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BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"White House officials on Thursday admitted that...Bush was unaware of defense plans to immediately extend Army combat tours when he criticized Democrats' budget plans as potentially forcing troops to spend more time in Iraq." Yeah, sure, he wasn't setting the stage to blame the Democrats for the unpleasant news regarding his "surge" requiring mandatory combat tour extensions, he'd never do a dirty rotten political trick like that, he was just an "unaware" puppet president!

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

After receiving a second response from the State Department, Rep. Waxman writes to Secretary Rice announcing a one-week postponement of the Committee's consideration of a subpoena and asking her to schedule a voluntary appearance before the Committee prior to the Memorial Day recess.

Late-Breaking Anagram

This one has the
Power to stun:
Cho Seung Hui?
Hui Chose Gun.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007 02:51

Lucinda Marshall: Killing Them Softly

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by Lucinda Marshall

April is rapidly becoming the month of uncomfortable questions. The grotesque media feeding frenzy of angst that ensued over Don Imus says some mighty disquieting things about a society that for even one minute has to debate whether or not what he said was way past any reasonable standard of what is right and whether or not the right to free speech necessitates corporate sponsorship of such misogynist and racist diatribes.

And now the Virginia Tech killings will no doubt open another long-winded debate about the right to own guns. Before anyone even opens their mouths on this one, it might be instructive to actually revisit the wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which specifically states that, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." It would seem an obvious point that organizing militias and bearing arms for the purpose of carrying out individual vendettas are hardly equivalent.

As a publication from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) documents:

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Greg Palast

He had accomplices. Don't kid yourself: 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui didn't forge his two little pistols in his smithy shop.

He had a dealer, a guns-and-bullets pusher-man who put the heat in his hand, took the kid's money and pocketed it with a grin.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

Tuesday, 17 April 2007 09:03

Sheila Samples: Dare To Look Back

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by Sheila Samples

"...the high office of the President has been used to foment a plot to destroy the American's freedom, and before I leave office, I must inform the citizens of this plight." John F. Kennedy (November 12, 1963, Columbia U, 10 days before his assassination) I cannot recall a single day since Vulcans' Godfather James Baker sent his thuggish henchman John Bolton to Florida's Palm Beach County to screw up the vote count that has not been filled with horror, anger, shame -- despair. On Dec. 9, 2000 -- three days before the Florida deadline -- the US Republic shuddered on its axis when Bolton crashed through the doors of a Tallahassee library where Miami-Dade ballots were being recounted and shouted triumphantly -- "I'm with the Bush-Cheney team, and I'm here to stop the count!"

Tuesday, 17 April 2007 08:36

Danny Schechter: Killing Them Softly

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by Danny Schechter, Mediachannel.org

The tragic shooting massacre on the Virginia Tech campus is being discussed and debated intensely on every media outlet. At this writing, there are more questions than answers and it seems as if American society is producing these "lone gunmen" with increasing frequency.

Tuesday, 17 April 2007 08:29

BuzzFlash Mailbag for April 17, 2007

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Subject: Virginia Shooting

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by Evelyn Pringle

It's time for Americans to face the cold hard truth that nothing will be accomplished by allowing the daily carnage in Iraq to continue, and if Bush has his way, our young people will be dying in this war profiteering scheme until hell freezes over. Congress needs to authorize funding to pull our troops out of that deathtrap and not one dime more.

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