The BuzzFlash Mailbag
April 15, 2002
Last week, I received the following four Teamster press releases all on the same day. The first question that comes to mind is why are Gale Norton and Spence Abraham spending so much time rallying teamsters in favor of drilling in ANWR. As a taxpayer, I would hope they have something more productive to do than travel around campaigning for partisan/corporate causes on my dime.
The second thing that comes to mind is how promptly Bu$h inc. pays off their political debts.
- Delaware Teamsters Join Interior Secretary in Support of Senate Energy
- Albany Teamsters Join Interior Secretary in Support of Senate Energy
- Dallas Teamsters Rally for Responsible Energy Policy
- Hoffa Named to White House Panel Addressing Workforce Issues
I love reading your website daily. Today's headline about Venezuela piqued my interest because I read an interview with Greg Palast about problems he has seen with the IMF, WorldBank and some Globalization policies. In this interview, which was primarily about Argentina, Mr. Palast predicted the fall of Hugo Chavez. Here is the quote:
I can't believe that Mr. Palast can't get his own show here in the US.
A BuzzFlash Reader
please begin watching taiwan-gate closely as this one poses great danger....as you know, three high level Bush appointees have taken oodles of cash from a slush fund operated by the former president of taiwan. what Taiwan wants most is arms....yesterday (4/11) the Washington Times had article quoting Wolfowitz saying the Bush administration will do "...whatever it takes..." to defend Taiwan from China. they have already allowed Taiwan to buy new missiles, aircraft and helicopters. They ended Clinton era restrictions allowing Taiwan to buy arms only once a year....next month a delegation of US defense officials will visit the island to discuss building submarines for them. the usual boys, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, etc. Wolfie's remarks reveal a clear departure from Clinton approach which favored closer ties with mainland. The paper got this info through Freedom of Information Act (which bush is trying to shut down, of course). And let's remember China is already very upset at recent disclosure of Bush plans revealing his Pentagon is prepared to use nukes in a conflict over Taiwan. if that happens, we can all kiss our butts goodbye. every one of us.
The question is: are these people insane?
Sorry, but I disagree. Bush/Cheney and company will create a crisis which will push their numbers up. Anyone who could subvert American democracy the way they did, starting with the 12th amendment is corrupt and will STOP AT NOTHING to retain power. Talking with the people who need to switch their vote to the Democrats to bring us into the majority, shows me they have little understanding of the constitution and the fact that they have an unelected executive in the White House.
The most effective analogy that brings these kind of people up short is that the US Supreme Court is kicking people out of public housing when their children get into trouble with drugs, yet, when Bush's daughter(s) were in trouble, he did not get kicked out of public housing - the White House. We need more simple examples like this.
This "suicide" of Cliff Baxter stinks worse than Houston's polluted air on a humid summer day. His letter isn't helping clear anything up.
Why would Baxter's family fight the release of the letter, when there is not one detail in the note that reveals what was going on with him or his family?
The circumstances surrounding his death are simply bizarre: 2:00 AM in a turn lane, in his car not far from his house, a short letter written all in capital letters to his wife left in her car, after he'd told friends he might need a body guard. Oh, and he was going to testify before Congress about his cronies at Enron.
Maybe it's just what they say it is; maybe Baxter had a conscience that he couldn't live with. But when you're talking about ruthless, powerful, ultra-rich men facing potential jail time or loss of their ill-gotten fortunes....
Well, it makes one wonder doesn't it?
I'm flying from Seattle to DC for the April 20th march against the "War On Terra." I hope everyone on the East Coast who opposes the endless, undefined, permanent war can make it. There are also rallies planned in numerous other cities across America. Let's show the corporate media and the power elite that Bush's poll numbers are bulls**t!
Here's the website for the event....
Rich of the New York times says it all. Maybe he should run for the Democratic
Major kudos to Rep. Stephen Horn and all of his co-sponsors!! This bill ought to pass both the house and the senate with NONE ZERO dissenting votes in record time. Any senator or representative that dared to vote against this bill should be UN-elected at the very earliest opportunity. And just let the current occupant of the White House veto that! Surely a move that stupid (although not unimaginable) would be overridden with no dissent as well. This administration has been one huge lie from even before the get go. Not a soul in it exhibits any behavior to indicate that their intent is to "restore honor, ethics or dignity to the Executive Branch". Not that it really needed it before their arrival. Bill Clinton's administration puts them to shame and they've only just started. (Don't it seem like forever though? Who could have imagined so much damage could be done to the foundations of our democracy in so short a time?) The release of all the Reagan/Bush papers would probably jeopardize the jobs, not to mention the freedom, of half of Bush Jr.'s appointments. The rest were already pardoned by Poppy. I urge all BuzzFlash readers to advise both their senators and representatives that they think this bill should be considered immediately and that a yes vote is absolutely vital to retain the trust of the people they represent.
