The BuzzFlash Mailbag
July 16, 2002
First, a writer for the right-wing press gets a taste of Bush Regime strong-arming:
NRO contributor Joel Mowbray was detained this afternoon at the State Department after an acrimonious exchange with top Foggy Bottom press flack Richard Boucher.
Mowbray had challenged Boucher on his account of events at State this week, which had to fire its longest-serving career diplomat in response to the congressional uproar created by Mowbray's reporting on the "Visa Express" program (the program gives the Saudis easy access to U.S. visas see Mowbray's reporting here.
Mowbray read from a classified cable that had been leaked to him and that contradicted Boucher's spin (both Mowbray and the Washington Post quoted from the cable earlier this week). State Department officials were not amused. Very not amused.
When Mowbray was leaving the briefing, a State Department official, accompanied by four guards, asked him to stay to answer a few questions. Mowbray said he could come back later. The official said, no, they wanted him to answer a few questions immediately.
When Mowbray began to get the feeling that he couldn't leave even if he wanted to, he asked, "Am I being detained?"
When a diplomatic security official who had showed up on the scene told him "no," Mowbray announced that he was leaving.
At which point, the guard stepped in front of Mowbray and said, "Now, you're being detained."
The guards wouldn't let him leave until Mowbray had called a lawyer from his cell phone and National Review had called the State Department's press office to ask what was happening about a half-an-hour after the run-in began.
When NRO contacted an official in the State Department's press office later this afternoon to ask if State had a comment on the incident, she said, "He wasn't detained!"
Asked to elaborate, the press official continued, "I wasn't there! I don't know what happened!"
But for at least a few minutes, Mowbray had a harder time leaving the State Department than many Saudis have had entering the country.
Then, the magazine, rather than strongly criticize the Bush Regime for its Gestapo tactics, uses the incident to take a shot at Clinton:
THE STATE DEPT. FLACK who doesn't know what the meaning of "detain" is must be a Clinton holdover.
On Meet-the-Fake-Journalist, G.E. RUSSERT thought he was going for an Emmy, exuding, "Look how tough I'm being on Harvey PITT." Haha. PITT bulldozed him down with stonewall after stonewall. GE even asked, GASP, about his own hero, CHEENEE's potential for criminality, only to be weaseled out again. What GE conveniently glossed over was, in all of those oh-so-hushed-and-DEFERENTIAL hours of hosting CHEENEE, why didn't GE probe? There wouldn't have been more than a first hour if he had, now would there. But there was even bitter humor (for us, that is), when GE RUSSERT dug into the glorious past of MTP, saying that 20 or 30 years ago, a major CEO was grilled by REAL journalists and "was the FACE of CORPORATE America right here on MTP." (Bitter laughter here.) NOW the FACE of GE is on MTP EVERY week -- G.E.RUSSERT. But Joe CONASON said it best over on Faux Propaganda Network's "NewsWatch," slapping down Cal THOMAS, "(Shrub) should have been 'vetted' two years ago. (Back then) The media focused on the color of Al GORE's clothes instead of on (Shrub's) honesty."
Follow-up to previous message. Here is the article on the original Bush statement which contains these amazing words:
Just like Bush/Cheney?
Melvin La Follette, Redford, TX
Bush Harkengate - Mr President, Release the Tapes!
A week ago George Bush said the Harken matter had been 'fully vetted' (not true). Then he blamed the unfiled insider trading report on his lawyer (not true). Reminded that he first blamed it on the SEC by saying they lost it (not true), finally Bush says that 'I haven't figured it out yet' (almost believable).
.. more on site Spin Resistance http://kelleykramer.blogspot.com/
Email Tom Daschle to demand full disclosure:
The initial warning went to the wrong place: Pasadena, CA. -- the threat was to "oil refineries" there, but there are none in THAT Pasadena. Geez, nice goin', guys.
"...The FBI had received information last weekend about a threat to Pasadena oil refineries from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. The FBI initially contacted officials in Pasadena, Calif., but that city's nearest refinery is about 35 miles away, said Anne Cearlock, an FBI agent in Houston..."
