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Wednesday, 06 December 2006 22:39

Jimmy Lohman: Lee Hamilton - So Easy to Ignore

LEE HAMILTON - SO EASY TO IGNORE

Within the next few weeks, Lee Hamilton will assume the mantle of #1, all-time hands-down most ignored Commission Chair in history. Indeed, it is now clear that the way to avoid dealing with any major pressing potentially-catastrophic issue is to make Lee Hamilton the chairman of a commission and give him a year or so to issue a report.

If Bush or his lamest-of-ducks Congress want to make sure nothing is done to help the still-anguished Katrina region and its hundreds of thousands of devastated refugees, they should quickly empanel a commission and make Lee Hamilton the chairman. Next, find a co-chair who can make at least a marginal case that "moderate Republican" is not an oxymoron, someone like John McCain but without the delusions. Someone who can make a halfway effective façade of caring, like Christie Todd Whitman. Then fill out the commission with seven or eight washed-out Ultra-insiders who are beholden to so many corporate special interests -- individually and collectively -- that none can possibly have a leg up in dictating the commission's recommendations.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

It's been 25 years now since Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was shot dead in a Center City, Philadelphia red-light district. Since then, Faulkner has become a rallying point for the nation's death penalty advocates. It's been 25 years, too, since the man convicted of killing Faulkner, Philadelphia radio journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, was arrested for the crime at the scene. Since July 1982, Abu-Jamal has been in solitary confinement on Philadelphia's death row, from which lonely spot he has become a world-famous prison journalist, and a rallying point for those opposed to capital punishment.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Vice President Cheney's Gay Daughter Is Pregnant

by Tony Peyser

What a lovely Christmas treat!
Light the tree! Deck the halls!
(David Crosby, by the way,
Didn't return reporters' calls.)

Wednesday, 06 December 2006 20:24

Bill Sanders: T'was The Night Before Christmas

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Bill Sanders

T'was The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when at the White House
Big brother was watching by using his mouse.
Money bags were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes Abramoff would again be there.

Wednesday, 06 December 2006 08:22

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 6, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

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Subject: What To Tell Your Elected Representative

... when they believe they know better than the voters who elect them.

"If you are not with us, then you are against us."

Mike Curtis
Greenbrier, Ark

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

One would think history has taught us that religious wars have no winners! Taking the words, Muslim, Jew, and/or Christian out of the news stories of the day, you realize it's all the same story! Indeed, the same negative emotions, the same bigotry, the same fears, the same fanaticism and commitment that drives the underlying human desire for supremacy are present in every story. How sad for us all that there are those who are so insecure that they would destroy other human beings in order to demonstrate a personal existence! The "my God's better than your God" argument is insane!

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

One Way The White House May Have Realized The War Wasn't Going Well

by Tony Peyser

Perhaps it was from listening to the calls
That were so negative and degrading
From signs they'd posted in Iraq that said,
1-800-HOW AM I INVADING?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon

The lead-up to the invasion of Iraq has become notorious in the annals of American journalism. Even many reporters, editors and commentators who fueled the drive to war in 2002 and early 2003 now acknowledge that major media routinely tossed real journalism out the window in favor of boosting war.

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
ANALYSIS: RICE'S IRAN STRATEGY FIZZLES, CHENEY WAITS IN WINGS

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's months-long diplomatic effort to get five other powers to agree to a tough United Nations Security Council resolution on sanctions against Iran now seems certain to fail, because of Russian and Chinese resistance. The beneficiaries of that failure in Washington will be Vice President Dick Cheney and other hardliners, who have been anticipating that such a development would help them persuade President George W. Bush to begin the political-diplomatic planning for an air attack on Iran. ... Rice appeared to concede Friday that the United States will not get agreement on the kind of sanctions on Iranian officials for which she has been pushing. She said she was for "maintaining unity but I am also in favour of action. We will just have to look at what the options are." ... According to an article by the neoconservative Lawrence F. Kaplan in The New Republic Oct. 2, aides to Cheney have been convinced from the beginning that Rice's Iran strategy would not be an obstacle to their own plans because they knew that it would fail. The aides to Cheney insisted that the administration is not yet prepared politically for a shift to the military track, according to Kaplan. But once Rice's diplomatic effort becomes a highly visible failure, Cheney and his allies in the administration are poised to begin the process of ratcheting up pressure on Bush to begin the political planning for an eventual military attack on Iran.

Wednesday, 06 December 2006 02:28

Peter Michaelson: Six Reasons for Global Warming

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson

All of the reasons for our failure to address global warming are known. But they are not known widely and deeply enough to send us rushing down the street on bicycles or even in four-cylinder cars.

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