The BuzzFlash Mailbag
June 10, 2002
I sent the following email to the New York Times:
Massachusetts Candidate Confirms Utah as Residence
Isn't it strange, when Dick Cheney suddenly switched his primary residency from Texas to Wyoming day(s) before announcing his candidacy as George W. Bush's running mate, I cannot recall any discomfort or chagrin expressed by the New York Times on the ethics and/or illegality of that transaction.
Why is it that when ANY of the unethical or illegal activities by the Bush aristocracy occur, or are revealed, there is barely a mention, let alone criticism of them in your prestigious newspaper? Do you feel ANY responsibility at all, for the undisputed mess our country is now in?
In the 'It's never too late' department, will you finally begin challenging the many undemocratic, anti-dissident, anti-free speech, excessive secrecy, and unaccountable policies of this administration? Arrogance, intimidation, and deception, even for these great masters of disinformation will surely not be effective very much longer. We, the people, are becoming fully aware that the price to our country, to our freedom, and to our national and personal security is just too high.
Lately I have been thinking about how these very conservatives who have been carping on for years about how sexual freedom and marijuana experimentation are destroying the fabric of society are now the architects of what is looking to be an actual breakdown of our economic system caused by their 'free market' anti-regulatory ideas. This is exactly the kind of thing they taught us caused the stock market collapse of 1929.
For years, in the name of some sort of free market principle, regulations have been relaxed, ethical traditions have been thrown away, and people have been placed into positions of leadership not because they are responsible and accomplished, but because they will influence the system to the short-term advantage of those who placed them there. This is true not only in this arena, but in judicial appointments, Government appointments, and in the mainstream press. What we are left with is a bunch of under-qualified, unprincipled amateurs running our economy, our Government, and our news media.
As a result, we are in danger of losing savings, essential services, civil rights, and even our lives to a terrorist attack. That these unpatriotic, shortsighted and unethical activities have been passed off as 'leadership' should be laughable. Instead, it is those who have tried to fight against this trend who have been laughed at. Who's laughing now? Nobody.
We can try to figure out whether those that created this problem are stupid or evil, but I have a better idea - let's demand leaders who are neither stupid nor evil but instead possess other qualities such as, say, responsibility, commitment, talent, and integrity.
-Peter Glasser, Los Angeles
I've found a new word to describe George W. Bush.
Nope, it's not Boy George. Nope, not the Pretzeldent. IT'S PATRIOTEER! Yep, the word Patrioteer sounds as if it were coined for Bush.
From the World Book Dictionary:
If anyone wants to know where Bush intends to get the money for the "so called" overhaul of government, look up Ronald Reagan.
Reagan, like Bush, promoted cutting taxes (for the rich). Yes, we nobodies got a little break, just like Bush's little-bitty break for us. To compensate for Reagan's tax cut, he axed many programs that benefited the poor and middle class. Next, he cleared a lot of favored tax deductions from our 1040's that we nobodies depended upon to come out okay on the year. Reagan pushed a lot of federal financial responsibility on to the states. Feeling the financial pinch, the states began taking away things like gasoline tax deductions on state tax returns. Reagan even had a catchword for his actions... trickle down economics. We nobodies got trickled on! In reality it was the old shell game.
Watch for Bush to further slash programs and if you read an article about Bush giving a ringy-dingy to the IRS, look out! More 1040 deductions will disappear. Look for Bush passing on more financial responsibility to the states. Of course, these little shell game tricks will be coupled with a national deficit that is staggering. I saw it once and I see it coming again.
And they called Dickey, tricky?
Oh the inanity of it all!
-Bozola (yep, a proud BuzzFlash contributor!)
I just wanted to note in passing that the Rutherford Institute is only a "civil rights" organization when it furthers the goals of the Christian Right.
See http://www.ifas.org/fw/9406/rutherford.html for more information.
When I found your website I was so grateful to know I wasn't the only person who wished Scotty really could beam me up. What has happened to our country in only 8 months!?? We're turning into a fascist state so fast that it's truly scary. I still want to know who is in the "Shadow Government" and where they are, and what about all that loudmouthed Texan drawl about "Dead or Alive" and "smokin'em out, and bringin'em to justice". And what about the anthrax crimes? The best of the FBI don't seem to be able to find anything and now they want to do what? Create another massive law,spy,covert,secret agency to protect the homeland. Sounds good, but how long will it take thousands of different departments and bureaus who each can't do the job to get together and pool their inadequate resources so they can all together not do a good job?
