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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dmitri Iglitzin and Steven Hill

When pets are poisoned by imported pet food, U.S. Attorneys are fired for political reasons, and student loan providers are found to have offered kickbacks to universities to receive "preferred lender status," Congress gears up hearings and vows quick legislative action.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Harvey Wasserman

We are all now desperate runners in the epic race between doom and boom. It's a global-warmed dead heat between apocalyptic ecological collapse versus a Solartopian green-powered prosperity.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff

Vice President Cheney says he doesn't have to obey the law relating to national security records held in the executive office because as vice president, he's not part of the executive branch.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007 07:20

Larry Beinhart: Springtime in Guantanamo

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Larry Beinhart

Generally it's a mistake to use words such as Nazi, Fascist, and Hitler when we're talking about the Bush administration. But every once in a while, something comes along that cries out for a Colonel Klink accent and a rousing chorus of Springtime For Hitler.

The song comes from the film (and later the stage show), The Producers, by Mel Brooks. It's the story of a Broadway entrepreneur, Max Bialystock, who realizes that nobody asks where the money went when a show flops (could that be the plot behind the war in Iraq?). Anyway, Max figures he can oversell shares in the show by 25,000%, provided he's sure the show will fail. He searches for the worst play in the world and finds a paean to the Fuhrer by Franz Liebkind, once a member of Hitler's household staff.

Bialystock is willing to say whatever it takes to get the rights to Liebkind's play. The following dialogue ensues:

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

Maybe you remember this bit of childhood doggerel, written by the American educator Hughes Mearns:

"Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today
Oh how I wish he'd go away."


Monday, 25 June 2007 09:06

Cindy Sheehan: Zombie

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
And the violence caused such silence,
Who are we mistaken?

But you see, it's not me, it's not my family.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff

Bush's "Coalition of the Willing," that motley crew of cajoled and pressured mostly minor nations that provided token troops to send to Iraq along with the U.S. juggernaut during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, is looking decidedly smaller today.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Lucinda Marshall

I received a number of responses from an essay I wrote several months ago questioning the appropriateness of military air shows as a form of community-sponsored family entertainment. The gist of most of the letters was that the military defends our freedom and without it, I could not write these words. Indeed, I was told that to criticize militarism is unpatriotic and how dare I impugn the honor and integrity of those who serve in the armed forces defending the American way of life.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Stephen Crockett

The recent claim by Dick Cheney to have both executive privilege and not to be part of the executive branch of government seems to amount to a claim that Cheney is simply above the rule of law. It appears that both Bush and Cheney think they rule by divine right like the absolute monarchs of medieval Europe or the dictators of the old Soviet Bloc. Both need to be impeached. Until they are removed from office, the media, Congress, and the courts should be aggressively investigating, exposing, and opposing their abuses of power.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Phillips and Kate Sims
Project Censored

"Paris Hilton's Symptoms Said to be from Prescription Drug Withdrawal," was the headline news on the Fox News Channel on June 13, 2007. This was the 56th headline on Paris Hilton covered by Fox in the previous 30 days. Even The New York Times got in on the Paris Hilton hoopla with a front-page story June 9 entitled "Celebrity Justice Cuts Both Ways for Paris Hilton."

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