July 12, 2002, 10:35PM
Another interesting fact on the annual report filed with the SEC is that Arthur Anderson "cooked their books", too. Look under the title, "Independent Public Accountants".
Just so you know....on ABC's World News Tonight broadcast tonight, correspondent Tamala Edwards stated that an SEC investigation had "cleared" Bush of insider trading re Harken stock. What do we have to do to force these people to tell the truth?
[BuzzFlash Note: Some "correspondents" are merely hollow tubes of corporate-belching propaganda who need to be reminded of the truth as much as puppies need to be reminded not to pee on the new rug.]
When you type in Bush's 2000 campaign site, www.georgewbush.com, it takes you to the Republican National Committee's page. There's a neat service called the "Wayback Machine" that will let you see what websites looked like years ago at www.archive.org. Here's a page from the GW's old campaign site in the Wayback Machine. This is the page where the Bush outlines his career.
You'll notice he makes little mention of his service in the military (as opposed to http://www.hereinreality.com/commander.html), and this is what he has to say about his years in the oil industry: "He began his career in the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975 and worked in the energy industry until 1986. After working on his fathers 1988 presidential campaign he assembled the group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989 and which later built the Ranger's new home, the Ballpark at Arlington." It says that his career in the oil business ended in 1986, but the Washington Post reports that Bush was the director of Harken "from 1986 to 1993, after he sold his failed oil and gas exploration concern to the company."
Why did he make it sound like he was out of the oil business in 1986?
The whole insider trading allegation involves events that happened in 1990.
This portion of Bush's career was completely omitted from his 2000 campaign website.
The most disturbing aspect of this whole Harken incident that is being completely ignored by the media is the fact that Arbusto Energy, George W. Bush's company that was eventually bought by Harken, was financed by money from none other that the Bin Laden family.
I wish the press would explore this issue, because it would certainly add an interesting new dimension to this drama that many say is "no big deal".
Another question worth asking about Harken, squeezed out of my tiny proletarian brain by your "Who Secretly Bought Bush's Harken Stock?" piece......
Can we look at the history of the stock's performance? Had ANYONE ever bought an $850,000 block of Harken stock on the open market, before or since Dubyah's windfall sale? I'd be inclined to doubt it. I think we're actually seeing a "smoking shoehorn" when we behold that miracle stock deal. Or, I if can mix metaphors for a moment, to foist that cowpie upon the voters of Texas, he had to be gilded first...and so, the windfall sale.
I'm hopeful. "Harken" is easier to say (or type, not to mention remember) than "Whitewater Resolution Trust," or "Watergate," or "Iran-Contra."
The good news is global warming will no longer be a threat to Mother Earth.
The bad news is that's because some disaster occurring as we transport tons of nuclear waste across America will make global warming moot. One train derailment, one truck accident, one earthquake at Yucca Mountain, will turn America - and possibly the world - into nuclear toast.
The Senate passed DimSons very dumb and very dangerous notion to transport radioactive material across our rails and highways to seismically-unstable Yucca Mountain. As one Nevada senator described it, this is like passing the Terrorist Assistance Act. As Nevada Senator Reid stated it on his website, Dubyas "plan would require shipment of nuclear waste on 100,000 trucks or 20,000 rail cars through 43 states ...creat[ing] 100,000 targets of opportunity for terrorists." If this isnt some wildly-hypocritical notion conjured up by pResident-War-on-Terra himself! Is Dubya purposely inviting disaster or an attack?
When asked why he couldn't generate more senate opposition to this dangerous act, one Nevada official answered that the senators believe in "nimby - not in my back yard." But this is absurd - transporting nuclear waste across America will put this deadly material in Everyones back yard!
Some senators decried that a site study had been conducted for two years and that now they had to vote on one particular site [this is the same senate that can't decide on anything!]. This, too, is absurd. There was no need to vote on any site at all - they could have tabled the vote until saner minds decided this was a really stupid notion in the first place. Two years is piddling compared to extinction.
Astoundingly, little mention of the vote has been made by the media. Since the vote, I have perused the articles on BuzzFlash and not one journalist has commented on it, let alone expressed outrage. Everyone is writing about Halliburton& Harken [which is good since enough coverage might get Dick-&-Dubya out of the White House] - but a nuclear disaster in our country would make this issue moot as well. Where is the outrage about this issue that is so critical to our nation, to our world?
