by David Michael Green
I have to tell you, I burst out laughing when I heard that Mary Cheney was pregnant.
Not that I have a whole lot against Mary, mind you. I mean, it does disgust me that she leads the life she does and yet campaigned for Bush/Cheney in 2004, even as they were shamefully exploiting American homophobia to win votes. But every time I get angry at Mary, I just remember two things: Dick Cheney is her father!! Lynne Cheney is her mother!! We probably ought to cut the gal some slack under these circumstances, don't you think? I mean, how'd you like to be sitting across the dinner table from Pol Pot, and have to say "Please pass the raspberry Jell-O ... Dad"?
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by George Lakoff
As the 110th Congress prepares to take office, the post-election tug-of-war for the soul of the Democratic Party continues, with DLC folks spinning the election as a victory for centrism and others pointing to the role of economic populism.
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A Pentagon plan for a massive military build-up on the Pacific island of Guam is meeting with resistance by ethnic Chamorros who live there and the Chamorro diaspora in the United States. According the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, the Pentagon has already moved attack submarines and cruise missiles to Guam, where it is forming a strike force of six bombers and 48 fighters that have been deployed from bases in the continental U.S. In addition, earlier this year, the U.S. Defence Department announced plans to move 8,000 Marines and 9,000 of their dependents from Okinawa, Japan to Guam. Last week, the Air Force announced it plans to add 2,600 service members and their families to the island's Andersen Air Force Base beginning next year. ... "Guam has basically no say," said writer Michael Lujan Bevacqua, a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego. "So the U.S. has the right to bring in whatever they want and there is no framework that Guam can make demands or negotiate with the U.S. military. ... Bevacqua noted that the Pentagon's decision to redeploy to Guam comes after large-scale protests against the United States military presence in South Korea and the Japanese island of Okinawa. In both countries, the U.S. military operates under rules negotiated between governments called a "Status of Forces Agreement", or SOFA. But because Guam is a U.S. territory, no SOFA is required. Indeed, the Japanese government is so keen to have the Marines leave Okinawa -- where a number of U.S. servicemen have made headlines by raping local women -- that Tokyo is underwriting most of the estimated 10-billion-dollar cost of the redeployment.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
The alleged Saudi threat to help Iraqi Sunnis fight Shiites if America withdraws from Iraq sure sounds bad for world security. But it sounds great for the Bush Administration. Saudi Arabia's pledge not to intervene in Iraq is contingent on our presence, so now - the argument becomes - we have to stay to avoid an even nastier civil war and increased destabilization across the region.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo
The history of the United States is filled with prominent families who achieved wealth, power and influence through legitimate and/or nefarious means. But in the two hundred thirty year history of this nation, no two families have ascended to the apex of American politics like the Bushes and Kennedys of today. And while both families have amassed enormous wealth and unparalleled notoriety, they couldn't be further apart ideologically or share more different views of America, being American, and the importance of public service.
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OK ... Just when I think I've heard every nonsensical uttering that the right-wing nuts have to offer, now they're making an issue over Barack Obama's name because it rhymes with Osama. This is total lunacy because apparently they haven't noticed that Bush rhymes with Tush. Not to mention that Bush = Tush makes perfect sense.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
The Iraq Study Group (ISG) didn't tell George W. Bush what he wanted to hear, so now Bush is doing what any spoiled brat would: he is asking someone else instead in hopes of getting a different answer. For the last few weeks, Bush has been arranging carefully staged meetings with various "experts," and all of these folks just happen to share his views on Iraq: boost troops and escalate.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Only fools would expect the moron, who got us into this preemptive unnecessary war in Iraq, to get us out! If its solutions he's looking for now, why hasn't he consulted that "higher Father" for advice on how to stop this killing? After almost 4 years into this bloody war, he now thinks "it's time to get" some earthly "advice"! Give me a break, he doesn't know what he's doing, this war is definitely not a game that calls for a simpleton's rah, rah, rah to win. More and more of our troops and more and more innocent people are dying every day, and "advice" ain't gonna help them! If it's advice you're looking for, here's the best advice of all, RESIGN, George Bush, and take Cheney, Rice, and the rest of the gang with you, don't let the door hit you in the rear on your way out!!!
Epitaph For The Former Enron CEO As He Heads Off Prison
by Tony Peyser
Was more than willing
With sneaky billing
To make a killing.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon
Some things don't seem to change. Five years after I wrote this column in the form of a news dispatch, it seems more relevant than ever: