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A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
By Amy Branham

Last night, while surfing for something to watch on the television, my husband ran across the show "Austin City Limits." The Dixie Chicks were playing, so he stopped his surfing and we watched them perform. It was good to see them up on stage performing again, especially in a Texas venue, though I do believe the show was a rerun from about a year ago.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

We have an old saying in my adopted state of Texas and you may have it in your own state too: "Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it." America is not unique for perpetuating a history founded on genocide and where violence is constantly relied upon for problem solving, but this is our country and how can we finally learn the lessons of war and corrupt regimes?

Monday, 21 May 2007 07:59

Will Durst: You got to love Dick (Cheney)

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You got to love Dick. Vice President Cheney that is. He made another unannounced visit to Iraq in his unofficial capacity as heavy schtarker foreign policy hit man for that Halliburton subsidy, the Bush White House. "So, Mr Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, you're planning on letting the Iraqi Parliament go on vacation for two months while our troops keep on protecting your sorry asses. Well, perhaps a few minutes alone with the ENFORCER will set you straight." CUE DARTH VADER THEME.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
by Chad Rubel

Four members of Congress are completing the weeklong "Food Stamp Challenge" Monday by eating on the average federal assistance provided to food stamp recipients: $21 per week, which works out to $3 a day or $1 a meal.

Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Jo Ann Emerson (D-MO), Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) - all members of the House Hunger Caucus - were trying to raise awareness after the introduction of the Feeding America's Families Act, which would add $4 billion to the annual food stamp budget. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, also a Democrat, took the challenge last month.

Talk about putting your money where your mouth is.

On their blogs, the participating members of Congress seemed genuinely humbled and moved by experiencing the plight faced by too many Americans, even if only for a week. About 26 million of us get food stamps, and the demographic breakdown from a 2005 government study may surprise you. Half of recipients are children and 8% are 60 or older. Many recipients have jobs: 40% of participating individuals worked or at least lived in a household with earnings.

BuzzFlash,  

Are we sure that CBS is not adding up the approval percentages of Bush and Cheney in order to get 24 percent? Those have been my calculations for some time now.  

The latest CBS-New York Times poll said the president has dropped to 24 percent in his approval ratings on his handling of the war. President Nixon's Watergate scandal-plagued polls fell to 23 percent when he was forced to resign from office.  

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Hmm, seems some Repuglican politicos have decided there are election disadvantages that outweigh the advantages of religious fundamentalist public association, though I dare say the politicos do still want the fundamentalist votes! James Dobson may want to rethink his threat "not to vote if Rudy is on the G.O.P. ticket, "because without the Repuglican Party his followers claim to fame just may dwindle into nothingness, right where it belongs! Contrary to the conversion of a fundamentalist government, Jerry Falwell (may we all rest in peace now that he's gone), James Dobson, Tony Perkins, and the rest of this self-proclaimed 'moral majority' have tried to pull off in this country, America has done very well by separating 'church and state'! We're all very weary of the chaos and confusion, the death and destruction, fundamentalism has caused since Bush stole the presidency!!!!

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Monday, 21 May 2007 05:00

BuzzFlash Mailbag for May 21, 2007

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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo

In a display of gratitude for taking the high road for their nation, Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson were honored by the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club. The impressive couple, appearing confident and relaxed, addressed a packed audience in the ballroom of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.

In Commencement Speech, Gingrich Assails "Radical Secularism"

Newt said this at a college whose late founder
Hated gays and yids
Forever proving the ex-House Speaker is now
One of Jerry's Kids.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Paul Rogat Loeb

The John Edwards haircut won't go away. The Republicans resurrected it most recently in their second debate, when former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said, in a quote that the national wire service story called "the most memorable sound bite of the night," "we've had a Congress that's spent money like John Edwards at a beauty shop." Republicans have been focusing on symbolic character attacks since Nixon branded George McGovern, who'd flown 35 B-24 bomber missions in World War II, "the candidate of acid, amnesty, and abortion." They've been branding their opponents as limousine liberals of questionable masculinity since Nixon's Vice President, Spiro Agnew, called anti-war critics "an effete corps of impudent snobs." If the attacks aren't adequately answered, too often they work.

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