The BuzzFlash Mailbag
June 3, 2002
Wow! Laura Bush is ready to take the stage of The Laugh Factory next to her worthless husband!
As reported by KXAN, Austin, her conservative staff was "shocked" by her participation in an animal rescue event hosted by author Kinky Friedman. Her response:
More telling, however, was her confession that Shrub wanted their dog to be home when he got back from Europe instead of her!
It just makes you want to choke, doesn't it? Anyone for a pretzel?
Dubyuh is mind numbingly stupid, totally corrupt, and incredibly insensitive. Have we hit the trifecta or what?
If Laura can raise all that money for abandoned pets, why doesn't she go down to Broward Co., Fl. and raise money so the abandoned kids don't have to sleep on an office floor or at a hotel?
Is this still America?
The way the election was handled here in Florida makes me sick. I voted, and our machine was supposedly broken, they had us putting our ballots in the side of the machine, down at the bottom you could see all the ballots. The funny part is these machines are supposed to be fairly new, they should have counted the votes as they were put into it. The whole election in this state was crooked. They found ballots in people's cars after the election.
I am going to work my butt off to see that Jeb Shrub doesn't make governor again. He was a big part of the theft of the White House.
Yes, I voted for Gore. I am a Democrat and have always been. I can't believe that the Republicans actually got away with stealing the White House. Money does buy your way, is all I can see. I worked real hard down here to help Gore and was disgusted to see how it turned out.
As far as I'm concerned, at this time, I don't have a President, because the man in there does not belong there. I can't stand to see his smug smile when he appears on TV, and make it a point to change the channel whenever he or his brother appear.
Re: Greedy Corporate Execs Willing to Risk YOUR Life For Higher Profits. American Airlines Exec Says There's NO Big Terrorism Threat, Can They Please Drop Some of the Security Measures. No Kidding. 6/1
That was quick! After the huge hurricane (Andrew?) which hit Florida some years ago (mid-90s, I think), a talk show host in my area (Jay Diamond) said it wouldn't take the the construction industry long to ask for the newly tightened building codes to be loosened. The codes had been updated to reflect what happened during the hurricane. Well, it took them about 12 months before they started lobbying the FL legislature to loosen the codes. Since the hurricane didn't cause as much damage as the WTC attacks, I would say that this request is a new world's record for audacity.
Is it not ironic that Ashcroft covered up the statue of Justice? It was clearly a symbolic take on what the administration is all about. I received word from a Washington official that the statue of Liberty was next.
GOOD article. I am glad someone else feels as equally exasperated about the level of apathy in the American public. Have they read too many dime store novels or watched too many schlocky tv sitcoms that they can no longer differentiate fantasy from reality? Or has the post watergate level of cynicism grown to the point that people EXPECT their government to behave this way. Either prospect is chilling.
Apathy is I think our country's greatest threat at this time, Cheney's bleatings notwithstanding. If people are too jaded or indifferent to not want to get to the bottom of what key individuals in this administration knew about pending terrorist attacks prior to September 11 and when they knew it then this will only embolden this administration to try to get away with covering up the truth and perhaps doing something even worse. They will assume that if the American people do not get outraged or incensed about this then nothing will stir them to action.
Case in point, Mr. Ashcroft and his announced policy to allow the FBI to spy on anyone anywhere anytime. That is nothing more than a pure and utter official policy to consciously disregard of the Bill of Rights for no valid reason whatsoever. As the recent revelations show it wasn't that the FBI lacked information. Hell no. All the information they had which was gathered constitutionally was ignored. So I fail to see how gathering information unconstitutionally would have made any sort of difference. This is nothing but a pure power grab that reeks of fascism. People need to wake up from their slumber or they may find themselves living in Communist China before very long.
This is why it is imperative that key Democratic leaders continue to demand a full investigation. The victims their families and indeed all citizens whether they are apathetic or not deserve better than this whitewash.
Subj: There! Do You Feel Any Safer Now?
Shrubya gave big business another win yesterday: Remember the lives lost in accidents with blown (tread separating) tires? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a new rule to protect consumers: a gauge on each of the tires that would indicate insufficient tire inflation. But it was rejected by the powers that be at the WH, via JOHN GRAHAM at OMB, who requested NHTSA defer to the auto industry preference of putting only one gauge on the dash of the car. NHTSA lost. Now, Public Citizen watchdog group is threatening suit.
