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The following is a July 10th news alert from the ANSWER Coalition:

Today, a dramatic protest took to the streets of Boston to protest the presence of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer during the annual meeting of the National Governor’s Association. Despite torrential rains, a two-mile march went from the rally site at Copley Square to the Sheraton Hotel, where the governors were meeting. March organizers estimated that well over 600 people participated in the three-hour rally and march.

Demonstrators came from throughout the region, with organized transportation coming from Worcester, Fitchburg, Providence, New Haven, New London, New York City, Syracuse, Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia and elsewhere.

At the rally opening, Jennifer Zalanda, representing the ANSWER Coalition, said “Today, our message will be heard: Legal Rights for Immigrant Workers! And this is not only a message to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, but to all of the state governors. We will not let the racist Arizona law SB 1070—or any racist bills being considered across the country—go unchallenged.”

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Thomas Jefferson on the Media

"The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers... [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper." --Thomas Jefferson to G. K. van Hogendorp, Oct. 13, 1785. (*) ME 5:181, Papers 8:632  
http://etext.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff1600.htm

And as for television, that last sentence sure does mightily apply to FOX Fraudcating. -- BuzzFlash
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The following is a statement from Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (Madison, Wisconsin) on why she voted against additional funding for the Afghan War (although the final vote was a bit more complicated and less clear cut, but BuzzFlash totally agrees with the statement.):

“It is time to bring our troops safely home from Afghanistan.

Last night, I voted against continued funding of a war in Afghanistan that has no end in sight, no clear mission, and increasing American casualties. 

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Larry Flynt Urges Sen. Vitter to Personally Contribute to BP Oil Spill Clean-Up

Hustler Publisher requests Senator to donate “diapers and other personal items” to control costly effects of the disaster. 

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – July 1, 2010 – As rough seas from Hurricane Alex delay oil clean-up operations on the Gulf Coast, Hustler Magazine publisher, Larry Flynt, in a letter to Republican Senator David Vitter today, urged the Louisiana lawmaker to personally contribute “diapers and other personal items” in an effort to control the costly effects of the eleven week old British Petroleum oil disaster.

Three years ago, Flynt and his team of investigators assisted in exposing Senator Vitter’s extracurricular activities with female prostitutes. Others have reported on the Senator’s penchant for diapers during his transgressions.  Vitter later apologized for his “very serious sin” after documents released by the D.C. Madam, Deborah Jane Palfrey, revealed that he had patronized her high-end, fantasy escort service.

In the letter to Vitter, Flynt acknowledges the Senator’s statement that everyone does their part to solve this catastrophe.  Additionally, he suggests that, when it comes to blocking the oil that’s gushing into the Gulf, Vitter might consider donating his extensive collection of diapers, known for their super absorbency, to help stop the leak by creating a giant “plug.”

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The following E-mail BuzzFlash received merits our wackiest news release of the week award. Only Sarah Palin could fully appreciate it.

Texas Nationalist Movement
POC: Dave Mundy, Media Coordinator
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(281) 415-4013
National office: (409) 527-4929

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TNM TO SUE MEXICO FOR RETURN OF ARTIFACTS

NEDERLAND, Texas – The Texas Nationalist Movement is preparing for a lawsuit against Mexico for the return of artifacts taken to Mexico City during the Texas Revolution.

“It has been known for some time that the Mexican government is in possession of the true Alamo flag and many other artifacts captured during their invasion of Texas and we want them back,” TNM president Daniel Miller said. “We are going to initiate the suit in federal court and will appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague if necessary.”

The move is part of a longer-sought exchange of artifacts recovered by each side during the Texas Revolution of 1835-36.

An article in the Texas Observer relates the tale of a 1998 expedition by Texas officials to Mexico City, seeking to recover the flag of the First Company of Texan Volunteers from New Orleans, dubbed the “New Orleans Greys” because of their distinctive uniforms. The two companies of riflemen were welcomed by the settlers of East Texas, who gifted them with, according to the Texas Observer article by Lucius Lomax, “…a flag, made of blue silk, about the size of a bath towel, bordered by white fringe. The silk featured the likeness of an eagle, wings spread, and below the eagle the words, ‘First Company of Texan Volunteers from New Orleans.’"