Still, it's possible future history can remedy that. The next Democratic President could erase all the Constitutional "addendums" that the Emperor Without Clothes and the Head Inquisitioner have royally decreed and our rights can be returned to us. At least I hope so. But this week I have felt real fear of what might happen. If the earth starts to die because the US did nothing to save it who in the future could possibly fix that or reverse it?
The only hope I can see right now is with BuzzFlash and other THINKING websites -- thank God for the internet! This is where it outshines all other forms of publications. When in all of history has it ever been possible to go to one website and have access to virtually every publication you would possibly want to read. This is the finest way of using today's burgeoning technology -- for the good of mankind. For freedom of speech and freedom of thought and for the dissemination of the truth.
Can you imagine the outcry from the right if Clinton had been in office when our submarine sunk the Japanese fishing vessel, paid China to release our military people when they landed on their territory, if Clinton's biggest contributor had bilked investors and employees out of their life savings and then allowed the crooks to write his energy policy and appoint the head of FERC to oversee them, if Clinton's Attorney General had taken away our civil liberties in the name of pursuing terrorists, if he had backtracked on CAFE standards, if he never even brought up the terrorist problem before 9-11, if Clinton had allowed the Israel-Palestine problem to become so explosive, if the world was in danger of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan, if bin Laden was still at large after we bombed the bejeezus out of Afghanistan, if the Anthrax killer was still on the lose, if Clinton had given executive orders to withhold presidential papers from historians and the public, if nearly 9 million people were unemployed, if the economy was as bad as it is now, if winning in a very close election where his brother happened to be Governor and the person in charge of elections happened to be in charge of his campaign in Florida and then being selected by the Supreme Court.
All this in just one and a half years in office.
Can you imagine??
Wm F. Cravener
I totally agree with everything you are saying. I am 67, lived through the Watergate hearings, watched them all ... and had great regard for Sam Ervin, Howard Baker and John Dean, who literally gave up his boss, courageously! It was such a different time.
Now, we see nothing but a more evil -- but much more sophisticated evil -- tyrannical, selfish, bunch of hooligans! At times I am so mad, I want to scream ... at other times, I am terrified, because there is nothing I would put past them. They are like what I would think of the Mob, their protection of each other ... with "Stepford Wives" who paste smiles on their unknowing and uncaring faces ... anything for the man of the family.
We have no leadership left of Democrats ... many with good ideas, you will see them on Tuesday saying that we have to have an independent council to check it all, then by Sunday they will not even admit to saying it. It is a frightening life we are seeing now.
One of the most frightening things to me are the democrats in my own family who turned for this idiot we have in the White house. At least three that I can think of ... and, when they start to suspect that perhaps the made the wrong choice, they are like every other republican I know: they will not ever, ever admit it. My husband, is a "dyed in the wool" republican. I hate it, but I know those people are never changing, I can at least understand where they are coming from. They were taught that all their lives, never knew any other way, and feel as if they are betraying someone if they do not vote that way. I have always made this joke, "If Adolph Hitler were running on the republican ticket my husband would find something good about him." Well, folks I think we are as close now as we are going to get!
My closest buddy, friend, my daughter went over to that side for Shrub! Her argument to me was, "But, Mom, he lied to us!" That was it! If I come up with a good argument, like "which is worse, lying about an affair with a 25 year old girl (not your wife) or lying about a felony drunk driving charge and losing your drivers license ... spending the night in jail??" I can never get a coherent answer to any question about the the life of Bill Clinton and what he went through, never proven, anything ... and, sadly, I know now that I never will. What is it about republicans? Is it a pride that will not let them lose, or be wrong?
Thank you for letting me rant ... and keep up the good work. I would love to know in what little Tennessee town you live, but I know that is not possible. My daughter, the turncoat, lives in Nashville, and we come very often ... of course, I still love the girl. Keep at it, your columns are always the best...thanks!
Shirley, St. Louis
I truly hate the phrase "Homeland Security." Is it just me, or does that phrase have a Third Reich "fatherland" sound to it. Why not "Domestic Security"??
