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Friday, 01 June 2007 04:56

BuzzFlash Mailbag for June 1, 2007

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Two interesting stories were reported on Thursday:

  1. The Marines have ordered 1,200 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for $623 million
  2. MRAPs have been found to be too weak to withstand the latest type of bombs used by insurgents

That's right - the military decided to make a bulk order of equipment it had just realized doesn’t work.

Right wingers still feed on the need to doubt her
But if she wasn't undercover, why bother to out her?

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 NEWS ALERT

New Hampshire Governor Signs Civil Unions Bill Into Law

"The state of New Hampshire can now proudly be counted among the one out of every five states in this country that are leading the way in recognizing the love and commitment of all couples," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Jeff Cohen

Give me a break about John Edwards' pricey haircut, mansion, lecture fees, and the rest. The focus on these topics tells us two things about corporate media. One we've long known -- that they elevate personal stuff above issues. The other is now becoming clear -- that they have a special animosity toward Edwards.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Dave Lindorff

When it comes to defending the Constitution from the saboteurs of freedom and democracy in the Bush administration, my hero is Conyers.

Thursday, 31 May 2007 03:23

Kathy Kelly: Being Hope

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Kathy Kelly

Earlier this week, the American Friends Service Committee asked me to speak about finding hope in hard times as part of an interfaith service to conclude their "Eyes Wide Open" display in Chicago's Grant Park. The display arranged 3,438 soldiers' boots to commemorate U.S. military people killed in Iraq, along with life-sized pictures of Iraqi civilians and a collection of numerous civilian shoes to remember hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have been killed in Iraq since 2003. I asked the audience to join me in recalling experiences I had while imprisoned at the Pekin Federal prison for "crossing the line" at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Questions Linger About Robert Zoellick, Wolfowitz's Likely World Bank Replacement

A terrible temper, he keeps enemies' lists
One assumes he's prone to pounding his fists.

A combative chap who back in the day was then on
A good number of corporate boards including Enron.

To the Neo-Cons, Zoellick has the requisite panache
But he looks like John Bolton with a smaller moustache.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Burt Hall

During the last six years, the President and Vice President have adopted a failing strategy to combat terrorism, have taken us to war unnecessarily, have ignored pressing domestic needs, and have changed our world image from the most-admired country to one of the least-admired. These top officials pose the greatest danger to our country in decades and would have been replaced long ago had a parliamentary-style system of government existed here.

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