The BuzzFlash Mailbag
March 25, 2002
Subj: Tom Ridge's latest
Gee, is this why the US is on yellow alert? Because Tom Ridge can opine, "Over the past couple of years we've had 300 million noncitizens enter and exit, and we have to assume ... there may be several in the United States today that want to do us harm," he said. "We have to be prepared."
Is this quality of information and "warning" worth 38 billion dollars? Is the man truly dopey or does he think we are?
I came across the following posting on a website that covers the news media:
I would simply like to ask, is this true or is this posting in error? If it is erroneous, my apologies for wasting your time. If it is true....
How dare you? Are you so hell-bent on throwing CNN's objectivity out the window or your credibility down the toilet that you would assign such a blatant value judgment to 'right' (cheers) vs. 'left' (boos)? Have the organized, right-wing letter-writing & E-mail campaigns unnerved you to the degree that you feel you must emulate the 'fair and balanced' (sic) values of Fox News? One right-wing propaganda mill on cable TV is enough, thank you - and its viewers probably consider CNN too irredeemably 'liberal' to bother with you in the first place. Plus (in case you forgot), the right LOST the last presidential election - so in sucking up to them you are sucking up to a minority of voters, if not viewers.
I look forward to your explanation for the above.
My Reply to The Washington Post's Editor's Reply:
Your limp excuse for trashing David Brock and "Blinded by the Right" hardly constitutes either full disclosure or an apology. Writing that "Bawer did not have any contact with Brock" hardly lets you off the hook for selecting a reviewer you surely knew would be actively hostile towards the book and its author rather than an objective commentator. Why not simply acknowledge that you had no intention of giving Brock's reporting fair coverage, in much the same way you failed to do justice to "The Hunting of the President" by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons? Why not simply acknowledge that your anti-Democratic bias? It would provide at least a modicum of credibility to your now discredited publication.
wish you would acknowledge McBride on your site somehow. He is a really
good candidate. I saw all four of the Democratic candidates speak and
I think McBride is a much better candidate and has the best chance of
beating Bush (and this is from a liberal woman who loved Clinton). I'm
afraid Reno will win the Democratic nomination and then we won't have
as good a chance as beating Jeb. McBride is not afraid to attack Jeb on
the issues. Reno isn't likely to do that. She is just going to talk about
what she will do. We know from the last election you have to do more than
that to win. Surely it must count for something that all the unions so
far have endorsed McBride and not Reno.
A BuzzFlash Reader
you notice this telling quote from the Brock Dirt seeker:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Re: White Used Military Jet for Colorado Visit (washingtonpost.com)
this enough to send our army secretary packing? DoD regulations say it
is. Secretary White has to be well aware of the regulation that requires
managers and commanders at all levels to prevent misuse of transportation
resources as well as the perception of their misuse. The Post article
is further evidence that White is self-serving and looking out only for
his own personal interests. He appears to be tainted by his contaminated
corporate millions and can no longer envision his primary responsibility
as a loyal civil servant--to honor and support the people he serves, especially
in our time of war. Instead, Secretary White has become a government disciple
of Corporate America's new religion: greed, at the expense of all hard
working American patriots. Greed must be weeded out of American politics,
and a good first step toward achieving this is to show our Army secretary
the exit door.
White is proving to be a disgrace to the uniform he once wore. The fact
that Bush hasn't fired him already is a testament to the abject arrogance
and avarice that perverts our highest office.
Great news, there are plenty of people who have already recognized what the congressman describes. This administration is theocratic and dictatorial to put it mildly.
thanks, too, to you at BuzzFlash for keeping us informed.
Thank Congressman Pete Stark. Finally a democrat who has the guts to say something. It has been my observation that only a handful of Dem's say anything about what is really going on.
The Republican systematic approach in weakening govt.'s role in our society. Everyone must remember that it is govt. that puts the brakes on Corp. domination. If the void of no govt. is there the space will be taken up by the large corporations. These are the same corporations that have caused massive layoffs in this country, have been behind weakening environmental protection and are responsible for scandals like Enron.
It is to bad because I believe that there are responsible people that work very hard in some of the largest corporations that do care about their affect on the human race.
There needs to be a demand for the truth. The people of the united States can handle the truth. People need to be educated to see between the lines. We need more politicians like Pete Stark, Barbara Boxer, Paul Wellstone, Jesse Jackson jr and Barbara Lee and Henry Waxman.
Keep the news coming BuzzFlash.com.
Karl Marx said "Religion is the opiate of the people." Karl Rove said "Yes, and patriotism works pretty damn good too."