Was the term "Homeland Security" purposely selected to have a more ominous ring to it ... more Big Brother sounding ... more totalitarian sounding? I wonder if it was created by the same brilliant group that gave us the ever-popular catch-phrase "homicide bombers." (Well... at least Faux News likes it.)
-- Some Dude in Maryland
This is by no means a "flash," but rather an appeal to press for a closer look at precisely the type of evidence that could help save lives during future terrorist attacks, which the administration assures us are coming.
In the January 2002 issue of Fire Engineering Magazine, editor Bill Manning's piece "Burning Questions...Need Answers" (req. registration) reveals one of the biggest scandals surrounding 9/11 thus far, namely the government's unwillingness to analyze the WTC debris before sending it away as scrap. Given the rapid collapse of both towers, shouldn't we be asking what can be done to protect existing and future high-rise buildings from suffering a similar fate?
It now seems generally accepted that the intense heat generated by the fires caused the structural failure, so why not check this hypothesis by examining the building's remains? Furthermore, even if heat at the point of impact and surrounding floors did cause the failure, how does this explain the building's "controlled" inward collapse, and can we count on a similar chain of events (rather than an uncontrolled collapse wasting numerous other structures in the area) the next time this happens - may God forbid that it ever does?
Until some smoking gun is found, the Bush administration will always be able to point the finger at the FBI and CIA, or even Clinton, as scapegoats for the attack itself. If confronted on the lack of an investigation into the WTC collapse, however, maybe the buck will finally find its rightful owner.
Do you think WE could get some of those little UN/NATO headphones? Maybe Rumsfeld translates better in French.
I watched this interview live on CNN International, and I dismissed Rumsfeld as being angry, arrogant, aggressive, combative, defiant, and irrational. Friends asked me how that was different from any other day.
The United States Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, has baffled journalists in Brussels by explaining the greatest threat to Western civilization may lurk in what he has termed "unknown unknowns."
Mr. Rumsfeld says he told a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defense ministers that even US intelligence agencies can often only see the tip of the iceberg when looking for terrorist threats.
But this is how he explained it at a media conference:
Subj: Colonel's letter attacking Bush prompts debate on free speech
FYI: While Pres. Clinton was in office and going through the starr wars, military personnel were having their letters condemning him published in MILITARY papers. Nothing ever happened to them. I have this info firsthand from a retired AF general, who was driven crazy because they all got away with it. Keep in mind that this Col. Butler NEVER identified himself as military and wrote to a fairly obscure newspaper. And, yet, somehow he was found out.
Big Brother, anyone?
Oh, and to bob novak, who blamed this man's action on a Clinton-era problem: "...Butler, a 23-year veteran..."
That takes us ALL the way back to 1979. Amazing how college-student Bill is responsible for Col. Butler.
You guys are great. So glad you are there for us, the American people. In a perfect world there would be no need for you. Unfortunately, half of all Americans think they're perfect. I am traveling in Oaxaca right now and things are bad indeed (besides writing on a Spanish computer). The center square is full now with poor people protesting the slaughter of 17 campasinos by God knows who. Corporate forces, that's for sure. We in the north lost it when our proof of Osama's involvement to the Taliban, was to wipe them out. Its been all downhill since then. They tromp on the constitution so fast that according to the constitution, we can't fight back. If we do, we go to court under judges whose interpretation of that document is so swayed with conservative ideology that what's the point. Progressive, Liberal Americans will soon know exactly what the Palestinians feel like and Boy George will get his wish, suicide bombers in the US.
A BuzzFlash Reader
RE: conspiracy FL nuke plant
But the litany of domestic militia plots, failed ones, is still sobering. In Michigan, militia members planned to bomb two federal buildings. Missourians planned to attack American military bases, starting with Fort Hood, Tex., on a day it opened to tens of thousands of visitors. California militia members planned to blow up a propane storage facility. Most unnerving, a Florida militia plotted to destroy a nuclear power plant. [Emphasis mine]
The above is from Nicholas Krisotof's 6/7 op-ed piece on domestic terrorism for NYT. When did this plot happen?
Slogan you might use to accurately and succinctly capture THE principle underlying belief of fundamental Republican ideology.
THE RICH AIN'T RICH ENOUGH CAUSE THE POOR AIN'T POOR ENOUGH, YET!
