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MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

At least Laura Bush had health care, and no problem as to the cost of such care. Do any of these media people ever wonder what goes on in anyone's mind (the other 50 million Americans who don't have any health care) when they suspect they have a cancer or some other health problem and they have no insurance? They just have to live with it. These GOP elite and their gung-ho media make me sick. It's always all about them. Just like Bush, everything revolves around him or what "he" thinks. What he does. If we Americans didn't know better, we'd never think these people were supposed to be doing the people's business, serving this country, would we?

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Bush Plans To Put More Troops In Iraq

by Tony Peyser

This idea is certainly something we should hoot at:
It will just give insurgents more targets to shoot at.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

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1//Inter Press Service News Agency, Italy
IT'S EITHER OCCUPATION OR EDUCATION

Two in three children in Iraq have simply stopped going to school, according to a government report. Iraq's Ministry of Education says attendance rates for the new school year, which started Sep. 20, are at an all-time low. Statistics released by the ministry in October showed that a mere 30 percent of Iraq's 3.5 million students are currently attending classes. This compares to roughly 75 percent of students who were attending classes the previous year, according to the Britain-based NGO Save the Children. Just before the U.S.-led invasion in spring 2003, school attendance was nearly 100 percent.

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by Brent Budowsky

It is extraordinary, unbelievable and dangerous beyond description that President George W. Bush now tells that Washington Post that he interprets the 2006 election as a mandate for him to send more troops to Iraq, to prolong and escalate the war.

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by W. Patrick Lang and Ray McGovern

As Robert Gates takes the helm at the Pentagon this week, he can be in no doubt that Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush remain determined to stay the course in Iraq (without using those words) for the next two years. What Gates probably does not realize is that the U.S. military is about to commit hara-kiri.

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by Lucinda Marshall

In the dark days of approaching winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, Alice Walker's new book, "We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light In A Time Of Darkness", offers an inspiring path of peaceful courage. In this short but eminently wise volume, Walker talks about many things, including a tribe, the Swa, where it is the job of women to say stop when behavior and actions are in damaging excess. As Walker eloquently states, in our own society and time, now is the time not only for women to say stop, but also for men to listen. She shares a statement from the Elders of the Hopi Nation that ends with these lines,

Tuesday, 19 December 2006 04:18

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 19, 2006

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Subject: Study Peace

Let's look at peace, the ideas we have about it, the feelings we have about it, the images we see in the media about it. In this quiet time of winter, meditate in silence on your breath, walk outside on a quiet night, gaze into candlelight or firelight in stillness. Peace is easiest to find in silence, and it's deep and strong this time of year. Feel it, breathe it, fill your heart with it, send it out! May all beings live in peace. May all beings be free.

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by Michael Winship

In the spirit of the season, let me tell you about the evening I spent with Tiny Tim.

Not the Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol" Tiny Tim. The "Tiptoe through the Tulips" Tiny Tim.

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by Paul Rogat Loeb

HOW THE DEMOCRATS CAN KEEP THE YOUTH VOTE By Paul Rogat Loeb

I suspect you've heard about the stunning margin of the youth vote -- how 18-29 year-olds supported Democratic congressional candidates over Republicans by a massive 60% to 38% difference. They did so in every region of the country, from a 74-25% split in the East to a 51-48% margin in the South. They provided the winning margin for Tester in Montana and Webb in Virginia, and helped put McCaskill over the top in Missouri. Had it been up to them, the Democrats would have also won Senate races in Tennessee, Arizona, and Nevada; Ned Lamont would have defeated Joe Lieberman, and a slew of additional House seats would have changed hands. The Democrats would have elected Senators from 26 states, with Republicans carrying Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and the Maine seat of moderate Olympia Snow.

Tuesday, 19 December 2006 00:47

Will Durst: Crocodile Tears

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The latest form of political theater descending on DC is the crying of crocodile tears. And this season's nominations for biggest mock drops are destined to be swept by Beltway players in their demonstration of their fake concern for South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson. Phony sanctimony has long been a staple of the American way of life. Each of us had an aunt whose major talent was feigning fawning sympathy. Usually she had a mole.

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