The BuzzFlash Mailbag
May 9, 2002
What a hoot!
Bush administration: "we haven't been accused of wrongdoing, so we don't answer to Congress." But we can always depend on OUR sidekicks to stand up and shout "treason," "traitor,""Lincoln Bedroom," or "rape" should anyone else DARE to run for office.. then THEY, of course, must answer to ten-million subpoenas!
not that the Bush administration is getting any kookier... its just
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Great Angry Liberal piece. One thing not noted, however. Wasn't Karzai connected to Unocal, too...an advisor at one time?
Subj: The most powerful army is an army of idiots
Because they will do what they are told and not think about it.
Bill O'Reilly admits the stupidity of the typical conservative: "Conservative people tend to see the world in black and white terms, good and evil...Liberals see grays. In any talk format, you have to pound home a strong point of view. If you're not providing controversy and excitement, people won't listen, or watch."
In other words conservative like to be told what to think by their leaders and regurgitate it like a penguin feeding its young. Liberals, with all their "ideas," make their heads hurt and confuses them (then they get angry and break the TV, which gets expensive).
Reminds me of a bumper sticker: Tired of thinking? Vote Republican!
BTW keep up the great work BuzzFlash!!
I want to share my comments with you and your readers.
There is a brilliant piece in New York Newsday by Paul Vitello titled "Pain, Disgrace Live On". The article examines the relationship between black and white Americans juxtaposed with the "news" coming out of the Monticello Association, a group made up of descendants, WHITE descendants of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.
seems last Saturday, May 4, the Monticello "association" had
some "s'plainin" to do. It was votin time. Apparently, it was
time for members in the "big house" to inform Sally Hemmings'
(Jefferson's slave) descendants, said to be fathered by Jefferson, that
membership in their association will FOREVER be closed to them. Not a
portion of it, a small
The vote was "overwhelming" (74-6).
H. Works, a white descendant of Jefferson, has opposed the inclusion of
the black descendants, STRENUOUSLY. Works states "our intent was
to kill this forever so it doesn't keep coming up again." In his
mind the vote, 74-6, was a strong response coming out of the association.
He states "This should do it." This should do it? THIS SHOULD
DO IT! Mr. Vitello makes a comparison of the "this should do it"
quote to secret settlements with
I will NEVER forget the striking and painful memory of Ms. Harris and her authoritative and punctuating declaration: "I declare...Governor Bush...THE WINNER". To my knowledge there has been no serious research or reporting of exactly what Katherine Harris knew while the media coverage was focused on Blue and Red colors. What we do know is that African Americans were denied equal access to the voting process in Florida. The "this should do it" inner circles "won" the election for President Bush.
Wilhelmina Sims, NYC
speed with which the authorities tracked and found the mail pipe bomber
is amazing. However, it should also prove telling that this one guy was
caught so quickly, while they can't find enough information to even identify
the anthrax culprit. The FBI has no problems with identifying other criminals
and promptly placing them on their most wanted list even if
Looks like a campaign promise by the NRA was kept. Didn't they say they would be moving into the White House? Can't find a link to the story, and it was outrageous at the time. LaPierre offensive comments forced him to take a back seat for a while.
[BuzzFlash Note: "NRA doesn't need a White House office -- it has one at Justice"]
Here is a correspondence that I sent to Steve Holland, President of the White House Correspondents Association. I thought you may find it helpful to know that Drew Carey's remarks, and the reactions of some of those in attendance, did not go unnoticed.
The WHCA is entitled to invite anyone they deem appropriate to speak at their functions. It is certainly not inappropriate to invite someone with the same political views as any current administration. However it is important for you to understand the indignity associated with the remarks made by Drew Carey during the recent White House Correspondents Association Dinner held on the evening May 4, 2002, which I watched in its entirety.
Carey demonstrated a clear lack of integrity and understanding when he
stated that the problems with voters in Florida were that they could not
vote properly, this after it has been documented that there occurred significant
obstacles to having peoples votes cast and counted, such as denial of
provisional ballots and the blatant attempt to scrub voters from voting
lists in the infamous "felon" purge. His statements insinuated
Further to his condescending approach to those less fortunate, he deems it appropriate humor to make fun of cashiers by giving them odd change and watching in amusement as they exclaim. . . 'Oh, my brain! Oww!' This obviously insensitive remark begs two questions . . . why would anyone in his right mind give odd change in the first place, and is Mr. Carey capable of ascertaining whether or not he received correct change in return? Mr. Carey intended to insult those who are not as fortunate as he is, yet all he proved is that he finds humor at the expense of those he insults. This is also disgraceful, and it too is surely not comedy.
Mr. Carey's fervent support of the current administration is not the issue. The issue is that Mr. Carey demonstrated an all too prevalent attitude in this society that it is acceptable to demean others, as is evident by his tasteless mocking of voters in Florida. Sadly, there were those in your audience who were amused by those statements. Astonishingly, some of those who were most amused are actually members of the current administration. There were, thankfully, those in attendance who were clearly not amused.
Perhaps if members of the WHCA were as outraged as many of us in this country are over the mindset that leads to the acceptance of the aforementioned statements made by Mr. Carey, we can all understand, among other things, what truly happened in Florida during the election 2000, and perhaps the necessary measures can be taken to ensure that it never happens again. In my view, it is the responsibility of those who cover the White House on a daily basis to relate to the general public the issues in which the current administration is involved, and how all of us are affected.
Unfortunately, detailed coverage on the circumstances behind the Florida 2000 Election fiasco and what this administration has done to remedy the problems in future elections has been lacking. Instead, it is apparent that members of the WHCA have "moved on," as the current administration has hoped and suggested. Is it because the view of those in the WHCA reflects that of Mr. Carey and of those who find his remarks amusing?
The silence is deafening.
otherwise noted, all original