The BuzzFlash Mailbag
April 10, 2002
I am wondering where did "Page Six" gossip columnist Richard Johnson get the idea that John Ashcroft is "popular"?
Between the drapes over Justice, the Crisco annointments and his calico cat phobia, he is a national embarrassment.
And didn't he recently lose an election to a dead man?
[BuzzFlash Note: Our amazingly ridiculous Atty. General lost the Missouri Senatorial election to Jean Carnahan's husband, who died, along with his son, in a plane crash shortly before the election. The governor sent Jean in Mel's place. How awful a person must one be to lose an election to an opponent who passed away? And now, thanks to Bush, he's one of the most powerful people in Washington. Scary, hunh!?]
recently passed a home in our area with a large sign displayed on the
front the lawn. The sign reads "I love my country, if you don't then
leave." I was taken aback because I realized he was talking to me.
[BuzzFlash Note: Of course you have marketable skills. The farmers we know (really) are meteorologists, mechanics, plumbers, welders, gardeners, ecologists, economists, businessmen, salesmen, soothsayers and magicians (try making one check stretch an entire year without magic) all wrapped into one sun-drenched, leather-skinned human. Instead of leaving the country, BuzzFlash would rather keep you and get rid of the folks who do nothing more than put signs in their yards and complain. Not much marketable about THOSE skills.]
You do such a great job & provide a great service to the American people! My apologies - since you do such a great job, 'am embarrassed to ask you for one more thing. HOWEVER - I think it was on your website that there was a "Letter to Walt(er) Isaacson".
Unfortunately, I didn't print it & now can't find it. It was very recently & contained a list of "things", issues, etc. that are not being addressed on CNN or elsewhere for that matter; yet, telling the trivia they do put on air. If that rings a bell, could you let me know how I could find it again?
not that computer literate enough to know how to get an e-mail specifically
to Paul Begala on Crossfire. I'd like for him to not let Pretty Boy interrupt
everything Paul says. Paul can't finish a sentence without Tucker jumping
in to monopolize the whole thing.
Listening to Tucker Carlson rebut Pal Begala on "comparative ethical administrations" last night on "Crossfire" brought to mind stupidity, so recklessly disseminated, should be an indictable offense. If it were, many Republicans would be in jail with Tucker Carlson leading the parade.
BRAVO! Mr. Paul Begala, has little Tucker Carlson in a FIT on Crossfire!!
What Mr. Begala WASN'T able to contest tucker carlson on... was carlson's repeated insistence that he was FOR the US *CONSTITUTION.* (Brought up by Begala's challenge that if Clinton could run again for a third term, denied by the 25th ? amendment, he would trash Senior Bush in a walk).
Of course Tucker Howled and Howled, BUT at no point in ALL of his howling did Tucker give a REASONED, Responsible reply to Mr. Begala's point: ONLY ONE Clinton cabinet official or staffer was ever CONVICTED.
poor tucker, kept trying (through shouting) to make ACCUSED synonymous with CONVICTED in a US court. Mr. tucker, like all his r-w cohorts - cal thomas, wllm safire, george will, rush limbaugh, mona charon... ALL would like to take us back to the 1920's, when all it would take to hang a few people or to were one or two accusations shouted to the crowd.
tucker carlson is a disgraceful idiot who REFUSES to acknowledge that
in America, people have a right to a FAIR trial. NOT to be harassed by
politically obsessed prosecutors with the power to humiliate and bankrupt
a person -- Julie Hiatt Steele, Susan McDougal, and Bill Clinton's exorbitant
legal defense bills necessary to defend against the coordinated white-collar
George Needs Saddam as a Foil to Use as an Excuse to Push for Arctic Drilling
(Read Down) 4/9
I saw it and saw BuzzFlash.com on the big screen that takes up the whole tv screen.....so proud of BuzzFlash, my #1 site on the internet. My daily newspaper and also the one I recommend to all my friends and especially to the republicans around.
Note.......now that America is getting the real news, shrub is dropping in the polls......way to go Carville& Begala...keep up the good work and don't let those guys talk over you......we're for you 100%.
