A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship
At the end of their careers, the actors David Niven and Peter Sellers were too ill to finish work on their final films (in fact, Sellers died while his was still in production). To dub their voices for the last few scenes, Hollywood hired impressionist and comic Rich Little.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Supposing you are playing a game of poker with a guy you know always cheats to win the hand. Whenever you bring it up, the other players all accuse you of being a bad sport and unfairly attacking the character of the hustler.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
"We must pursue medical advances in the name of life, not at the expense of it," George W. Bush said today. No, Bush hasn't changed his mind about stem cell research. He is sticking to his only veto of a bill that would have allowed research on unwanted embryos that, according to the legislation, "would never be implanted in a woman and would otherwise be discarded" in hopes of curing sickness and disease.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Will George W. Bush "cut and run" from the Iraq issue during his State of the Union tomorrow night? It is certainly customary for presidents to discuss an array of social and domestic issues during the speech, but preliminary reports suggest the war will receive minimal attention. The White House says he will announce a "bold" array of plans for health care, energy independence, and global warming.
Subject: Stop the War
We the American people are sick of war and killing. We demand diplomatic solutions and an end to war as foreign policy. IF WE ACT TOGETHER we can stop this next war. Demand that Congress, the CO-EQUAL branch of government that represents the people, put a stop to the war-making WHATEVER IT TAKES! NOW!
A BuzzFlash Reader
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Everything but the pom-poms for Tuesday night's SOTU! George Bush will be doing that which he does best -- cheerleading rah, rah, rahs, in an attempt to scrape together support for his failures!!! Reality has a way of kicking ass when empty rhetoric is so often repeated! The American people are on to your scams George, so pack it up and go home before you do any more damage to this country and the world!
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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Germany's chancellor and current EU president Angela Merkel has renewed criticism that the bloc's constitution does not explicitly refer to Europe's Christian roots, in an interview to be published Monday. Merkel told German news weekly Focus, in talks with German cardinal Karl Lehmann, that she regretted that the current draft constitution for the 27-member European Union did not include a mention of God or Christianity. "I would have liked to have seen a clearer declaration on the Christian roots (of Europe)," she said. ... The comments come days after Merkel outlined her plans to jumpstart the stalled bid to establish a first-ever constitution for the EU, whose presidency Germany holds through June. ...
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by David Swanson
President George Bush deflects criticism of his war plans by claiming that his critics have no plans of their own. Vice President Dick Cheney, meanwhile, asserts that matters of war must be left in the hands of the president (presumably no matter how brilliant your alternative plan).