I spent hours e-mailing as many senators as possible before the vote, knowing full well they dont give a damn about opinions of citizens who care so much for this beautiful land and its people that they dont want to see it all recklessly and needlessly destroyed. No, there are too many campaign contributions to be collected from corporations benefiting from the bill.
Bush Advisor On Vanity Fair Payroll
Bush campaign strategist Mark McKinnon, "and still a confidant, gets $5,000 monthly from Vanity Fair for help with contacts," the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire reports. "His first job: January's cover story and Annie Leibovitz photos of Bush and his war team. The contract vexes some insiders who weren't aware of it, but they are more upset he aided an Esquire article that proved embarrassing."
Recently I read that Bush is reducing the number of people in the military services. I was in the military life in the first Bush administration and we were going through that in and about 1989, lots of people being kicked out to make the deficit a little smaller. That is probably why so many of the people fighting in the gulf war were reserves etc. They, in essence, are cheaper labor. Do I have to remind you that since then there have been people with gulf war syndrome, children born with birth defects, and disabled vets to be cared for with government funds. It is not cheaper to kick people out. But Bush, father and son have used the same tactic. Was election 2000 just a re-counting of election 1992 in an effort to make it come out differently?
Use it in your headlines, please! Bush II's policies, and the legacy he'll be remembered for: "DOO-DOO ECONOMICS"
I've received several requests for contributions from the Green Party. This is my reply:
Sent to Democratic Politicians:
Dear Fellow Democrats,
Please read the following editorial written by the editor's of www.BuzzFlash.com, a progressive website that I visit several times a day to get my news. I would like you to know that I agree with the editorial and feel that it raises an important and legitimate question to you the Democrats, and feel that it is extremely important for you to respond. Why aren't you holding Bush and his corrupt administration and business friends responsible for their corrupt actions?
Some days I can't help but think that the Democrats are so in-bedded in corporate financing for their campaign money that they can do nothing but sit back and watch G. W. Bush destroy our economy, democracy, and country! I also wonder if your silence means that you approve of what Bush/Cheney and his corporate buddies are doing!???
Until the Enron scandal broke I was a monthly financial supporter of the DNC and other Democrats having a tough 2002 re-election campaign. But when I heard Senator Joseph Lieberman, someone who should be fully aware of the corrupt practices of Enron and it's connection to W., call G. W. Bush "admirable", I have completely discontinued my financial support. I can't take it anymore! I can't sit back, like you, and watch the very essence of what is good about this country go to hell because of Bush and his mob-like practices!
Thank you for your time and attention. I look forward to your response. Please read editorial below.
cc (hard copy) Former Vice President Al Gore Jr.
Perverse logic. Instead of using 472 million dollars to upgrade schools' educational abilities it will be used to administer drug tests to those least likely to be on drugs. Since OUR public tax dollars can now be used to fund religious schools in the form of vouchers, are these religious schools required to drug test altar boys? If they are going to have my tax dollars then I want them to have to follow the same rules as the public schools.
Unless the Democrats and the media bring forth the facts of what the Clinton Administration & Levitt tried to accomplish and that the Republicans blocked every initiative brought forth..... the Republicans and the Bush Administration are going to continue to get a free pass on this scandal. Bush's poll numbers haven't dropped because the Republicans are successfully convincing the majority of the public that all these practices were going on unchecked under the Clinton administration ... therefore the Clinton Administration is the major culprit.
Bush's and Cheney's scandals are simply not enough.
Under the pretext of selling his economic reform package to the American public, President Bush is flying around the country campaigning for republican Candidates. In Birmingham, supporters get to have grab-ass photos made with Bush for a mere $50,000 contribution. Does anyone recall all the fury of the republicans over the selling of the Lincoln bedroom by the Clinton (something that was later shown to have been done by most prior occupants of the White House.) Maybe there should be a similar furor over the "selling of Air Force One".
All this just prior to his second "one month" vacation. Hangover... binge... can you say projection!!!
