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Tuesday, 21 November 2006 07:59

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 21, 2006


Subject: Lessons from Iran

Links to article about Americans in Iran, 1977-78:

A superpower with a vast and powerful military-industrial complex without a vast and equally powerful humanitarian-cultural complex is like a giant hobbled by a crippled or lame foot. Few dare mention to the giant his imperfection because his power and financial resources are enormous and his stride encompasses the globe and he does not tolerate criticism because he says it is Un-American and unpatriotic.


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Every year, I'm always reminded of that fateful day in Dallas in 1963. If I haven't mentioned it before, I lived in Dallas back then, and was going to the parade, but a relative and her two children were coming into Dallas by bus that same day to visit, and since the bus depot was only a block or two from that mass of excited Kennedy supporters (of which I was one), I felt I would not be able to park and they might be worried if they arrived and I wasn't there. As I was watching the parade on TV and the assassination happened, it was shocking and unbelievable that this could happen here in the US at this time in our history. When they announced they were closing the city, blocking incoming and outgoing traffic, I gathered up my seven-month-old baby and drove as fast as I could to get within that boundary before it closed, and went straight to the bus station to wait. I saw a lot of the chaos first hand that day, not knowing at that time, how this nation was taking a very dark turn in our history.

Tuesday, 21 November 2006 07:00

Amy Branham: The Draft

by Amy Branham

I am a peaceful person. I do not believe in unprovoked war, but I do believe that there is a time and a place for war and a need for the military. Let's face it, there are some people in the world who are not very nice and we do have a need to defend ourselves from time to time. In view of this, I am in support of reinstating the draft. Let me tell you why.



What kind of training do these cops go through today? Why are they using weapons to stop people who are no threat to them and unarmed? What kind of cop does this? How many tasers have killed since they have been in use? Sometimes I think the cop actions aren't any more thought out than any criminal they might pursue and the cops are supposed to be trained. What business did they have to be in this student library?

by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

Forget Nancy Pelosi's "100 Hours" agenda for the new Democratic Congress.

by Larry Beinhart, author of Wag the Dog and Fog Facts

George Bush went to Vietnam. He was asked how that war compared to this war and his answer was, "We'll succeed unless we quit."

by Michael Winship

Robert De Niro rang me up a couple of weeks ago. Tony Bennett did, too. Ciao, bellissimo!

It's not as if the three of us are old paisans or anything. They telephoned about a gazillion other people, too. On tape, urging everyone to support Hillary Clinton's reelection to the United States Senate.


Pentagon Officials Lay Out Iraq Options: Go Big, Go Long Or Go Home

by Tony Peyser

I like the "go home" option
But "go big" and "go long"
Both seem like certain plans
To do things completely wrong.

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

While all the nattering is going on about the really refreshing openness and consideration of different viewpoints on such matters as the War on Iraq and Congressional earmarks in the House Democratic Caucus, it might be interesting to consider some of the basic positions of the newly elected Republican Senate Minority Whip, Trent Lott. Let's, for example, hear what he has to say about race and racism, homosexuality and homophobia. They tell us volumes about what the Republican positions on these two critical questions concerning the social fabric of our county really are.


"ZAHN: ... our top story in politics tonight, the presidential hopes of Illinois Senator Barack Obama ... let's talk about his experience, straight off the bat here. Only two years in the Senate. Does anybody think he has enough experience in international issues that he really could be a viable candidate?" It's obvious to most Americans Senator Obama has more experience and is certainly more qualified than Zahn's boy Bush! For starters Senator Obama has a brain, he has the intelligence it takes to be a President! Not only does he know their names, he also knows how to pronounce the names of leaders throughout the world! And he's a helluva lot quicker on his feet than you Ms. Zahn. "OBAMA: The experience that I have as a state senator, as a constitutional law professor and a U.S. senator, I think, gives me a good grasp of the issues that we face as a country. ... But I think the important thing is not experience per se. Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney had the best resumes in Washington and initiated a fiasco in Iraq." Yessir, he also has that genuine quality so rarely found in most politicians, he has charisma, he tells the truth, and he has the ability to transfer hope for a better future to all Americans!

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