Here's another tragedy. Hundreds of Palestinians have been murdered by Arafat's goons for "collaborating." What did they do? No one knows. It's not like these folks had trials. Another five were killed just over a week ago, as Cal Thomas pointed out on Fox, (I'm quoting Cal Thomas, I can't believe it, but where is the left?). You'll see 20,000 Israelis demonstrating against Sharon but not one single Palestinian demonstrating or disagreeing with Arafat. Anyone who might disagree has either been murdered already or is hiding under the bed.
On reading about the milk from small farms upstate NY being sabotaged with antibiotics, look for who stands to gain from losses that chip away at the small farmers ability to stay in business. Animal rights groups? No. Disgruntled farmers and workers? No. Yet these are the first thoughts of those investigating according to the article.
The group who stand to gain are factory farm advocates, greedy corporate entities and their supporters, who want to see the small farm industry demolished.
After reading the transcript excerpt on BuzzFlash, I Emailed the following to Tucker Carlson at CNN:
researching gardens and literature and death: when you go to close out by hitting the x up pops an invitation to send to the gop for e-mails of news about repubs. bush's picture is there.
"Mr. Bush did not answer a question about whether his exercise regimen helped him manage angry or bad moods. "I have never seen him be in either," Mr. Fleischer intoned."
Why does Ari lie about something like the President's mood? Does he think Dubyah would lose votes of people thought he got angry, or was in a bad mood occasionally?
Or is he telling the truth, and admitting that Dubyah is a sociopath who wasn't even angered or bothered by September 11?
"The World Trade Center and the Pentagon got destroyed? Thousands of people are dead? We might be at war? Oh well. Time to work out. Wouldn't want to be angry or let a little massive death and destruction get me down."
Thanks for referring to one of the few articles that indicated that the resident in chief got less than a warm welcome in Knoxville, Tenn. As a citizen of that city, I can tell you that, in addition to the three hecklers who were bravely hauled out while Bush gave his canned speech, the streets in front of the convention center where Shrub spoke were filled with demonstrators-- Earth First, the Native American action group, Green Party members, Stop the Bombs in Oak Ridge, and other disgusted activists.
If it can happen in conservative, Republican Knoxville, it can happen anywhere.
Thanks for spreading the word.
I sent the following letter to the editors of The Washington Monthly regarding Paul Glastris's article "Why Can't Democrats Get Tough":
there no way we as democrats and patriots can communicate our beliefs.
It seems as if the disjointed groups with different messages are all branching
out in different directions. Nothing can be accomplished by appearing
confused. Is there any reason why a man such
Hopefully and wishfully
I have seen DUBYA on TV a couple of times lately,and I am wondering if anyone else besides me has noticed how much he has aged in just these last few months...Oh and I have also noticed how red the bridge of his nose ALWAYS is........hhhhhmmmmmmm....I suppose if they read this he will have make up put on his nose from now on...just wondering......
I signed up to be a team leader here's what I got---propaganda points to write---what a joke--expose them--but don't let them know where it came from so I can get more for you
A BuzzFlash Reader
RE: THE VAST LEFT WING CONSPIRACY NEEDS YOUR HELP!
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Keep on keepin' on.
Regarding Kathleen Parker's article about the invention of the Clinton Complex. I'm not sure if the right-wing suffers from feelings of inadequacy and/or self-hatred which has resulted in the Clinton Complex.
All I know, is in various debates with right-wingers, Clinton is often thrown in as an argument closer. Such as "Well, Clinton did it too," as if this is suppose to exonerate Bush or other Republicans from some wrongdoing. If it is wrong for Clinton to do "whatever," does it make any less wrong for Bush?
Keep up the good work!
[BuzzFlash Note: And don't forget the Bush said he was going to change the tone in Washington. So far, it appears that the only thing he's changed are his scales.]
I just wrote Begala & Carville an e-mail welcoming them to the show and I also requested that they do a show on all the Chicken Hawks on the Rabid Right.
I think a show like this might prove to be very informative for many Americans who have no clue about these cretins. I also think that the Chicken Hawks would be forced to come on the show to defend themselves and that might prove quite entertaining!
If you gentlemen are mildly interested perhaps you could post a request on your sites for people to e-mail Crossfire and ask for a special show on Chicken Hawks.
Just a thought.
[BuzzFlash Note: You can email Crossfire by clicking here.]
