The BuzzFlash Mailbag
April 11, 2002
Are we supposed to be surprised by this White appointment?
Isn't this pretty much how Smirkco made his millions?
Texas Rangers (with publicly-funded stadium later to be named Enron Field)
Shouldn't we expect Smirkco to look at this dastardly White as one of his own kind?
Just read the article you linked to from Townhall.com. Where Kathleen Parker criticized what Paul Begala said in your interview with him.
I have to say that the more Conservatives try to explain what was done to Clinton during his administration the more they prove what Brock, Moore, Palast and others are saying.
Trash the Author. Nit pick details. Rant and rave about the smallest detail. But never address the substance of the book. What they are doing is exactly what you would expect them to do if the books mentioned above are true.
Don't they get it?
has the conservative media just noticed BuzzFlash all of the sudden? Why
no Mention of BuzzFlash.com when you wrote about the stolen election?
Or the Enron Scandal? Or Bush family ties to the Saudis and Bin Ladens?
Or Poppy Bush's ties to the Carlyle Group?
In fact one or two more articles ripping your interview with Begala will be more coverage than all of the conservative press gave to the voter purge in Florida!
At least we know Brock and the others are telling the truth about what the right wing thinks is important.
Keep it up!
Regarding the reluctance of Conservatives to appear on Crossfire -- now that the playing field is level and they might anticipate getting the same "polite" treatment Democrats have been accorded there by the likes of Tucker Carlson -- I would like to offer a comment:
Maybe, from now on we should refer to Conservatives as "Chicken-Conservatives" and go "balk, balk, balk" (or however chickens pronounce it!) every time we see a Conservative. Ridicule is to Conservatives as sunlight is to vampires – they can't handle it!
Make fun of Conservatives; that shouldn't be difficult. They are a pretty sorry lot when you get right down to it. There is much there to be ridiculed.
So, from now on, whenever we refer to a Conservative, it's "Chicken-Conservative" – much as the right-wingers loved referring to Liberals as Bleeding hearts. Actually, that's not half as damning as "Chicken" is. And the adjective "Chicken" suits them so well on all levels; they really are cowards.
And nothing scares them more than truth-telling. They cannot abide it, because truth-telling reveals Conservatives in all their arrogant hypocrisy, mean-temperedness and willingness to distort everything to achieve their Dark Ends.
A BuzzFlash fan,
The only way I can really understand what is going on is to compare our government to the Mafia -- "it's just business." It is so easy to accept that a poor desperate man will rob you on the street, but a greedy rich man could rob you also, he just doesn't use a gun. The people in power aren't saints, they are human. They might say they live by the words, what would Jesus do, but it's apparent, sadly, that it's just word service.
Subj: An absence of propriety
When MSNBC's Ashleigh Banfield, as she has in all concluding commentary since scurrying to the Middle East, nullifies the barbarity of Palestinian suicide-bombings by essentially asserting moral and political equivalencies to the "frustration" or "indignities" of Israeli occupation, Ms. Banfield is effectively suggesting the atrocities of 9/11 were "justifiable homicide."
seems some democrats are finally finding a spine. Although I'd rather
see it over a bigger issue (Enron, domestic policy, Taiwan, Thomas White,
various scandals waiting to erupt,etc.), but it's a start. Sen. Joe Lieberman
has rallied support against ANWR drilling & presents his argument
based on... wait for it... The Truth & Documented Fact!!! Using said
facts he basically bulldozes over the Bush admin's validation & reasoning
for drilling - while the repugs, once again, drape themselves in the flag
to push their agenda.
hey, let's not let facts get in the way. Let's go for a knee-jerk reaction
by putting it terms of not having to buy Saddam's oil & instead, sustain
ourselves. Which, really, begs the question - if Bush has declared war
on terrorism AND anyone who supports terrorism (be it with money or harbor),
AND has taken measures to freeze any channels for funneling monetary assets
to terrorists, AND has made Iraq the cornerstone of his "axis of
evil", then how is it that the US is currently buying 800,000 barrels
of oil from Iraq daily? For someone who sees things in black & white
& doesn't "nuance" (used as a verb, although Merriam-Webster
defines it only as a noun or adjective), GWB is ambling down a highway
of many shades of gray, whether he knows it or not.
