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Monday, 01 October 2007 07:50

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 1, 2007

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[BuzzFlash Note: Mailbag for Friday, September 28, 2007, is here.]

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Mary Shaw

On September 27 here in Philadelphia, the Liberty Medal for 2007 was awarded to Bono and his organization DATA (Debt AIDS Trade Africa), for their work in fighting AIDS and poverty in Africa. Each year, the National Constitution Center awards the Liberty Medal to a person or persons for outstanding work in advancing the cause of liberty around the world.

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by L M (Johnson) Tschudy

OK, as a life-long "hippie at heart" who has long advocated that peace and love are much better as a life philosophy than war and hate, even I comprehend that there comes a time when I can no longer continue being diplomatic. Eventually, one has to come to the realization that when you are dealing with an elephant's ass, you have to admit and resort to treating the elephant's ass exactly the same way it is treating you.

When they want the media
To paint a better picture
They keep toting guns but
Start quoting scripture.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

The Repuglican Party is attempting to pull off the biggest “bait and switch” ever conducted in these United States! Thanks to the Repuglican Party and the radical right, the basic foundations of America that the forefathers so carefully put in place to make this the greatest nation in the world are being turned upside down and inside out! Secularism, liberalism, equality, civil rights, civil liberties, tolerance, benevolence, impartiality, fairness, a government of the people, by the people, and for the people have always been AMERICAN VALUES! The Repuglicans would have you believe America was built exclusively on “Christian” values, it was not! In this the land of the “melting pot,” the land of “give me your tired, your weak, your huddled masses,” Christianity has never ever been the prerequisite! LIBERAL AMERICAN VALUES, to include all religions and/or no religions, are the building blocks that have always been the finest example of true freedom and democracy!

After all the brouhaha in New York last week, this seems like a good time to have us a little chat about free speech. Not restricted free speech. Not partial free speech. Not pseudo- semi- counterfeit- limited- free speech. Not free speech on Wednesdays between 2 and 3 p.m. EDT. Not free speech zones and not free speech reserved for the people we like and kept from the ones we don't. No, my friends, I'm talking about your total, unfettered, full-throated, in your face, front row death metal rock concert, spitting in the wind, 24/7, every square inch of your big white furry butt, gushing like runoff from a rain gutter off a cantilevered roof during a Force 5 hurricane in the tropics free speech.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

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

1//The Independent, UK
FRENCH FACE TOUGH CHOICES TO HELP SAVE THE PLANET

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

None other than Alan Greenspan, touting his recent book, said once again what we all know: the Iraq War – as the Iran War will be – is primarily about oil.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Medtronic has voluntarily recalled about 16,000 bones nationwide, and tests on 12,000 to 13,000 people show no infectious disease that is traceable to the recalled tissue, said company spokesman Bert Kelly.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
"The world is watching the people of Burma take to the streets to demand their freedom, and the American people stand in solidarity with these brave individuals," -- George Bush

Watching the pro-democracy marches in Burma both inspires and sickens me. I am inspired by seeing thousands of red-robed monks leading the demonstrations and sickened by the violence they receive from the military.

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