The BuzzFlash Mailbag
July 18, 2002
Since many members of the Right always want to paint Democrats as anti-gun even though many are responsible hunters, example: Ann Richards who loved to bird hunt - you would think that to be fair, the Democrats who also share, former Governor Richards interest would get a thumbs up from the NRA. But not so. There are two statewide Democratic candidates in TX who both scored an A on the NRA questionnaire. You would think that at least the NRA would not endorse in that race. Not so. They have endorsed both of the respective Republicans running against these folks even though they scored less on their questionnaires. So the truth comes out, its not about guns at all. Its about Republicans and their agenda. Besides, as someone once said to my very liberal but bird hunter husband, a liberal can't own a gun -- you have to be lying. There's a real thinker for you. Blinded by the right is more than a title for David Brock's book, it is a comment on some of the Stepford Republicans.
Peggy in Texas
Subj: Noelle and the Bush Twins
So much for the "FAMILY VALUES" the Repugs harp on. I'll pit my children against theirs any day and I'm not a fundamentalist, radical religious nut.
To keep myself from wallowing in panic over the current state of affairs, I try to write at least one congratulatory letter to a columnist each day. Today (7/17) the column that caught my attention was Pierre Tristam's "Faith-Based Capitalism" essay from the Daytona-Beach News Journal. I wrote to him:
A few hours later I received this brief reply:
These folks do read our mail -- yes, I've even had replies from Frank Rich at the NYT -- and I think it's important in these days when the media is our own voice to let them know when they really are speaking for us and not let them think they are just voices crying in the wilderness.
How will the dittoheads, the Grand Ole Prissies, the flaming right-wingers blame the Harken scandal on Clinton? Bush's Harken scams occurred years before Clinton showed up on the national scene.
Sent by a BuzzFlash Reader:
Thanks for interviewing Mark Crispin Miller -- he's definitely got Bush nailed. But there's a point that should be made. There is no contradiction between a "good ol' boy" and prickliness and a nasty, cruel streak.
As someone who grew up in small town Texas, I have had plenty of acquaintance with "good ol' boys". They are not friendly country buffoons. While they are mostly portrayed chewing tobacco, drinking beer or moonshine and telling off-color jokes, they were well-noted for their most unfriendly attitude toward anyone or anything they regarded as different or threatening. Those aw-shucks grins would evaporate very quickly, if for instance, a carload of well-dressed African-American citizens were foolish enough to drive through the white part of town. The rank and file of the Ku Klux Klan has always been good ol' boys and the (sometimes) more intelligent leaders of the Klan always cultivated a good ol' boy image to fit in with their troops.
If the image Bush's handlers are striving for is really "good ol' boy", then it's no wonder black Americans will have nothing to do with him. Perhaps what they're really aiming at is something like "poorly-educated, yet successful rancher with a populist tinge". This is a substantially less-threatening (at least to southerners) image than that of the "good ol' boy", three sheets to the wind, driving his big pickup truck with the shotguns in the gunrack.
Anyway, thanks for all your good work.
our National Security, Be An Energy Patriot
Subj: First Tip for Operation TIPS
This is a hot tip that I overheard. I would like to report John Ashcroft for (a) shredding our Constitution by seeking to eliminate the Bill of Rights and Separation of powers and (b) destroying capitalism by not prosecuting stock fraudsters thereby destroying the capital markets. That makes him an enemy of democracy, capitalism and "Our Way of Life." I am so glad you have this tip line so I could be a deputized citizen police officer and avoid the delays of due process and the judicial system and go straight to judgment. This way we don't need to rely on the Senate to appoint now un-needed judges.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Just a reminder that shortly before Noelle Bush's publicized arrest in January for trying to fill a phony Xanax prescription, she allegedly tried the same scam at three different pharmacies in an attempt to obtain Xanax and the painkiller Oxycontin. The National Enquirer has a copy of the phony prescription form filled out and signed by Noelle, but no national or state media picked up on the story. (http://www.nationalenquirer.com/stories/feature.cfm?instanceid=20585).
Noelle's father, Governor Jeb Bush, is currently trying to crack down on Oxycontin abuse:
I haven't seen the copies of this smoking gun -- the fraudulent prescription form -- myself because I don't subscribe to the Enquirer, but I think this is worth some investigation by a mainstream media outlet.