Edmond Brignac, Jr.
Subj: The Malefactor-in-Chief
July 15, 2002
During CNNs broadcast of Bush's "business is good" speech in Alabama, those wily media folks had the audacity to juxtapose actual, real time stock market numbers as the speech was running. A few minutes into the body of the speech itself, the numbers started to fall and they continued to fall steadily until Bush was almost finished. If hed talked any longer, everyones savings might have evaporated!
Strangely, the post-speech analysis included a statement by William Greider that people dont believe Bush is corrupt or guilty of unethical business practices. Excuse me? People have lost confidence for many reasons, not the least of which is the thought that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney may be as bad if not worse than the heads of Enron, WorldCom, et al. The business tycoons ripped off their stockholders. Bush and Cheney are ripping off our democracy.
The available evidence proves at the very least that they and others in the Bush League are todays clearest representation of what FDR called "malefactors of great wealth." Thanks to the gift bestowed upon him by the Rehnquist majority on the Supreme Court, George W. Bush has become our Malefactor-in-Chief, presiding over a system rigged to benefit the most wealthy and powerful. Republicans simply believe rich people need to be richer, and the Bush League is using all its force to make that happen. They are simultaneously attempting to create the framework of what looks very much like a potential police state. Unfortunately, this aspect of their agenda has attracted less attention among voters because everyone is so scared of losing their financial future while seeing those at the top of the heap reap incredible rewards.
Did Bush and Cheney break the law? We'll know only when all the facts are made public. A few brave public interest groups (and a fewer number of reporters) have presented as much of the truth as they've been able to find. If responsible members of Congress now fail to seek the whole truth and nothing but letting the chips fall where they may I fear for the future of our Republic.
P.S. Please do us a favor and re-post the Washington Post's original comments about the need for a special prosecutor in the early days of Whitewater. Tks.
Quote of the Day
And why is no one questioning the White House for failing to honor a court order to turn those energy documents over to Congress?
Before implementing a dumb program like Operation TIPS, it would be instructive for the Bush Administration to look at the experience of the Cuban government with respect to citizen spying. In the days after the revolution the Cuban government mobilized the population to defend against the attacks of counter-revolutionary forces. And there were many. Some 20,000 bombs were set off or discovered in Havana alone in 1960. When the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs) were formed, they took over much of the citizen vigilance -- reporting on "suspicious" activity, searching parcels for bombs and the like. I do not know that a single CDR search turned up a single bomb in a parcel.
What we do know is that in 1985 the Cuban government stopped collecting information on its citizens through the CDRs. The government had two reasons for doing so. The first was that the Senoras Grundy-Kravatz who were collecting information reported things like who was giving loud parties, who had boyfriends/girlfriends who stayed overnight and, of course, who refused to participate in vigilance activities. As Castro said at the time, "The population does not like it," and most of us can see why.
The second reason the government stopped collecting this information was that no one down at the Ministry of the Interior had read any of the reports for years. While there may have, on occasion, been an entertaining menage a trois, much of the information was the kind of stuff that nasty neighbors collect by peeking out their windows from behind the curtains. Indeed, things no one ever wanted to know. The Cuban Interior Ministry had long since figured out that they were unlikely to find any malefactors through such "vigilance." We might just avoid their mistake.
Subj: Bush says the economy is strong?????
He's got to be smoking crack -- as the stock market continues to crash, Bush says the economy is strong.
John A. Nelson
Subj: Monday at the markets
. . . and Europe is dropping out of US business investments as fast as they can. German markets are also affected, w/Deutsche Telecom leading the way. As I said before, European newspapers are skewering Bush/Cheney, and overseas investment confidence in the US market is kaput. Now that the Euro is stronger than the dollar, which could never have been predicted last January -- in fact my German neighbor who worked for Merrill Lynch in NYC said the Euro would eventually sink against the dollar to under .60 -- it's freefall time.
CNN International's reporter Maggie Lane/Lake?? said that the market was dropping like a rock in spite of what Bush had to say today. Actually, it was due to WHAT he said. How dare he talk about the market and investors having been on a binge when he's been bingeing all his life. I feel so sorry for hardworking pensioners, who had such bright hopes for a secure retirement future.