Anthony Arias hit the nail on the head when he said we need our own T.V. station. I'm sure a lot of us would contribute. But someone... Moyers?....Molly Ivins?..... needs to step up to the plate and carry the ball on it.
If there was someone we could support on this I'm sure there are plenty of us who would donate. But someone familiar with broadcasting has to put it together.
Thought you might be interested to know that the book "Bin Laden:
The Forbidden Truth" by Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie
is still not available in this country! Though I had heard several months
ago that an english translation was being done, a search on Amazon turns
up nothing at all. I was able to find the French edition on Amazon.Fr,
but the English site does not link to this. I found it through a Google
From NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre:
"Who're we fooling? Terrorists fit into fairly narrow categories of gender, age, nationality and religion."
Sure, they are mostly white christian american males like Tim McVeigh and Eric Rudolph.
Love your site. It is truly an oasis amidst the propaganda environment created by the corporate, conservative media. I am in the middle of reading Michael Moore's wonderful (not to mention hilarious) book "Stupid White Men."
In it he raises several important points about the power of the people that I think we need to take very seriously, especially at a time when the illegitimate resident of the White House seems to be getting away with murder. There are so many of us that disagree with the seemingly uncontrollable "cowboy" posturing of this administration when it comes to the open-ended "war against terror." There are so many of us that realize that Dubya has wrapped himself in the flag and under the guise of patriotism has been pushing through some of the most regressive domestic and international policy and legislation we've seen in decades. There are so many of us that realize that most Democratic politicians (with some exceptions) have been basically incapable or unwilling to challenge him and his cronies because of his alleged "popularity."
Enough is enough! It's time to send a clear message to the powers that be and this is where Moore comes in. As most of your readers know, one of the central issues which Moore has been raising on his book tour is the stolen election--which has been documented brilliantly by Moore, Palast and Kellner among others. While we are told that those who haven't "gotten over it" are a "minority," I think we all know better. It is time to start couching our opposition to the current direction of this administration by invoking--again and again--the grand theft which took place. We need to remind our representatives that we do not subscribe to the "historical amnesia" encouraged by the mainstream media and the talking-head pundits. We need to do so often.
Moore notes that governmental representatives pay careful attention to the calls, letters and telegrams they receive--after all, that is part of the way they measure the pulse of their constituents. If that is indeed the case, as Moore suggests, we need to start bombarding our representatives with articulate and creative messages that capture our disillusionment and our displeasure with what Moore calls "the Bush/Cheney Junta." Moore suggests, among other things, that we force Democrats to do their job in representing our concerns and that we contact our reps on a weekly basis and get at least three friends to do the same.
So, I guess I am conveying to BuzzFlash readers Moore's challenge--"take just a few minutes each week, and let your thoughts be known." I'll do my part starting today, I hope others will follow suit.
Val from Michigan.
I follow your site closely, checking in many times a day. I have been very disappointed in that you have not addressed the indictment of the firm of Arthur Andersen. It is so unfair to throw 28,000 people out of work and to throw the accounting industry, and indeed the entire cooperate industry into disarray when not one officer of Enron, not one stock analyst, not one investment banker has been indicted. From following the scandal it appears that many made mistakes or used poor judgment and a few committed fraud. Why not thoroughly investigate the entire affair and then indict those who are responsible? Senator Durbin said last night (Thursday, March 20) that he feels it is political. The Bush Administration was feeling heat over the failure of Enron and they wanted to do something decisive to show they are taking care of the problem. Will the American people ever know the problem that the Justice Department has caused? Will the American people ever know that this is a smoke screen to obscure the fact that the DOJ is doing nothing to punish those who conspired to bring about this grand theft? Where are all the voices of the legislators who accepted money from Enron, then donated those funds to the out-of-work Enron employees? Are they not aware that the Bush administration is forcing 28,000 Arthur Andersen employees to go on the unemployment rolls? How will these legislators help them?
America needs to be made aware of this hypocrisy. Please tell them!
To the Washington Post:
Subj: A Whitewater Farewell, at Last (washingtonpost.com)
How befitting was it for the Washington Post to use it's power and prestige to smear, malign, and slander President Clinton for eight years? How befitting were your attempts to destroy his presidency with your endless scandalmongering?
INCONCLUSIVE? After all these years of investigation and all the millions of dollars of our taxpayer money spent, there is no evidence to support criminal proceedings and you say "inconclusive!" Do you know the definition of McCarthyism? I looked it up for you -- please read carefully:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Like Mr. Arias who wrote in Friday's mailbag, I too am very frustrated that there is not one single DEMOCRATIC major media outlet that we can use to combat this administration. We have the internet...but it is not enough and it does not reach enough people. Let's face it....most tax paying folks are too tired after working two jobs, raising the kids, paying the bills and keeping their heads above water to spend time being politically active on the internet. I tell SO many people about BuzzFlash, and they tell their friends, and it's amazing the conversations we have after they've visited your site.....the most common response I get is: "I had NO IDEA this was going on!!"
