The BuzzFlash Mailbag
April 12, 2002
Keep up the good work.
Here's the letter I sent to Parker:
Isn't there some way to stop the Greens from fielding congressional candidates who take just enough votes away from Democrats to elect Republicans? This has happened over and over in New Mexico and elsewhere. So what does Nader think now of electing Bush over his alleged lookalike Gore or a Democratic over a Republican House. Can he be happy over the tax cut for the rich and the end of the inheritance tax?
you Linda Kekumu for the letter
you wrote to BuzzFlash. You summed up what so many millions of Americans
are feeling today. Where is the news media? Why was our election stolen
by the Republicans, the Bush Family, the United States Supreme Court?
Why are the Bushes getting by with the corruption and fraud they have
been getting away with for so many years? Yes, since Bush took over the
White House, there are no morals for Bush talks out of both sides of his
mouth. The Bushes don't care about the American people, they only care
about how much money they can steal from the poor to pay the rich, their
oil buddies. Oh yes, how I miss President Clinton. He had morals, and
I hope no one in Houston will fall for this Baxter suicide letter which is transparently fake. Written entirely in block letters, with a block letter "signature," and displaying no personal or family knowledge, it is something literally anyone could have written.
Worse, the attempt to prevent its release by Houston authorities, on the grounds of "intimate family details," is so blatantly disproved, that it raises questions about the veracity of Houston authorities themselves.
If you want to know how the economy is really doing, apparently you need to call a tree service.
It's April and in Houston that means calling the tree guy to get your trees trimmed. Coincidentally, it's the dreaded tax time. These two have met head-on this year and it is serving as a barometer of sorts for the economy.
I called our regular service this year to arrange for the tree care. I told Tom, the owner of the company, that our immediate concern was taking down a dead tree. The trimming would have to wait until next month as we just did our taxes and, for the first time in YEARS, we owe money. This would have been different had we not gotten the tax advance last year.
This is when our conversation got interesting. Tom told me that this was the worst April he has had since the oil business went bust in the 80's. The double whammy this year is the recession (his term) going hand in hand with the sly (my term) tax advance that was trumpeted as a 'gift.' Not only were people hurting to start with, but they are finding out that their return this year is either much smaller, nonexistent, or they owe money to the IRS. When our economy was booming along in the Clinton years, Tom said his waiting list for spring was four to six weeks. Those who scheduled with him earlier this year, anticipating the long wait, have been calling and canceling -- almost all citing the Tax Shock of 2002 as the reason. The result is that rather than my usual month-long wait, he will be here on Saturday.
Fortunately, as a daily Buzz reader, I was informed and prepared. My husband, mr. republican, only knew about this because of the links you provided many months ago. I was only TOO happy to share those links with him. Talk about bursting one's bubble!
Well, America, welcome to the shell game. Reality bites.
The last paragraph of Kathleen Parker's commentary entitled 'Vast ... conspiracy' invents 'Clinton Complex', specifically, "Sane people, of course know better. And dogs, though they stop barking after a serpent slithers away, continue to despise snakes, biliously." reminds me of a passage from Bertrand Russell's "To Face Danger Without Hysteria."
hysteria is a phenomenon not confined to human beings; it may be seen
The letter to Katherine Harris and her notice to constituents is certainly upsetting. It is bad enough that Harris damaged our democratic system, but it seems so perverted that she may have a chance to mess with our lives on a regular basis as a member of the House of Representatives.
I say "may" because there is hope that Republicans will lose control of the House this November. I hope that Democrats and progressive independents give her the "new-kid-on-the-block" treatment. Stick her in a basement closet with no budget for staff. While they're at it, they should treat Tom DeLay and his right-wing cronies the same way.
Re: Baxter's suicide note www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/topstory/1361816
The second I saw Baxter's suicide note to his wife, a chill went up my spine. I knew it was fake and that he was murdered. The reason is simple: the handwritten note is in capital block letters. Even his signature.
I remembered a lecture I attended given by the Los Angeles police detective specializing in forgery and document fraud. He made it very clear to us that it is next to impossible for someone to write in the same handwriting as another person; the expert forger, in his long experience, was a Hollywood myth. Given two adequate handwriting samples, he and others in his field could, with great certainty, say whether or not they matched. He said the only cases in which the handwriting could not be matched with confidence, were those in which block printing was used instead of cursive.
