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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

When I was an adolescent, Canandaigua, my small hometown in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, got its first radio station, WCGR. You can hear it to this day at 1550 on the AM dial.

Back then, beaming out a signal of 250 mighty watts, WCGR (announcers said it stood for "Watch Canandaigua Grow Rapidly") broadcast music, news, and farm reports to a radius extending about as far as you could throw a rock.

Monday, 29 October 2007 05:04

Cindy Sheehan: The Morning After

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
Cindy Sheehan

As I sit sipping my morning cup of coffee and reflect on the anti-war protests sponsored by the October 27 coalition (where I saw some good collaboration between UFPJ and ANSWER -- at least in San Francisco -- yea!), I have a few thoughts.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Eric Haas
Senior Fellow
The Rockridge Institute

The House on Thursday passed a modified version of the SCHIP bill, with a vote that was seven votes shy of a veto-proof majority. There were 142 members of Congress who voted against extending health care to more poor children. Behind their rhetoric, their intentions are clear: they want to protect the health insurance market and the huge profits that go with it.

Thursday, 25 October 2007 08:03

Cindy Sheehan: Pete, Nancy, George and WWIII

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
Cindy Sheehan

"You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement." Pete Stark (D-CA)

"While Members of Congress are passionate about their views, what Congressman Stark said during the debate was inappropriate." Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Thursday, 25 October 2007 02:50

Jeff Fleischer: Hail to the Victors?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Jeff Fleischer

Time was, the term "rogue state" was reserved for international troublemakers fond of human-rights violations -- the North Koreas and Zimbabwes of the world. Lately, the same construction has also been showing up in headlines referring to the likes of Michigan and Florida. Their crime? Moving their presidential primaries earlier in the year in violation of party rules.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007 04:44

Peter Michaelson: Pelosi Capitulates to Hatred

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson

There's an old adage that goes back into the mists of history: The greater the evil we try to depose, the more hatred we'll encounter.

Arianna Huffington asked Nancy Pelosi in an interview last week, "Are you too well-behaved to get us out of Iraq?" It would have been more germane to the reality of our predicament if Huffington had asked: "How would you feel about all the hatred you would encounter if you were to become effective in routing the neo-cons and the evil they stand for?"

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

Over the last three weeks, for different reasons, I've had inside access to two kinds of events that usually take place privately, behind closed doors.

In the first instance, I was invited -- as a non-paying observer -- to small political fundraisers for two major Congressional candidates, one for the Senate, one for the House. The other invitees were quite well to do, possessed of very deep pockets. As opposed to me, whose pockets only jingle shallowly with quarters for the laundromat.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Zirin

Jason "Big Sexy" Whitlock has told me to "mind my own damn business" when it comes to his mission to lead a new Civil Rights movement against "black idiots." But whether you are talking about Whitlock or someone hanging a noose on a tree, there is a problem when you say, "Just ignore it and it will go away."

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter
Mediachannel.org

19,000 Americans died in hospitals and nursing homes in 2005. They were victims of a scary "superbug" -- a bacterial staph infection for which there is now no known cure. Experts warn that we are facing a "medical typhoon" unless we act to contain this menace of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

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