A BLUE STATE JUKEBOX REVIEW
by Tony Peyser
New Heathens' Heathens Like Me
Apart from some obligatory political content, the other thing that most albums I've reviewed here have in common is they're mostly by singer-songwriters. This is primarily because their songs are generally more lyric-driven than ones by bands. Well, I'm breaking with tradition here with the debut release by some New York fellows called New Heathens. Yeah, there are some tracks with a social conscience. But the bottom line is this puppy really rocks.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
Welcome to "World Media Watch's" new format. Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; an expanded version of the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.
Britain is to send the author of today's landmark review on global warming to try to win American hearts and minds to the urgent cause of cutting carbon emissions - as it emerged yesterday that the government has already signed up former US vice-president Al Gore to advise on the environment. Sir Nicholas Stern, who this morning publishes an authoritative report on climate change warning that inaction could cause a worldwide recession as damaging as the Depression of the 1930s, will lobby politicians and business people in America at the turn of the year.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
A doctor, having just had the experience of a barium enema, once said all doctors should have to go through the procedures they order up for patients, because they would then think twice about ordering such things! In today's world, since "interpretation" is in the mind of the "decider," anyone who orders "interrogation procedures" should also have that experience before determining its ethical validity and worthwhile legitimacy! "What's striking both in Bush's and Cheney's attitude is that it never even occurs to them that there is a moral issue here. It's a 'no-brainer.' Here we are on the outside, having impassioned debates about the rights and wrongs of abuse and torture of detainees, and these two most powerful men simply assume it's fine."
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
BuzzFlash is forwarding the following "personal" e-mail from Jerrry Falwell. (It’s for real, not a satire.)
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the State becomes lawless or, which is the same thing, corrupt. - Gandhi
If you need more proof that President George Bush is as clueless as a goldfish on a leash in a space shuttle, you obviously didn't see him in all his counter-intuitive glory this week adamantly refuting the slogan of "staying the course" while keeping its policy EXACTLY THE SAME. That's right, George Bush is cutting and running from "stay the course." This doesn't mean he's a Defeatlican, though. Because “we are winning in Iraq and will continue to win." And you'd better hope we do, because if this is winning, you really REALLY don't want to see what losing looks like.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Jeff Cohen, author of "Cable News Confidential"
Many pundits are comparing the expected Democratic victory in the upcoming election to the Newt Gingrich-led Republican triumph of 1994, an election in which the GOP gained 52 House seats and ended 40 years of Democratic majority in that chamber.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Yes, Bush and his comrades just pitch it out and see what sticks, and they run with that. Then they have the audacity to call that leadership. I think the American people are well above this leadership in DC and have come to realize that whatever they say . . . is either distorted, unable to prove, or out and out lies to hide what they are really doing or what they have already done, or they lie because that's what they do, even when they don't have to.