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Monday, 27 November 2006 08:25

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 27, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: Thanksgiving Meditation in Troubled Times

“… because if they are seen to support us, they will have their head cut off tomorrow.” -- U.S. Army Major in Fallujah, Anbar Province, Iraq

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Jeff Cohen

Turn on CNN Headline News -- a supposed "news" channel -- on weekday nights and you'll be subjected to the lectures of a loudmouthed, factually-challenged, occasionally funny know-it-all whose shtick is that he's "just a regular American schmoe."

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Four years ago, Janet Neff went to a lesbian "commitment ceremony" for her friend and next-door neighbor of more than two decades. Now, her nomination for a federal judgeship in Michigan is being blocked by religious zealot and right-winger Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) for no other reason than his homophobia

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"... one of the most encouraging examples of grassroots democracy in decades - citizen-run Internet sites led the way along with non-traditional TV and radio, from Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' to Air America and other progressive radio shows, to pull back the veils of propaganda. ... A strategy is needed to make these news and opinion outlets financially sustainable. That would require a combination of individual donations, ad buys and foundation grants targeted at the news outlets that stood up to Bush's propaganda while many others were standing down. Along with building honest media must come a new national commitment to valuing truthful information, honest history and straightforward reality." 

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will sometimes follow the summaries.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by John Brown and Ray McGovern

The war in Iraq began as a war based largely on illusions. But now most Americans realize that the always-illusory option of "staying the course" in Iraq will never work. This was the main message of the recent Congressional elections. Still, there is a great danger that we will fall victim to additional Iraq-related illusions -- illusions fostered by the administration, Congress, the Pentagon and the mainstream media.

Monday, 27 November 2006 01:39

I Never Got The Memo - Verse-Case Scenario

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

I Never Got The Memo

by Tony Peyser

When did the mainstream media
Collectively decide to shrivel more
And all agree to never admit
That Iraq has become a civil war?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

There is a sort of conventional "wisdom" among some people who are against the chaos and confusion of an occupation that gets more nightmarish by the minute, that a forced conscription would end the war quickly. These same people see it as a panacea to get the college students and their parents out protesting, like during the Vietnam war.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

The tragic milestone has arrived, the Iraq War has lasted longer than American involvement in the Second World War. The President tells us that that many more days of bloodshed remain in what believes is a permanent war.

Sunday, 26 November 2006 21:35

Larry Beinhart: The Blame Industry

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Larry Beinhart, author of Wag the Dog and Fog Facts

When things go wrong, someone will be blamed.

It's not a question of should, or if it's right or if it's good. It's what will happen. Iraq has gone wrong. Someone will be blamed.

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