Bush opens his mouth again and the stock market plunges another 400 or so points. When will he learn to keep it shut?
Gone are the phony references to ancient scholars that appeared in one of his recent speeches; his writers have decided to use language that the president (sic) can really understand. "In order for us to have the security we all want, America must get rid of the hangover that we now have as a result of the binge, the economic binge, we just went through." As distinct from a cocaine binge, Mr. President? Or an alcoholic hangover?
Try as they might to blame this crash on Clinton, the stock market is a not a simple measure of quarterly earnings, it is also driven by perceptions of long-term investors about future prospects over the next several years. Could it be that long-term investors do not like the trends they see? Could it be they lack confidence in the current administration to turn things around? Perhaps they are worried about the chaos that will come when Thomas White resigns. Or when Pitt and Larry Thompson are driven out. Or when president Cheney goes to court in the Halliburton case and takes the fifth. Or when Bush's numerous other skeletons are finally investigating, leading him to resign in disgrace? The storm is coming and the economy may suffer further for it, but in the long run the removal of these profiteers from government will leave America on a path to real recovery.
RA in LA
re: "When will the Senate Democrats stand up to the big lie and stand up for America?"
What if the answer is "Never".... ?
Love ya, and let's hope instead that the answer is "Now."
P.S.: SF Gate's Harley Sorenson has another good column today: "A Silver Spoon To The Top"
Earth to George!!! The stock market isn't suffering from a hangover from the 90's binge, it's your mismanagement of this whole pResidency! The economy is NOT strong and your constant drum beat to invade Iraq, the constant threats of "terrists" attacking us "somewhere" is taking it's toll. You have got this country in chaos and people are worried about their future. Karl Rove (aka President) has made a complete mess of this economy and all your retreads from Daddy are causing concern all over the world. This administration makes Nixon look like and Eagle Scout. I think the chickens are coming home to roost, thank goodness. I hope the sheeple will begin to see through your facade and see you for what you are. A phony and hypocrite!!!!
Subj: article: Bush Says U.S. Economy Suffering 'Hangover'
Apparently someone has explained the country's economic situation to Shrub in terms he can understand. You should link this article.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Hey, Why don't we call the GOP the Greedy Old Pigs.
This is a title that will cling.
This is what needs to be done to correct the coup and clean up the scandal brought to us by Bush: Cheney resigns, Bush appoints Al Gore president and then he Bush resigns as well.
Tom Cariveau, Kelseyille Ca.
Subj: No wonder the stock market tanked
"Bush delivered a major economic address, blaming a "hangover from the binge" of the 1990s for the current market malaise, the markets tanked." http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/CNBCTV/Articles/Dispatches/P26531.asp
Well no shit Maynard! No wonder the stock market tanked after Bush made this statement! The stock market is the fundamental underpinning of free market capitalism! And in America, Mr. Bush, making money ethically in business and in a prosperous stock market isn't "bingeing", it is what America is all about!
Apparently in his desperate attempt to save his political skin, G W Bush forgot all about his Conservative ideology, Adam Smith and the right to own property, "The American Dream" and the very important fact that money follows performance! (More people invest in a prosperous stock market, this is a fact, however not logical. We should really buy low and sell high, but for the majority of us, we don't).
Obviously "MBA" G.W. Bush doesn't understand a thing about free market capitalism but knows plenty about "binges" and "hangovers"! I am waiting for the glorious day when Big Business admits that they "over-underestimated" the emptiness of this guy's suit!
And I will continue to say as I have said all along: There isn't anything wrong with our economy that removing the illegitimately elected G. W. Bush from our Oval Office and replacing him with the man who really won, won't cure!
Nancy Lynn Nagy--Tennessee
PS I voted today. And when I did I asked the woman behind the counter, who happened to be a Democrat, how I can make sure that my vote doesn't get thrown out by the Republicans! There was another woman standing next to her who appeared nervous about what I said, so I concluded that she was a Republican. I then told them that I didn't want anymore "god-appointed" representatives, I wanted the person who got the most votes from the people to represent me. The Democrat laughed and agreed. After voting on my antiquated punch card ballot, the elderly gentlemen sitting next to the ballot box smiled a little smile and told me to check my card for any "hanging-chads" before I dropped it in!
