WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//Azzaman in English, Iraq--SECURITY WORSENS IN BASRA AS COUNCIL REJECTS PM'S DECISION (The provincial council in the southern city of Basra has turned down an order by Prime Minister Noouri al-Maliki to dissolve and pass its responsibilities to an emergency committee. Following a meeting, the council issued a defiant statement saying it would not abide by Maliki's order. The council is backed by powerful militias who wield immense power in the province. The province's security forces and the 10th army division deployed in Basra have declared allegiance to Maliki. However, it is not clear whether the city's police forces and army would move against the council if asked by Maliki, who is also the commander-in-chief. ... Militias of religious parties control the city and government offices in it. They are reported to have most of the 18,000 workers at the Southern Oil Company on their side and they frequently have threatened to halt oil production and exports if the government tries to limit their influence.)
JEFFREY FELDMAN'S FRAMESHOP
Today, when I turned on the television, I heard Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, explain that a terror plot had been foiled in Britain -- which would have involved the use of liquid explosives carried onto planes. In response, Chertoff passed a new regulation banning certain liquid and gel items in airplane carry-on luggage on all U.S. flights. The video shown repeatedly in the background featured a woman at airport security tossing a tube of toothpaste into a garbage can.
More Tough News For The President
by Tony Peyser
His poll numbers are so bad
I insist that you all shush:
Americans now don't even
Like the way he clears brush.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
We will again be delaying a day or two our commentary about the foolhardiness of progressive advocacy groups supporting any Republican senator, particularly Lincoln Chafee (where there is a good chance of picking up a Democratic Senate seat this year).
As usual, the Busheviks are tossing so much shi* at all of us, we need to tend to some more pressing issues.
And one of them is the perennial question of how do Democrats respond to the use of well-timed "terrorist arrests" (and this one appears to be more substantive than the last two, but we don't really know) that suddenly emerge around elections, or when Bush is in a political corner. (It should be noted that Bush and Cheney are currently trying to pass a law that would retroactively absolve them and other administration officials of war crimes. Good timing for a diversionary terrorist scare – not to mention getting our minds off the fiasco in Iraq and failure of leadership in Lebanon, right?)
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
The Greeks of ancient times prompted the following ideas of mine that were also brought about by what Ralph Nader had to say today on Democracy Now when talking to Amy Goodman about Lieberman.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Reps. Charlie Melancon (D-LA) and House Reform Committee Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) sent a letter today to FEMA Director R. David Paulison demanding to know why 94% of trailers inhabited by evacuees of Hurricane Katrina contain formaldehyde gas in excess of the level considered safe by the EPA. Several trailers have more than three times above that amount, according to a Sierra Club study.
Subject: Code Red Terror Alert
I'm listening to the morning news right now, and isn't it just interesting how convenient this breaking "terrorist plot" just happened to occur one full day after Joe Lieberman lost his bid for the democratic senate race in CT?
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
The pattern continues. A terrorist plot is uncovered just as the masses start to question national security strategy. The day after Senate Democrats brought a vote to pull out of Iraq, we catch a few idiots in Miami who were supposedly trying to blow up the Sears Tower, despite the fact that they lacked the means and ability to do so. Then there were the guys busted for supposedly plotting to blow up a New York subway exactly a year after the London bus bombings. And don't forget the release of new Osama bin Laden tapes just before the 2004 election as well as the very day after the Supreme Court decision striking down the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals. And now today, a few men in England were arrested for a plan to blow up planes flying to America, just a day after Connecticut voters flatly rejected Joe Lieberman and the war in Iraq.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
There is a man with political aspirations who should pay close attention to what happened to Joe Lieberman in Tuesday's primaries. A man who has also bent over backwards sucking up to George Bush! A man who would do well to heed the pulse of this nation, to hear what people are saying, if he truly intends to remain in politics--listen up, John McCain, for this country is tired of wimps who support an even bigger wimp, we are tired of the policies that subvert democracy, we are sick of the arrogance and the ignorance, we are disheartened at the corruption and the wheeling and dealing, we want our country back, and the only way we can get it is to make sure there is a big CHANGE in Washington, D.C.!