The Enquirer claims that pharmacists were told to keep the police out of it. If this is true, it would contradict today's email message from Jeb to reporters re Noelle's lapse: "I respect the role of the courts in carrying out our state's drug treatment policies." Apparently the governor tried to protect his daughter from the arm of law enforcement. Is this true? Enquiring minds want to know!
(Please note that I don't have anything against Noelle Bush, just the Bush Family's Double Standards when it comes to drug and alcohol abuse.)
Subj: Canaries in the Coal Mine
These are not radical survivalists speaking, these are ex high ranking policy officials who have seen the effects of dictatorship up close and personal and they are alarmed at what they are seeing happen here in the United States. However I do think Mr. Christopher is being a wee bit too tepid. It is not enough to simply know the names of the detained citizens, but rather they must be afforded their full panoply of constitutional rights as guaranteed them by the Bill of Rights. The Constitution says what it means and means what it says. King George's interpretation holds no sway.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Can someone explain why the Democrats are not going to investigate the administration's ties to the oil company debacles? Do they feel that the media will do the work for them? ABC can't even get it straight that Bush was NOT cleared. There seems to be no hope at all!
A BuzzFlash Reader
I'm confused. If I love my neighbor like I'd like to be loved myself, then it it ok to spy on him? Do I spy on my neighbor like I'd like to be spied on myself? That presents a lot of knotty problems. Perhaps The Pez or J. Edgar Ashcroft can clarify this one for us.
A loyal reader
When Halliburton CEO and former Secretary of Defense Cheney was asked by the Bush campaign to head up the search for a suitable running mate, he must have known that there were dark clouds ahead for the company he was entrusted with leading.
His surprise decision that he, himself, was the best man for the Bush 2000 ticket may have been because he also knew that leaving his CEO post for elected office allowed him to divest himself of his Halliburton shares under the guise of avoiding conflict-of-interest, when what he actually wanted was an excuse to cash out before the firm's troubles sent the share price plummeting.
He saw a true golden opportunity staring him in the face and raked in a fortune.
Im a uniter, not a divider. Now go out there and spy on your neighbor.
A BuzzFlash Reader
In last Saturday's LA TIMES they reported that Milken got ten years for his junk bond fraud. Time served -- 22 months in a gentlemen's prison.
His lawyer--our cozy SEC chairman Harvey Pitt.
Time to remind the public what those proposed 10 year sentences really means when you're rich, white and you give lots of money to the Republican party.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Bush just held a press conference. Some reporter asked him about his Harken Energy deals and he said that this was "old politics" and that he had been "investigated and exonerated by the high criminal investigator"! He said this several times!
Tell me BuzzFlash, who the hell is the "high criminal investigator"???? Is there such a thing? Did I miss something? Was it Janet Reno or Daddy or who!?
What a pathetic liar! This gets more and more ridiculous daily! Are the American people going to finally catch on to the fact that this incompetent, deranged fool is a pathetic liar!?????
If this wasn't so serious I'd be laughing my butt off at this incompetent fool!
Nancy Lynn Nagy--TN
To: BuzzFlash & Mark Crispin Miller
You and Miller both fail to grasp the significance of the above.
There is nothing wrong with Bush's statement that adding the words, "the table for" wouldn't "fix." Try it:
This and the totally garbled mess he got into at the Jefferson Memorial is simply a result of his not properly parroting what he hears in his EARPIECE, which is like the SS comm gear, and which doubtless is backed by someone like Hughes or a speechwriter, who have him miked as well so they can hear what he hears and feed him cues for his lines. Surely you have watched him as he hems and haws in answers to the few supposed ad lib situations in which he allows questions from a few who haven't been FED them to ask him so he can spout a litany he has learned by rote. When he goes into the hem and haw routine, he TRIES to make it look as if he were THINKING, but in fact he is LISTENING, not to his brain, but to someone feeding him messages in his likely implanted earpiece.
I disagree with Miller and others who have attributed political intelligence to this cretin. No politically intelligent person would tell you that he and his father "talk about pussy." No politically intelligent person would call a New York Times reporter an "asshole," open mike or not. What you have for your President is a bumpkin, a rube, a dumbass. There is not one single piece of evidence I have seen anywhere that proves this man ever had a cogent thought in his entire life.
