The BuzzFlash Mailbag
July 10, 2002
Subj: Cokie's Not the Only One
Suzanne Malvaux of CNN also repeats the administration line that Bush was cleared by the SEC. I hope everyone who has the facts straight on this emails any show that repeats this lie.
Have any of you paid attention to Bush's childish "evil eye," when something happens that upsets our boy king? Remember his very first press conference when someone's cell phone went off and he stopped talking abruptly and gave them the "evil eye"? Yesterday he did the same thing when some reporters "tittered when Bush claimed that the SEC's inquiry into Harken Oil amounted to an honest disagreement about accounting procedures." His eyes swept to the guilty parties and he let it be known that their tittering "had been noted in the building." Our Imperial President wants to instill fear in these people, so they will never cross him again. Heads will roll next time. The guillotine will be used against such disrespect and impudence of His Royal Highness!!
What a brat!!!
If you missed this actual bush quote yesterday; it went like this:
"There was no malfeance, no attempt to hide anything, it was just a accounting firm making a decision along with the corporate officers as to how to account for a complex transiction."
Shows why he should have stayed in the baseball field.
new words: malfeance, transiction
Yep, he actually said it.
I picked up a copy of "Stupid White Men" yesterday and can't put the book down. I am furious at what the Bush administration and corporate America are doing to the rest of us. Did you know that from 1979 until now, the richest 1% in the country have seen their wages increase by 157%, while those of you at the bottom 20% are actually making $100 less (adjusted for inflation) than you were at the dawn of the Reagan era? The book contains many more fascinating facts and figures about how the rich are ripping off the rest of us, while stashing their millions in offshore tax havens.
This excerpt I thought was especially interesting, as it pertains to Halliburton when Cheney was CEO. "Halliburton, the oil company, set up a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands in the early nineties. Problem is, there IS no oil in the Cayman Islands. Nor are there any oil refineries or distribution centers. So what was that Halliburton subsidiary doing there? Evidently the government was suspicious. From 1996 until 1998, fourteen separate tax actions were filed against Halliburton entities. In one case, the government contended that Halliburton used these subs to avoid $38 million in taxes. Most of these cases have been resolved."
This was our illustrious Vice-president Dick Cheney trying to defraud the government and avoid paying taxes. What does that say for "restoring honor and dignity" to The White House? It says that the biggest corporate criminals in America are now illegally in control of the government. Nothing was going to stop them from stealing this election, so they could get their grimy claws on all of that oil money from the Caspian Sea and anything else they could steal. They will stop at nothing to satisfy their insatiable greed and lust for power and money.
This country has NEVER been in as much trouble as it is now. An unscrupulous group of greedy scoundrels, who are retreads from Bush, Sr.'s days are in charge and they know all of the ins and outs of how to steal "bigtime".
Senator Rochelle of Lebanon decided to quit his campaign because of threats against his family, www.tennessean.com/local/archives/02/07/19766176.shtml.
I feel certain that these are kindred spirits of the mob of thugs who stormed Nashville last year and threw rocks and bricks and broke out some windows in the courthouse.
It's a sad day when a band of violent band of thugs rules the day!
Subj: Deja Vu All Over Again
I am writing this to you so that I can have proof later on.
On the morning of June 18, 1972, my alarm went off and the very first thing I heard was that the office of the Democratic National Committee had been burglarized, and that the men were in custody. I literally jumped out of bed, called my best friend, and in about ten minutes, he and I were on our way to Providence to buy the New York Times. There, in the middle of page 1 was a very small item, not more than two paragraphs (the news had come out minutes before press time.) We went to his mom's house, and as I walked in the door, I said to her: "I'm telling you this so that I can have proof later on." I pointed at the item and said, "See that? That is the end of Richard Nixon's presidency."
So last week at about 7 AM, I opened the Times to the editorial page and found Paul Krugman's piece about Harken Petroleum. As early as it was, I pulled out my cell phone, dialed my best (dear old) friend, and when he answered, I said to him, "Do you remember when I woke you up on the morning of June 18, 1972?" He laughed and said he did. I said, "Well, it just happened again. George Bush is toast."
Subj: The Silence is Deafening
I invite all buzzies to visit any of the righty sites..They are quiet as mice...not a word about the Bush financial indiscretions....eerily quiet..I think we hit a big fat nerve.
