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A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

... what the Reagan library is peddling is the Disneyland version of Reagan. 

-- Will Bunch, author of Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future

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Will Bunch and BuzzFlash have been a mutual admiration society for some time.  Will pens for the Philadelphia Daily News, but his writing is frequently featured on BuzzFlash from his blog Attytood.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

Anyone who thinks Obama will have easy sailing in Washington is profoundly naive. A lot of College Republicans have bought the ["Boogie Man"] DVD to study the Atwater playbook.

--  Stefan Forbes, Writer and Director, "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story"

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As BuzzFlash readers have been debating whether President Obama's "bi-partisan" approach will work with an obstructionist GOP minority (particularly in the Senate), we decided to interview Stefan Forbes, the director of the remarkable Lee Atwater documentary biography,  "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story."

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW (PART II) 

Social entrepreneurs ... create all sorts of structures – nonprofit, for-profit, social enterprises, which combine aspects of business and aspects of social organizations, and even innovative agencies or programs within government.

-- David Bornstein, Author, How To Change the World, Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

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Part One of this interview was posted January 13, 2009. 

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW   

Social entrepreneurs ... create all sorts of structures – nonprofit, for-profit, social enterprises, which combine aspects of business and aspects of social organizations, and even innovative agencies or programs within government.

-- David Bornstein, Author, How To Change the World, Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

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BuzzFlash is a huge admirer of David Bornstein's How To Change The World:  Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas (updated in a paperback edition released in August 2007), and we're not alone.  We've recently seen two syllabi of college courses on social entrepreneurship, and both listed Bornstein's book as required reading.  When the publisher, Oxford University Press, refers to the book as the bible on social entrepreneurship, they are not exaggerating.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW   

Sports has built its economic model on the presumption of public funding and luxury boxes, pricing out the working class fan while taking their tax money. The economic crisis threatens both of these revenue streams [and] will hit sports like Brian Urlacher coming unblocked from the blind side.

--  Dave Zirin, author, A People’s History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play

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Dave Zirin is a sportswriter who sees everything in terms of politics -- or is he a political analyst with a penchant for sports? Either way, he's a rarity who makes sports and politics both more interesting and accessible. He finds sports stories that seethe with controversy, the ones that are tinged with politics, race, economics, class, and gender, and then he makes sense of them in terms of politics and broader social movements.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW   

I am very careful not to speculate. What I do is begin with the curious fact that G.H.W. Bush has said he could not remember where he was on November 22, 1963.  That makes him just about the only adult alive at the time who has that memory defect.

--  Russ Baker, author, Family of Secrets -- The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America

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BuzzFlash has often said that "conspiracy theories" exist because a threshold of people believe that the official version of an event or personal history does not pass the believability test.  But then the fun begins, because theories are just that, so you become an advocate of one perspective or the other, hopefully based on the strength of the argument and the backing of documentation.  But that becomes more difficult as time passes and access to the unofficial version of events becomes more difficult.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW   

On every single level, from the election of Barack Obama and Joe Biden to House Congressional races and local ballot initiatives, the gun lobby's fear mongering lost.

-- Scott Vogel, Communications Director, Freedom States Alliance  

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Is America's love affair with guns finally ready for a divorce?  Is the NRA more bark than bite?  Can anyone really make a sane argument for civilians having .50 caliber sniper rifles?

With a new administration not beholden to the zealots of the gun lobby, maybe some headway can finally be made in getting our national gun fixation under control.

BuzzFlash interviewed Scott Vogel, Communications Director of Freedom States Alliance (FSA). FSA is actively changing the way America thinks about guns in order to build and strengthen the grassroots movement to reduce gun violence.  FSA believes that all Americans deserve to live in a country free from the fear, threat, and devastation caused by gun violence -- each one of us deserves to be safe in our homes, schools, and communities. The focus of FSA is to reduce gun-related deaths and injuries through public awareness campaigns and by providing technical assistance and support to grassroots organizations.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

When his bizarre public dispute with his father-in-law (Alderman Richard Mell) was front page news, "Blago" justified an impetuous closing of a waste dump that Mell had an interest in and that was owned by a Mell relative by saying, "This is the kind of thing that I think frankly separates the men from the boys in leadership. Do you have the testicular virility to make a decision like that knowing what's coming your way? I say I do."

-- From the Dec. 10th BuzzFlash Editor’s Blog, "Testicular Virility": BuzzFlash Predicted Feds Would Nail Blagojevich, Now We Predict He'll Plea Bargain to Save His Wife"

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW   

Legacy of Secrecy provides additional evidence showing that John and Robert Kennedy planned to stage a coup against Fidel on Dec. 1, 1963, ten days after JFK's trip to Dallas--and that three Mafia bosses infiltrated that top secret plan.  ... The new information includes the confessions of all three Mafia bosses, and some of their associates.

-- Lamar Waldron, coauthor, Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination

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Legacy of Secrecy is the sequel to the hotly debated, but many argue persuasive, Kennedy assassination conspiracy book of a couple years ago, carried in the BuzzFlash Progressive MarketPlace, Ultimate Sacrifice. Both books are authored by Lamar Waldron and our good friend and noted progressive talk show host and writer, Thom Hartmann.

We know that every BuzzFlash reader has an opinion about who might have been behind JFK's murder; that's in the nature of conspiracy theories. There's no Higher Court of Truth to make a final judgment.

There are four basic theories: 1) Oswald did it alone (sorry Vincent Bugliosi, not a chance); 2) Castro and/or the Soviets directed Oswald; 3) the CIA arranged it and 4) the Mafia was behind the assassination. And, of course, there are various blends of these perspectives. Waldron and Hartmann find a lot of evidence to support theory 4. They present a compelling case, but you be the judge. Co-author Lamar Waldron was interviewed by BuzzFlash.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW   

Progressive radio has been hamstrung by the perception that most radio listeners are conservative – a view encouraged by right-wing radio. With the election of Obama revealing a center-left majority in America, progressive radio should be seen as commercially viable.
-- Ron Reagan, Air America Host and youngest son of the fortieth President of the United States
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We have been listening to the new Ron Reagan show on Air America, which comes on at 8 pm Eastern after Rachel Maddow, and we have been enjoying it.

Reagan has a natural radio presence, makes the listener feel comfortable, and never has a moment of dead air. He's a good interviewer, doesn't pontificate, and is just plain curious about a whole lot of things.

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