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by Michael Winship

LONDON -- The British take the honoring of military veterans and especially the commemoration of their war dead very seriously. As in the States, this past Saturday, November 11, was Armistice Day, or Veterans Day as we usually call it. At 11 am, two minutes of silence were observed, marking the armistice that ended the First World War at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.

Tuesday, 14 November 2006 01:54

Peter Michaelson: Why God Chose George

by Peter Michaelson

Yes -- George was right, God wants him to be president. For many years God has not been happy with the American Empire and its false gods of capital, globalization, and weaponry. Nor has He been pleased with America's world leadership in global-warming denial. So He sent one of his woe-begotten sons, George, to mismanage it all.


Senator Chafee should have followed Senator Jeffords' example and changed his party affiliation when faced with Dick Cheney's privately proposed aggressive partisan policies! If indeed Senator Chafee believed in the principles he espouses, then certainly, in all good conscience, he should have left the Repuglican Party, because change from within will never happen with the likes of George Bush and Dick Cheney! Remember, if you don't speak out in a way that resonates, then it is assumed you agree!


To Repair Battered Image At Home, President Goes On Trip To Asia

by Tony Peyser

Bush is such an unworldly naif
It's awfully hard to ignore that
When he visits foreign leaders
He seems as inept as Borat.

Monday, 13 November 2006 08:33

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 13, 2006


Subject: Good Work

Dear BuzzFlash,

I have been meaning to order several books from you and will do so soon I hope. I just hate Pen Pal or any such thing, so that I need to do snail mail.

I have been very busy and so I am slow, and what I can send will not be that much (maybe a few hundred), but I am appreciative of the work you and other liberal groups have done....you are one of the true defenders of democracy. The politicians, regardless of party, have betrayed America overtly (republicans) or covertly (democrats, through ineffectual fulfillment of their responsibilities...with a few exceptions). The liberal sites and independent investigators and "soldiers" like the Black Box voting people are the real heroes of this crucial time. Thank you.


I think they elected him because they thought he’d be someone they could manipulate. But Bush genuinely feels like he was elected to govern. -- Jules Carlysle, Author of DUMBASS

Monday, 13 November 2006 07:19

Dave Zirin: Tons of Guns: The NBA Arms Race

by Dave Zirin

[Profanity warning: Rap lyrics follow]

It's crazy there ain't no time to really chill
Jealous motherfuckers always want to act ill
What the fuck you gonna do in a situation
It's like you need to have steel just to feel
Tons o' guns everybody's getting strapped
Tons o' guns got to watch the way you act
Tons o' guns real easy to get
Tons o' guns bringing nothing but death"

Guru spit those lyrics ten years ago backed by a soul-scraping beat from DJ Premier. Today it seems like the GangStarr track could replace that damn Black Eyed Peas "Let's Get Retarded" song as the soundtrack of the National Basketball Association.


Last Saturday, Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold announced that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for president. The next day, he held his 1,000th town hall meeting among his constituents since he took office in 1992.

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

In the run-up to the election, Joe Lieberman was assuring Connecticut voters that if elected he would continue to vote with the Democratic caucus in the Senate. He was elected, as you all know. (Why don't I say "re-elected," some might ask? Because it wasn't Joe Lieberman, Democrat, who was elected, it was Joe Lieberman, former Democrat who was elected. He received about 70% of the Republican vote in Connecticut. If he had not gotten all of those Republican votes, the true Democratic candidate Ned Lamont would have won in a walk.) For his campaign, Lieberman received lots of Republican money and had senior Republican political consultants on his staff. On October 17, 2006 elsewhere I published a short note speculating that were he to get back to the Senate, Lieberman might vote to caucus with the Republicans.

by Cindy Sheehan

Dear Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Conyers,

I am writing this open letter to you both on the day after Veteran's Day. A day that has so much more meaning to me since my son Casey was KIA in Iraq for absolutely no reason but to line the pockets of the war machine. I cried in front of his symbolic tombstone at Arlington Northeast in Philadelphia and I dreamed of him before I awakened. Casey's "tombstone" was planted in the ground directly across from Liberty Hall which was the birth place of our Republic. How tragic it was to see 2842 tombstones of our brave young people who have been killed by people who are trampling all over our Constitution and making a mockery out of the separations of power and the original intent of that document. 2842 citizens who were willing to volunteer for service and were killed by people who lied to the world to send them to invade and occupy a country in a war of aggression that has killed almost a million Iraqi citizens. How tragic it is that you both, our newly elected Democratic leadership are already talking about abrogating their Constitutional responsibilities, again.

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