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Friday, 25 August 2006 04:37

Barbara's Daily BuzzFlash Minute for August 25, 2006

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BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"MSNBC canceled Phil Donahue's talkshow after an internal memo argued that he would be a 'difficult public face for NBC in a time of war. ... He seems to delight in presenting guests who are anti-war, anti-Bush and skeptical of the administration's motives.' The report warned that the Donahue show could be 'a home for the liberal anti-war agenda at the same time that our competitors are waving the flag at every opportunity.' An email from a network executive, also leaked, suggested that it would be 'unlikely' that Donahue could be used by MSNBC to 'reinvent itself' and 'cross-pollinate our programming' with the 'anticipated larger audience who will tune in during a time of war' by linking pundits to war coverage, 'particularly given his public stance on the advisability of the war effort.'" Hmm, didn't matter Donahue had higher ratings, didn't matter there are more liberals than conservatives, didn't matter his guests were telling the truth! Here we are 3 1/2 years later, 0ver 2600 American soldiers dead, thousands of innocent Iraqis dead, an entire country destroyed, Osama still at large, the Taliban returning to Afghanistan, wondering why the American media was more interested in ratings, reinvention and cross-pollination, than the truth!

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Support our troops, bring them home!

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"President Bush is ... a funny, earthy guy who, for example, can't get enough of fart jokes. He's also known to cut a few for laughs, especially when greeting new young aides"! I've always known he was good for nothing more than hot air!

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Anyone who ever thought the Repuglicans were tough on terror needs to read the latest column by William Pitt! The Repuglicans are at it again! Without a leg to stand on in the upcoming elections, they've regressed to what they think is their age old ace in the hole: "Clinton did it, it's all Bill's fault" bull malarkey! This time it ain't gonna work, for we all know it was the Repuglican majority in Congress that tried to put a kibosh on everything Clinton did to combat terrorism -- I repeat it was the Repuglican majority in Congress! And because Bill Clinton had the intelligence it took to be a President he was able to accomplish more in combating terrorism during his tenure than Bush has even dreamed of. "Clinton took actions against terrorism that were unprecedented in American history. He poured billions and billions of dollars into counterterrorism activities across the entire spectrum of the intelligence community. He poured billions more into the protection of critical infrastructure. He ordered massive federal stockpiling of antidotes and vaccines to prepare for a possible bioterror attack. He ordered a reorganization of the intelligence community itself, ramming through reforms and new procedures to address the demonstrable threat. Within the National Security Council, "threat meetings" were held three times a week to assess looming conspiracies ... terrorist cell after terrorist cell were destroyed across the world, and bomb plots against American embassies were thwarted. Because of security concerns, these victories were never revealed to the American people ... the massive non-secret actions taken to thwart it, went completely unreported by the media ... In Congress, Clinton was thwarted by the reactionary conservative majority in virtually every attempt he made to pass legislation that would attack al Qaeda and terrorism. ... Jesse Helms and Trent Lott were openly dismissive of the threats Clinton spoke of." So to the soon to be defeated Repuglican majority in Congress, put that in your pipe and smoke it!

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Ah, life under Repuglican domination -- ‘evolutionary biology' an acceptable field of study, and previously eligible major left off federal lists for recipients of federal education grants for low-income college students. While an Emmy-winning former television news correspondent who happened to be co-author of the bestseller "Bush's Brain" finds himself on a no-fly list! Ahh, "Freedom and Democracy" Repuglican style, otherwise known as intimidation, retaliation and "my way or the highway"!!! 

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Extremism is insidious and unacceptable in any form! Having most recently witnessed the results of intolerant religious extremism as evidenced by the Taliban in Afghanistan, we can be certain that is why the founding fathers of this great nation opted for a separation of church and state and the very reasons why we must maintain that separation!!! When statements such as the following by Katherine Harris are uttered by any candidate running for office, one must consider voting for the option of "freedom and democracy" as opposed to theocratic totalitarianism! Today it's gay rights and a woman's right to choose, tomorrow it will be who, what, where, and how you choose to worship or not! "... we have to have the faithful in government ... God is the one who chooses our rulers ... we need to take back this country. And if we are the ones not actively involved in electing those godly men and women and if people aren't involved in helping godly men in getting elected than we're going to have a nation of secular laws. ... Civil rights have to do with individual rights and I don't think they apply to the gay issues. I have not supported gay marriage and I do not support any civil rights actions with regard to homosexuality. ... from a public policy standpoint, I would limit abortion to rape and life of the mother and incest, but for my personal standpoint, I would not have an abortion for any of those cases."  

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Katherine Harris (R), "I have the record of accomplishments that proves that I deliver my promises." For once a Repuglican tells the truth -- there is one promise she delivered on that takes the cake, and reason enough to send her packing, she gave the whole world George Bush on a silver platter replete with all the wars, the chaos and confusion, the death and destruction and the complete disorder the world is experiencing today! Not exactly my idea of an accomplishment to be proud of! 

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"Today's announcement that thousands of Marines in the Individual Ready Reserve will be called back to go to Iraq is proof that our military is overextended, and there is no plan for victory in Iraq." With the money flowing freely, and the corruption allowed to go unabated, why in the world does anyone even think George Bush would have a victory plan? Haven't you heard, "We're not leaving Iraq, so long as I'm the president"? Haven't you heard, "It will be up to the next president to pull out of Iraq"? Yessirree bobtail, he has found a cash cow, and he ain't about to turn it loose! 

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If this had been a "liberal," it would have been 24/7 on mainstream corporate media's broadcasts ad nauseum! "WASHBURN, Mo. (AP) - The minister of a rural Ozarks church, his wife and her two brothers have been accused of molesting young girls from their congregation for years, sometimes as part of a religious ritual, officials said. For 10 years, the pastor told the girls, ‘We are preparing your body for service to God,' the prosecutor said." But because it was a "conservative" religious zealot, we had to hear about it elsewhere! 

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE