The BuzzFlash Mailbag
May 31, 2002
Larry Klayman and Judicial Watch just accused Ashcroft of intimidating FBI agents in order to suppress 911 warnings.
DU has a Breaking News thread about it as I write.
(Klayman's still a jerk though)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Great interview with David Brock on the judiciary. Keep it coming.
Also, thanks for adding Rebecca Knight as a regular columnist. I have been appreciating her "most eloquent," energetic, and inspiring voice and am pleased to see that she will be a regular contributor.
Thanks again for all you do. It sure feels good to know that I'm not alone.
Last night before I fell asleep, that image of Chimp being told of the hijackings in the Florida school room flashed through my mind. Once more, there was the bland, botox, look of no surprise, no curiosity, no urgency. Now, if this had been news to any other human being on the planet, there would have been at least a moment of confusion, followed by indignation, followed by immediate questions. If it is true he had *never* imagined planes being used for such purposes, his ugly, twisted mouth should have been agape! Instead, he kept reading "The Hungry Caterpillar" with a poker face. Something's up.
I cannot believe the Democratic leadership is succumbing to this vile, hollow man, and, as with Enron, giving him virtually a free ride. Which reminds me...those of you who continue to hold Mike Moore, Ralph Nader and the Greens in contempt...why do you think some of us are feeling less-than-loyal to the party?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Re: "Carnivore 'Glitches' Enable FBI Lapses
Not knowing that Carnivore is software, when I read this headline, my first thought was: Does this mean Bush didn't read the August 6 memo because "the dog ate it"?
So we learn that the SEC will investigate Halliburton and the DOJ will investigate civil rights violations in Florida in 2000. We realize that these agencies, controlled by Bush and cronies, will probably give the subjects of inquiry a clean bill of health. How can the corrupt politicians be exposed and expelled when they seem to be holding all the cards? I don't want a government controlled by the Federalist Society.
In trying to give words to what is the greatest flaw of this administration, I have come up with "arrogant cursoriness." That is to say - to do a superficial job at whatever is at hand - to believe that this superficial job is wonderful because those who do it are smarter and more entitled than anyone else - to resent any suggestion that the job isn't wonderful and - to greet all criticism with righteous indignation as opposed to something substantive.
I am contemplating a bumper sticker which says "Arrogant cursoriness may be hazardous to your health."
JA in LA
Bush's comment, shows more than lack of education. It shows that some Americans are uppermost in this little man's tiny mind. Why??? Could it be that he and his crowd deprived these Americans of their right to vote, and maybe thinking of how they will do it again??? (As he stands next to Ms Rice, no less.)
Loyal BuzzFlash Readers
Excerpt 1: [WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department sharply eased restrictions on domestic spying Thursday, handing the FBI broad, new authority to monitor Internet sites, libraries, churches and political organizations for clues to terrorist plots.]
API Excerpt 2: [Ashcroft, claiming FBI agents in the field have been hampered by a range of bureaucratic restrictions, said the new guidelines would help them to do their jobs.]
The US Attorney General expects us to swallow irrationality in place of sound reasoning!
[BuzzFlash Note: Unfortunately, the mainstream press is controlled by the same people who put Bush in office. Only through our individual efforts will this create an uproar with the public.]
Everything people are writing to her, are things that have so troubled me. I am glad she is here, too. I am so troubled with the things democrats start to do, like investigations into things, then for some odd reason they just stop. What is happening? This war follows so much the Bush Seniors war with Iraq. He was so going to get Sadamm Hussein . . . then nothing . . . all gone and his ratings dropped from 90% to 40-45! Bush Junior, bragged that he (Bin Laden) once owned a country, now he likely owns a cave! But, he does nothing. And so long as the yellow-bellied democrats do not insist that they do anything . . . nothing will be done. We will limp into the next election and hope that a miracle happens. Clinton left this country with a surplus, fairly free of war . . . he had brought all the bad guys to justice (the first world trade center bombers, the Cole bombers, the embassy bombers ... all doing time now). Then, along comes junior, with a bunch of right-wing supremes to put him into office, so the ones who were involved before could finish the job they started . . . the get the oil rich, richer! I certainly am a "staunch member of the grassy knoll" society.. I am sure this is a blatant act of domestic terrorism ... not foreign.
Thanks to another of our BuzzFlash columnists ...
Thanks for publishing my "what if?" scenarios in yesterday's Mailbag. My only regret is that I was presenting myself in a rather ruthless frame of mind, so I'm writing back to suggest a sillier approach to our common concerns. Last week I was reading a worried Chicago Tribune editorial about rising tensions in South Asia, and as so often, the poor Tribune's conflicted loyalties between Bush-pushing and not wanting the world to blow up appealed to my ironic sense. I thought, "Hey, Trib, how about if we cool things off by designating Ann Coulter as our goodwill ambassador to the Muslim world?"
