A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon
The problem with letting history judge is that so many officials get away with murder in the meantime -- while precious few choose to face protracted vilification for pursuing truth and peace.
A grand total of two people in the entire Congress were able to resist a blood-drenched blank check for the Vietnam War. Standing alone on Aug. 7, 1964, senators Ernest Gruening and Wayne Morse voted against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
When it comes to any steroids talk,
Barry Bonds has always protected himself;
Is the number 756 for home runs
Or how many times he's injected himself?
by Thom Hartmann
Our bridges are falling apart (among other things), and its Ronald Reagan’s fault.
A few hours before the bridge collapsed in Minnesota, a news release landed (among hundreds) in my email inbox. It was from the right-wing “Heartland Institute” and a Minnesota conservative group calling itself the “Taxpayers League of Minnesota.” It read:
Hairspray is a movie that can be taken on a number of levels, your choice. It's a funny, sassy, heartwarming old-style Hollywood movie musical about teenage life in Baltimore, circa 1962. It's about actors like Christopher Walken, John Travolta, Queen Latifah, and Michelle Pfeiffer playing against type (and doing it marvelously well). It's about a classic Hollywood "discovery," the previously unknown high school senior, an aspiring actress from Great Neck, NY, Nikki Blonsky, delivering a drop-dead performance as the lead, Tracy Turnblad. It's about terrific singing and dancing all designed to make you feel oh-so-good while you're watching it.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
“Earlier this month we brought you the on-going story of Scott Thomas Beauchamp, a US Army private who published a series of 'Baghdad Diaries' in The New Republic under the name Scott Thomas. Thomas told a dark story US soldiers in Iraq acting in various dishonorable and sadistic ways. This brought forth a storm of charges from the right-wing blogs and the Weekly Standard claiming that the diaries were fabrications. Then TNR did its own reinvestigation of the diaries and found that with the exception of one error, the stories checked out. Post media critic Howard Kurtz has been writing about these criticisms in his column. And tomorrow he reports that now the US Army has determined that Beauchamp's claims were "found to be false." Remembering Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch, do you really think the US Army is capable of telling the truth??? Do you really think Repuglican cheerleaders, Howard Kurtz and the ditto-heads at the Weekly Standard are telling the truth???
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Martha Rosenberg
They're just dropping like Chinese imports -- prescription drugs that turn out to be deadly after FDA approval.
Not just Vioxx -- recently found to cause kidney problems on top of the heart attacks for which it was pulled -- but its seven deadly sisters named by the FDA's Dr. David Graham before Congress in 2004: Crestor, Meridia, Serevent, Lotronex, Arava, Accutane, and Bextra.
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