Come to think of it, it'd be the perfect bumper sticker for the Republicans, especially during their next presidential convention.
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"Soldier on leave held in power plant 'attack'
Is it normal to practice with live explosives? I don't get that. If you are going to blow something up, why bother to involve an actual explosive? You could use a loaf of wonder bread and "just pretend" it was the explosive.
I believe it was I who sent the first news link about this to your site, which you titled something like, "What the heck is going on in Florida?" I couldn't find it in the link archives, but I did some web searching and found the story:
Obviously, the story is pretty fishy. Either this guy was some right-wing whack-job, or something nefarious was up in the great state of Jeblorida. What we need to know is, who pushed for or allowed the 18-month probation, and what is the Army going to do to punish this soldier?
As a veteran I can tell you, if he is a real soldier he'll be Article 15'd and given the boot at the least. They certainly won't let him off with "probation." On the other hand, if he disappears or nothing happens to him, or if the Army refuses to answer questions about him or the incident, then I'd guess the man was doing what he was told to do and his name isn't Derek L. Peterson (and the rest of the story is BS too).
Whatever the case, you can bet that if that man had a name like Muhammad Yassin, he would be called a "terrorist," he'd still be locked up, and he'd probably never see the light of day.
Here we go again with more Bush*t. Bowing to pressure, Bush announced raising homeland "insecurity" to a cabinet position. As is his usual style, I expect it to be a day late and a dollar short (given his fuzzy math skills, most likely billions of dollars short and 9 months late).
He kicks off this "new" proposal by hinting at "turf wars," stating that many in power will be loath to relinquish some of that power. Is he talking about himself? Perhaps he's afraid of losing some of his own "little" dictatorial powers? After all, he is awful fond of his moronic "joke" about it being easier if he were a dictator.
Talking heads on the various political pundit shows are focusing on Democratic opposition to the creation of this cabinet position. Yet, from what I've read, there is just as much opposition to this from the Republican side of the aisle. If anything, support and/or opposition is very much bipartisan.
While I support a coordination of information and personnel I hold little hope that a Homeland Security agency under the leadership of Bush will accomplish much. Like his whole administration, on first glance it "sounds good" but falls very short of the mark.
Meanwhile, he continues with his other favorite moronic joke - that of "hitting the trifecta." I doubt very much if those directly effected by September 11 find it as amusing. The rest of America's trifecta is unemployment, deficits and war - ain't we lucky? Should we suffer another attack and a natural disaster will he consider it as hitting the daily double?
I have been confessing for months that I am a member of the "grassy Knoll society." I think everything that happens now is part of a conspiracy....Nothing gets investigated as it should anymore....since the Man in the White house was put in there by a conspiracy of the felonious five....and so on and so on and so on. Someone should check out the happenings in Memphis, Tn. The biologist who mysteriously fell from a bridge after a meeting...the woman who ran her car into a tree and was going to testify about the license she had helped the terrorists get.... falsely and the M.E. who was recently found bound and gagged with a bomb attached which malfunctioned and did not go off as was planned. He (the ME) had testified in all the aforementioned cases....Something ain't right, folks! A faithful reader of BuzzFlash.....
Two sayings or quotes come to mind when I hear of Republican compassion. To borrow from Fred Allen: You can put all the compassion in the Republican Party in a flea's navel and still have room for an industrial polluter's heart and two caraway seeds.
The other is in a movie with W.C. Fields who is a sheriff in this town. A friend asks him, "How come they call you Honest John?" Fields answers, "I was tending bar in Waxahachie and found a glass eye and returned to its original owner. Ever since then they called me Honest John."
April 19, 2001 transcript:
Dear Fellow Buzzers:
Last week I was taken aback when I received a picture-postcard of the Dolt-in-Chief waving to a crowd with Cheney at his side. There was no return address. I thought it was a gag gift from my laid off Mechanical Engineer buddy who takes great pleasure in sniping at Bush. It wasn't.
Then yesterday, I received a form letter from the same duo thanking me. Yep, thanking little old me, a voter who changed my affiliation from republican to democrat in 2000, for my support. Support? I'd rather eat toe jam. And no, they weren't seeking a contribution. Apparently those $250,000 a plate fundraisers have them covered - for now.
