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Friday, 05 October 2007 08:47

Dave Lindorff: Bush and Torture

President Bush says America "doesn't torture people."

He has said this before. The last time it was when Congress had been confronted with the atrocities at the U.S. military-run Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, and was passing legislation that would outlaw torture.
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by Jeff Cohen

The satirical video short "Harlan McCraney, Presidential Speechalist" offers a comedic explanation of why George W. Bush comes off to many Americans as an inarticulate, even stupid politician. It's intentional: There's "a genius behind the stupidity" - speechalist McCraney (played by Andy Dick), a consultant who coaches Bush to come off as a misspoken, folksy everyman.
Friday, 05 October 2007 07:26

Cindy Sheehan: Imagine Peace

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by Cindy Sheehan

Imagine all the people, living life in peace.
John Winston Ono Lennon
October 9, 1940-December 8, 1980

A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality.
Yoko Ono Lennon


On October 9, on what would have been John Lennon's 67th birthday, his widow, Yoko Ono, is dedicating a peace tower in Reykjavik, Iceland in the memory of her husband. There will also be almost a half a million peace wishes buried in capsules around the blue tower of light extending up to the sky above us.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Saxby Chambliss is the ultimate “hypocrite” and the biggest slime ball to ever call himself Senator! He is a disgrace to the Office, to the State, to the Senate, and to the United States of America!

Friday, 05 October 2007 06:59

Paul Rogat Loeb: Edwards-Obama, Go Edwama

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by Paul Rogat Loeb

Barack Obama and John Edwards are competing against each other, including some recent sniping. But more than anything, both are trying to stop Hillary Clinton's momentum and erode her lead in the polls. Suppose each pledged to focus between now and the primaries on their commonalities, and on their real differences with Clinton's priorities and stands. Even more audaciously, what if each pledged to offer the Vice Presidency to the other if they won? This just might be enough to shift the election.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.

1//The Independent, UK
BRITISH GUARDS ‘ASSAULT AND RACIALLY ABUSE' DEPORTEES

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My Republican friend "Bob"
(Who is one of my best)
Just told me he's decided
To give the GOP a rest.

Even though the Clintons
Made him snide & shrill
"Bob" said in 2008
He'll be voting for Hill.

Friday, 05 October 2007 01:51

Brent Budowsky: Born In The U.S.A

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by Brent Budowsky

In an upcoming 60 Minutes, Bruce Springsteen will advance a profound debate about the true nature of Americanism.

It is time for progressives to light up the sky with patriotism, to rewrite the rules of our current debates, to rekindle that timeless spirit that has made America for more than 200 years.

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by Mary Shaw

As promised, George W. Bush has vetoed a highly popular bipartisan bill that would provide health care for uninsured low-income American children.

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