave it's own space:
Arianna Huffington's article:
Now I know the only place I heard this line was when it popped in my head. I just kept thinking of Ridge spinning it like a carnival barker chanting "round and round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows."
She's gotta read Buzz.
[BuzzFlash Note: Your contribution went up on BuzzFlash on March 15th and Arianna's is on the L.A. Times dated March 18th. Hmmm <scratching chin>, very interesting!]
Did you catch this morning's Today show (Wed., March 20)? They did a segment all about Al Gore's beard and what his shaving it means. It was the most disgusting, perverted piece of "reporting" I've seen in a long time. The so-called "liberal" media outdid themselves this time!! They equated the beard with all the worst criminals in history, such as Osama Bin Laden, Stalin, Lenin, etc., and had that most judicious of all TV "personalities," Chris Matthews commenting about it. He said Al Gore grew his beard to hide behind his great pain for his "devastating loss to George Bush," and that he shaved it so that he wouldn't be "associated with all of these criminals." Then, to make the piece more evenhanded, they inserted jokes about Gore's beard that Leno and Letterman made on their shows. This was the last time I ever watch the Today Show, and I'm going to let them know. I think we should start a boycott of the "Matt and Katy" show--it's nothing but a joke!
[BuzzFlash Note: Speak up and take action!]
Buzz.... thought you'd like to know....
Subj: Feed back to Barbara's Daily BuzzFlash Minutes
the statement: "But, to deny service because there isn't enough money
in it to take care of people who are in need is despicable and the medical
profession should be
Instead of blaming the medical profession for not providing services that cause them to lose money (after all, they have families to support, employees to pay, vendors to pay, etc.), let's look at it another way and put the blame on OUR INADEQUATE FUNDING of Medicare. In other words:
"For Congress to deny funding to take care of people who are in need is despicable and Congress should be ashamed of itself."
"For us to have accepted Congress's denial of funding to take care of people who are in need is despicable and we should be ashamed of ourselves."
On the juno.com home page... they now have a link labeled "bush tax cut"...it supposedly calculates what your tax savings is under that fiasco, but look at the list of caveats attached to it...
thanx for having a sane voice in this propaganda media blackout of news!
[BuzzFlash Note: The link goes to a SmartMoney.com page. Here's our favorite sentence: "Unfortunately, most of these changes are subject to various phase-in dates, which means many people won't feel the full impact of the new rules until 2010."]
Looked at your Brock interview today, and I have to say my respect for your work grows by leaps. The essay you wrote to introduce the interview was amazing. Very clear and it makes a great point. Yes, gratitude is the appropriate response to Brock. He has told a bitter truth at great personal cost. Republicans may say, yeah, he'll make big bucks off his book. But that's a typical Republican low blow cheap shot. Probably a lot of them in their most private moments wish they had the guts to do what he did. And they surely hate him all the more for that than they hate everyone who blocks their greedy, psychotic agenda.
He revealed his own misdeeds, shouldering the unavoidable shame of those revelations to tell a truth that desperately needs to be told. And he certainly can tell it with rare authority.
Good work again, BuzzFlash You're a good citizen.
Wow! What a liberal comment from this Republican governor! (Can you imagine if Hillary had said something like that?)
I've only read the first 200 pages last night...I stayed up until 3:30 in the morning. I stayed up another 2 hours thinking about all this horrible information. I am really scared now. I believe Mr. Brock, I knew it was the white right-winged terrorists of our country. My heart is sick knowing that my country has sunk so low.
I am twice HATED by the right since I am a woman and of native descent. I hope that the young adults of our country come together to resist become a "Matrix" type environment. They hate the environment?! How can you hate the earth?!
I believe more discussions are needed. TV has become like "Fahrenheit 451," where the TV dictates to you how (through religion of course) to think or who they think is stupid, which puts you against someone else because of their cultural, religious or political differences. Why does this continue to be a right winged media?
I am sufficiently scared now.
Last week Paul Harvey stated on his show that Ken Lay spent the night in the White House as the guest of Clinton. As we know, this isn't true. Why isn't there a rallying of people to send Mr Harvey e mails demanding that he correct his statement??? His show is heard by many many people and probably is accepted as fact now. Why let this falsehood continue?
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: You can email Paul Harvey using this form on his site.]
I'm sure you caught wind of Ashcroft and the FBI arrests of a child pornography website, but just in case you haven't, please read.
Many have been arrested and include teachers, clergy, coaches, school bus drivers, law enforcement and some (so called) upstanding individuals.
According to WLW-T television news on the eve of 3/18, the sweep included some Judges nationwide. Although weeding out these creeps is positive action, what do you want to bet there will be no republican judges exposed, nor radical right clergy. That suspicion warrants close monitoring.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: You can read about it here.]
Of all the news programs that are aired, (except for tuning in to selected C-Span programs) the only one that I watch regularly is "Politically Incorrect." I am saddened to hear that it is being taken off the air. Although I often disagree with host Bill Maher, I think that it is the only national news show that presents the uncensored views of liberals and independents, while allowing conservative bimbos and idiots (Ann Coulter comes to mind) to display their cookie-cutter mentality. I hope BuzzFlash writers will join me in writing and e-mailing ABC in an attempt to save this show. Hopefully if "PC" doesn't survive ABC, maybe it will find a home on one of the other networks.
[BuzzFlash Note: While the freepers will surely take credit for killing the show, there were many issues which led to the decision to end it. Just like TV Nation, The Awful Truth, and The Dana Carvey Show -- shows that ask an audience to use their brain and often present unpleasant sides of companies which make products that are advertised -- it got attention because it asked for attention. And when the critical mass of its viewers attracted those without the mental capacity to be open-minded, it got negative attention. We're sure Bill Maher will find another outlet and we're sure other shows will come along to challenge us. In a 9/24/01 column by Arianna Huffington, she mentions a pro-PI/Bill Maher petition Web site and this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.]
otherwise noted, all original