The BuzzFlash Mailbag
December 3, 2002
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subj: Gore Rips GOP Media
All I can say, BuzzFlash, is that with each new salvo that comes out of Gore's mouth, more and more, I just adore Gore!
The audacity of these guys is unbelievable! Kissinger is being announced as head of this 9-11 investigation team one week before the film, "The Trials of Henry Kissinger" is due to be released in theatres! Maybe this whole thing is a movie. No, if it was, it would have been written by Stephen King.
Re: Mailbag stuff......There's no business like show business.......
"Bush names Kissinger to head 9/11 probe."
And I appoint Richard Nixon to head the Watergate probe.....get real. Disgusting, Vile and Vomit.
But CNN has the last laugh. They know that BuzzFlash can't get the CNN obliterated story out to 1/10th as many people as CNN is able to reach. That's all they care about. As long as corporate mass media can reach 9/10ths of the population, they can easily silence and marginalize the dissenting 1/10th.
Subj: Kissinger Headline
Strike Slobodan: It needs to be "Hussein in charge of Iraqi weapons inspection!"
Subj: October War Rallies In Washington
As you will recall, there were 2 rallies in Washington that weekend: the super large anti-War rally and the pro-War rally which was attended by 20 - 100 people. I know because I watched them both on C-SPAN.
Maybe the media feared someone would report on both rallies, and wouldn't the pro-war one look pathetic?
Pamela of the Poconos
PS: One of the pro-war speakers used the word MORON repeatedly to describe those on the other side. Bet he still has his job.
Subj: The Moron
It was too bad that Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien's aide Francoise Ducros lost her job for saying that Dubya was a moron. No one called for her to quit except for the Canadian opposition and the American press. The Canadian opposition called for the Ducros resignation or firing because that is what the opposition does when they have an opportunity.
The truth is that President Bush is not a moron, but when you place him in a room full of world leaders and their aides, who are very often smarter than the leaders themselves, then our President does appear to be a trained chimp. Most of the Leadership of our nation's allies recognize this fact, and know that this is not the first time that America has elected a person to be president that is mentally unqualified for the job. Much of the world realizes that Bush is just what he has always stated he is, a C student, and because they need the goodwill of our country they overlook it, just as they overlooked the fact that Ronald Reagan was a dotard.
It can be very embarrassing to have leadership that comes off as an idiot on the world stage, that is why the American press raised a ruckus. The press is particularly embarrassed because they did a hatchet job on Al Gore and helped get George W.(shit for brains)Bush elected president. The so called free press is losing all credibility, and it is they who are an embarrassment to our nation.
Subj: GOPstaupo cannibals eat their own kind
I can't believe the stupid GOPstaupo who are gobbling up John McCain. By the way, he is one Senator in Arizona who answers mail from both Democrats and Republicans. I don't think the other GOP senator in AZ bothers with Democrats. Kyl is too busy blaming the Sierra Club for Arizona forest fires. I wish McCain would run as V.P. on a ticket with his good friend John Kerry as President. At least they both are TRUE patriots and actually fought in Viet Nam, unlike Chickenhawk Cheney, Bush, and Ashcroft, who say "Do as I say, not as I do," in true Grand Hypocrisy Fashion. I think Kerry and McCain could cream Bush et. al, because everyone knows they put their lives on the line and you can't call them unpatriotic.
Mama "we got a Democratic governor in Arizona, so there" Mimi
Dear Mr. Bush,
I was listening to John and Yoko's Christmas song this morning (WAR IS OVER IF YOU WANT IT) and thinking how Scrooge was visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.
This Christmas Eve, if you go to war with Iraq against the wishes of the American people, I hope that you will be visited by the ghosts of the soldiers you send to their deaths to satisfy whatever twisted motive you have for forcing a war no one wants.
Subj: War Fun and Games
......"Blix says, 'We didn't find anything,'" said the Pentagon official. "Then what do we do? We haven't thought that one through enough. We expect Saddam to be Saddam."
I keep trying to hold on to some ray of hope that the Bush regime is not as incompetent on this war thing as they seem to be, but the comments in this article are terrifying. I'm sure you could randomly select any number of people in the next few minutes who have thought about this issue (above) extensively. I know I have. These people seem to be making this all up as they go along, after, putting our country's credibility dangerously on the line by proclaiming incessantly that there's no alternative but war. I have never seen people smiling and looking so happy when they talk about war. Psychopaths.
Subj: Conclusion first,
Hey BuzzFlash, maybe you can help me on this one:
I heard about Kissinger's appointment to head the 9/11 commission on an NPR update around 3pm Wednesday afternoon. The report featured a soundbite from Kissinger saying something along the lines of "we owe it to the families of the victims to fully investigate this horrible and [asterisks added for emphasis] ***completely unforeseen of course*** tragedy."
