The BuzzFlash Mailbag
July 26, 2002
Vacation Time! BuzzFlash Mailbag will be on hiatus from Monday, July 29, until Tuesday, August 6, 2002.
I just returned from a little three day vacation and began reading BuzzFlash to catch up on the state of the nation.
Keying on the state of the nation, the confounded country is in quite a state of doom and gloom and so am I. I really couldn't take advantage of the three-day get away. The day before I left, I called my broker and liquidated my stocks because I had already lost $50,000 in the market since the idiot who thinks he is the president of the USA took over. This man could run a kid's lemonade stand into insolvency. Forty eight percent of the stock market is comprised of the little people like me and we know that the little people have taken it in the pocket because of a greedy bastard who calls himself president.
Gary Carrier - Bristol, Tennessee made an excellent observation on the arrest of Adelphia people. In the 7/25 mailbag, Gary points out that Adelphia didn't make huge donations to either party prior to the 2000 election. In so many words, Gary indicated that the odds are great that the Adelphia arrests were nothing more than the administration's sacrificial lamb to appease angry investors. And they are small fish. I'd like Gary to know that when I heard about the arrest of Adelphians while on my little cheap vacation, I too smelled something fishy. Thanks for saving me the investigation, time Gary!
And speaking of fishy, I won't go back to the market until I see larger fish netted. Since that won't happen, I'll be out of the market until the democrats take charge of protecting the little people's money.
In EVERY, SINGLE mention throughout the Traficant saga, our so-called "Liberal" media has tacked on the label "Democrat" to his name, as in, "Democrat Jim Traficant." Now, in all the mythology of the "Liberal media," the main drumbeat wingnuts have hammered is that the label "right-wing" or "Conservative" has supposedly been tacked on to right-wingnut-zombies' names when these are mentioned. Since the "Liberal media" ceased to exist since shortly after Rush LIMBOsevic single-handedly took over thirteen years ago, this latter labeling has long been as obsolete as the classic "raised eyebrow." But now, in the middle of the scandals Republicans are so good at, our "Liberal" media chooses NOT to label wingnuts, but DOES label a scoundrel as a "Democrat." I submit that one man acting in his own personal behavior, separate from political activity, has NOTHING to do with the principles, platform, ideals, or anything official connected to the Democratic Party. Individual scoundrels come in all groups, races, or stripes. Mr. TRAFICANT's deeds have NOTHING to do with the Democratic Party.
Through the books you promote, I have discovered many new voices for our time. But, I have to thank you particularly for making Palast's book part of your offering. Best Democracy Money Can Buy, had such great impact for me. Absolutely hilarious at times, scary as hell at others. Greg has such a brilliantly sane way of looking at things. I hope he keeps on publishing and you keep getting the word out.
I would hope BuzzFlash is growing fast. Do you know how many of us there are?
What you are doing is so important!
Shelley Dillon Vashon, WA
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In the 7/25 mailbag, Linda Kekumu addressed Dim Son's month-long August vacation, but she didn't mention the cynical chutzpah of this guy to repeat his inactions of last year. He vacationed the entire month of August 2001 when his popularity was low & sinking. And within days of return, the disaster of 9/11 happened. He will vacation the entire month of August 2002 when is popularity is sinking. Doesn't he/his handlers have an ounce of brains to see that the citizens of this country might be a bit nervous about his setting up the same August/September circumstances as last year? Or is he setting up the identical month-long-vacation scenario to allow for another tragedy to boost his again-sagging polls?
I am pasting below the GOP spin on the poll numbers:
Subj: Thieves lining up to chop down a BUSH???
Dear BuzzFlash friends:
My business sources here in the Princeton, New Jersey area are telling me that the business community is quite frankly "Pissed Off" big time at the Bush administration and many of them are meeting "secretly" to plot his downfall!!! They feel that he is a hypocrite of the first magnitude and that he shouldn't have been so quick to pursue an anti-business agenda given his shaky business dealings. Stay tuned!
No, the scam about global warming is not global warming itself. It is the wingnut technique about framing the issue. LIMBAUGH and his cohorts deny its existence. For all the wingnut talking heads on cable this wingnut talking point serves to make it a fudged issue. It has become a well known and well documented disinformation technique for the wingnuts to stage a "debate" on their programs, with one guest "for" and one guest "against" the very existence of global warming, thereby giving the impression that it is an issue of 50-50 disagreement------DESPITE that 99 scientists out of 100 verify the existence, causes, and potential solutions regarding it.
On Thursday, 07-25-02, Mike BARNICLE, subbing for the delirious Chris MATTHEWS (how can the delirium be detected?), performed this tried and true scam again. After the point of departure that more miles of ice shelf keep melting down, he proceeded with his stagecraft of two guests, with himself as the perennial devil's advocate (meaning, an even-handed moderator who takes wingnut sides). There is more and more a whiff and a sniff of desperation in Mike BARNICLE's very visage, something decaying and putrid. But he has a lot of company in this wingnut, traitorous media.
Re: I Am A Liberal
It's always bothered me that conservatives have demonized the word "liberal." Just look at the definitions of liberal and conservative and decide which one is a better life choice. The Tao Te Ching has a passage that could be a metaphor for liberals and conservatives.
Glad to be "soft and supple" and happy to be labeled a LIBERAL,
otherwise noted, all original