(Big business wins again)
(Letter from Public Citizen to GRAHAM)
(Press Release Public Citizen)
We Lost Yet Again to Corporate America!
Re: "Excuse Me!"
You wrote, "How can approximately the same percentage of Americans believe that the Bush administration is hiding something, but not want it investigated?"
I think the logic goes something like this: About two thirds of Americans accept the evidence that the Emperor (we all know who that is) has no clothes. On the other hand, in times of apparent crisis, about two thirds of Americans (perhaps not the same two thirds) are frightened enough by the administration's countless warnings that they really don't want the Emperor's nakedness confirmed. After all, they feel, in scary times like these we certainly need a well-clothed Emperor - and for better or for worse, he's the only one we've got.
Just a thought.
Doug Stewart, a fan
Enron's new name will be "OpCo"?? Hmmm... "Op"... "Co". I wonder what that could stand for? Opportunistic Corruption?
Readers, any other ideas??
Allen in Maryland
Simple. It takes the heat off the President and his administration. It makes it easier to place the root causes of the failures back far enough to lay blame on Clinton. You'll see more and more stuff like this coming from right-wing sources in the coming days. They have their marching orders and, like always, they'll be good soldiers and obey.
FC Webster, NY
Perhaps someone can explain this to me?
F.B.I. Was Warned It Could Not Meet Terrorism Threat
We are being told in this article that there was an assessment study done, but because the assessment was for budgetary purposes it didn't get circulated?
If someone tells you your house is going to burn down, does it really matter where the advice came from?
This level of incompetence is truly mind-boggling! Doesn't anyone have any common sense anymore? I feel very sorry for all of the people in America. If these are supposed to be our "best and brightest," then we are in a whole lot more trouble than we thought.
Subj: Who's Right...Condo Rice or this Asst. Att. General
According to this article, this Asst. AG states "they" knew that planes could be used as weapons, but didn't Condo Rice tell us only a few days ago that "they" didn't know that planes would be used as weapons?
This morning, our commander in chief delivered an impassioned speech to West Point graduates. It was an address that conjured up all the "horrific" imagery of a heavily-armed William Bennett.
Shortly afterward, a summary appeared on the Reuters newswire (http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml?type=topnews&StoryID=1037741) which includes the following paragraphs.
"Enemies in the past needed great armies and great industrial capabilities
Now, America faces yet another important question: Did he actually say "diluted"?
Subj: In going to the WP article on Bush's West Point speech ...
I was confronted with a truly horrifying banner ad for the Raptor fighter plane (!!!) the tag line being, "CONSIDER IT A MAJORITY VOTE FOR FREEDOM" - a nauseating attachment of an instrument of mass murder to the current penchant for patriotism. Is Boeing/Lockheed Martin actually trying to sell me (us?) on its high-end military hardware? Or are they merely paying the small price of an ad in order to purchase leverage over the Washington Post's reporting? In either case, the implications give me the creeps ...
After watching John Ashcroft on This Week this morning I can only wonder why the Wall Street Journal has called for Mr. Mueller to resign rather than Ashcroft. Ashcroft was asked if he could give his personal assurance that the whistleblower, Ms. Rowley, would not experience retaliation for her letter regarding the problems in the FBI. Rather than express a resounding "yes, she has my personal assurance," this sorry excuse for an A.G. tap-danced around the question at one point explaining that Mr. Mueller had thanked Ms. Rowley. Finally after some prodding, Mr. Ashcroft managed to say that she "would not be dismissed." What a very careful choice of words since dismissal is the least likely method of retaliation she would experience.
His hesitancy in answering, coupled with his final choice of words, left me believing his intent was to discourage, not encourage, future instances of truth leaking out. This man is no more than a political hack masquerading as someone dedicated to law enforcement. It is past time for him to go.
A BuzzFlash Reader
I'd say: "Bush Administration to World on Climate Change: It Exists. Deal With It." Basically, if we're going to be harmed by climate change, why should we do anything to change our actions?
The audacity of this is more than I can possibly imagine.
C. Chay Casso
Subj: Letter sent to Senator Sarabanes & the DNC
After reading Arianna Huffington's column in salon.com regarding the shelving of Maryland Democratic Senator Sarabanes' accounting reform bill, I sat down and sent him the following Email, beginning with an excerpt from Huffington's column:
"The latest example of their sinister handiwork is the sudden shelving of Sen. Paul Sarbanes' accounting reform bill, a muscular measure that would strengthen the SEC, restrict accounting firms' ability to double-dip as consultants and auditors for the same client and impose stringent conflict-of-interest rules on the investment banking world. Instead, the bill is in a deep coma and not expected to survive, having been pummeled within an inch of its legislative life by a goon squad made up of finance lobbyists and their No. 1 Senate enforcer, Phil Gramm...