Interesting, isn't it. Bush needed 190 lawyers to steal the election and his SEC has only 100 lawyers to investigate 14,000 potential abuse cases.
Chris in IL
Kick the 3-5 yr. old kids off their tricycles to do math & reading, damn those underachieving kiddies.
Trying to teach a group of preschoolers the 3 R's is like herding cats, and why should we expect them to read better than Dubya at their age anyway?
Resident Bush is going to include the Wall Street bad guys in his Axis of Evil.
Subj: An Appearance of Impropriety (BIG TIME)
As the revelations grow by the day with respect to Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney's shady prior financial dealings, while they were ensconced on their respective corporate thrones, it is becoming increasingly clear that we cannot rely on the executive branch agencies with criminal jurisdiction over these types of matters to conduct a full and thorough investigation. As their actions have irrefutably demonstrated, the "Scourge of New Orleans Madams," Mr. Ashcroft, and Mr. "Kinder Gentler SEC" Pitt are both thoroughly partisan political hacks whose ability to fairly and thoroughly enforce the laws with respect to Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney must seriously be questioned. They both have clear conflicts of interest in these matters, since their political lives are entirely dependent on the political viability of the very people that they are investigating. After all, Team Bush has repeatedly emphasized that they value loyalty above all else, so I can't imagine that John and Harve are going to tug on the coaches jockstraps, even in the slightest, and thereby risk being drop-kicked through the uprights of obscurity
This is precisely the same situation which existed in the Nixon Administration and why then that it was so critical that an independent counsel was appointed to investigate Watergate. As the historical record is very clear Nixon did everything in his power to stifle his Justice Department and save his hide. Were there not an independent counsel appointed, and a Senate Committee willing to also vigorously investigate the matter, we would never have known the true depths of his criminality.
Unfortunately the independent counsel law was seriously abused and brought into disrespect by the politically driven witch hunt led by Ken Starr. His was a model example of how not to conduct an investigation. The American people rightfully were revulsed by Mr. Starr's Captain Ahab-like obsessive pursuit of President Clinton. Rather than properly limit his investigation to the original purpose for which it was authorized he launched a free form limitless boundless inquisition into the lives of the PResident, his wife, his friends, his family and anyone else who he ever came into contact with. Sadly though rather than reform the independent counsel law to curb the future excesses of anyone who wished to slither along in Ken Starr's footsteps, Congress unwisely and without much debate or consideration elected to kill the statute entirely. The cynical part of me wonders if perhaps they did so with an eye towards saving a future Republican President's butt. Was Wendy Gramm clueing Phil in on the goings on at Enron? Does the ursine mammal evacuate his bowels in the buckwheat?
In any event, for whatever reason, the statute is dead, however it need not stay that way. It can and should be resurrected, in a form which would not allow investigations to become open ended free for alls but rather narrowly focused and germane to one matter only with specified time limits. This would allow a full an proper inquiry into these very serious allegations against Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. After all, as BuzzFlash properly notes, Mr. Bush was never cleared of wrongdoing in the Harken energy insider trading matter. Technically that is still an open criminal inquiry. The Halliburton mess is most definitely another area in which many laws may have been broken with the Vice PResident's knowledge and indeed participation. It is imperative that the American people know the truth and know, as Mr. Bush said, that no one is above the law. The only way that this can occur is if a truly independent investigation is undertaken by an impartial party whose only concern is justice. Therefore it is the duty of the Democrats to call immediately for the appointment of an independent counsel. The Senate Democrats must also begin their own committee inquiries as well and not be scarred off by Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney's beatings about it being scandal mongering. It is their unshirkable absolute constitutional duty to provide oversight of the executive branch and ferret out criminality and wrongdoing which constitutes an abuse of the public trust. If they have forgotten how to properly carry out their oversight duties, then I suggest they consult the files of a man with some considerable experience and courage to whom we as a nation owe a great deal, a Mr. Sam Ervin.