The only way I could be convinced that Baxter's note is real would be if he had the highly unusual habit of writing in block letters all the time and used them even when signing important Enron documents (of course those have probably been shredded by AA.) The fact that he did not use his real signature on his "suicide" note to his wife, easily the most important document he would have ever signed, tells me very clearly that someone else wrote it--the person who killed him. One doesn't have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure this one out.
This really makes me wonder about the intelligence of the police down in Houston. God help the families of other homicide victims.
RA in LA
I have two thoughts for today.
is about last night's Larry King Live show. I
tuned in long enough to hear Peter Jennings blow his image right out of
the water by whining about how for decades there was a "decided liberal
slant" to the media, saying that he is much happier now that the
"conservatives are in control," and feels the country is going
back in the right direction. Good bye ABC. I never liked Peter Jennings
anyway, he is so pompous and pure. And quite frankly, at 50, I am just
damned tired of seeing the same faces depict personal opinion and viewpoint
and call it the news. The same people, along with their various dye jobs
and face lifts. Why don't they bring along a younger person and train
them? I have been looking at the likes of Jennings, BaaBaaWaaWaa, and
a lot of other "old timers" for TOO LONG.
As for me? I hold georgie personally responsible for Sept. 11. Seriously.
I wish members of Congress would stop referring to Mr Ridge as Governor Ridge. He is no longer a governor but the Director of the Homeland Security. They should be referring to him as Director Ridge rather than Governor. He is not getting paid to do a governor's job. What is the purpose of addressing him as Governor Ridge and not Director Ridge.
I also don't understand why Director Ridge isn't testifying before Congress. Under the Administration's web page www.whitehouse.gov/government he is listed under Cabinet Rank Members.
United States Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick, and Office of Management Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr are two of the Cabinet Rank Members who have testified at Congress. Recently, Mr. Daniels testified at the Congressional hearings conducted by Senator Lieberman. The reason given on why Director Ridge doesn't testify is because he is just an advisor. If this is the case, then he should be listed under The Executive Office.
Subj: Pure Oxygen/"she-span" is POSITIVELY must-see TV
'Caught this for the first time last night because visiting friends insisted it was must-see TV.They were totally right.
What an ABSOLUTE BLAST!!!
Hosted by sharp, smart, q-friendly Stephanie Miller (she was the best thing on cable during "Monica," i.e. Clinton defender -- and still is), it's called "pure oxygen" and it's listed on the oxygen website as "she-span." Although the link below features 2 hosts, only Miller appeared on last night's show.
The program started with a roundtable on current events featuring a panel comprised of -- get this -- 3 liberal/progressives and 1 republican. Couldn't say if this ratio is typical or not. But as long as Miller is hosting it, progressives WILL maintain the upper hand.
The panel was ALL female. No, they weren't nice and cuddly to the lone gop-er. But it WAS fun. And very "democratic."
Because it's on the Oxygen network, p02/she-span probably won't get the ink or buzz Crossfire does -- but they deserve it!
Perhaps a BuzzFlash-Oxygen partnership waiting to happen.
I read somewhere on the Web that the CIA and the oil companies were out to get Chavez, Chile redux. It appears to have worked. Will anyone report on what the Caracas CIA station has been up to in the past few months? How much money have we borrowed from our grandchildren to finance this coup?
A BuzzFlash Reader
I read the letter to you from Linda Kekumu, dated April 10, 2002. I just wanted to let you know that is the way I also feel. I, too, have talked to people and they feel the same way. I'm also wishing people would let our Congress, and Senate, know that we want them to stand up to the Republicans. We need them to stand up for us. I am very unhappy with this Administration. People I talk to are also unhappy. They want Democrats to fight back and stop Republicans from badmouthing us.
Palast had it right! In a radio interview with Alex Jones on March 4,
2002, he predicted the fall of the President of Venezuela because President
Chavez had the nerve to say no to the IMF and because Chavez wanted to
raise taxes on oil corporations to fund social programs.
[BuzzFlash Note: And afraid for your life, especially if you're not in lockstep support with the Bush jihad or its corporate puppet-masters.]
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