The BuzzFlash Mailbag
May 2, 2002
As reported by KTLA last night, here is confirmation of "hundreds" rather than "dozens":
laugh to myself every time I hear Bush or one of his cronies squawk about
the recession. They always return to the time when Clinton was in office,
and the economy
If you ask me I think something STINKS.
Let's get back to the "Clinton Recession". The Energy Cartel Artificially created a Shortage, to create that recession, giving reason to put an oil executive in the White House, and also be able to show that the recession was not the fault of W., But the fault of A Democrat. How many times do I have to hear About the "Clinton Recession" when in reality it was the Oil Cartel of Texas.
David Rowland, Akron Ohio
A BuzzFlash Reader Letter to CNN:
As an African American viewer and voter, I can't begin share with you my feelings upon reading the following transcript on your site. How can you endorse Bill Schneider's on your network with these views? It seems the real question he is asking is "how long will African Americans be allowed to affect electoral politics in this country?" After all, in 2000 we got to see the direct disenfranchisement of of African Americans in Florida -- through voter roll purges, intimidation by law enforcement officials, poorly designed ballots and malfunctioning equipment and my all time favorite, the legal disenfranchisement of former felons.
In the "color blind" society that right-wing Republican pundits are constantly telling us to strive for, this type of commentary has no place. In fact, it has no place in America at all!
Would this rationale be used in the future to show the election results if no gays, Jews, Catholics, Asians or Hispanics voted or is this part of a broader effort to disenfranchise all African American voters -- not just those in Florida? There are many who believe that the 1965 voting rights act bestowed voting privileges for African Americans in perpetuity -- but as I'm sure you know, this isn't so and provisions in the law frequently have to be extended. Even so, African Americans are forced to prove they have been intentionally discriminated against when they are disenfranchised. Too bad Bill Schneider doesn't have to prove the impacts of his racist statements before being allowed to make them.
The offending transcript follows:
don't know if anyone can find transcripts to use in a column about this,
but it would be good if someone could point out Rush Limbaugh's phony
venting on the subject of the supposed role of environmentalists in the
Poor Jeb. His daughter is in drug rehab and he cries. If your daughter or mine had forged a prescription, I wonder if she would have received treatment and had all charges dropped.
It's no surprise to us in PA that Ridge refuses to appear before Congress. Just give him the money and he'll spend it without the taxpayers ever knowing how it was spent. We could never learn how much he paid Environtest for the emission inspection stations they built in PA which were never used. His administration subjected southwestern PA to emission inspections, but when his Republican counties in eastern PA were supposed to implement the same standards, they were mysteriously canceled.
Ridge's arrogance is legendary. A voter referendum to use taxpayer money to fund the baseball and football stadiums was defeated by an overwhelming majority. Guess what? The wishes of the taxpayers were ignored. The stadiums were built, but the ordinary taxpayers cannot afford to attend the games.
Scaife just won't give up. An editorial in today's Tribune zeroed in on the $14,000 of damage done to the White House by "Clinton's frat boys and their low-brow high jinks'. He thinks it is pathetic they haven't made a public apology. When is he going to apologize for the Arkansas Project?
Just received my invitation from Frist to The 2002 President's Dinner. Since I'm a registered Democrat, I'm flattered that the Republicans think I have $2500 to $5000 to spare. If I did I certainly wouldn't spend it to have dinner with the selected person in the White House.
Speaking of the White House, a friend suggested we should rent it out since the present occupant spends so little time there. He is too busy flying all over the country fundraising.
A BuzzFlash Reader Email to Roger Ailes:
I just read your impassioned replies to Mary Going's e-mails on BuzzFlash.com and found them most interesting. Mediawhoresonline.com, another of my favorite websites, occasionally refers to 'the coming conservative crack-up' & after reading your replies to Mary, I'm afraid they might be talking about you personally.
It sounds like you're starring in your own personal production of 'A Christmas Carol,' with Willie Horton as the Ghost of Xmas Past. It wasn't too late for Scrooge, & it's not too late for you to repent & make Fox News truly Fair & Balanced, instead of False & Biased.
Prove liberal/progressive positions are as welcome as conservative ones on Fox; just give Michael Moore (or another well-known, media-savvy lefty) his/her very own (nightly? weekly? occasional?) hour of opinion & interview; this might begin to 'balance' out the zillion & one right-wingers roosting all over your chicken coop.
Awaiting your blackberry (not raspberry) reply.
BuzzFlash reader Karen wrote about pretzeldent's "compassionate" campaign stump for Simon in California. She indicated that he said the following re Simon:
BuzzFlash had a perfect reply handy:
Might I add that "the idea that Bush knows what a "businessman" is ALSO defies reality. Every business venture (sic) he's ever touched has gone under.
anyone thought his "track record" as a businessman (sic again)
qualified him to lead the US is beyond my scope. As we can clearly see,
he's done EXACTLY what (a) he said he'd do in taking "the country
in a new direction" (he just forgot to mention that direction
Israel won't cooperate with the UN appointed committee because it's a stacked deck. One appointee is the former head of the Int'l Red Cross who said that accepting the Israel Red Mogen David on an equal basis with the Red Crescent and the Red Cross would be equivalent to having to accept the swastika. I mean, really. The UN is sadly, not known for the impartiality of its observers. This is an organization that has Syria on the security council but Israel is barred. Let's get real.
Please excuse me for not mustering up too much sympathy for Jeb Bush and his "tears" concerning his drug addicted daughter. At least his daughter is alive. My brother is not. Apparently in Florida, it's just as easy to obtain guns as it is drugs.
On April 12, 2002, my brother Mikey, a resident of Safety Harbor, FL, went home, ordered pizza and shot himself in the head with a gun he bought after 9/11, ostensibly to guard against "terrorists." He was 48 years old and a newly wed. While we now must wait for the toxicology reports, I have reason to believe that drugs played a huge role in my brother's death.
The Governor has the power and the wherewithal to help his daughter. My brother was a nobody, no connections, just a working stiff. The police have already closed the books on him; to them, Mikey is just another statistic, another "nut." You can be sure that if the Governor's daughter overdosed, a full scale investigation would be launched.
Since April 12th, my life has been a Twilight Zone nightmare. I don't wish what I've gone through upon anyone, not even Jeb Bush. Clearly, he is no better a father than he is Governor. Jeb Bush can take comfort in the fact that he can visit his daughter in the best rehab money can buy; I can only visit my brother at the cemetery.
anyone except me hear Bob Edwards' intro to Nina Totenberg's interview
of Ruth Bader Ginsberg this morning? The interview was about a new publication
of the diary of Justice John Marshall Harlan's wife. In his intro, Edwards
said (unless I experienced some
How come we get to listen to such editorial commentary on NPR? I am outraged!
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