It took a while, but eventually I got over my giggles at this surreal prospect, and then it occurred to me that we can make a pointed little game out of trying to come up with further public-policy suggestions so predictably and gratuitously destructive that even the Bush administration would (hopefully) quail at the thought of adopting them.
So a few more such "suggestions" for dealing with issues of the day have occurred to me since then: How about if we store the nation's radioactive waste inside Mount St. Helens? How about arming airline pilots with armor-piercing ammunition for extra penetrating power? Why not store our de-targeted ICBMs balanced on their nose cones for the sake of space efficiency? And isn't it about time we exposed the Dalai Lama as the Axis of Evil's secret ringleader?
And, sheesh, wouldn't it be outrageous if Bush were to "clean" house after the 9/11 air-defense fiasco by replacing the national commander with a PC-challenged Texas ANG crony who presided over Bush's AWOL...oops, never mind. But then, what's the point of a pastime like this if it doesn't pose a mind-stretching challenge?
Somewhat more seriously, I hope you'll issue a call for your readers to devise and send in additional policy prescriptions of this sort. The strange thing is, my point isn't really to poke fun at the Bush Monsters, at least not entirely. To my mind, the "not even Bush" game has an element of nonpartisan appeal through our universal appreciation for at least the general concept of policy prudence and the perils of irrational decision-making at the highest levels of governance. If we were to earn a reluctant laugh from a conservative here and there through finding a bit of common ground at the extremes of political possibility, this could only be to the common good.
A BuzzFlash Reader Letter to Congressman Conyers:
Thanks Mr. Conyers for saying what needs to be said. This justice department had plenty of information before 9/11 and they didn't know what to do with it, or chose to do nothing. How on earth will collecting more information going to help them be better able to sort out anything. This is such an obvious ruse on the part of Ashcroft (playing G-Man) to be a Hoover clone only bigger and better. Last night there was some idiot on the Lehrer Report who was representing the FBI against a representative of ACLU. The ACLU made mincemeat out of his defense of the FBI and their zeal in making the US a laboratory for Inspector Gadget technology.
Mr. Ashcroft wants to "reassure" us that their won't be files kept on citizens. We are supposed to "trust" they have the best interests of the American People in mind, this from an administration who has been lying to us on every subject imaginable, particularly 9/11. Again I ask the question, how long and what will it take to awaken the American People?
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In his New York Times column "Liberal Reality Check" (May 31) Nicholas D. Kristoff discusses the necessary trade-off between liberty and security. Since this is a question that all human societies have to resolve we will not answer it soon, even though it is especially pointed dilemma for us today. I want to point out only that in all the recent discussions there has been almost nothing said about curtailing the freedom of corporations and wealthy individuals to transfer large sums of money to overseas tax havens in order to launder it, escape a national tax burden, or perhaps even finance terrorist activities.
Until this gaping loophole is addressed I am afraid I will be unable to take seriously any columns calling on me to make the sort of devil's bargain that Benjamin Franklin expressly warned us against when he said that those who trade liberty for security soon will have neither.
Glenn M. Edwards
Have you noticed that the higher the terror alert, the further away from the White House Jr. is found? Therefore, based on his recent activities, I have formulated my own terror alert system. I believe it will be far more reliable than the Office of Homeland Insecurity's;
Liz Taylor Houston, TX
Maybe its time for a refresher course in "Nazi Fascism and the Modern Totalitarian State".
If members of the for profit corporate owned "liberal media" and the American public are not convinced now . . .
Gets Broad Domestic Spy Powers) http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&ncid=716&e=
. . . of the direction of these United States of America, they never will be.
For Love of Freedom,
Guess who's coming to dinner.
THE WHOLE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS A PARODY
The Bush administration are like Slinkies . . . not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs of incompetence.
I read the Bush administration the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and think, 'Well, that's not going to happen.'
The other night I ate at a real family restaurant. Every table had a political argument going about Bush.
You know when you're sitting on a chair and you lean back so you're just on two legs then you lean too far and you almost fall over but at the last second you catch yourself? I feel like that all the time with this administration.
Whenever this administration feels blue, they start breathing again.
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. Like Bush, It pays no attention to criticism.
Why does a slight republican tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?
In the 60's people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
You read about all these terrorists . . . most of them came here legally, but they hung around on these expired visas, some for as long as 10-15 years. Now, compare that to Blockbuster; you are two days late with a video and those people are all over you. Let's put Blockbuster in charge of immigration!
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