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A continuing delight to read and be encouraged by you guys. I noted with
GREAT interest the Robert Reno column "Oil
President Hits a Slick Spot" in Newsday. Seems to me Mr. Reno
has coined a terrific buzzphrase to tag Georgie-poo with. How about we
all just keep repeating "The Oil President... The Oil President...
The Oil President" - at every turn, in every letter to the editor,
in every letter to a representative, in every soundbite, etc.? Repetition
sure works in driving a point home - at least to media pinheads who are
too lazy or unmotivated (or bought and paid for by the right-wing) to
do their own thinking or digging. Remember that dismal "they counted,
they counted again, they counted a third time..." mantra, over and
over and over, ad nauseam, from virtually every Republican talking head
who was trotted in front of the cameras and mikes in the November and
December of 2000? If this stuff can work for the Bad Guys (and yes, let's
use THAT one as a mantra, too, to start a parallel drumbeat), let's make
it work for US, too!
Thanks again for your vigilance and a great site. PS, I'm enjoying my
sent this to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other newspapers. It's
nice to see Henry Waxman is getting a slow trickle of his peers calling
for what should be true business as usual...open debate with the facts.
email@example.com Subject: Cynthia McKinney comments
wholeheartedly support Congresswoman McKinney's call for a probe into
the facts surrounding the operations and decisions by the members of
our government leading up to and after the September 11th events. This
probe should be in full public view, and examine not only the Executive
branch but all aspects of government that are involved.
installed in the White House to begin with, Mr. Bush's family and friends
have reaped windfall profits directly due to the actions taken by him.
His penchant for secrecy (from his policy on the release Presidential
and Vice-presidential papers to his fight for the withholding of Energy
Task Force participants) has created an environment where the September
11th events may be easily viewed with the most negative of views. These
negative views may or may not prove groundless, but until a full and
prompt investigation, publicly held, is held, our country is left to
rightly wonder "who knew what, and when did they know it?.
sent the following letter to the New York Times:
my opinion this editorial is a classic example of double-talk and hypocrisy.
It displays your tacit approval of arrogant and immoral behavior, and
also clearly demonstrates twisted logic.
Mr. Chavez's record as president is terrible. He has failed to keep
campaign promises to end corruption and diversify the sputtering economy.
He has blocked independent press coverage, stacked the government and
state companies with cronies and built alliances with Fidel Castro and
The above seems to have a familiar ring to it -- don't you think? While
"independent press coverage" may not have been "blocked"
here, there was no need -- as there was almost no independent coverage
to block! If not for the Internet, we could get all our news from Ari
Fleisher's press conferences. As to stacking the government with cronies,
I think even you must recognize the irony in that statement. As I recall,
Mr. Bush also promised (or suggested) during his campaign, that he would
be a uniter and bring honor and dignity to the White House Instead he
brought us Enron and the patriotism police. We were led to believe he
would govern as a Compassionate Conservative. Instead of governing from
the middle, he lurched rightward immediately upon taking office and
has never even attempted to moderate or negotiate his extremely conservative
policies or appointments including judicial nominees. This is a UNITER?
In his three years in office, Mr. Chavez has been such a divisive and
demagogic leader that his forced departure last week drew applause at
home and in Washington. That reaction, which we shared, overlooked the
undemocratic manner in which he was removed. Forcibly unseating a democratically
elected leader, no matter how badly he has performed, is never something
cheer you did, and instead of calling it a coup -- you repeated the
Bush assertion that he (Chavez) was responsible for his own ouster.
If the coup was ultimately successful, would you now be talking about
"the undemocratic manner in which he was removed"??? Does
self-interest now always override democratic principles? How can we
truly be proud of our democracy, if we are seen as supporters and/or
instigators of coups that forcibly remove democratically elected leaders
in sovereign countries who we may not like?
conclude your commentary with: "The only hope for Mr. Chavez and
Venezuela is for him to step back from his confrontational agenda."
OR WHAT? You'll openly support and celebrate Mr. Chavez's apparent suicide?
This editorial is clearly one that should have been scrubbed!
A BuzzFlash Reader
A COMPELLING COMMENTARY FROM THE TIMES
piece begs the following:
issue that may soon dwarf the debacle in the Middle East will be Venezuela.
