Facebook Slider
Get News Alerts!
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS Dispatch from the Department of Reality: It's hard to fully accept that your father might be psychotic, as it is for many of the American people -- spoon fed White House propaganda by the mainstream media -- that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their political brothers have a similar problem with reality. Of course, there was that famous quote in the New York Times attributed to a senior White House staffer that the Bush people are not reality-based, because they are so omnipotent that they make their own reality.
Published in Analysis
Yes, we're posting a news analysis that actually emphasizes a couple of signs of hope! We're even surprising ourselves. First, we were watching Robert Greenwald's latest fab documentary, "The Big Buy," and we realized this: Tom DeLay was forced to give up running Congress. It took awhile to sink in ("The Big Buy" is about DeLay's fall from power) what an incredible milestone this was. DeLay appeared as permanent and unstoppable as Bush and Cheney. He was, indeed, the Cheney of the House of Representatives, ruling through secrecy, corruption, ruthlessness and fear. He appeared as untouchable as Stalin in his prime.
Published in Analysis
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS Yes, the gap between what is really happening in the United States and the world as compared to the Hollywood style narrative peddled by the Rovian propaganda machine grows greater. As many critics have noted, what the Republican Party does best is sell a story about America by playing on images and themes with deep emotional resonance to a large segment of the nation. This story is no truer in terms of facts and what is happening than an episode of "The Brady Bunch" is to real life in American families. This ability to sell a fictional political "narrative" to a large chunk of Americans was exemplified by the ascent and election of Ronald Reagan, who acted his way into and through the White House. He was literally the epitome of GOP production values: an actor who performed his role of president with the support of a Hollywood-style production team who wrote his "patriotic," macho scripts -- and a literal television production team that made his presidency a series of on-location "scenes" for the movie that was his presidency.
Published in Analysis

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

Yes, we're posting a news analysis that actually emphasizes a couple of signs of hope! We're even surprising ourselves. First, we were watching Robert Greenwald's latest fab documentary, "The Big Buy," and we realized this: Tom DeLay was forced to give up running Congress. It took awhile to sink in ("The Big Buy" is about DeLay's fall from power) what an incredible milestone this was. DeLay appeared as permanent and unstoppable as Bush and Cheney. He was, indeed, the Cheney of the House of Representatives, ruling through secrecy, corruption, ruthlessness and fear. He appeared as untouchable as Stalin in his prime. But due to an unrelenting prosecutor in Austin -- and the burgeoning Abramoff scandal at the federal level -- DeLay became a liability for the Busheviks. It seemed unthinkable two years ago that DeLay would ever voluntarily resign, but it did happen. That is cause for hope. Our second little ray of democracy sunshine has to do with the state of radical Republican politics in Kansas. (Just look at its two U.S. GOP Senators -- Pat Roberts, who has singlehandedly undermined American Constitutional government by refusing to investigage any of Bush's intelligence misdeeds, and extreme Christian fundamentalist Sam Brownback) If you read the article below, you will see that some sane Republican elected officials (there are a few) in Kansas are switching to the Democratic Party because they can no longer associate with the right wing Jihad wing of the GOP. This is in part due to the persuasive political work of the Democratic Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius. Her current running mate for Lt. Governor is the former Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party. He's now a Democrat. When the fundamentalist, radical wing of the Republican Party starts driving State GOP Charimen into the Democratic camp, there may, indeed, be something happening out there. And Sebelius is no wimpy Democratic. When the legislature passed an NRA bill to allow people to carry hidden handguns in Kansas, she didn't do the usual craven Democratic "centrist" thing and sign it. She vetoed it. Her veto was eventually overridden, but she took a stand. Apparently, that's what Kansans are looking for in a Democrat. So are we.

Published in Analysis
Sunday, 09 July 2000 19:24

News Analysis (2)

$obj->nid)); $items[] = l($node->title, "node/". $node->nid); } //added code to old archives (Gonzo) echo theme('item_list', $items); echo "Click here to see News Analysis prior to July 17, 2006"; return; //return theme('item_list', $items); ?>
Published in page
Sunday, 09 July 2000 19:24

News Analysis

$obj->nid)); $items[] = l($node->title, "node/". $node->nid); } //added code to old archives (Gonzo) echo theme('item_list', $items); echo "Click here to see News Analysis prior to July 17, 2006"; return; //return theme('item_list', $items); ?>
Published in story
  • ##########
Page 92 of 92