To the Editor,
Subject: Analyzing Kathleen Parker
Kathleen Parker has never had a sense of irony. This is, after all, the woman who called Senator John Kerry (a man who won the Bronze and Silver Stars in Vietnam) a war wimp, while praising George W. Bush (who avoided Vietnam), Trent Lott (didn't serve - was a cheerleader instead) and Tom DeLay (didn't serve - said all the "minorities" got there before him) for their "guts."
Now she explains pathological hatred of Bill Clinton as akin to the way dogs instinctively hate snakes. Sure. Hatred of the Clintons couldn't possibly be due to the fact that for eight years, Clinton's enemies falsely accused Bill Clinton of:
Perhaps Parker thinks his infidelity (and lying about it) is responsible for all this hate, though I never heard her castigate Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston or Henry Hyde for cheating on their wives and lying about it. So, yeah, I guess it must be that dog thing after all.
I liked your article about teachers supporting the initiative of legislators taking the tests that are required of our students to graduate from high school. Has anyone suggested that presidential candidates be given the tests they are touting as remedy for our supposedly horrible schools? No, I am not a public school teacher. I am a volunteer in the schools and I see teachers work incredibly hard with very little thanks and I would just love to see Bush pass one of those tests he wants to inflict on those teachers' students.
Note: We should demand that Bush take any test he expects school
children to take. If he's half as smart as the Republicans claim him to
be, he might be twice as smart as a pre-schooler. Might.]
is a copy of the letter I just sent to Al Gore's Leadership '02 PAC. Please
feel free to post it if you think it's worthwhile. I strongly believe
we need a leader - the sooner, the better. While many of the Democratic
leadership are less than enthusiastic about Al Gore running in 2004, I
believe he is our best chance. He would be a great President. The Democratic
party is in a mess because they don't have a national leader -
President Al Gore
Dear Vice President Gore,
I am one of the silenced majority in America. You see, I voted for you but my vote didn't count. My family and I followed the 2000 election, from the Primaries right through your concession speech. We supported you and Senator Lieberman all the way.
You often said during the campaign "I will fight for you." And you did! You have served our country so well, from Viet Nam right through being a great Vice President. It almost isn't fair to ask you to serve again, you have given so much, but I must ask. Will you fight for us again?
This great country is in desperate need of someone to stand up and challenge the current Administration. It is appalling what has happened over the past 15 months. All of our worst fears are being realized. I am very concerned that Bush is leading us right into WWIII. This is not what we asked for, not what we voted for. Although he acts like he had an overwhelming majority, he does not even have a mandate. Yet, he goes unchallenged. In times past it was the bad guys who started wars but now it appears we will be starting the next one.
does not seems to be anyone willing to stand up and fight for the Democrats.
It's a huge void - one that needs to be filled before our country is totally
lost. The amount of debt Bush is racking up is astonishing. My children's
children will be paying for it, not mention the horrid environments tortures
he has visited on us. Those will take centuries to
What I see is that the Democrats are in a mess. They really need a leader. The American people are hungry for someone to rally around. We need someone who will fight for us, someone experienced, someone who knows how to lead, someone who knows how to talk and is understandable. We need a champion. Mr. Vice President, you are that person! You are more than qualified to lead, you are nationally known and we desperately need you. I pray every night that you will answer America's call one more time. I pray that you have enough in reserve to face this challenge as I don't expect it will be easy. You will be a target of the rabid right because you are such a threat to them. But I still believe that truth and honesty will win out, I believe in the goodness of America. I hope you decide to run for President in 2004 and announce that you will run with Senator Lieberman as your running mate right at the beginning.
This isn't a very poetic letter, I'm not much good at that but this letter is totally sincere. I'm just an ordinary citizen who loves her country and recognizes a need. We need you. We need you now! Please look in your drawer, find those boxing gloves and come out swinging. Never mind what the media reports, just shout the truth - it will be enough. America will listen, her citizen's are ready. We need to fight the good fight.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.
