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Tale of Two Sisters: Why Is HUD Using Tens of Millions of Katrina Money to Bulldoze 4534 Public Housing Apartments in New Orleans When It Costs Less to Repair and Open Them Up?

by Bill Quigley

by John R. Bomar, as sent to The Diane Rehm Show


I read your Dec. 14th show transcript and I send you this in the off hours of your show in hopes you receive it and have time for reflection.

Lao Tzu said, "The best general conquers first the mind of his enemy." I ask you, who is our enemy in Iraq, and why is he (or she) our enemy?

Our "enemy" now is the Iraqi people by majority (60%) who support attacks on American forces and the 80% who want us to leave now. They have become our enemy because of the perception that we are attempting to establish Iraq as a client state of the United States, a colony if you will, to sustain permanent control over their oil reserves. This is also the common view on the Arab street, and probably the majority of world opinion as well. Heck, even a majority of Americans may now feel the same.

by John R. Hall

Re: The Borah/Kucinich Resolution

Dear Dennis,

I am writing to you because you are the only member of the U.S. Congress for whom I have complete respect. You were the only 2004 presidential candidate with enough vision to steer our country out of its eternal quagmire. And now you are a brave and lonely voice, calling for the de-funding of the Iraq Fiasco. Of course the corporate media and your corporate pawn colleagues are doing their best to ignore you completely. After all, you're suggesting that all the death and destruction ordered by the president and authorized by congress was a mistake. That as many as a million lives have been lost needlessly. That a half trillion dollars have been flushed down the toilet. The truth hurts.

Thursday, 28 December 2006 03:18

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 28, 2006


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Subject: Even Florida 62-yr-old MD GOP, freaked-out by fascist Bush Inc

Saw this on BartCop and thought it was very well written, and absolutely spot on, esp coming from a Republican male.

"Escalating the Killing- had enough... yet? (BartCop)

Dear BartCop:

I am a 62 year old physician in West Palm Beach, Florida, and I'm a fiscal and political conservative. I find it remarkable that our current conservative republican president is fronting for a government that looks a lot like an autocratic fascist regime. I know that reasonable people may disagree, yet under the examination of facts and in light of the consistency of his job performance everything about Mr. Bush is unreasonable.


Bush, Advisers Crafting New Iraq Policy At Gathering They Say Is "Non-Decisional"

by Tony Peyser

The basic thing here
That's seriously absurd
Is "non-decisional"
Is not even a word.


Bush, Advisers Crafting New Iraq Policy At Gathering They Say Is "Non-Decisional"

by Tony Peyser

The basic thing here
That's seriously absurd
Is "non-decisional"
Is not even a word.

Thursday, 28 December 2006 01:57

Barack Obama: Escalation Is Not the Answer 12/28

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As the New Year approaches, we are told that the President is considering the deployment of tens of thousands of additional troops to Iraq in the desperate hope of subduing the burgeoning civil war there.

This is a chilling prospect that threatens to compound the tragic mistakes he has already made over the last four years.

In 2002, I strongly opposed the invasion of Iraq because I felt it was an ill-conceived venture which I warned would "require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undermined cost, with undetermined consequences." I said then that an invasion without strong international support could drain our military, distract us from the war with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and further destabilize the Middle East.


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.

1//The Independent, UK

Smokers, people with alcohol problems and the obese could be denied priority treatment on the NHS if they do not try to change their lifestyle. The Cabinet is discussing the controversial idea as part of a drive by Tony Blair to secure his domestic political legacy by pushing through a final round of public service reforms before he departs next year. Ministers will confront a panel of 100 ordinary people with some of the "tough choices" facing the Government under a consultation exercise giving the public a direct say in the new policies. One question will be whether people whose lifestyle makes them ill should get the same priority as other patients. This would mean changing NHS guidelines saying that people should not be discriminated against "even if their illnesses are to some extent self-inflicted". ... Downing Street sources said no decisions had been taken on whether to change the guidelines and stressed that the public would be asked their views on the issue first. The suggestion is bound to provoke criticism. Forest, the pro-smoking group, has claimed that some smokers have already suffered discrimination. It argues that tobacco revenues, which bring in £7bn a year for the Government, dwarf the cost of smoking-related illness.

by Cindy Sheehan

Gerald Ford, our 38th and first ever un-elected President is dead. All of the networks and cable news are rightfully filled with stories on his legacy and life. The pundits are analyzing his presidency and I have heard comments like: "great sense of humor," "gentleman," and "protector of the Constitution." The first two, are nice, but not such urgent Presidential qualities, and really are objective traits. Being someone who protects the Constitution, as every president swears to do, but few (especially the current resident of the Oval Office) actually do, should be a mandatory item in every president's job description.


If you had tried to write a story ten years ago arguing that the CIA was promoting or practicing torture, you'd be looked at as some kind of reconstructed Marxist or something like that. And now you can read about that every day in the major newspapers. -- Nick Schou

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Nick Schou, an editor at Orange County Weekly, reviews and analyzes the remarkable and tragic story of Gary Webb, an investigative reporter who wrote a shell-shocking, three-part series for the San Jose Mercury News in 1996 about the CIA's controversial connection to Nicaraguan Contras selling crack cocaine in the United States. The mainstream media attacked and vilified Gary Webb for this reporting. Webb left the Mercury News after the paper distanced themselves from the story, and he was never able to find another job in journalism. He killed himself two years ago.

The saddest part is that Gary's story was eventually proved to be true, including admissions by the CIA that the agency did have ties and knowledge of a drug smuggling operation in the United States, but simply turned a blind eye to the drug trafficking operation.

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