If it can be shown that Bush or his CIA worked directly or indirectly
towards the overthrow of a democratically elected government in our own
hemisphere, then you've got problems with the OAS and all our hemispheric
allies. Bush has brought aboard several of Reagan's
Neanderthals to run Latin American policy, like Otto Reich and Elliott
Abrams, and John Negroponte is at the UN.
having sex with an intern and lying about is an impeachable offense, then
why doesn't overthrowing a democratically elected government constitute
By Inday Espina-Varona
Georgie goes to school
word from Washington is, that Georgie, the Texan princeling who so badly
yearns to be the man Dad wants him to be, is finally hitting the books
and doing his homework.
time. Half a dozen chiefs of states have just told Colin Powell the
world is not behooved to behave like patriotic Americans. Ariel Sharon
and Yasser Arafat, not to mention rich Saudis and Bahrainis, have just
shown how little Georgie knows about Abraham's children. Even the Northern
Alliance warlords have taken to killing each other again, in full view
yet of their blonde peacekeepers.
the editor of BuzzFlash.com:
The link to the story below on BuzzFlash.com
that's what happens when you name a boy Connie.
New York, NY
Put Gays in Mental Institutions
Rights Groups File Ethics Complaint Over Judge’s Letter to Newspaper
12 — A Mississippi judge has come under fire from gay rights groups
after he wrote a letter to a local newspaper saying that gays and lesbians
"should be put in some type of mental institute" rather than
be given the right to marry.
Mississippi, a statewide gay rights group, with the support of Lambda
Legal, a nationwide gay rights organization, filed an ethics violation
complaint today against George County Justice Court Judge Connie Wilkerson,
arguing that the letter is evidence that the judge cannot be impartial.
just read your responses to emails sent to you by a couple of television
viewers who were happy to have the new CNN Crossfire format. I must say
- your response was very unprofessional and quite childish.
you've managed to accomplish what you set out to do - establish an entire
network with your backward slant...better days will come once BUSH II
is replaced just as BUSH I was...hopefully we can elect someone who can
"fix" the damage done as Clinton was able to do. Great trickle
down theory guys - nice try.
of us who are thoughtful and bright, well-read and educated, forward-thinking
and believe in a just society will ultimately prevail.
a previous letter, I asked fellow BuzzFlash advocates to e-mail the Atlanta
Journal/Constitution regarding their inane editorial directed at Rep.
Cynthia McKinney and the subsequent mail that resulted from McKinney's
call for an investigation into 9-11. The paper printed about nine letters
condemning the congresswoman and two that were in
support of her. Of course a letter that I sent was not published, but
here are my comments:
Cynthia McKinney will be slandered for having the courage to ask for
an "investigation of the events surrounding Sept.11". Her
concerns and the issues that she raises are not only relevant, but they
are the type of issues that all congressional representatives were elected
to address. Unfortunately we now live in a climate that makes citizens
(even elected representatives ) appear treasonous and down right criminal
for daring to question the current administration. During this tax paying
season, I am reminded that one of the main reasons that we pay taxes
is for security and defense. I would like to know what went wrong on
9-11. Being a patriotic American does not mean that I must agree with
everything that our government does. It does mean that I have the freedom
to express my concerns.
let McKinney know that there are many of us who would like to know if
the Bush administration had prior warning and that we support her right
to ask about this. Her e-mail address is: Cymck@mail.house.gov
doesn't BuzzFlash (along with other groups) launch a boycott of Fox News
advertisers? Rather than shout at Fox, which won't change its ways, target
the advertisers, send letters to them and demand that they stop support
a right-wing network? Or maybe even target advertisers on the most biassed
of Fox's shows? Someone would need to keep track of who the advertisers
are, get their contact information and put all the pressure on them.
D.C. was upset about having no representation. Welcome to the club! We
ought to ALL be burning our taxes in that case. Do you feel "represented"
by this government? I don't!
I Smell A Supreme Court Nomination!
Put Gays in Mental Institutions
Rights Groups File Ethics Complaint Over Judge's Letter to Newspaper
Mississippi judge has come under fire from gay rights groups after he
wrote a letter to a local newspaper saying that gays and lesbians "should
be put in some type of mental institute" rather than be given the
right to marry.
to attorney Sarah Weddington's courage and conviction, millions of American
women owe their lives and health to her. As a young girl (pre Roe v. Wade)
I remember the many horror stories of women dying of botched back-alley
or self-induced abortions. If Roe is overturned, abortions will not cease
- instead, the horror stories will reemerge, women will die, women and
doctors will be criminalized.
as the oft-repeated quip puts it, 'If men could get pregnant, abortion
would be a sacrament.'