Anyway, I found it quite disturbing - and annoying. I can't wait to tell my buddy. I'm sure he'll be tickled to know that while he's counting the days until his unemployment benefits run out, Bush and Cheney have money to burn, sending postcards and letters to people who for two years haven't even had the stomach to look at them.
Thank you for reposting: U.S.Agents told to back off Bin Ladens 6/7
I thought it was important enough to get out there again and so did a host on the KGO AM radio station in San Francisco. His name is Ray Taliferro and he is one of very few on our side. I E-mailed the article to him on 6/7 and he discussed it on his radio show. I'm glad you are open to your readers suggestions. It takes all of us to fight the Bush Bunch!
Dear Mr. Bush:
As a concerned citizen I would find it of great interest to know just how much you and your siblings stand to gain if the estate tax is repealed. It is no secret that your father is quite wealthy, and likely to be among the minuscule number of Americans whose estate will actually be eligible for any tax.
If your answer is that the tax on your father's estate is expected to be zero, please explain the tax planning dodges he is using to achieve that happy outcome.
Regarding your Conspiracy Theory Alert and the soldier who was caught trying to plant a bomb at a power plant site, I think this could very well be one of the government's little scare tactics. It surely would be convenient if a power plant was attacked by "terrorists." That would get the American public in a tizzy and allow resident Bush to heat up his "war" efforts. If you can go to jail for, say, five years for possession of a joint....and get 18 months probation for attempting to bomb a power plant....things just don't seem to add up.
Subj: Cheney got away with it
Didn't he set up a phony residence in another state (Wyoming, I think, although I'm not sure) so he could run as veep? After all, the constitution expressly forbids the president and vice-president be from the same state. So Romney is just trying to do what dick did.
You know what I think? I think George Bush is one of the most unhappy men in the entire world. You know how we wake on a particular morning and absolutely dread the day because we've got some project or something we particularly loath doing that simply cannot be put off any longer - Say April 14th or a scheduled four hour appointment with the dentist. I personally believe Bush wakes us dreading each and every day, except of course, when he's back at the old ranch.
Meeting with World leaders, with Congressmen, having to travel around making the same old speech almost every day hoping he can get through it without bungling every other word, trying to avoid the press and of course reading the Hungry Caterpillar to those little kids. Leaving Texas was bad enough, now he occasionally has to leave the good old USA and how those foreigners pick on him. Karen is gone and isn't around to make half his decisions for him - Karl Rove will be making most of them and just maybe people will get suspicious. Being worried and bored most of the time is just no fun.
Now, wearing old jeans, laying around watching baseball or if he feels feisty or especially smart, playing solitaire on his computer for hours on end, you know how stimulating that is. Then there's throwing the ball to Barney or talking with his cows. Of course, a long work out and then a midday nap to recharge those batteries so he can get up and have some more fun. Ah, to have his old life back again -- the freedom to do or not to do anything at all and still be so rich -- that was fulfilling.
So guys, when we really get disgusted with him, remember he's given up a lot to serve his country. To think they may make him sacrifice another four years of his life doing this President thing - I mean, just how much can one guy stand?
Is Ted Turner sending subliminal messages. I had to laugh -- last evening on Turner Classic Movies the schedule was as follows: Mister Roberts, Fail Safe, Dr. Strangelove and the China Syndrome. All great movies which depict nutty leaders and nuclear holocaust. Way to go Ted!
My first reaction to the news of the arrest of the "dirty bomber" by Ashcroft was that this is another diversion by the Bush administration. If the guy has been in custody since May 8, why didn't they announce it then, instead of now?
Subj: Pick up the phone, Mueller
Mueller claims it will take 2-3 years to bring FBI computers up to snuff.
I bet that same situation wouldn't exist if he was CEO of General Electric. We are hearing that the existent computers in the FBI are not as efficient as computers in the nation's grade schools. To make matters worse, few of the FBI computers are of the same manufacturer. Come on Mr. Mueller... certainly a US manufacturer of computers would step up to the plate and furnish up-to-date computers upon government order. I'm sure they would be perfectly capable of programming them too for the good of the nation. And they would be willing to train (technologically challenged) FBI personnel on top of it all. They do all of this in major corporations in less than 6 months, Mr. Mueller. All it takes is a ringy-dingy to a manufacturer, Mr. Mueller.
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