Faux News delivers its right-wing agenda in easily digestible little sound bytes that Joe America swallows WITHOUT QUESTION with his microwave dinner in front of the TV because he's too damn busy to seek information elsewhere.
WE need a forum for the majority of folks in this country who really DO want to hear what's really going on, and the only way to get that forum is with LOTS OF MONEY. AND IT NEEDS TO BE IN PRIME TIME.
Oprah Winfrey has BILLIONS....she has a television show and a magazine.... She is a WOMAN of COLOR, brilliant, and appears to be a TRULY compassionate human being dedicated to giving back to the world that has given her so much.
Maybe I am dreaming here, but couldn't she be approached for some big dollars to VOICE OUR DISSENT about this illegal administration? I don't know much more about her than what I've seen on TV...is it worth investigating, or should I just go back to surfing the net and writing emails, praying that something will change soon???
Let's send a BuzzFlash petition to Oprah! Whaddya say??
elaine in Petaluma
PS....how 'bout Rosie O'Donnell???? She's gay, anti-gun, pro-adoption, politically active....??
Then this nightmare went right into the stolen 2000 election. Nightmare 2!! The bush/cheney thriller!
Sci-Fi has nothing compared to what we had, and still are enduring with these vicious repubs.
Us worry about people from outer space??? No way! The devil is here and
it's called *right-wing republican.*
I believe that David Brock's book entitled "Blinded By The Right" is one of the most important books since Michael Lind's book entitled "Up from Conservatism: Why the Right is Wrong for America." I wish that both books could be mandatory reading for all Republicans. I agree with both authors that, outside of the Washington beltway, there are many fine, upstanding Republicans who lead moral exemplary lives. Most Republicans that I know in Nevada are fiscally conservative, family-oriented people who believe they pay taxes and don't receive value in return. They do not want government interference in their lives.
However, these people fail to realize one of the central themes of both of these books. That theme is that the leaders of the American Republican party have been willing to do things that hurt the American people in their efforts to gain power. Gaining and retaining power has been more important to the leaders of the Republican party than the interests of their country. Their decade long and still continuing campaign against President Clinton strongly illustrates this point.
President Clinton did some things in his personal life that were wrong. Nevertheless, his job performance and contributions to our country's peace and prosperity were very great. Any objective evaluation would give President Clinton at least some credit for the peace and prosperity the nation enjoyed in the nineties.
This meant nothing to the Republican leadership. They conducted a campaign to attempt to impeach him and, in the process, harmed America by forcing President Clinton and his administration to devote time and resources to dealing with these relentless partisan attacks.
For the most part, these attacks proved groundless. Had this decade-long campaign not been undertaken and the $70 million spent on Ken Starr's investigation not been expended, it is realistically possible that President Clinton's efforts to eradicate terrorism, which were not supported by the Republican Congress, might have been more successful and Sept. 11 may not have occurred. This was the ultimate tragic result of a major party's leaders putting their self-interests ahead of the interests of the American people.
Very truly yours,
James M. Kehl
radio in Berkeley, California, has been in operation for quite a long
time. It is funded solely by its listeners and it is very liberal. It
is called "RadioLeft." I don't know how they got started, but
they could be a really good model for other cities. Here is a link to
their site. Anthony may want to contact them and find out what others
can do or we can even support them financially. They do need any money
they can get to keep going!
-Maria, San Rafael, CA
heard the EU is writing their own Constitution. First, it was formed for
trade and a common currancy...now government?
a note to Democrats who insist on tiptoeing around the Enron mess, for
fear that it may backfire because of Bush's Poll ratings: Have you ever
given any consideration to the thought that, if Bush's Enron ties were
exposed, his Poll ratings might fall drastically? And my final advice
to those Democrats who are tiptoeing around the Enron mess is, "Put
up, or Shut up!"
This is a copy of an email that I sent to Nicholas D. Kristof after reading his Op-Ed column, Free the Hatemongers!, in the NY Times.
* * *
Excerpt: Churchill had it right: Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest. I say this with some nervousness, but I'll still say it: We should not allow the war on terror to erode the freedom even of those Islamists whom we despise.
Dear Mr. Kristof:
I agree with everything you said in this column, but I wish you had gone a bit further and spoken about our rights and freedoms here at home.