It seems that Washington is up to it's old tricks. There can be no doubt in anyone's mind that the refusal of the current administration to support the British-led International Security Assistance Force beyond Kabul, is a clear indication that the "Devastate Them and Desert Them" policies of the 1990's are still in vogue. How foolish am I? This genuinely comes as a surprise to me. It is SO obvious that to provide stability in Afghanistan as it seeks to rebuild itself, is absolutely crucial if America is to be successful in it's campaign. Have they (the Washington plonkers) learnt nothing from the mistakes of the past? Clearly not. Yet again the American people are let down by an incompetent administration, as anti-American sentiment will find yet another good reason to flourish.
Having said that, Bush's 80% polling may suggest to some that America is getting the administration it deserves. This does not apply to my fellow BuzzFlash readers, I only wish there were more of you!
D.M. Reid (NZ)
PS Just saw Ashcroft on Letterman, God give me strength.
AM NOW A LOYAL CROSSFIRE WATCHER. I SAW THE BUZZFLASH DISCUSSION! IT WAS
IT IS A MUCH BETTER PROGRAM, AND AT LEAST WE HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE!!!
I was rolling on the floor when reading Kathleen Parker's article on the "inventing the Clinton Complex" that you sent me (Thanks!). You see, I am now in the process of reading David Brock's book "Blinded by the Right". I was just reading the Anita Hill chapter in which the Federalist society technique is explained. First, they knew that this was a battle for perception in the public opinion, not for the truth. Second, they were at the point where Hill had demolished Thomas's reputation by a lot of detailed testimony about his misbehavior (see Brock's book and the Hunting too doing same for the Right Wing conspiracy). So, they take a recess and pour on research how to discredit those details. One of the techniques is to find references on them elsewhere and pretend they were borrowed from there (fiction - for the pubic hair, a legal case for Long Dong Silver). Which is what they do here: they do not contradict Barbara Comstock's statement that she hates Hillary "because Hillary reminds me of me. I am Hillary" (p.209). They do however take Begala's and Brock's general comments and try to find a puppetmaster who put the words in their heads. Which is, needless to say...more projection.
C'mon, guys! The dirty trick book has been given away. Can't you come up with fresh tricks?
Thanks for the great site! I was so repulsed by Kathleen Parker's self-righteous column of 4/10 in www.townhall.com (Vast left-wing conspiracy invents Clinton complex), that I fired off the response below. Please feel free to include it in your mailbag, although without my e-mail address (I don't want to be harassed by freepers!)
Response to Kathleen Parker:
I am just an ordinary person, not in Begala's league, but I have observed for years that the meanest Republicans accuse democrats of doing what they would like to do or are doing. I was listening to Rush several years ago and a nice young lady called in and asked Rush why so many democrats, such as Clinton, are charismatic, handsome, intelligent, warm, and likable, while so many Repub's are like Mr. Burns on the Simpsons, Henry Hyde, Trent Lott: mean, ugly, twisted people. Rush said "He's acting!" You may recall that is what people said of Reagan's charisma back when he had Alzheimer's disease while he was a sitting president. He was an actor with a mean spirit and a brain disease who could act nice and say his lines. Then all my right-wing religious nut friends said for 8 years that the Democrats wanted to take everyone's guns, attack our country, make it look like terrorists had done it, take away our rights, and then declare marshall law and take over our country WITHOUT BEING ELECTED. They said Clinton had ordered 90 million body bags and had them stored away. This is what the republicans apparently wanted to do because they are doing exactly that now. Following the script. The surplus has probably been reserved for the body bag purchase order. Tell me. How many acting lessons would it take for Trent Lott to appear charismatic, or GWBush to appear compassionate? This is not amateur psychology. It only takes common sense.
Jon Stewart deserves a Pulitzer if not a Nobel for cutting thru so much of the fawning, pseudo-journalist bullcrap that passes for news coverage & commentary in the US today. I just caught a few minutes of last night's 'Daily Show' & saw Stewart interviewing CNN's Judy Woodruff. In a completely open & good-humored manner, Stewart broke thru Woodruff's corporate caution to get her to admit the Bush administration is using 9/11 for its own political ends. But what was really a joy was to hear some of Stewart's zingers (quoted from memory): "watching Fox News is like watching the Cartoon Network" ... after Woodruff characterized divisions within the GOP as 'conservatives vs. the far right, "it's more like the far right vs. the [fearful voice] **unbelievably** far right" ... and my favorite, describing GOP propaganda, "if I say 'I'm hungry today,' they go 'you know what's good for that, drilling in ANWR.'" (& he said 'Anwar' like someone really up on the issues, not 'up in the arctic.')