The flag was captured at the Alamo and returned to Mexico City as war booty. In the years since its re-discovery in the archives of the National Museum of History at Chapultapec Castle, several different administrations in both Austin and in Washington have sought its return. At one point, former Texas Gov. George W. Bush’s administration offered to trade a number of artifacts captured by Gen. Sam Houston’s victorious army at the Battle of San Jacinto for the flag – but every effort has met with suspicion and disinterest by the Mexican government.
“Mexico has a history at thumbing their nose at Texas, as much as our own Federal Government,” Miller said. “This is proof that the TNM is as concerned with tyranny across the Rio Grand River as we are the Red River. This is about accountability to the Texan people.”

Miller added that this is the first in a series of planned actions to turn back the tide of encroachment from Washington, D.C. and Mexico City.

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The following is a press release from Greenpeace.

Today villagers in Jericho, a village near Johannesburg, will gather around a specially constructed Greenpeace Solar-powered Public Viewing Area to watch South Africa’s Bafana Bafana football team play against Uruguay.

The large-screen TV powered by the sun has been placed in the Jericho community hall. The entire setup is powered by solar panels and generators, erected by schoolchildren, trained by Greenpeace for the task. Greenpeace Africa kicked off this Thangkollo ya Solar (Solar Kick Off) project to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy sources in South Africa.

“What the Jericho project shows is that South Africa doesn’t have to rely on outdated methods to literally empower its people. The country has some of the best renewable energy sources in the world in the form of sun and wind,” said Nkopane Maphiri, Greenpeace Africa’s climate campaigner.

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The following is a press release from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today urged the Senate to repeal $35 billion in oil and gas industry tax breaks.

In a letter to colleagues, Sanders made the case for his amendment to a tax bill now before the Senate. The same loopholes were targeted for elimination by President Obama in his proposed budget for next year.

“Over the last decade, the five largest oil companies (Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP and Shell) made more than $750 billion in profits. These profitable companies simply don't deserve tax relief,” Sanders said in a letter to other senators. “With a record-breaking $13 trillion national debt and an unsustainable federal deficit, the last thing we should be doing is giving tax breaks to oil and gas companies that have been making enormous profits.”

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The following is a news release from the office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

WASHINGTON, June 10 – A Pentagon procurement agency created to streamline supplies bought billions of dollars worth of spare parts that the Defense Department ended up not needing, congressional investigators discovered.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Defense Logistics Agency had no use for parts worth $7.1 billion, more than half of the $13.7 billion in equipment stacked in Defense Department warehouses.

The investigation was requested by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a Senate Budget Committee member who has closely monitored Pentagon waste and fraud. “The waste of taxpayer dollars is unbelievable,” Sanders said. "At a time when the country has a $13 trillion national debt and is struggling with huge unmet needs, it is outrageous that the Defense Department continues to waste huge sums of money for spare parts that the military doesn’t need."

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The following is a press release from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

WASHINGTON, June 9 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today proposed repealing more than $35 billion in oil and gas industry tax breaks.

Sanders's amendment would invest $10 billion of the savings in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. The remaining $25 billion would reduce the federal deficit.

“What the amendment does is help transform our energy system away from fossil fuels, end unjustified tax breaks, cut the deficit and invest in energy efficiency,” Sanders said.

Calling the tax breaks “absurd,” Sanders noted that Exxon Mobil, the most profitable corporation in the history of the world, last year avoided paying any federal income taxes and pocketed a $46 million refund from the IRS.

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The following is a press release from Greenpeace.

Aomori, Japan, June 8, 2010 – Despite conducting a public interest investigation into corruption in the Japanese whaling industry, which was singled out by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the longest jail term for any Greenpeace activist in the organisation’s forty-year history was demanded in court in Japan today. Corroborating testimonies from whaling industry whistleblowers backing the allegations and contradictory testimony from prosecution witnesses have failed to prevent the severely disproportionate sentence being requested.

The United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention stated that the 26-day detention of Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki breached their human rights. Despite this, today the Aomori District Court Prosecutor demanded they each serve a prison term of one year and six months for theft and trespass.

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