The scariest thing about this email is the line "will continue to fall absent some unforeseen dominating event." How "unforeseen" do you think that event is? Perhaps an invasion of Iraq, maybe? Announcing a big capture just prior to the election, even though the guy's been locked in a shipping container in Kabul for 2 months? What do you think?
Subj: The precipitation of WWIII....
The "Doomsday" Clock has been advanced twice in Bunnypant's first year in office...
Is World War III just around the corner? Here's a scenario...
The middle east turns into a regional conflagration.
Flow of oil is cut off to the west.
The Arab world allies with China and Russia.
China and Russia become allies (already are).
China invades Taiwan.
All hell breaks loose.
Bunnypants is playing Nintendo in Texas.
...as with all major wars, including WWI and WWII, there comes a point of no return...hard to say if we are past that...if the middle east becomes inflamed, as it appears it is (Saudi's set aside $50 million today for families of suicide bombers), the above scenario just might unfold...
A BuzzFlash Reader
Today I read an article in the Houston Chronicle entitled "Ex-Enron exec fired gun." www.chron.com/Cs/CDA/story.hts/business/1364998
Here is the letter I wrote them concerning their unsupported conclusion:
Judging by the following quote in the Washington Post Article, the republicans must be running scared. If you'll notice, the Carlyle Group spokesman used the same analogy, "grassy knoll" that Ari Fleischer used at his press briefing when asked about Rep. McKinney. That tells me that they've already circulated that as a talking point. Anytime people get anywhere near the truth, the republicans immediately brand them as a nutcase. Of course, the scared bunny democrats predictably run away from her as fast as possible. I say, BRAVO to her for at least being brave enough to ask questions. I want to know, too!
I HAVE READ SOME OF THE LETTERS YOU HAVE WRITTEN TO PEOPLE, WHO WROTE THAT THEY LIKED THE NEW CNN SHOW. YOUR LETTERS SURE DID NOT SOUND LIKE THEY WERE FROM A PROFESSIONAL MAN.
TOO, AM SO HAPPY TO FINALLY HAVE SOME TRUTH COME OUT ON TV. I ACTUALLY
CONTINUE ON WITH YOUR SHOWS. I NOW WATCH CNN AND GET MY NEWS FROM THE
was astounded when I watched a so-called report yesterday about Rep. Cynthia
McKinney and her allegations of the Bush administration knowing ahead
of 9/11 attacks. During the segment about her charges, a factoid box opened
up on the side stating that McKinney's father was accused of being anti-Semitic.
What this tidbit had to do with the story, even if true, is not relevant.
It appears to be included only to discredit Rep. McKinney. CNN is moving
to the right to fight back Fox for cable news dominance. The
Bush is media darling among cable networks
Jon Porieir, San Diego
What would you call a network where a bilious RIGHT WING spinner (the one who comes on straight after Rush on WABC) beats up on a second rater handpicked to be his Liberal punching bag?
Would you call it "fair and balanced"?
What would you call a network where obnoxious anchors hide behind falsehood slogans (like the "No-spin Zone") while beating up on easy Liberal targets like Al Sharpton, Hillary Clinton and Rosie O'Donnell?
Would you call it "fair and balanced"?
What would you call a network where token moderates (they're NOT Liberals, but you knew that when you hired them) either:
(1) sell out to cheap tabloid populism by "wearing a gun in Afghanistan" (I'm told Osama peed his pants over that one);
(2) allow themselves to be stood over by a neanderthal with one eyebrow (Sean it's true. Ask the missus if you don't believe me) or ...
(3) remain bound - and thereby neutered - by standards of objectivity which most at Fox haven't heard of, let alone rejected (well done Greta, but you're still working for the Dark Side).
Would you call that network "fair and balanced"? Silly question really, as you ALREADY DO. In believing this absurdity, most Fox employees and dittohead viewers suffer from an osmosis so bizarre, so deluded, so subtle yet so powerful that it can only be compared to ... well ... THE MYTH OF THE LIBERAL MEDIA.
But of course you suffer from no such delusions, do you Roger? You know EXACTLY what you're doing ...
All the best,
Letter to Roger Ailes in re. attacks on people watching Crossfire. We need a Nationwide BuzzFlash, both on radio and TV. Something starting out small, say like 24 7 on all but FOX. Even I am not cold hearted enough to take all the Rights Playtoys..Let THEM, get over it...
Re: FOX'S ROGER AILES TELLS BUZZFLASH READERS WHAT HE THINKS OF CROSSFIRE
I don't know why decent people bother to write to this jackass when the only type of response he can think of is ''yeah, well you play with yourself in front of a computer" so there! He reminds me of an ultraconservative I used to work with, he knows what he knows, and even when proven wrong, he still knows what he knows.
We know some things too. We know "Fair and Balanced, as Always" is a joke. We know wingnuts across America had no problem when "the old guy and the little boy" on Crossfire were beating up on wishy washy Democrats. We know they have a serious problem with the revamped Crossfire.
I know that for the longest time, we didn't get Fox News in our area, and I remember last year when it finally slimed its way into our area, the few wingnuts at work were overjoyed that finally, their wingnut wish had been granted. Nobody else at work cared, but these two acted like it was the Second Coming.
Stop writing to Roger the Dodger. He will never give you a straight answer, he will dodge and weave around the questions, much like his masters occupying the White House dodge and weave around questions. Plus he enjoys insulting you. If you feel the need to complain, or wonder when Faux will become Fair and Balanced, write to your local paper. Many more people will see it, as opposed to one jerk-off with a Blackberry Wireless Handheld.
Actions speak louder than words. Don't tell Roger you are going to boycott Fox sponsors. Tell Fox sponsors you are boycotting them and why. Post a list of sponsors and pass them on to friends and family. Once you have a list of sponsors, STOP WATCHING THE TRASH. You'll feel better. And never forget, these are the idiots who tried to ruin Hockey as we know it, with cartoon robot monsters, blue comet streaking pucks, combined with bad announcers and Sesame Street instructions on understanding the game.
Re: Roger Ailes
This guy is so lame and caught up in big business he can't even send a simple e-mail without giving some business the glad hand advertisement. Just how lame is that? The far right is dying on the vine, they know and can't do a damn thing about it.
lets see if I have this straight....These two old BULLS, Sharon and Arafat,
hate each other with an all out passion, and neither will give in...BUT
these OLD GEEZERS will allow their children to die in their wake? HMMMMMMMM....isnt
it clear what SHOULD be done???? These TWO OLD GOATS should be put out
in a pasture somewhere and each given a cannon, to aim at each other,
and both be forced to shoot .....I think possibly all of the
Isn't war what OLD MEN start,and send their YOUNG MEN to fight?
OK, if you really are worried about a "little boy and an old man" being beat up" by the left on the new Crossfire, why don't you run a similar show on your own network and have two heavy weights from both sides?
My guess is that you are afraid because your own right-wing commentators like O'Reilly are too wimpy to face guys like James Carville and Paul Begala.
Just as I'm sure you lack the integrity to even answer my email. You would rather beat up on polite ladies like Rose M. Gregory of Nashville, TN.
In case you do have some backbone, you can call me directly. I'll be glad to take on you and O'Reilly by myself. Let's see how well your "ideas" hold up when faced directly with the truth.
have more insight into democracy and political and personal courage than
do Americans. We watched the Bush coup on TV then changed channels to
watch the football game.
In my haste at reading Ailes' comments, I thought in his response "....[counterpoint] its set up to have the left win every night by beating up the old man and the kid twit."
was referring the Cheney & Shrub.
The Venezuelan people have more guts than their American counterparts!
In a message dated 4/14/02 9:20:13 AM, BuzzFlash writes:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Dear BuzzFlash -
Did anyone else notice that today's NYT article about Gore's talk to the Florida Democratic Party neglected to include even the tiniest hint about what Gore said? There was much inside dope about byzantine political scheming and a nice large picture of John Edwards (who was only mentioned in passing) but nothing about what Gore had to say! Is everything to do with Gore ipso facto "irrelevant," as Berke infamously referred to the recount results?