Any question as to whether or not Kissinger has been selected to head up a whitewash should be put to rest right now: Before he or the commission has put in a day's work he's already delivered the verdict needed by Bush & Co. to absolve them of any responsibility for failing to heed the numerous warnings that preceded 9/11; the rest of the investigation will be a mere formality.
The soundbite was not used on NPR's longer 'All Things Considered' report & I haven't been able to find a reference to, or transcript of Kissinger's remarks anywhere else. Any idea where I can come up with it? I'd like to get the exact wording down for the record - not that it seems it will make any difference, as once again the Democrats & mainstream media ignore the smoking gun right under their noses.
Let's see, A Canadian government official calls Bush a moron and has to resign. A Bush official calls Senator Byrd "senile" and gets to keep his job. Sounds like a typical Replifacist double standard to me.
Bush is telling people to volunteer at soup kitchens and take food to shut ins. That is so compassionate. I'm sure all of his family including the twins have been volunteering to serve food in the soup kitchens. Bush also said a while back that all young people should volunteer at least two years to public service of some kind. What have the bush girls signed up for? Since they have million dollar trust funds they have more time than those who have to work to make ends meet.
The massey's in south carolina
Subj: Bush Has Disgraced U.S.
President Bush has disgraced the United States by appointing former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as head of a committee to investigate an act of terrorism on Sept. 11, 2001 in the United States. Kissinger was directly involved in a CIA financed act of terrorism that killed Chile's President Salvador Allende on Sept. 11, 1973 and established a military dictatorship in that country.
Jesus god! The republicans spent millions to question Clinton about a blow job and now they don't want bush questioned about 9-11?
Hey Walmart! With all that record breaking loose change you made on Friday, how about paying your people a decent wage and some health benefits? Come on what do ya say?
It's a cold Sunday night in DS; the holiday weekend is over, family's all good, belly is full, the boy is asleep, and I'm pondering things. I pulled out some of my old vinyl Gil Scott-Heron albums; let's listen to him for a minute. This was Nixon era. World goes 'round, don't it?
Nixon's looking pretty moderate right now...
Winter In America
Gil Scott-Heron, Copyright 1974
the Indians welcome the pilgrims
like the cities that stagger on the coastline
now it's Winter, Winter in America
Constitution, a noble piece of paper, with free society, struggled but
they died in vain
now it's Winter, Winter in America
Save your soul from Winter in America.
Subj: A sight for sore eyes--Al and Tipper Gore
Guess who I saw over the holiday...Al and Tipper Gore. Sure was a sight for sore eyes, believe me! They appeared at a book signing at a local Nashville, Tennessee book store. Both of them look great, really good.
Al made a small speech about how the Right Wing in this country attempts to define "families" to suit their political and ideological agenda. It was a great speech, and you can see that Al and Tipper are out there fighting for us--the families that don't fit into the Republican's mythical mold!
The crowd was several hundred and when Al Gore said something about the Presidency, someone in the crowd shouted "you are the President!" and the crowd went wild!
Their books are great by the way! I bought both of them. The picture book, "The Spirit of Family" is a wonderful, insightful and stirring book. I've only thumbed through "Joined at the Heart", but it looks to be equally wonderful, insightful and stirring. I think all BuzzFlash readers would find Al and Tipper's books well worth their purchase!
Nancy Lynn Nagy (TN)
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm now noticing a concerted effort by rightwing pundits and politicians to aggressively counter the accusations of rightwing bias and corporate ownership in the mainstream media. They are doing this, of course, by relentlessly ridiculing the democrats for their incessant "whining" and are also accusing the democrats of blaming the media just because they lost the election. Please!! This appears to be a very forceful and deliberate effort to make the democrats look like paranoid fools. To prove the media is actually "liberal," they try and come up with petty little items that have been reported here and there to appease the democrats (although they cant come up with very much) and then declare "what rightwing media???." Yep, we're all crazy. We're all imagining this media bias. We cannot let this happen. This corporate media is the biggest threat to democracy and I'll be damned if we're gonna let them bury this one.
Barbara in NYC
Dear BuzzFlash colleagues,
I think we should write to NPR and complain about their biased coverage. They were kissing up to the GOP all day. You can't even call in if you have any criticism of Orrin Hatch or Kay Bailey Hutchison or any other far right Republican. We need to remind them that NPR is not corporate radio and that if they are going to be Rush Limbaugh surrogates, then we should stop giving any money to them. You can't even get through unless you pretend to praise Orrin Hatch and then when you get through you can criticize him but you have to play like you like Republicans in order to get put on the air. That idiot, Hatch, says that if they don't find any violations in Iraq, that we should attack anyway (that the inspectors must not have done their job). The GOP is still looking for an excuse to get at that oil. Remember that North Korea flat out told us they have nuclear and biological weapons. So the Iraq plan must be about oil, and enriching the friends of Bush with its profit.
