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The poem you're about to read ran exactly four years ago today in a paper I used to work for in West Los Angeles. I was pretty pleased with how it came out and mailed it to some people I admired.

Bill Moyers was not only kind enough to write back but also said he sent it to everyone he knew. This was awfully encouraging.

I wrote this when my family was living in Studio City, California and I was convinced that Jim, the guy next door, was a big right winger. Jim's a lawyer and when I once mentioned something about the guys who ran Enron, he said he wasn't sure they'd all wind up behind bars.

I figured he thought they didn't deserve to either and concluded Jim was surely a die-hard Republican.

This inspired me to imagine what it would be like if Jim and I took a page from the White House playbook and declared war on each other.

In September of 2004 -- right around when I began here at BuzzFlash -- Jim's wife was walking to her car as I was heading towards mine. Pat casually pointed to my lawn and said, "I see that you have a Kerry-Edwards sign."

I felt a "You wanna piece of me?" moment coming on and fully expected hostilities to break out right then and there. "Yeah," I warily shot back.

Pat replied, "Can you get us one? We can't stand Bush and Cheney."

So, I have to admit that this poem is based entirely on bad intelligence. But there's been a lot of that going around lately, hasn't there?



DNC Press

Washington, DC – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney brings his campaign to smooth talk primary voters into ignoring his real record to Texas today, where he will join former Swift Boat Veterans for Truth backer Bob Perry for a fundraiser in Dallas. Today's visit comes on the same day the Associated Press highlighted Romney's "checklist" approach to winning the Republican nomination by hiding his complete lack of "national and international political experience."

Monday, 26 March 2007 04:55

BuzzFlash Mailbag for March 26, 2007


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Subject: Presidential Prevarications and the O' S**t Zone


Uhh, somebody, needs to tell George Bush, that "serving at the pleasure of the president" is not a license to commit crimes! While Bush may think he's the sole decision maker, the "decider"; in reality, the Constitution of the United States of America is still the law of this land, and he is, as are those who "serve at the pleasure of the president" and all the rest of us, required to obey the law! He may have escaped prosecution by bowing out of the International Courts, but he is still responsible and liable for his actions here at home! A big Thank You to Jon Stewart for pointing out the flaws in "serving George Bush's pleasure"! 

by Linda Milazzo

I watched your "60 Minutes" interview this evening with Elizabeth and John Edwards. I found you insensitive and judgmental, particularly toward Senator Edwards, whom you portrayed as uncaring and self-obsessed.


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.

by Burt Hall


Congress and the media had opportunities to prevent the war in Iraq, hold Bush accountable for a clear dereliction of duty before 9/11 and limit his incompetent administration to one term only. These two vital institutions have failed the American people. This article documents the damage done to the country and concludes with thoughts on how to repair our broken democracy. How things might be different today, if the American system had worked the way it should, is depicted in each part of the article.

This ploy I've devised could also manage to provide
The paper's legal department with both cover and solace:
"An accumuLating body of evIdence is at odds with
The statements of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales."

by Linda Milazzo

Kind of reminds you of something Johnny Carson's 'Carnac The Magnificent' might say, placing a "hermetically sealed" envelope to his temple to channel the mysterious question inside. Carnac would repeat the phrase, rip the "hermetic" seal, blow into the envelope, repeat the phrase again, then reveal the inner query:

by Dave Lindorff

One argument I hear over and over when I talk about the need to impeach President Bush for high crimes against the Constitution is that it can never happen because "then we'd have Dick Cheney for president."

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