The time is now gentleman to stand and deliver, or else this matter will be swept under the carpet and the cynicism of the public will be irrevocably cemented to the detriment of our democracy.
Bush gets 4 mil. in a state that can't afford to have trials because the state is broke. But they got money for a guy who ran his own companies into the ground and is now doing it to the US economy.
Check out this Cook Political Report poll. Bush re-elect takes big hit. Expect more Office of Strategic Influence news in an attempt to distract us from Bush and Cheney's corporate demons.
Subj: Do you love your country?
Today I was listening to "Living Room," a show on KPFA Berkeley, CA hosted by Chris Welch. One of the call-ons was a woman who had spent some time as a student in Nicaragua during the uprisings in the 80's. She described her shame and embarrassment at being a representative of the United States, knowing full well how our illegal drug money was funding the civil war there. She described how she had expressed her shame to one of her native friends, and what his response was.
He said, and I paraphrase, "...rather than being ashamed or embarrassed by your country, you should LOVE your country more than ever. Your love of your country will inspire you to work for its good, no matter what that means. If you truly love your country, you will work tirelessly to create the changes you want to see, and that in turn will help us. Your shame does not help us."
This statement really touched me.
I love this country. I love the spirit that inspired the forefathers to fight against oppression in all its forms. Their brilliant and incredible forethought and planning built the foundation that we rely upon. How lost we would be without their wisdom and LOVE OF COUNTRY! They loved their freedom. They loved this wild, untamed, boundless, limitless land. They took that wildness and instilled it into the Spirit of America, and I love that Spirit!! I love the freedom I have to write this letter to you, I love the opportunity I have to work hard and make a life for myself and my family, I love this country!!!
I just realized that I am a Patriot. I am, as Webster's Dictionary defines it: "One who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests."
One small problem, though, Buzz. I don't support the "authority."
Does this make me less than a Patriot?
elaine in Petaluma
Subj: Apparently he wasn't the "right kind" of Christian (Sheets Memorial kicks out Catholic student )
Boggles the mind to think that schools like this will be eligible for public taxpayer money under voucher plans...
Good Morning! At the above link, a very interesting comparison. The political cartoons after 9/11 changed in tone from drawing Bush as a midget with oversize, Vulcan ears to putting him in comparative stature to any other figure in the cartoon.
Well, guess what? He's back to being drawn as a midget with pointy ears! :-)
Cagle's site is great! Have a good day!
New "Department of Homeland Security" to usurp Posse Comitatus:
"But in the plan, the administration argues that "the threat of catastrophic terrorism requires a thorough review of the laws permitting the military to act within the United States in order to determine whether domestic preparedness and response efforts would benefit from greater involvement of military personnel and, if so how.""
"We're saying, 'Welcome to America; why don't you share information with us?'" - "President" George W. Bush
Subj: Bush Administration's "malfeance, ya'll"
The Bush administration has tried to blame President Bill Clinton for the current corporate scandals. If it's really Clinton's fault then why did Ari Fleischer, in his press briefing of July 10th, 2002, state that Harvey Pitt had the support of Clinton's SEC chairman, Arthur Levitt? If it's Clinton's fault we're in this mess, then by default, his SEC chairman would also be at fault. But since he endorses Harvey Pitt, this hypocritical administration is using his statement as proof Harvey is the right man for the job. All partisanship aside, I have two questions: How can Harvey Pitt be effective when he has had to recuse himself something like 29 times so far? How can he be effective if he has to sit on the sidelines so often? Also, shouldn't he recuse himself concerning Harken Energy and Bush's possible insider trading? Bush appointed him, doesn't that constitute a conflict of interest? If so, how can Harvey Pitt be the one to decide NOT to release SEC documents concerning the "cursory" investigation of Bush? Bush said in a press conference last week that the SEC "fully investigated the matter" and he was cleared. Really? They didn't interview him or any other director of the company and the SEC wrote in a letter that he was in no way exonerated. If, as Bush claims, he did nothing wrong, then why won't he let Pitt release the papers? And Harvey, you're not guilty by occupation. There is no way you can do your job if you have to recuse yourself every time you turn around. It must be nice to have a job where you can just sit on the sidelines and watch.