If you scroll down to the fourth paragraph in this article, entitled "Who Can Claim It," it shows that the tax "rebate" was no "rebate" at all, but rather an "advance." That's what we were trying to tell all these taxpayers who fell for Bush's marketing. The only thing we got to do is finance his advertising where he printed little commercials about the "rebate" we would soon be getting. I wonder how much that cost the taxpayers. To make matters worse, I know someone who was on unemployment and diligently looking for work, and with one of her $163 weekly checks last summer, she was horrified to see that the Bush administration had sent an advertisement with an insulting picture of a few extra dollars that she would get in her unemployment check because of him. I think she got $1 more. I wonder how much that advertisement cost.
can read this story on Bankrate.com at
A BuzzFlash Reader
weekend's online New York Times magazine section includes an interview
with Phil Donahue, who says he might vote for Bush in 2004 depending on
who opposes him and what happens in the next two years. Anyone who would
even consider voting for Bush after what he's done to this country in
just the short time he's been in office is neither a liberal nor a progressive----he's
a closet Republican! Needless to say, I won't be watching Donahue's new
SAY GORE COULD'VE WON BY 2 MILLION VOTES IF HE HAD CAMPAIGNED BETTER.
GORE SHOULD BE PRESIDENT, BUSH SHOULD HAVE A DUNCE CAP ON!
Subj: Cynthia McKinney
I am a reader and soon to be a subscriber (I just got employed after a long unemployment stretch). I have been reading the articles on Congresswoman McKinney. She really struck a nerve with republicans.
It's amazing how 'in the dark' American congresspeople are considering international news sources have pointed to this possibility. Even CNN did that interview with Richard Butler about Bush Administration negotiations with the Taliban and an oil pipeline.
seems to me very likely they knew something was happening but the magnitude
of it shocked them. I want to do something that enables people to write
to their reps to do
A BuzzFlash Reader
Please don't tell me that you too will go soft on the legitimate progressive movement in America by putting any stock whatsoever in Al Gore. Yes, he did win the election, I obviously agree with that, but what would that have really meant to us? Gore is pro drug war, pro NAFTA, pro WTO/IMF, pro globalization, pro death penalty, and just as corrupt as the rest.
Do you think the Clinton-Gore administration waged war in the Balkans for any other reason than that which I paraphrase by their Energy Secretary, to get the geopolitical map right for the pipeline which our current administration is warring in Central Asia. What war has the US been in involved in since Vietnam that wasn't about oil? You think the Clinton administration gave all that money to fight in Colombia to "stop drugs" or perhaps it's the same reason we're failing to overthrow Venezuela. Gore and Clinton may not be oily like Bush and Cheney, but they are no less dominated by global corporations. The corporate government has got to go. All of them.
Don't get me wrong, the "Bush Team" belongs in federal prisons as opposed to federal office, but Al Gore is not the solution. Al Gore lost an election because of clear cut fraud and only fought it as far as the pollsters told him to, rather than taking an opportunity to be a legitimate American hero by not backing down from a corrupt Supreme Court. No, Greg Palast and Michael Moore get to carry the torch while the man himself no longer cared.
Now all of a sudden Al Gore is back and fighting mad, whoo hoo. While he may have "led the pack," and "come out swinging" at the convention in Orlando last night, he did it in front of a mere 2,500 people. Meanwhile, 70 miles west in Tampa, Michael Moore, Ralph Nader, et al drew approximately 6,000 people.
I have considered BuzzFlash a legitimate source of news in this era of overt media complicity in the crimes of the powerful, so please, if you are going to feature several articles about Al Gore and the other half of the single corporate party which has a stranglehold on our democracy, how about a little equal time, or at least a mention of a political rally in the same state that drew twice the number of people?
It is great to read that Al Gore is back with vigor. It is about time
we respond to those that say Bush makes a better "wartime" president
than Gore. If Gore were president (in my book he actually is), there may
never have been a war. Unlike Bush, Gore would not have completely ignored
the Hart-Ruddman report on terrorism when it was submitted in Feb 2001.
More importantly, if Gore were president, we would not be squandering
So, Da' Buzz has finally popped up on the bent and broken radar of the op/ed page of Lil' Dickie Scaife's daily birdcage liner and puppy trainer. My, my, my! You have arrived!
Before you get too full of yourselves, please remember the words of Mohandas K. Ghandi: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win".
Looks like they are forcing themselves to laugh. Wonder what their Nitrous Oxide bill costs per month? ;')
have much to be humble for. However, for once, I can take credit (whether
deserved or not) for inspiring Al Gore. Several weeks ago, in a non-ho
testimony to Media Whores Online I cited William Butler Yeats' poem "Second
Coming" and in particular the lines that Al Gore quoted as the message
that liberals had better learn and get past. The Repugs "the
Oh, my, Mr. Ailes. You should definitely find smarter interns to answer your e-mail from BuzzFlash readers. The responses paint you as--good grief--an idiot. As an editor, could I help you? Sure. But I won't, since I'm anti-right-wing and, ergo, anti-foxnews.
