A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Ray McGovern
"If you can't say something positive about someone, don't say anything." My Irish grandmother drummed this into me and, as was the case with most of her admonishments, it has stood me in good stead. On occasion, though, it has been a real bother - as when I felt called to comment on George Tenet's apologia, In the Center of the Storm, coming soon to a bookstore near you.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Progressive Democrats of America
Mobilizing the Progressive Vote
Sparked by an insurgency among delegates, the California Democratic Party has taken an historic step forward on the issue of impeachment. In a resolution affirmed by the full state party convention Sunday, the Democrats called on the U.S. Congress to use its subpoena power to investigate misdeeds of President Bush and Vice President Cheney - and to hold the Administration accountable "with appropriate remedies and punishment, including impeachment." The delegate insurgency was coordinated by Progressive Democrats of America and its allies.
Fourteen years ago, I watched an absolutely brilliant episode of "Jeeves and Wooster" on PBS. Stephen Fry, a man who wears so many hats he should have nine heads, played Jeeves. He's an icon in England but Fry is not as well-known here in America. However, you surely are acquainted with the actor who played Bertie Wooster: Hugh Laurie, the misanthropic title character of FOX's hit series "House."
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Republican Candidates Weak on War on Terror
Mitt Romney Says Catching Bin Laden "Not Worth It"
Washington, DC - By telling the Associated Press that catching Bin Laden "is not worth moving heaven and earth," Mitt Romney crystallized exactly why Republican presidential candidates are weak on the war on terror, and why America needs real and strong leadership in the White House. [AP, 4/26/07] Romney's comments in New Hampshire on Thursday parallel the Bush Administration's decisions to back down from catching Bin Laden less than six months after September 11, 2001, relegating the war on terror and the war in Afghanistan to second tier status, choosing to initiate a war with Iraq under false pretenses, and failing to fund and support basic security measures recommended by the 9/11 Commission.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
“Frank Luntz: I Am A Paid Liar; But Aren’t I An Awesome One?” Who really thinks the ability to lie is an asset? What has America become when lying is considered a brilliant political strategy? What does this particular feature say to the children of this country? Without a doubt it is an unacceptable, disgusting, Repuglican swift boat tactic and should be exposed as such! Ironic that those who profess an affinity for religion idolize those who don’t hesitate to break the Commandments and commit such heinous transgressions!
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by L M (Johnson) Tschudy
My deceased father was a very thoughtful, rational, and analytical person. Until the time he was no longer cognizant and unable to talk, there were many, many times that he and I would talk about people, life, philosophy, religion, and politics and how to determine the best way to deal with adverse circumstances and situations. Frequently, he would advise me to not say anything for the time being, but rather, give the other person enough rope and they would eventually hang themselves. I have learned the wisdom of that advice over the years and have used it to great effect with positive results throughout my life.
If John really thinks this is funny & proper
I hope that this provokes
A lot of the late-night comedy guys to start
Telling Hanoi Hilton jokes.