I challenge you and Miller to find me one tiny snippet of evidence that this fool one time in his entire life ever, on his own, said something both intelligent and intelligible, and that includes things about his farm or his baseball team.
First of all, the fucking farm wasn't his idea at all, and he has no love for it except that it allows him to escape the pressure of pretending and go wander around with cows, animals which are nearly as stupid as he. Second, he knows nothing whatever ABOUT baseball, about running a team, about owning a team, and about the game and its history. His knowledge of baseball is as scant as his knowledge of the structure of the government of Afghanistan or any other country in the world. Get someone to talk with him about baseball and you'll soon see that it's just a place where he can fake it more easily. Nor does he know anything about the oil business . . . nor does he know anything about anything else . . .
Miller misoverestimates the imbecile by about fifty IQ points.
The Constitution says that the Congress of the United States has the power to declare war. The Congress has not declared war on Afghanistan or any other country as far as I can discern. The Administration, the GOP and some Democrats continue to remind us of "the war" in order to further their own hold on power. The only resolution I can make of this war is that it is a public relations war just like the war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war on inflation and other government instituted "PR wars" in the past that spent a lot of money but ultimately accomplished nothing but hardship on the citizens. As victims of the government's "war on terror" we should all proclaim to our fellow citizens, to our Congressional representatives and to the media that we recognize this war for what it is, another Bush administration fraud.
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Dear friends at BuzzFlash:
This message has been going around this morning on the D.C. progressive listservs. I thought you might want to have a look at it, as if you so desired you could help take the plea to a nationwide audience. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Bush Administration Makes Major Legal, Political Misstep
Opposition Must Act NOW To Capitalize on Blunder
Today's front-page headline in the Baltimore Sun says it all - Bush: Cheney Will Be Cleared.
The problems inherent in this statement by Bush will not be lost on any student of civics - Mr. Bush has taken a public position on the result of an open investigation being conducted by his own Executive Branch into the business dealings of his own Vice President. This gives rise to one of two conceivable possibilities:
1) Bush has information not yet available to the public that exonerates Dick Cheney of any wrongdoing. If this is the case, Bush is ethically, morally, and legally obligated to produce this evidence immediately and deliver it posthaste to SEC investigators.
2) Bush is taking a position on the outcome of an incomplete investigation WITHOUT any special knowledge of what the investigation will uncover. If this is the case, Bush's statement is IMPROPER, the implied recommendation to his subordinates at the SEC is ILLEGAL, and Bush's statement ALONE is grounds for the appointment of a special prosecutor who will be insulated from efforts by the Bush administration to undermine the investigation.
Bush must be forced by the press to tell the public which of the two outlined scenarios is in fact the case. Email, fax, and phone every media center for which you have contact information and demand they ask Bush to clarify his position on the open investigation of his Vice President by the SEC that is under his control.
Subj: I SPIT on TIPS
So the US Postal Service has politely declined to participate in the odious and abhorrent TIPS program. HOORAY FOR THEM!! Leave it to the hardworking heroes who brave the elements and anthrax to deliver our mail six days a week to now take a stand against spying on their fellow Americans. I'd like to know who the courageous person is in the Postal Service hierarchy who has stood up to the Bush Gestapo so I can send him a note of thanks.
And how do we counter this assault on our homes? I for one will now ask the PG&E meter-reader, the FedEx delivery person, the UPS driver and the cable guy if they belong to the TIPS program. I will look into their eyes, human being to human being, and attempt to look into their soul, much like the Dim Son did to his ex-KGB buddy Pooty-Poot (or whatever his stupid nickname is). If they can't look me in the eye and convince me that they won't report my very suspicious dish-washing, clothes-laundering, garden-watering activities to John Hitler Ashcroft, I may let them into my home. If they cannot convince me, I will send them back to their home office, call their boss, and request a non-spy. If enough of us start questioning these businesses and refusing to allow them access, perhaps they too will follow the Postal Service's lead and opt out of the program....civil disobedience begins at home!!!
elaine in Petaluma
I'm turning all of my right-wing neighbors into the TIPS program for supporting violent actions against civil libertarians, pro-choicers, freedom of speechers, social service supporters, and good, kind, caring citizens all over the country.
Just by claiming to be a Republican is enough to warrant my TIP. Listening to Rush Limbaugh or anyone on the Fox network gets an email tip AND a written letter.