Roger Ailes (loser)
claims we are cherry picking his e-mail responses to make him look bad.
Sort of like how he delivers the news, right?
Subj: Enron's India Power Plant
heard very little (nothing, really) about the 60 Minutes segment on Enron's
criminal dealings in building the power plant in India, the related bribery,
and the working White House task force established by Cheney last summer
to save the plant and Enron. This is the first half of the story: Part
two is the pipeline across Afghanistan, which Bush Cheney Inc were negotiating
with the Taliban as late as August. Here's where the famous "Carpet
of bombs or carpet of gold," threat to the Taliban comes in. And
then comes Sept. 11. Is anyone going to connect the dots? 60 Minutes told
half the story...who will tell the whole story?
McKinney, being trashed a la Anita Hill, is telling the truth. Remember:
Watergate took several years, a gutsy newspaper (the late Washington Post),
and a lot of luck. Who has the guts to dig out the scum of this story?
all of this email-flinging from Roger Ailes, this really, really doesn't
look good for BlackBerry's little ad to finish off his ignorant and ill-spelled
rants. It gives me this image of one of Michael Moore's stereotypical
"Stupid White Men" dashing off the text equivalent of an upraised
middle finger, then hitting "send" on his little yuppie toy
before cackling evilly at "the little people" and heading off
to some nefarious "programming" meeting. Now that CEO's are
starting to be looked upon as crooks and villains, I wonder if BlackBerry
is aware that their corporate identity is getting twisted up in this mess.
After reading your latest from Ailes, it is obvious that these guys can
dish it out, but they can't take it! Poor baby! I'll make him some warm
milk and oatmeal cookies and send him to bed.
Amazing how much just a little bit of truth will do!
BuzzFlash Reader Letter to Mr. Ailes:
Original Message -----
From: R Gregg Johnson/JNSJ
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 1:57 AM
Subject: You, sir, are a cancer on the soul of this Nation
and your forbears have destroyed the politics of this nation by cheapening
and dumbing down the level of discourse to the metrics of pure propaganda.
And you revel in it, the dummies deserve it...
You serve up the same old slanted, right wing derby every day and night...well,
you are singing to the choir and the rest of us tuned out a long time
ago, you and Rush have maxed the market, babe...time for another tact...and
that is all it is, a marketing angle which dovetails quite nicely with
the radical opinions of your employer, a man who purchased his citizenship
so he could join the Moonies in influencing our politics and cash in his
chips in the biggest pond in the World.
You have been exposed. Fair and Balanced...to the hard right, you peddle
hate and pander to the baser frustrations of your audience, a group of
obviously deluded sheep, ready for shearing. You Distort and let the Right
Decide, only on Fox will you find someone as unhinged as Ann Coulter being
treated as though she had any credentials or qualifications to comment
on Public Affairs, other than her entertainment value as a totally loose
cannon. Your designated Liberal is also wearing thin, he is the most highly
paid joke in Show Business, you don't hire real journalists, they won't
read your scripts.
Ever wonder why every third ad on the EBI is for some medical quackery
or why all the consumer con men in the country line up to advertise on
your network? It is because you and Rush have managed to gather the largest
group of rubes in one place outside of the House Republican Caucus.
San Jose CA
A Modest Proposal
read with in interest your views of the new Crossfire. My understanding
is that, in your opinion, the conservative hosts are outmatched by the
liberal ones, because it is a journalist v spinner matchup.
not have a simulcast crossover event with the best of Fox v. Carville/Begala?
You pick: Hume, Hannity, whomever. And, have the topics most central to
the minds of both parties:
Clinton have been removed?
Was the election decided correctly?
Is Bush a good President?
forum must be equal in all respects: microphones, time, sound, stage lighting.
would be a great ratings event.
do you think?
If you would allow me a personal note: I always prefer discussions in
the style of Buckley or Washington Week in Review, where people hold the
floor. Not only is talking over one another rude, I can't even understand
what is said. We need more civility in this world, not less. It is the
biggest reason I change channels watching Fox.
Just heard on the radio that Colin Powell will be returning from the Mideast
empty-handed on a peace agreement.
Who'd-a thunk it! Sounds like Powell got a "get out of Dodge"
attitude from the fighting foes. In essence, Bush sent his little cowpoke
to close the barn doors "after" the cows escaped.
Mr. Rogers would ask, "Georgie, can you make this sound? M-o-o-o-o-o!
I knew you could." Maybe it's not such a "Beautiful day in the
neighborhood." Mideast neighborhood... that is.