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First, kudos to CNN for its groundbreaking presentation of presidential candidates responding to citizens' questions. It was a breath of fresh air compared to most television treatment of politics.

Fourth article in a series; the first article is here; the second, here; the third, here.
by Pamela Troy

By Norman Solomon

Former readers of Mad Magazine can remember a regular feature called "Scenes We'd Like to See." It showed what might happen if candor replaced customary euphemisms and evasions. These days, what media scenes would we like to see?

If Rosa Parks had lived two years longer, what happened today in the halls of Congress might have killed her. It certainly would have broken her heart.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007 06:35

Cindy Sheehan: It's Up to Us

by Cindy Sheehan

Journey for Humanity and Accountability, Day 14

I am lying in my hotel bed at the end of a very busy, productive, yet sad day.

About 300 people gathered today and marched the 3½ miles from the entrance of Arlington Cemetery to Congressman John Conyers' office to demand impeachment and accountability from one of the leading figures in American politics for the last four decades.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007 05:09

BuzzFlash Mailbag for July 24, 2007


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Subject: "Bush's Polyps Are Benign"

Peggy Noonan was perhaps the paramount hagiographer of Ronald Reagan, perhaps the most influential creator of the Reagan Myth. Peggy Noonan is currently contributing to The Wall Street Journal. In a column entitled "American Grit" posted on the OpinionJournal.com on Friday, July 13, 2007 (that tells you something), Noonan had this to say, in part, about George Bush: "I found myself Thursday watching President Bush's news conference and thinking about what it is about him, real or perceived, that makes people who used to smile at the mention of his name now grit their teeth. . . . I received an email before the news conference from as rock-ribbed a Republican as you can find, a Georgia woman (middle-aged, entrepreneurial) who'd previously supported him. She said she'd had it . . . . Americans have always been somewhat romantic about the meaning of our country . . . . But they like the president to be the cool-eyed realist, the tough customer who understands harsh realities. With Mr. Bush it is the people who are forced to be cool-eyed and realistic. He's the one who goes off on the toots."

Now there's an idea that gamblers love to death:
Forget leaning on players --- just pay off the ref.

And while this is certainly a matter for the courts
It has clear resonance that goes beyond sports.

Twisting the arm of the head of the FDA
Is not unlike what was done in the NBA.

Nestled in this most revealing story is this sweet kernel;
Rice (gasp!) even got rejected by the Wall Street Journal.

Condi, don't give up hope! But my advice, quite frankly,
Is please make sure that you send it off to Tony Blankley.


A former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan, old-line conservative Paul Craig Roberts, is warning us about the "danger within": "... the Executive Orders needed to create a police state are already in place. 'The administration figures themselves, and prominent Republican propagandists ... are preparing us for another 9/11 event or series of events,' Roberts continued. 'Chertoff has predicted them. ... The National Intelligence Estimate is saying that al Qaeda has regrouped. ... You have to count on the fact that if al Qaeda's not going to do it, it's going to be orchestrated. ... The Republicans are praying for another 9/11. ... Americans think their danger is terrorists,’ said Roberts. ‘They don't understand the terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution. ... The terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism. Americans just aren't able to perceive that. … Americans need to comprehend and look at how ruthless Cheney is. ... A person like that would do anything.'"

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