Hey, it's just a TIP. What harm can it do? Once the FBI/CIA/Justice Department Gestapo clear them of any wrongdoing, they can move back to my neighborhood.
Now that Bush has publicly exonerated Cheney, will White be far behind? I can't believe White is testifying...but then again White testified that the SEC had not bothered to contact him about his numerous insider phone calls and resulting multi-million dollar Enron stock sales; prompting Sen. Boxer to demand an investigation. Now that Harvey's eligible to vote on Andersen related matters, neither White nor Cheney have anything to fear. Pitt's mad spin on this travesty: "This will inevitably sound self-serving, but the fact is it is an enormous advantage to the public to have somebody who knows about the securities business and the securities law as I do, and it would be unthinkable to deprive people of my expertise." (http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/18/business/18PITT.html). He forgot to add that it's a bigger advantage for Kenny Boy, White, and Cheney. But watch out Martha Stewart!
As someone who appreciates words and their usage, I am impressed with the new words and phrases used to cover lies, slaughter, theft and general BS. Here are some examples:
Collateral damage: We are slaughtering innocent people on a daily basis.
Friendly fire: We've just accidentally killed our friends because of our ineptitude.
Win-Win: I "win-win" everything.
Out of the Loop: You aren't agreeing with everything I do.
Value-added: A recently discovered loophole.
Results-Driven: Anything goes as long as you're not caught.
Leverage: I own more of the government than you do.
Synergy: We are all standing together in taking the 5th.
Core Competencies: This phrase replaces values and morals that we don't need.
Best Practice: Lie and steal.
Revisit: Need to look at other phony deals to increase profits.
Client Focus: How can we rip off more from our clients? Check to see if they have any gold teeth we missed.
Now we have a new phrase to cover corporate "cooked books" and we can thank AOL/Time Warner for this one:
UNCONVENTIONAL DEALS: These "unconventional deals" inflated their profits and now the "unconventional deals" are causing a severe dip in their earnings with the resultant effect of laying off workers and rock falling stocks, creating "collateral damage" to another large group of American Citizens.
I've worked with poor and homeless people for 20 years. The current laws state that even if a family is not aware of the drug use of a relative, no matter how old that individual is, they are immediately evicted from public housing. Why are Jeb and Columba still living in the Governor's mansion? Isn't that "public housing?" Paid for by tax dollars isn't it? My clients would have been moved out of their home before the first bust!!!
Thanks for being there, BuzzFlash!!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
I noticed on your site the ambassador to Mexico was nominated. The following is an excerpt and obviously why the oilman nominated him. Bush has been wining and dining Vincente Fox due to the Mexican oil company, Pemex, and naturally he would get someone like this to serve. Got to have the oil connection!
Elected Texas Railroad Commissioner in 1998, Garza became the first Hispanic Republican elected to statewide office in Texas history. The commission regulates oil and natural gas production in the state.
It was a thing of beauty to watch Arianna Huffington bring out that lovable side of former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson on MSNBC's Phil Donohue Show - the side Americans love to hate.
Ms. Huffington was debating Mr. Simpson on the Harken and Halliburton scandals dogging George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. With a frontal assault using only a smattering of the facts surrounding the questionable business dealings of the defrauding duo, Huffington was able to bring to the fore that endearing part of Simpson's personality which made Bill Clinton's popularity rise in spite of the impeachment proceedings in progress at the time.
In his usual curmudgeon style, Simpson vehemently defended his fellow state representative, and practically jumped through the screen taking exception to the word "fraud." Imagine Simpson's reaction if Huffington used a more appropriate word - like criminal.
Then Simpson went straight to the GOP playbook by avoiding the issue and attacking Huffington, calling her a zebra who keeps changing loyalties, to which she smartly responded that she saw the light after witnessing Bush and Cheney's dubious dealings from the inside.
It takes a special type of person to stand up for, without citing any factual defenses, the actions of individuals this underhanded. I just hope Simpson will come out and carry the Republican argument more frequently, it can only help show the true character and demeanor of the Republican Party.
PS: Donohue really needs to control the discussions on the show. Two nights in a row the Republicans took the floor out of turn and refused to relinquish it. Must be some of those forum-hoggers Anne Coulter referred to in her new fictional book "Slander"
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