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Monday, 26 March 2007 04:55

BuzzFlash Mailbag for March 26, 2007

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Subject: Presidential Prevarications and the O' S**t Zone

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Uhh, somebody, needs to tell George Bush, that "serving at the pleasure of the president" is not a license to commit crimes! While Bush may think he's the sole decision maker, the "decider"; in reality, the Constitution of the United States of America is still the law of this land, and he is, as are those who "serve at the pleasure of the president" and all the rest of us, required to obey the law! He may have escaped prosecution by bowing out of the International Courts, but he is still responsible and liable for his actions here at home! A big Thank You to Jon Stewart for pointing out the flaws in "serving George Bush's pleasure"! 

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo

I watched your "60 Minutes" interview this evening with Elizabeth and John Edwards. I found you insensitive and judgmental, particularly toward Senator Edwards, whom you portrayed as uncaring and self-obsessed.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Burt Hall

PART I - THE BEGINNING AND 9/11

Congress and the media had opportunities to prevent the war in Iraq, hold Bush accountable for a clear dereliction of duty before 9/11 and limit his incompetent administration to one term only. These two vital institutions have failed the American people. This article documents the damage done to the country and concludes with thoughts on how to repair our broken democracy. How things might be different today, if the American system had worked the way it should, is depicted in each part of the article.

This ploy I've devised could also manage to provide
The paper's legal department with both cover and solace:
"An accumuLating body of evIdence is at odds with
The statements of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales."

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo

Kind of reminds you of something Johnny Carson's 'Carnac The Magnificent' might say, placing a "hermetically sealed" envelope to his temple to channel the mysterious question inside. Carnac would repeat the phrase, rip the "hermetic" seal, blow into the envelope, repeat the phrase again, then reveal the inner query:

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff

One argument I hear over and over when I talk about the need to impeach President Bush for high crimes against the Constitution is that it can never happen because "then we'd have Dick Cheney for president."

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,  

Tell me that this is not the result of the Bush GOP Right Wing being given so much power. When I hear stories like this one, "Christianity" asserted by such a doctor is a stolen identity, and he should be prosecuted.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

At BuzzFlash we believe that framing and defining the "other guy" is a winning strategy in politics. It's necessary to create frames that citizens will instinctively understand if they have a typical American cultural frame of reference.

That's why we've described the Bushies in terms of a crime family for years. There are just too many parallels to overlook -- arrogance, disregard for the law, brute application of power, and a loyalty first mentality.

That's why we're pleased to report that the idea that Bush and his friends have been running the show out of Washington like Vito Corelone ran his mob operation in New York City has spread like wildfire. From the New York Times editorial page, to Toledo Blade Op-Ed columnist Ann McFeatters, to Sidney Blumenthal at Salon.com and Jorge Mariscal at Capitol Hill Blue online - heck, even Senator Chuck Schumer and Argentine President Hugo Chavez have picked up on this - opinion makers and reporters alike are comparing George W. Bush's administration to a Syndicate.

Ironically, "W" himself has helped feed this frame by nicknaming his long-time attorney pal and (at least for the time being) U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales "Fredo."

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