Subj: Antonio's letter in 7/10 Mailbag
I loved Antonia's letter, and I want one of those early warning alerts for my TV remote. Do they have them at Radio Shack? Best Buy? Online somewhere? Please, I believe my sanity hangs in the balance. If I have to look at Bush's smirking face one more time while reporters are lobbing softball questions to him and then later simply reading republican press releases to us in lieu of real reporting, my TV may not survive. Can the early warning alert also be set to sound an alarm when a Democrat is about to come on and make some really wussy statement of support for dim son? These make me even more nauseous than looking at Bush.
And on a related subject, could we have some sort of warning on the liberal websites when an article apparently is going to tell the truth about what a lying, moronic ass Bush is, but when you click on it, it turns out to just be another dose of "It's Clinton's fault." Last night I clicked on one on this site that was headlined something like Plethora of Financial Scandals, innocently believing that it would discuss the MBA (thank God he doesn't have a doctorate -- no telling how bad things would be) president's shortcomings in the business world, but lo and behold, there it was: It's all Clinton's fault. Then I set about to read an article posted from a Canadian publication. This guy had the audacity to make the statement that people voted for Bush because even though they might disagree with him, at least he has principles, unlike his predecessor. What world is this guy living in? So, I decided to see what Bartcop had posted, believing that although he may be a sexist pig, at least he doesn't engage in gratuitous Clinton-bashing. But no, there it was, the Canadian article. Then came the blinding, throbbing headache which always occurs when I have been exposed to excessive amounts of republican propaganda.
So, as a public health service, when you post an article that is going to contain unexpected Clinton-bashing statements, could you put a warning out to the left of the headline? I think a simple drawing of a smirking chimp will do the trick, but you guys surely can come up with some standardized system. It will be greatly appreciated.
And finally, in the letter from Cheryl Taylor, she posed several questions to BuzzFlash readers. Here's my opinion: (1) the sham investigation IS apparent to the media; they just are not going to report on it for fear Bush will revoke their cute little nicknames and not return their calls, not to mention how pissed off their corporate masters would be if they actually told the truth for a change; (2) Yes, we have no investigative reporters; and (3) Yes, hired guns and shills every one of them. In response to the fourth and final question, I'm considering taking up drinking to excess before Asa outlaws that too. Seriously, I think her letter addresses the most difficult issue the Democrats will have to face. They keep acting like they think the press is going to suddenly start playing fair and telling the truth. I don't think it will ever happen. Which makes getting the message out almost impossible, especially to people who don't have access to information online. I'll vote Democratic even if they run the proverbial yellow dog, and I don't necessarily believe the polls; but I'm afraid if the Democrats don't start actually offering an alternative to the insanity of the Bush Evil Empire, and figure out a way to do an end run around the media shills to get their message directly to the voters, we may be in deep doodoo for a long, long time.
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Everywhere I go on the tube I hear the Republicans pointing out that every Democrat voted for SEC Chairman Pitt! I especially heard Chris Matthews grilling Senator Daschle on this point.
Democrats, LEARN FROM THIS! Your job is oversight. Do your job. Do not vote to confirm appointees that you do not think are good for the country. The Republicans are not going to reward you for voting their way. Rush Limbaugh is not going to start saying nice things about you. When the appointees screw up the Republicans will only rub YOUR face in it.
Remember, Al Gore voted to confirm several of the Supreme Court Justices that robbed him of the presidency!
From the 2002 Platform of Texas Republican Party:
"Corporal punishment should be used when appropriate and we encourage the legislature to strengthen existing immunity laws respecting corporal punishment. We urge the Texas Legislature, Governor, Commissioner of Education and State Board of Education to remind administrators and school boards that corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas."
"We oppose actions of social agencies to classify traditional methods of discipline as child abuse."
From a Houston Chronicle Article cited on BuzzFlash:
"AUSTIN -- An 11-year-old boy who read the wrong Bible verse at church was severely beaten with a tree branch by a Baptist pastor and the pastor's brother, the boy's family said.
The boy suffered kidney failure as a result of the beating and spent the Fourth of July weekend in the intensive care unit of Brackenridge Hospital sedated with morphine, according to a police affidavit. "
I am so sick of the News "readers" starting out their spin with, "Our first MBA President"! I wonder how many other MBAs pronounce malfeasance as "malfeaence"? Harvard needs to recall his diploma!!
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