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BUZZFLASH READER E-MAIL

Since BuzzFlash ended its mailbag tradition due to new technological options for reader input, we are still posting occasional reader E-mail directly onto our blog, in their original form.  Here's one we couldn't resist:

WE JUST SAW MICHAEL STEELE ON SHEPARD SMITH ON FOX SAY HE WANT'S THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FIRE POLOSI BY VOTING AGAINST HER IN NOV. THEN SHEPPARD SMITH SAID... WHO IS GOING TO VOTE AGAINST HER?

GREG PALAST FOR BUZZFLASH.COM

Exclusive for Buzzflash.com                                                     

by Greg Palast

March 23, 2010 

For the two weeks before tickle-and-grope charges busted open on him, and before his resignation from Congress, our BBC Television investigations team was hunting for Representative Eric Massa.

We wanted to know what he had hidden in his drawers. Not his knickers, which have captivated America's peep-show media, but Massa's file drawers where he keeps his dirtier secrets.

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Greg Palast on the Hunt for Profiteers from the Predatory Vulture Funds

Frankly, I don't give a rat's ass about Massa's creepy little peccadilloes.  But I care an awful lot about creeps that quietly backed him.

Massa plays himself as a two-fisted Progressive Democrat, telling the President to jam his fake health care bill where the Rahm don't shine, and he gave the Iraq war his middle finger.  I mean, the guy was on Rachel Maddow.

That's the television Massa.  But what about the Congressman Massa?  And why was he ducking us?

BUZZFLASH GUEST COMMENTARY
by Michael Moore

To My Fellow Citizens, the Republicans:

Thanks to last night's vote, that child of yours who has had asthma since
birth will now be covered after suffering for her first nine years as an
American child with a preexisting condition.

Thanks to last night's vote, that 23-year-old of yours who will be hit one
day by a drunk driver and spend six months recovering in the hospital will
now not go bankrupt because you will be able to keep him on your insurance
policy.

Thanks to last night's vote, after your cancer returns for the third time --
racking up another $200,000 in costs to keep you alive -- your insurance
company will have to commit a criminal act if they even think of dropping
you from their rolls.

DANNY SCHECHTER FOR BUZZFLASH.COM

American media loves anniversaries of major events. They become ideal “news pegs” to do follow-up stories. You would think that they would have pulled out the stops for the seventh anniversary of the US war on Iraq, a war that was described by the Pentagon in its first days as a “cake walk” and designed as a quick intervention modeled after the in-out combat of Operation Desert Storm ending Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. 

Sunday, 21 March 2010 01:43

Karl Rove: No Better Brobdingnagian Liar

MEL GOODMAN FOR BUZZFLASH.COM

      Joseph Goebbels, the leading propagandist of the Third Reich, believed in the power of the lie; the greater the lie, the greater the power.  Goebbels would have loved Karl Rove’s “Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight,” a pastiche of lies, fabrications, and distortions designed to rehabilitate the record of the Bush-Cheney years.  There are too many lies to treat in this one column, but his greatest lie is that the Bush administration would not have invaded Iraq if it had known there were no weapons of mass destruction there. Its corollary is that the administration did not lie about the presence of such weapons in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. 

      In fact, the Bush administration mounted an intense six-month campaign to make sure that the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency produced “evidence” of WMD, and then made sure that such players as national security adviser Condoleeza Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell parroted the administration’s big lie to the American public and to the international community.  President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and their acolytes Lewis “Scooter” Libby and Karl Rove, desperately wanted to go to war against Iraq for reasons that have never been explained.  As a result, they created and employed a strategic disinformation campaign to convince Congress and the American people of the need for war.  Goebbels would have beamed.

PAUL A. MOORE, PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER IN FLORIDA, FOR BUZZFLASH.COM

The children will in some cases become sick and throw up. Others will panic and wet themselves. Still others will complain of nightmares and plead for reassurance from parents and teachers. But no excuses are countenanced in the Sunshine State. The state once again went ahead with its annual ritualistic destruction of 8 and 9-year-old children this past week through the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).

All the children psychologically injured came from families without the means to take refuge in private schools where the FCAT is banished as junk pedagogy. Thankfully, affluent parents can protect their children from the test. Poor and working class mothers and fathers are trapped though. They watch anxiously from the sidelines on test day and hope for the best.

Friday, 19 March 2010 08:28

The Best Tea Party Video Yet?

BUZZFLASH GUEST COMMENTARY
by Chase Whiteside and Erick Stollof New Left Media

New Left Media put together this amazing video what may be the final anti-healthcare reform rally in Washington:

Their fantastic juxtaposition tea party and circus is brilliant. Here's what they had to say about the event:

On March 16, 2010, Tea Partiers from around the country gathered (in disappointing numbers) in front of the Capitol building for their final protest against health care reform. Also in town, appropriately, was Barnum & Bailey's actual circus.

Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:18

Zero Public Option + One Mandate = Disaster

BUZZFLASH GUEST COMMENTARY
by Norman Solomon

Not long ago, the most prominent supporters of the public option were touting it as essential for healthcare reform. Now, suddenly, it’s incidental.

In fact, many who were lauding a public option as the key to a better healthcare future are now condemning just about anyone who insists that the absence of a public option makes the current bill unworthy of support.

Consider this statement: “If I were a senator, I would not vote for the current healthcare bill. Any measure that expands private insurers’ monopoly over healthcare and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real healthcare reform.”

Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:40

The Gitmo Distraction

BUZZFLASH GUEST COMMENTARY
by Robert C. Koehler, Tribune Media Services

America’s charade of change comes complete with national “debate” and a slight readjustment of the center to accommodate the Bush Lite policies of the Obama presidency.

What matters is that any change President Obama proposes be symbolic rather than substantive. A furious battle then ensues over the symbolic change so that, if it does finally come to pass — with the president weathering the endless flow of invective and fear-mongering from the Republican right — it will appear as though something was actually accomplished.

Meanwhile, business as usual holds course. The great swell of hope for a renewal of American society that swept Obama into office — for a real accounting of the crimes of the Bush administration, not to mention a reversal of its most heinous policies and a return to value-based governance — dissipates into the vague, scattered disappointment of millions of supporters, who once again have no focus for their disaffection.

NEIL WOLLMAN FOR BUZZFLASH.COM

To their benefit, Republicans and conservative media have long been good at using euphemistic names to frame political issues. Terms like “the death tax” to describe the inheritance tax have caught the public and media attention. During the health care debate, there has been the “Cornhusker Kickback," the "Louisiana Purchase," and “Gator Aid.” And now for “Deem and Pass” procedure, which House Democrats might use to pass the bill, there is the “Slaughter Solution/Strategy.” Turning the tables, some Democrats are calling “Deem and Pass” the “Republican Option,” since the GOP used it 30 some times when they were in control of the House.

So let's turn the tables and pass healthcare reform using "The Republican Option."

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