A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
A year ago today, about 100 of us marched down Prairie Chapel Road in the awful Texas heat into history. Today, with very short notice, dozens of us marched down the same road, with the same results: no meeting with the cowardly cowboy wanna-be in chief.
by Greg Palast
for The Guardian, Comment is Free
In the six years since I first began investigating the burglary ring we call "elections" in America, a new Voting Reform industry has grown up. That's good. What's worrisome is that most of the effort is focused on preventing the installation of computer voting machines. Paper ballots, we're told, will save our democracy.
by Stephen Crockett, Co-Host of Democratic Talk Radio
Progressive Internet activists, local Democratic Party stalwarts and reformists of all stripes need to unite under the leadership of organized labor to take back our government and economy from the Republican-Corporate alliance. The coalition should include efforts to win elections, change trade policies and unionize workplaces all over America.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Once upon a time in America, we had reporters who weren’t afraid, who had integrity and credibility, who wouldn’t pledge to George Bush’s Office of Disinformation, Thank God there are still a few of them left brave enough to pen the truth, Thank You Jimmy Breslin!
Army Dismisses Gay Arab Linguist
by Tony Peyser
It seems this translator's higher-ups
Had been given the same instruction
To ask if he had ever acted in
A community theater production.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Moscow Times, Russia--U.S. PUNISHES ARMS TRADER, SUKHOI (The United States has slapped sanctions on state arms trader Rosoboronexport and jetmaker Sukhoi, accusing them of helping Iran acquire weapons of mass destruction. Officials in Moscow reacted angrily, criticizing Washington for attempting "to impose U.S. laws on foreigners." The sanctions on Friday came as relations between Moscow and Washington were strained over a number of other issues, from tensions over the Middle East to frustrations over the United States blocking Russia's World Trade Organization bid to Russian delays in announcing large contracts that U.S. firms hope to win. ... "In effect, the United States is punishing its own companies by preventing them from working with the most advanced Russian enterprises," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its web site Friday evening. ... Rosoboronexport called the sanctions "an unfriendly act toward the Russian state and an attempt to destabilize Russia military and technical cooperation with other nations." ... Sukhoi is working on a project with Boeing to design a 100-seater regional airliner, while Boeing is eager to secure imports of titanium, a metal used in the aerospace industry, from Russia. Rosoboronexport has been widely seen as planning to acquire VSMPO-Avisma, the world's largest producer of titanium. The state arms dealer also controls AvtoVAZ, the country's biggest carmaker, which has a joint venture with U.S. auto giant General Motors.)
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
By all accounts, Joe Lieberman is a smart guy. He got into Yale on his merits at a time when there was a Jewish quota. He wasn't a prep school guy or the son of an alumnus. He just had a good brain and worked hard. He earned his admission to one of the nation's most elite schools, unlike George W. Bush who got in based on affirmative action for mediocre WASP preppies whose fathers went to Yale.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Strategy for self-defense in modern times is like a chess game. It exists on a variety of levels, of which the use of military force should only be used sparingly and for achievable military objectives, not political ones.
Progressive Internet activists, local Democratic Party stalwarts and reformists of all stripes need to unite under the leadership of organized labor to take back our government and economy from the Republican-Corporate alliance. The coalition should include efforts to win elections, change trade
policies and unionize workplaces all over America.
The labor union movement has the resources to change the direction of
American politics if firmly and actively supported by allies outside
labor. No other institution in America understands the serious threat
Republicanism poses to a Middle Class American lifestyle and American
as well as American labor unions.
Corporations have totally captured the modern Republican Party and
it thoroughly. The so-called Christian Right has fallen victim to the
corrupting influence of Corporate money. The infection is spreading in
Republican circles, as demonstrated by Ralph Reed, Conrad Burns, Jack
Katherine Harris and many others. Conservatism has been completely
destroyed as a
coherent ideology and replaced by a "Greed Is Good" creed.
Corporations have been buying up media, blocking campaign financing
using outsourcing to undermine the American Middle Class, blocking
wage increases, denying the American public access to universal health
curtailing consumer ability to hold corporations responsible for abuses
courts of law and crippling workers rights to unionize. The Bush
actively promoting this anti-American and un-Christian set of political
They are additionally making it more difficult for American youths to
college education. Workplace safety rules and regulations have been
This has directly resulted in the deaths of American workers in our
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
We have a confession to make. Well, actually we've made it before.
The Editor and Publisher of BuzzFlash.com graduated from Yale. But in contrast to George W. Bush, who got into Yale after a mediocre academic record on the WASP affirmative action program that kept more qualified students from admission, the BuzzFlash editor was only admitted to Yale after they dropped what was a Jewish quota at Yale and other Ivy League schools.