On the other hand, how fun it would be if you're actually writing the responses personally. In that case, we'll all know that you're not just being painted as an idiot by underlings. We'll know that you fit the bill.
I just read your link to Roll Call about how the Senate Democrats are finally tiring of being called "obstructionists" by the whining right wing radicals. And guess what? They are girding to go the defensive!!! Oh my God look out.
I always thought that when you wanted to win a battle (or even a game of chess) you had to go on the offensive, go on the attack, get the other guy on the run. But the Democrats apparently don't understand this basic concept. They are sitting around talking about going from not fighting at all to going on the DEFENSIVE.
If they had even a bit of fight in them they might realize that they could turn the obstructionist label right around and yell "Darn right! We're obstructionists!! We're obstructing your attempts to make the very richest Americans even richer. We're obstructing your attempts to pack the courts with radical right judges. We're obstructing your attempts to destroy Social Security, and countless other government programs that actually help citizens lead better and more productive lives."
But alas . . .
RA in LA
is it possible that a man who could not seemingly watch a football game,
sit upright and chew one of the world's simplest snack foods simultaneously
without inflicting bodily harm upon himself, is able to jet around the
country to make (at last count, IIRC) not
Oh, sorry; lost my head there for a minute. I was thinking logically. Silly woman.
[BuzzFlash Note: According to the AP today, "For his 16th fund-raiser of the year, Bush was heading to Cedar Rapids, Iowa."]
The following is an e-mail that I sent to my congressman in response to your posting of http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48813-2002Apr14.html. With your help, we can be a more informed public and take the appropriate actions to hold these people accountable for their dreadful decisions.
Thanks for all that you do.
Just an observation--one that will not come as a surprise to you or any BuzzFlash readers:
While each BuzzFlash readers' comments are articulate and well-thought out, ailes comments are (shock of all shocks) nasty, misspelled in many cases, and ignorant. As all on the right do when confronted with the truth, he resorts to name-calling and vitriol. Note, too, that despite the fact that ailes has responded to three women, he in no way curbs the nastiness.
Nothing the right does in any way changes my mind about them one bit. They operate on hate and fear--and what they hate and fear most, apparently, is the truth. Combine the truth with intelligent, strong woman (aside from the females who wrote to ailes, Hillary comes to mind), and they totally lose all control.
Long live democracy, free speech, and Liberals!
Regarding the NY Times editorial to which you linked "Unleashing the Loyal Opposition" . . .
While overall the tone of this piece is dead-on about what should have been obvious (and was to many of us) since December 12, 2000 (at least), I have to wonder about -- and take great issue with -- the following line, almost innocuous in nature, yet quite telling about the "liberal media" (sic):
I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why the so-called "media" cannot seem to separate the feeling of patriotism that swept the nation post-9/11 from the "impressive performance" of a certifiable moron.
There WAS NO "impressive performance". Need I remind everyone that he was on vacation THE ENTIRE MONTH preceding 9/11 (where on Earth can you take a one-month vacation after having been on a job only six months?). On 9/11, he waited THIRTY MINUTES to speak to the nation, knowing full well what had happened.
flew halfway around the country like a scared rabbit, and then lied about
why. It took him two days to actually speak formally to the nation. When
he FINALLY (close to a week later) went to NYC to see the WTC site, he
STOOD ON TOP OF THE RUBBLE (yes, on top
And yet not one so-called "journalist" has called him on any of this, or anything else, for that matter. With painfully few exceptions (that can be counted on one hand, with fingers left over), every damn "journalist" has regurgitated the GOP blastfax verbatim. Can't let little things like "facts" get in the way of a good, prop-up-the-idiot-so-he'll-appear-legitimate story.
When those "poll questions" are asked, they don't SEPARATE the "job" (sic) that Bush is doing from the way people felt after 9/11. Those so-called "stratospheric poll numbers" are nothing more than Karl Rove(r)ian spin.
*I* can see that; *you* can see that. So why can't the people whose jobs it is to see that actually see that?
what point will we take back our country from the lying, cheating, thieving,
arrogant, power-hungry elite that has taken over? And, more importantly,
why are we, and our foreign press friends, the only ones who see this
administration for what it really is --
Are the letters you post from Roger Ailes legit? They're great! I especially love the line about how "spinners" undermine the credibility of the news. What the Hell is Roger Ailes? He's never been anything but a "spinner!" Sounds like more of that conservative self-loathing projected onto liberals to me.
otherwise noted, all original