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Wednesday, 03 January 2007 01:11

Larry Beinhart: 2007 - Year of Madness

by Larry Beinhart, author of Wag the Dog, The Librarian, and Fog Facts


The vote in 2006 made it clear that people's eyes are actually open.


I think what he does is he turns everybody who disagrees with him into his father. It doesn’t matter whether it’s actually the concrete representation of his father, like Baker, or the voters who vote against staying in Iraq. We have become his father. We are the people he is now defying. He will turn everybody, any authority, anybody who disagrees with him, into a father figure who he’d have to defy. -- Justin A. Frank, M.D.

by Dennis Loo, co-editor of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney

"There is a kind of conventional 'wisdom' slightly to the left of center which analyzes the United States this way: we have political democracy, but not economic democracy. It points to the 'democratic' institutions: the three branches of government and the 'checks and balances' which are presumed to prevent a monopoly of power by any one branch; the voting process for the president and Congress, especially now that women and black people have the right to vote; the Bill of Rights.

by Linda Milazzo

I heard it in my Italian family, and in my Jewish family growing up in New York. And I've heard it in Los Angeles, or Hollywood as some would say, over the years that I've lived here. "Death comes in threes." "Watch," they'd say. "As soon as one famous person dies, two more will follow." And though I'm not superstitious, I must admit I've seen this "death comes in threes" often enough that it's really quite freaky... even scary.

Tuesday, 02 January 2007 06:36

Peter Michaelson: Why We Are in Iraq

by Peter Michaelson

On the progressive side we understand quite well that the U.S. military's invasion of Iraq was a front-operation for American capitalism and empire-building. The missionaries of capitalism intended to implant free-market fervor in the Middle East and corner the oil market, under the cover of disarming the natives and promoting democracy. These empire-builders are even more foolish than the crusaders of old who didn't have the benefit of 800 more years of history lessons and who didn't sanctify their economic system.

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

As the Gerald Ford funeral and related eulogies proceed today we hear over and over again about how bipartisan Gerald Ford was. Commentators tell us that us the country is just fed up with the present partisanship of Washington, and yearn for the good old Gerald Ford days. Further most make a point of making the point that the big responsibility the Congressional Democrats now have is to restore those "feelings of camaraderie, cooperation, and good humor" that characterized the era of Gerald Ford. No sympathy for the item at the top of this morning's BuzzFlash "Top Five Headlines:" "As they prepare to take control of Congress this week and face up to campaign pledges to restore bipartisanship and openness, Democrats are planning to largely sideline Republicans from the first burst of lawmaking. Bully for the Dems!"

Tuesday, 02 January 2007 04:28

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 2, 2007


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Subject: Read the AEI Report About Winning in Iraq

Read the report by AEI -- Choosing Victory (American Enterprise Institute)

This tells me that Bush has made up his mind, and his speech to America will be taken out of this report.

A supporter of BuzzFlash ...

R. Aschmotat
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

[BuzzFlash Note: Thanks for the post-New Years' Eve sobering thought. This does seem like Bush's blueprint. Don't overlook this part: "A surge of seven Army brigades and Marine regiments to support clear-and-hold operations starting in the spring of 2007 is necessary, possible, and will be sufficient. These forces, partnered with Iraqi units, will clear critical Sunni and mixed Sunni-Shi’a neighborhoods, primarily on the west side of the city. After the neighborhoods have been cleared, U.S. soldiers and Marines, again partnered with Iraqis, will remain behind to maintain security."]

by Cindy Sheehan

Gerald Ford is dead. Every time I get a chance to turn on the TV I am incessantly reminded of this fact.

His body is lying in state on the same structure that has held up every dead president's body since Abraham Lincoln. His widow constantly has a military honor guard to support her, sometimes even physically. The flag draped coffin is never left alone: there is always a military presence there to guard and honor the body. We have seen Ford's flag-draped coffin entering and exiting planes and cars. The tradition can be quite moving at times, but, to me, also quite frustrating and gut-wrenching.


Cheney Says Ford Understood "There Can Be No Healing Without Pardon"

by Tony Peyser

Gee, Dick, I kinda think
Another way to heal certain scars
Is if crooked politicians
Wind up doing time behind bars.

by Michael Winship

The days from Christmas to New Year's saw the deaths of so many well-known people that an editor at a New York City TV station where a friend of mine works was getting frantic.

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