I don't really like calling the Chimp "Boy George". I still have my '80s flashback when I see that name. Why can't you use The Shrub, The Smirk, The Idiot Bastard Son (thank you Frank Zappa!) or Chimpy McCokespoon, as they called him on Democratic Underground site last week. Anything but Boy George.
However, there are some Culture Club-related riffs we could make here:
You Really Want to Hurt Me": In G.W.'s case, yes.
and don't forget Boy George's immortal lyrics:
So give the (original) Boy some credit!
Given the magnitude of the scandal already, it's clear the Enron and Arthur Anderson stories have not been scrutinized enough by the national press. There is no media frenzy, no 24/7 blow by blow of the developments (or non-developments) that we grew to expect during the Clinton administration.
More disturbingly, there appears to be no champions of truth digging into Enron's past and the Bush administrations entanglements. Some might say that the public isn't really interested, or perhaps the "war" is more newsworthy, but this doesn't wash. In the early days of Whitewater the public was even less interest, yet the press never let up.
Now we confront a real scandal. The administration, headed by Texas oil men, benefited substantially from Enron's political contributions, met with Enron executives behind closed doors to develop national energy policy and now stubbornly refuse to tell Congress who they met with or when. Then there are the bean counters at Arthur Anderson who blithely shredded Enron evidence even though penalties for obstructing justice are probably more certain than what they might have been for concealing Enron's financial woes.
evidence of evildoing is overwhelming. Real people have been hurt, yet
Enron fails to attract the attention it deserves. Americans may not agree
on their politics, but they usually recognize hypocrisy. So why the differential
treatment? Where are the seekers of the truth that the wealthy media corporations
are supposed to employ to keep us well informed? Why didn't Fox News or
CNN figure out sooner that Whitewater was a politically
Among the many other things about your website, I enjoy reading the daily "BuzzFlash Mailbag" with the comments from (often very faithful) visitors. Many of your readers, including myself, have written to say how pleased they are with the new format and style of Crossfire on CNN. Finally Democrats are starting to stand up to the show's right-wing co-hosts and beat them over the head with those nasty and elusive things called FACTS.
While the new show is certainly a refreshing and long overdue change, I am afraid it may not last. I think it's important for those of us who do enjoy the new format to contact CNN and let them know that we appreciate it.
We can be fairly certain the right-wingers are sending rafts of e-mails protesting the aggressive stance of the Democratic CO-hosts We must not let them convince CNN's management the show isn't working.
When Walter Isaacson took over last year, the first thing he did was arrange a meeting with top congressional Republicans (but not Democrats, of course) to find out how he could increase CNN's sagging ratings. When that happened, I fired off an e-mail to Mr. Isaacson to voice my objections. Now that CNN has finally done something favorable for "our side", I think we need to let them know that we approve.
I would like to urge all your readers who enjoy the new format of the show to please take a moment to send an e-mail and voice your approval. The e-mail address is:
Or visit the website at:
My thanks go out to everyone who takes the time to do this.
The New York Times today reports that a lawyer for Global Crossing screwed up and sent all of the people bidding for the remains of Global Crossing the same e-mail when all of the bidders' identities were supposed to be kept secret.
I don't know if you read this or not, but one of the fifty or so bidders appears to be the Carlyle Group.
The e-mail, which was reprinted by the Times, lists Emerrill@thecarlylegroup.com as one of the people on the list.
So, I guess the Carlyle group is interested in Global Crossing. Seeing as how the House is trying to turn this into a "Democratic Scandal," it certainly appears that the right winger junta at the Carlyle Group is looking to profit from the ashes.
[BuzzFlash Note: While were unable to find an employee of The Carlyle Group whose name is "Emerrill" or whose first initial is "E" and last name is "Merill", we did find a LOT of connections between The Carlyle Group and Merrill Lynch, including at least seven of The Carlyle Group's managing directors who have ties to the investment company. The other curious connection would be that the last letter of email recipient's name is actually the first initial of their last name. Is it possible that the famous chef (Emeril Lagasse) is a member of The Carlyle Group? Or, perhaps, it's a fabricated email address, redirected to someone at The Carlyle Group who chooses to remain anonymous. As Emeril would say, "Bam!"]
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