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Now there's an idea that gamblers love to death:
Forget leaning on players --- just pay off the ref.

And while this is certainly a matter for the courts
It has clear resonance that goes beyond sports.

Twisting the arm of the head of the FDA
Is not unlike what was done in the NBA.

Nestled in this most revealing story is this sweet kernel;
Rice (gasp!) even got rejected by the Wall Street Journal.

Condi, don't give up hope! But my advice, quite frankly,
Is please make sure that you send it off to Tony Blankley.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

A former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan, old-line conservative Paul Craig Roberts, is warning us about the "danger within": "... the Executive Orders needed to create a police state are already in place. 'The administration figures themselves, and prominent Republican propagandists ... are preparing us for another 9/11 event or series of events,' Roberts continued. 'Chertoff has predicted them. ... The National Intelligence Estimate is saying that al Qaeda has regrouped. ... You have to count on the fact that if al Qaeda's not going to do it, it's going to be orchestrated. ... The Republicans are praying for another 9/11. ... Americans think their danger is terrorists,’ said Roberts. ‘They don't understand the terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution. ... The terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism. Americans just aren't able to perceive that. … Americans need to comprehend and look at how ruthless Cheney is. ... A person like that would do anything.'"

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael T. McPhearson and Ying-Lee

There are many kinds of betrayal in human affairs. But in the affairs of state, there is no greater act of disloyalty than to send young men and women to their deaths on the basis of fraud. No soldier should ever give a life or take a life for a lie.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

News of President Bush's weekend colonoscopy and the successful removal of five benign, non-cancerous polyps put me in mind of Evelyn Waugh's comment after the disagreeable Randolph Churchill, son of Winston, underwent a somewhat similar procedure.

WORLD ENERGY WATCH
edited by Gloria Lalumia 

The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources 

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

The fundamental goal is to create uncompromising, viewer-funded world news -- video-based world news. We think the big gap in the media landscape is for independent, video-based, daily news service. And by independent, we mean no government funding, no corporate funding, and no advertising.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Harvey Wasserman

As you read this, swarms of extremely well-paid PR flacks are spinning the Kashiwazaki nuke quake into an argument for building more reactors. They will deploy utter absurdities and personal attacks, followed by the sound of media-complicit silence.

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

Well, the Busheviks stole the presidency, and have survived through an endless Iraq War with an ever-changing mission, so no one has ever accused them of being timid. While the Democrats worry if their trousers are creased or if their slip is showing, the Busheviks are punching them in the face.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

DNC Press

MUST READ: Rudy Giuliani's Divisive Leadership Exposed

Washington, DC - As Americans are looking for a leader to put an end to the divisiveness of the past six years, an article in The New York Times yesterday demonstrates that Rudy Giuliani offers voters more of the same failed, divisive leadership. As mayor of New York City, the piece notes that Giuliani often marginalized critics and antagonized members of his own party.

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