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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Zirin

Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the last place on earth I would have expected a "structurally deficient bridge" to collapse, but it happened. As sure as the levees broke in New Orleans, the bridge is no more. Now the state of Minnesota is living a nightmare where people I speak with are alternately devastated and furious: two parts tears, one part rage, with the ratio shifting by the hour.

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

It’s a roller-coaster ride that we all can’t seem to get off of.

Just when the Dems at least are talking tough (even if they aren’t acting tough), they let Bush and Cheney intimidate them into giving them more spying powers. This appears incomprehensible for a number of reasons, including the repeated illegal use of spying powers by the Bush Administration, perjury concerning that activity, and the generally accepted knowledge that the enhanced spying powers are meant for partisan purposes, not for fighting terrorism.

Can’t the Democrats just say "no," as in "Sorry, you have proven that you can’t be trusted with increased spying powers, in fact you are still failing to fully inform Congress and the American people about the illegal spying you have conducted in the past and are still, apparently, conducting"?

Friday, 03 August 2007 04:32

BuzzFlash Mailbag for August 3, 2007

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Subject: Mainstream Media

Friday, 03 August 2007 04:06

Will Durst: The center left, right?

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Does anybody know what happened to the center? I remember hearing about it in the old days, but it seems to have disappeared like a wisp of mist in a solar wind. All anybody talks about is the left and the right. We're so polarized these days, I'm surprised our compasses still work. They should be stuck on due daft. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan speaking about the Democratic Party: I didn't leave the center, the center left me. And you can blame Uncle Ron for triggering the seismic shift that shoved the center to the right.

For instance:

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon

This week, the U.S. media establishment is mainlining another fix for the Iraq war: It isn't so bad after all, American military power could turn wrong into right, chronic misleaders now serve as truth-tellers. The hit is that the war must go on.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Exactly where is it written that “the least of these” should give it all to the rich??? Since when did Robin Hood rob the poor to give to the rich??? Somebody up there in Washington has gotten their values really mixed up, can anyone say George Bush? Obviously he believes the “have nots” should give to the “have mores” so they can have even more! America is being polarized between the super-rich and the sub-rich everyone else …. the share of pretax income going to the top 1 percent of American households has risen by 7 percentage points, to 16 percent. At the same time, the share of income going to the bottom 80 percent has fallen by 7 percentage points ... 'It's as if every household in that bottom 80 percent is writing a check for $7,000 every year and sending it to the top 1 percent.'" “Compassionate” --I don’t think so -- “greedy conservative” is more descriptive of those guys perched in today’s White House!

It is just me or has this behavior struck you
As one big ongoing White House f**k you?

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 Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

The illegal destruction of federally protected 2004 election materials by 56 of 88 Ohio counties has become a fraudulent "dog ate my homework" farce of absurd justifications and criminal cover-ups.

Thursday, 02 August 2007 08:44

Cindy Sheehan: The Other War

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

I was sitting behind the stage at Union Square the other day when a young woman with a cameraman in tow approached me and asked me if she could ask me a "question." Seldom when I am approached to answer "a" question does it turn out to be just one question and this person looked like she was about 14 years old.

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