It was democracy at its worst. The full-court pressure worked. Sarbanes put the bill on ice and retreated to lick his wounds. When I called for his reaction, I was told he wasn't talking to the press. Why not? He should be speaking out to anyone who will listen and hitting the talk shows with his condemnation of those kneecapping his efforts. Where is his indignation over Gramm's bully-boy tactics?"
Yes Senator Sarabanes, where is the indignation? Where is (to quote former Senator Dole) the outrage? As a lifelong committed Democrat, I am sickened not just by your cowardice, but by that of your entire party. This cowardice and unwillingness to challenge the outright, endless thuggery of the Republic Party did not start on 9/11, but goes back to the 2000 election and its aftermath. You let these right-wing hoodlums steamroll over your party and the progressive values our country needs more than ever - over and over again.
One would think that Republican & Bush involvement in these endless greed-driven scandals (not to mention the administration's high-handed arrogance whenever it is pressed for honest information regarding their pre-9/11 decisions) would give Democratic leaders a rallying cry to motivate not just their base, but working people sickened by the current epidemic of corporate corruption - yet you sit there silently, almost masochistically letting them work you and our democracy over. Now the country is being geared up for a 'pre-emptive' war that is little more than a personal grudge of a spoiled son trying to get revenge for the embarrassing failure that ended his father's term - and once again you and your party are silent.
Do you understand the depth of my disgust with you and your party? Why many of us would rather vote for Nader & the Greens for all the good Democrats in power seem incapable of doing in office? I suggest you look deep into your soul and decide why you hold one of the 100 US Senate seats - before our esteemed Attorney General (who is seemingly able to withhold critical information from the president immediately after 9/11 & not be fired from his position once this news comes to light) decides to suspend Congress - but only for the duration of the 'war on terrorism,' and for the country's own good, of course.
I eagerly await your and your party's response to my concerns. (But I'm not holding my breath.) In the meantime, I WILL NOT donate to your party, I WILL NOT volunteer my time or services to your candidate, and I will advise all my friends (who share my love for our country and my concern for its fate at the heavy hands of our current administration) to do the same. Why waste time or money on a USELESS, pretend 'opposition' party?
Subj: Bush and preemptive strikes
Is Bush , intentionally or not, giving a greenlight to Pakistan or India to initiate a preemptive strike?
Is Bush, intentionally or not, giving Sharon a go ahead to do whatever he likes to any perceived enemies, Palestine, Syria, etc.?
The more one thinks about his open advocacy of preemptive war and the right to wage it, the scarier the scenario gets.
What do you think Pootie Poot is thinking right now, seeing as how he is now surrounded by US bases with the potential to destroy his country and only minutes away? Many in Russia already fear our actions .
What if those in Russia who have also advocated preemptive strikes now gain power and influence?
If you were them, what would you do?
Caligula was a madman. Bush, an emperor's son, seems as mad.
Subj: Pt 2 of Bush and preemptive strikes
By contrast, he added, "the attacks of Sept. 11 required a few hundred thousand dollars in the hands of a few dozen evil and diluted men. All of the chaos and suffering they caused came at much less than the cost of a single tank."
Ah yes, those diluted people, wishy-washy liberals no doubt.
The questions surrounding Bush and his "month long" vacation last August, while terrorists were planning to attack this country are interesting to say the least, particularly the supposedly Aug. 6th briefing, however that isn't the biggest question I would like answered. One of the biggest questions to me is "why given the information they had, would the FBI let the President of the United States sit in an unsecured classroom while the United States was under attack." Did they know that the President wasn't in any danger and is that why they failed to act? It's my understanding that when the country is under attack, the President doesn't call his own shots regarding his safety, the Secret Service does.
When JFK was assassinated the Secret Service grabbed Johnson and surrounded him, because they didn't know if the US was under attack, but not in this case, while planes were flying into buildings the Secret Service just let Bush sit there, and more amazing he DID just sit there. That question needs to be answered along with the other 500,000 thousand questions that don't make sense in any shape or form.
Instead of "what did they know and when did they know it" perhaps the questions should be "what did you do and why did you do it?"
otherwise noted, all original