Along the way Stewart also criticized the Dems for being in a shambles, leading Woodruff to trying to defend them. The man is well-informed, he's quick & really funny, and his heart & brain are in the right place; from now on I'm watching Stewart every day just like I visit your sites.
A BuzzFlash Reader Responds to Kathleen Parker:
I differ with their assessment of the Clinton hating phenomenon. It's not about "projection."
Clinton hating is a convenient, socially acceptable means of hating blacks, Jews, gays, poor people, the handicapped, the environment, "The West Wing," Dan Rather, Hollywood, New Yorkers, "intellectuals," and all the dark-skinned people with hard-to-pronounce names who work in "our" convenience stores and sandwich shops.
Don't you agree?
A BuzzFlash Reader
This is in regards to your headline leading into this article...................
Israeli Soldiers killed in heavy battles in Jenin refugee camp. 4/10
I'm so sad because so many people are being killed and it appears from the news programs and news web sites, only one side appears to be allowed to openly grieve....one side gets to bury their dead in cemeteries while the other side has morgues overflowing with bodies and they have to dig up roads to bury loved ones in a mass grave until it's safe to be outside and offer prayers to their families.
One side is able to walk around freely....attend school....get medical attention....not be searched...stripped.....beaten with military guns.....able to buy food and water when they are running out.....
I'm sad because young Israeli men who are only serving their required military stint are encouraged to be brutal beyond necessary....(rounding up boys and men--strip searches----beatings )......encouraged to intimidate civilians and shoot at journalists.....encouraged to treat another race without dignity and concern and then are encouraged to believe that they are not pawns....they are only doing their duty.
I'm sad Palestinian children are encouraged to strap bombs on their backs and murder innocent civilians....I'm sad their desperation has grown so much that they are brainwashed into believing this is the only and best way......
I'm sad that the people I have spoken with regarding my concerns seem to hardly seek out a variety of news sources before they form an opinion. I'm sad there is so much hard-line and bitterness towards one side that they can read in the article listed above that 15 Israeli soldiers were killed when explosives were detonated in a building and totally disregard the estimates that 150 Palestinians people....women...men...and children who may or may not be terrorists but in fact civilians, were also killed this is only an estimate because the Journalists and humanitarian workers have not been given full access to tell us the correct number).
On 4/9/02 CNN and both MSNBC led off repeatedly this Headline of more troops killed in Israeli incursion into Jenin......never once mentioning that there were potentially so many Palestinian casualities......actually never once mentioning Palestinians except to say that the Israeli troops came under heavy gunfire.
Unfortunately, today 4/10/02......your site and Salon are following their lead.....the headline in Salon reads "Palestinian gunmen kills 13 Israeli soldiers").
How disappointing! The article your site actually mentions 150 Palestinians dead....yet you led off with 13 Israelis dead..............is there some bias on your part?
Now, I see that you have just posted an article by Dan Rather "Most Israelis, Palestinians victims, not warriors."
Why not be more fair and post this article by Janine Di Giovanni in Rummane, near Jenin that was posted in the Times of London and displayed on the http:// www. commondreams.org web site?:
Scream for water in the 'City of Bombers'
Heaping on the Palestinian people more and more desperation, bombed homes, psychological and physical assaults will only bring more suicide bombers and hatred towards the Israeli people..................Humanitarian organizations, the European Union and the United Nations all know this and have spoken out on these points.
Soon, I hope the media will open itself up to explore all aspects as to why this violence could be so out of control rather than just replaying constantly one-sided position over the supposed facts of another.
The media has the power to force/encourage our government to stop touring the Middle East (first Cheney now Powell) and get Arafat and Sharon back to the table to commit to Peace.
More deaths to both Israeli civilians and Palestinian civilians will occur, but the leaders must not be able to interrupt the process to peace...........they must stay talking and they must be the responsible leaders that their people elected them to be!
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