Fleischer also said the suit against Cheney was without merit. But he referred any other questions to Halliburton. If he won't answer questions concerning the suit, or has no information, how can he make the judgment, and statement that the suit is without merit?
Clinton decided the Taliban were scumbags and stopped dealing with them. The FIRST thing Bush did when inaugurated was re-open negotiations for the pipeline with the Taliban. I guess it's ok to deal with terrorists as long as it's in the interest of the oil companies and the petro-dollar.
The mainstream media has been slow to ask the appropriate investigative questions concerning this administration. I believe the reason is that the "scandal pool" is so deep and wide it's all the media can do to tread water on any one of the myriad issues. With Bill Clinton they had only one issue - Monica. They focused ALL their attention on that ONE issue. Now, they have so many scandals to choose from I guess it is difficult to choose which one to pursue. My advice - pursue them all and bury the corrupt bastards. The only way consumer and investor confidence will return is with jail time for the criminals. Start with Bush and work your way down.
The Greedy Old Party is at it again. This time it's keeping the prescription drug bill off the floor by procedural shenanigans that are transparent. Hey emperor, you have no clothes.
First the emperors take the Seniors' nest eggs and gouge the "family safety net" by raiding the corporations' coffers and causing a crisis in confidence in the stock market. Not being able to afford prescription drugs puts entire families at risk.
I think the real reason that the Silent Majority was identified was so that the Greedy Old Party would know who would just keep quiet while they were being robbed, time and time again. That was the "sucker list" of the Greedy Old Party. The Greedy Old Party robs their own family, time and time again. And they're at it again!
Now the drug companies are having a binge while the emperor CEO is accusing the silent majority of having an binge at their own expense. ("You Suckers!" That's what the emperor CEO was smirking at!) What an insult. Hey emperor CEO, you have no clothes. That's why the stock market plunges while you speak.
Let's get the prescription drug bill onto the floor for debate and ACTION NOW!
Subj: King George the Dimmer
Dear King George the second,
You want us to love our neighbors. If you want lessons on learning to love your neighbor, I suggest a good teacher for you. His name is Jimmy Carter. President Carter would not bring glory to himself the way you do. Although he has a degree in nuclear physics (which his daddy did not and could not pay for) and although he turned down the Nobel Peace Prize, his minister made sure we found out about these things that Carter was too modest to tell. How about if you go to a Christian bookstore and look for "The Carpenter's Apprentice," by Dan Ariel, his minister, if you want to know what a good teacher Carter would be for you? Carter knew of a minister named Eloy Cruz that knows how to love his neighbor, that person right in front of you, Mr. Bush, those working poor that you stole from through Harken, those seniors you are robbing, all of those are your neighbors. I suggest you apologize to President Carter for calling him "a miserable failure as a governor." What were you? Governor miraculous? You don't love your neighbor, because you don't even know what constitutes a neighbor. You love Ken Lay and a few others but you have other neighbors, Mr. Bush, whom you rob and steal from and lie to daily. You are a disgrace.
A Loyal BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Let me get this straight . . .
Over the last couple of days I have heard the suits and the right talk about how we don't need more regulation or laws to prevent the type of corporate behavior that has brought our economy to it's knee's. And that includes polluting factories that they don't want to clean up, and the Superfund being de-funded so that we the taxpayers pony up for chemical and radiation "accidents".
But at the same time we have had the supremely right court establish that all students can be drug tested, and a grandmother can be kicked out of her public housing if her in-home care giver is caught with a joint.
I know I don't have to say this, but I will. Isn't it hypocritical for the right to try to use new laws and regulations to "correct" self destructive behavior, but not take the same approach when it comes to gross negligence that causes damage to all?
On that note, here the thought that bubbled up while I was pondering this.
What better incentive to curb the type of corporate behavior we are seeing than applying asset forfeiture laws to corporate fraud?
I mean a guy growing pot might net the local's a rambler and a late 80's pickup truck. But just think of what we could do with Ken Lay's properties? Got'cha thinking don't I?
Think of it as the French Revolution coupled with the Rule of Law.
Thanks for being there,
Tom Bourg Sumner, WA
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