We are bombarded endlessly with recycled press releases from Ari Fleischer, Donald Rumsfeld, and other P/R specialists, that now pass for news. We are intimidated and threatened by Lynn Cheney and Joe Lieberman's ACTA, Bill Bennett's AVOT, and other "patriotism" enforcers. Their carefully orchestrated campaign to eliminate any and all dissent to the policies of the Bush Administration is both chilling and frightening. It also appears to be highly effective...large numbers of Americans are walking around in a media induced myopic stupor.
The mainstream media refuses to cover, or publicize, anything that does not reinforce the notion that we are all "unified" in our war on terror. Keeping Mr. Bush's poll numbers high seems to be their one and only priority. The once widely respected NY Times and Washington Post are now both being ridiculed as propaganda machines for Karl Rove & Company. That characterization is, unfortunately, well deserved.
Your phrase, "I say this with some nervousness, but I'll still say it," is symbolic of the sad situation we're in. I'm nervous too! I'm nervous about all of our constitutional and civil rights that were once the envy of the world, being shredded and dishonored daily, with hardly a peep from our free press. Most of all, I'm nervous about the silence I'm hearing everywhere. In my opinion, the eerie silence is a far greater threat to our democracy than anything the terrorists can do to us.
I sent this e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, after reading her smarmy piece:
Final Report on Whitewater Released (washingtonpost.com)
Excerpt: Clinton, now writing his memoirs on a $10 million book advance, has recently referred to the entire investigation as "bogus" and "garbage."
Dear Stenographer Sue:
Clinton is absolutely right and everyone knows it!
Still, to the very end, you make one final effort to cast doubt on his innocence. Your last (we hope) article is just as deceptive, innuendo-packed, and totally dishonest as was the rest of the deplorable coverage by the Washington Post on these phony "scandals"....You and your employer should be extremely embarrassed by your role in trying to smear and slander our last ELECTED president!
What a disgrace you are to the few honorable and ethical journalists who continue to work diligently to report the news in an accurate and straightforward way!
just sent the following letter to 52 influential senators and congressmen.
I think my letter is self-explanatory, don't you? I'd love to get a letter-writing
campaign going on this issue. Keep up the good work!
While private citizens in the U.S. are prohibited from and severely prosecuted for placing their own monies in offshore accounts, the federal government fails to take a stand against--and actually encourages--U.S. corporations to do the same. Clearly, the continuing stream of tax breaks proffered by the federal government fail to satisfy industry's insatiable appetite for executive bonuses and perks, disingenuously termed shareholders' profits (minus costs).
Could it be that better oversight of the corporations themselves by their own executive officers and boards of directors is called for, not tax breaks, and would such internal oversight lead to tighter control and actual profit increases? I believe that to be the case. And are not so many of these the very same corporations which donate untold hundreds of millions of dollars to their favorite political candidates and political parties to push agendas beneficial to the same corporate interests? You and I know that they are! What would happen if instead of funding political campaigns these corporations paid like amount in taxes? Would the U.S. have a more stable economy?
Alas, as merely a private citizen, I am called upon instead to finance the cleanup of brownfields and Superfund sites—-mysteriously left behind by many of these very same corporations; to subsidize major and/or multinational corporations to make them more competitive globally; to pay more and more for an educational policy that has failed to achieve minimal results; to pay more for my medical/dental insurance, higher copays on my medical bills, and more for my prescriptions; to pay with my tax dollars for malfeasance and, indeed, corporate fraud in corporations like Enron and Global Crossing and Andersen; to fund specious research into new uses for nuclear weaponry. Certainly the list of significant calls for more federal spending increases on a daily basis per the current administration's whim.
Are not each of these new spending proposals in themselves major tax increases thrust upon those of us least able to afford them? I believe that they are. Somewhere down the line they will all have to be funded, and where will those funds, and significant interest costs, come from? Seventy percent will come from private taxpayers, not corporations. And certainly not from those very same corporations that move offshore or to Canada or to Mexico but which will continue to reap the benefits of all the positive aspects of doing business in the U.S.
Thus, while touting lower taxes for the average citizen, this administration is, in fact, taxing us to death.
So yes, Senator, it is time that the corporations of our country pay their fair share of taxes and thereby ease the burden on private citizens. U.S. corporate taxes are among the lowest in the world! Corporations must not be allowed to move their "nominal" headquarters offshore to evade legitimate taxation while at the same time asking for and receiving ever higher tax breaks. Something has to give.
Please call it like it is and do not be silenced by the administration in your efforts to turn around this mistaken and misplaced benevolence to U.S. Corporations
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