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Wednesday, 20 December 2006 03:57

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 20, 2006

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Subject: hmmmm [White House Family Values?]

pat buchanan said something very funny and interesting last week on msnbc. he said the top three leading presidential candidates for the party of family values have 8 wives between them! they are now married to women they were fooling around with while married! which also does not say much for the would-be first ladies! or should i say the would-be first mistresses?

BuzzFlash,

Here's more about the frustrations of people who are without power. I have to wonder about our past. I know that there have been hard winters in the past. How do they compare to the US and their deregulation of our utilities?

Across the region, frustrated utility customers are asking: Why have others gotten their power back before us? And is special treatment being given to business districts and affluent neighborhoods?

It's kind of strange; people down the street from us have power, but we don't," said Sean Shaw, 20, whose home in Rainier Valley has been out since fierce winds swept through the region Thursday night.

"I would just like to know what the method is for getting power back to people."

The Seattle Times: Local News: Why isn't my power back on yet?

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

At least Laura Bush had health care, and no problem as to the cost of such care. Do any of these media people ever wonder what goes on in anyone's mind (the other 50 million Americans who don't have any health care) when they suspect they have a cancer or some other health problem and they have no insurance? They just have to live with it. These GOP elite and their gung-ho media make me sick. It's always all about them. Just like Bush, everything revolves around him or what "he" thinks. What he does. If we Americans didn't know better, we'd never think these people were supposed to be doing the people's business, serving this country, would we?

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Bush Plans To Put More Troops In Iraq

by Tony Peyser

This idea is certainly something we should hoot at:
It will just give insurgents more targets to shoot at.

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.

1//Inter Press Service News Agency, Italy
IT'S EITHER OCCUPATION OR EDUCATION

Two in three children in Iraq have simply stopped going to school, according to a government report. Iraq's Ministry of Education says attendance rates for the new school year, which started Sep. 20, are at an all-time low. Statistics released by the ministry in October showed that a mere 30 percent of Iraq's 3.5 million students are currently attending classes. This compares to roughly 75 percent of students who were attending classes the previous year, according to the Britain-based NGO Save the Children. Just before the U.S.-led invasion in spring 2003, school attendance was nearly 100 percent.

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by Brent Budowsky

It is extraordinary, unbelievable and dangerous beyond description that President George W. Bush now tells that Washington Post that he interprets the 2006 election as a mandate for him to send more troops to Iraq, to prolong and escalate the war.

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by W. Patrick Lang and Ray McGovern

As Robert Gates takes the helm at the Pentagon this week, he can be in no doubt that Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush remain determined to stay the course in Iraq (without using those words) for the next two years. What Gates probably does not realize is that the U.S. military is about to commit hara-kiri.

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by Lucinda Marshall

In the dark days of approaching winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, Alice Walker's new book, "We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light In A Time Of Darkness", offers an inspiring path of peaceful courage. In this short but eminently wise volume, Walker talks about many things, including a tribe, the Swa, where it is the job of women to say stop when behavior and actions are in damaging excess. As Walker eloquently states, in our own society and time, now is the time not only for women to say stop, but also for men to listen. She shares a statement from the Elders of the Hopi Nation that ends with these lines,

Tuesday, 19 December 2006 04:18

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 19, 2006

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Subject: Study Peace

Let's look at peace, the ideas we have about it, the feelings we have about it, the images we see in the media about it. In this quiet time of winter, meditate in silence on your breath, walk outside on a quiet night, gaze into candlelight or firelight in stillness. Peace is easiest to find in silence, and it's deep and strong this time of year. Feel it, breathe it, fill your heart with it, send it out! May all beings live in peace. May all beings be free.

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by Michael Winship

In the spirit of the season, let me tell you about the evening I spent with Tiny Tim.

Not the Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol" Tiny Tim. The "Tiptoe through the Tulips" Tiny Tim.

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