A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo
For the United States of America, the only Westernized nation (other than Belarus) where the execution of humans is sanctioned by law, the quality of their mercy is decided by their peers. In this death penalty nation, the burden on those citizens who determine life or death can be a heavy weight to bear.
Time and again, capital punishment has painful consequences for the juror, as well as the condemned. For the condemned, the consequences are obvious, although the degrees of the horrors may vary. There is the anguished anticipation of the death, and the flawed methods of the execution, which in far too many cases produce painful inhumane results. Just studying the details of botched executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977, leaves a history of error too grotesque to ignore.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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Call me a cynic but was this overblown buffet
Of spin simply done
To conceal that Dick's been "acting president"
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Okay, let’s look at some Bushevik assaults on democracy this last week:
Bush and Cheney Make the Novel and Totalitarian Assertion that the Department of Justice is Prohibited from Investigating a Congressional Contempt Citation Over Anyone (Even if They are No Longer Working for the Government) Asserting Executive Privilege
If it weren't so depressing, it would be entertaining to watch the loathed, ridiculed, and remarkably unpopular Bush administration continue to run circles around the supposedly ascendant Democrats in Congress.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Marjorie Swanson
Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman is a traitor. How dare this pompous little man that could not even be confirmed in the Senate attack Senator Clinton for doing her job? Unlike lickspittle Republican Senators and Congressmen and women, some Democrats do what they were elected to do by questioning and investigating how little pimps like Mr. Edelman are doing their jobs. If Mr. Edelman and his ilk are outraged at the very thought of someone turning a bright light on the dark corner where they reside, they must be afraid of what that light will reveal.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Norman Solomon
It was a chilling moment on a split-screen of history. While the Senate debated the Iraq war on Tuesday night, a long-dead senator again renounced a chronic lie about congressional options and presidential power.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
If mainstream corporate media, broadcast and cable news really want to know why they are dying, all they have to do is glance right!!! They provide no news that is "fair and balanced," no news that can be "trusted," it's become nothing but mind games designed to influence public opinion and enhance corporate profits! And here's some unsolicited advice to the major newspapers in this country, if you guys don't make some changes you too are in the last throes!!!