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He learned about Plame from Dick Cheney
A month earlier, then time some flew
He forgot about it, then learned about it later
From Tim Russert as if it were new.

Thursday, 08 February 2007 05:44

BuzzFlash Mailbag for February 8, 2007


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Subject: Take a Note From Joe Wilson


Last week, BuzzFlash highlighted the problem of an estimated 50,000 private military contractors running amok in Iraq at taxpayer expense. They are completely hidden from government oversight and their activity is not accountable to either military or civilian law. A congressional hearing before the House Reform Committee led by chairman Rep. Henry Waxman yesterday exposed even more waste and corruption than previously suspected, particularly surrounding the leading contractor and war-profiteer, Blackwater.

by Catherine Fenton

[BuzzFlash Note: Sexual Content -- Not for Sensitive Readers]

Boy, was I glad to hear that Ted Haggard was pronounced "cured" of his penis penchant after only three weeks of intensive counseling. You have no idea how much hope that gave to this girl. Like many women, I too have struggled to rid myself of the lure of the penis. Now, I don't know if this is just a rumor (you know how the internets can be) but I have heard that Ted is writing a book. It's going to be entitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Pussy." As soon as it's listed on Amazon, I'll be pre-ordering it.


Today we are inaugurating a new occasional "Dr. J." feature on BuzzFlash, "Notes for the Week." They will consist of really "short shot" versions of my "Short Shots." Hope you like them.

Thursday, 08 February 2007 01:46

Marjorie Cohn: Watada Beats the Government

by Marjorie Cohn

When the Army judge declared a mistrial over defense objection in 1st Lt. Ehren Watada's court martial yesterday, he probably didn't realize jeopardy attached. That means that under the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Constitution, the government cannot retry Lt. Watada on the same charges of missing movement and conduct unbecoming an officer.


"Former White House official I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby told a grand jury in 2004 that Vice President Dick Cheney was upset by an ambassador's public questioning of the Iraq war and that President Bush, Cheney and Libby were involved in a plan - kept secret from other senior White House officials - to leak previously classified intelligence to reporters to counter the criticism. ... As Libby sat silently in the courtroom, jurors heard his recorded voice describe how he was instructed to leak intelligence secrets to select reporters, even as other White House officials were expressing concern over the leaks and debating whether the administration should formally declassify intelligence reports on Iraq to combat criticism of the case for war." There you have it -- essentially a confession! And then the question becomes, how in hell do you forget something like that????

by Brent Budowsky

Dear Senator Hagel, Senator Warner, Senate Republicans:

For four years of failure and bloodshed in the Iraq war, you have issued warnings, concerns, sage advice, and major suggestions for change.


WASHINGTON, D.C.///February 7, 2007///Already reeling from an 11 percent effective cut in federal support that could grow to 13 percent in Fiscal Year 2008, more than half (56 percent) of Head Start programs surveyed across the United States have been forced to cut early childhood health and education services for America's most at-risk children and families, according to a major new survey by the National Head Start Association (NHSA), the voice of Head Start programs in the U.S.


Like father, like son-in-law. It turns out BushCo nepotism and arrogance transcends blood and follows the family trees even through marriage.

The Bushes have long been America's most notorious crime family, but the Cheneys are certainly holding their own. Among other wrongdoings, the Vice President is currently being implicated in the Libby trial for leaking the identity of a CIA operative to punish her husband for exposing the Administration's lies about pre-war Iraq intelligence. Elizabeth, his eldest daughter, was appointed to a high-ranking State Department position created just for her in 2002, which she left the next year to work on her father's re-election campaign. Following that election she was soon appointed to an even loftier role within the State Department.

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