What the hell is this? "John DiIulio agrees that his criticisms were groundless and baseless due to poorly chosen words and examples. He sincerely apologizes and is deeply remorseful," a university spokeswoman said.
After criticizing the administration for being overtly political in every policy decision (a shocking revelation to BuzzFlash readers, I know), DiIulio should have realized it wouldn't take Rove long to do the Tony Soprano thing to him. So lovely for DiIulio to have to retract everything by having a spokesperson refer to him in the third person, as if he were already dead, or at least hoping that everyone would forget him mighty quickly. Actually, I was getting to enjoy the aptness of DiIulio's characterization of the Bush cartel as "Mayberry Machiavellians"; If so, Barney Rove must never be misunderestimated--or is he the real Andy to Bush's Gomer?
The candid analysis by Mr. DiIulio of the Mayberry Machiavellis running the White House is very revealing, and it should forever puncture that carefully contrived myth perpetrated by these rubes that they are not politically driven and don't pay attention to polls and all that bad "Clinton stuff."
However, one thing that really bothered me about this whole incident was Mr. DiIulio's refusal to directly criticize Bush in the article, and then his Orwellian statement later today, read for him by a university pr stooge, stating that he, like Winston Smith, has learned to "love Big Brother" since he "agrees that his criticisms were groundless and baseless due to poorly chosen words and examples. He sincerely apologizes and is deeply remorseful." Pretty pathetic when a person of his caliber is pressured in a manner reminiscent of how a wayward Mao supporter was reeducated to see the "true path to enlightenment" and to "atone for his earlier transgressions to the Chairman."
The simple fact is this: Junior is wholly responsible for what goes on in the White House. Plain and simple, its his show, no matter how his handlers spin to protect him. Why are people of all political stripe so hesitant to criticize him? They treat him like some unbalanced Mafia don that can't be provoked, lest he do something which is childishly asinine, but malevolently evil. The Emperor has no clothes and its high time people said it and quit dancing around it. I don't care if he is famously thin skinned and "goes ballistic" at criticism and doesn't want to see protests, as Mark Crispin Miller has noted in his book the Bush Dyslexicon. Too bad. Those are the character traits of an immature spoiled, snot nose, little Lord Fauntleroy. No one, least of all a self-respecting Democrat, should indulge that type of egotistical, narcissistic, personality disorder. How would Harry S Truman have treated such an individual? Certainly not with dainty kid gloves but rather he would have responded with the application of steel toed safety shoes squarely to the derriere.
Subj: Matt Drudge and the price of a haircut
Matt Drudge is trying to gore (pun intended) Kerry by going after the price of his haircut. Now there's a substantive issue.
I wonder though: Will Drudge now also report on the cost of Katherine Harris' makeup, jewelry, and wardrobe?
Subj: Support BuzzFlash, Put NPR on notice
Dear BuzzFlash readers,
My husband was listening to NPR the other day and noticed that everyone was kissing up to Orrin Hatch and being ever so nice to him, allowing him to criticize the Clinton administration, blaming Clinton for the bad economy. Moreover, Hatch said that we would invade Iraq unilaterally whether or not weapons violations were found. He said if no weapons violations are found, then the inspectors aren't doing their job. Why have inspectors then? Just go get the oil if that's what Bush wants. Critics who called NPR were screened out of the Diane Rehm show. I don't think that is her fault. I think it is the management's fault. There were only two questions asked of Senator Hatch and everyone treated him with the kid gloves that all journalists seem to treat the GOP. I was listening to NPR at another and Neil Conen was kissing up to two Republicans on the air. One of them was Kay Bailey Hutchison who used some psychological manipulation to say that the new Congress was not going to take a turn to the "hard right" but was "mainstream conservative". Notice the manipulation in that coined phrase. Yet another Republican came on praising all their acts and saying things like we have to operate in a deficit and that is important. It is important to give more tax cuts to the wealthy, he indicated. He, of course, lied and said "allow the working person to keep more money he has worked for". Nothing was mentioned about extending unemployment benefits during this recession. I suppose those people don't deserve it after serving their companies for 25 years. My suggestion is that we write letters (not just email that they don't read), to NPR and tell them that if they don't start giving some balanced reporting, we will not continue to support them. Do we really need another right wing station pretending to be mainstream? Maybe we should take money we normally send to local NPR stations and give it to support@BuzzFlash.com instead. Write to Jconnelly@npr.org and complain about this biased coverage they do in favor of the GOP all the time. Aren't you sick of it?
Subj: Henry and the Sept. 11 coups: Planner of #1 investigating #2
Just a coincidence that Kissinger will investigate one of the Sept. 11th coups after his role in the other?????
Remember September 11, 1973?
Chile and the United States:
Declassified Documents relating to the Military Coup, 1970-1976
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