by Dave Zirin
Finally something newsworthy is happening at Camden Yards in September. No, it's not the Baltimore Orioles limping toward another lackluster finish at their ornate ballpark, famous for selling old-time baseball nostalgia at high-end prices. It's the scrappy members of the United Workers Association, fighting both the resistance of the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) and the apathy of Orioles owner Peter Angelos for a living wage.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Proof positive, terrorists will do whatever it takes to bring an end to freedom and democracy! “Add faked photos to the list of lies told by the Bush–Cheney Administration before its invasion of Iraq. ... Kanjorski said he learned that the pictures were ‘a god-damned lie,’ apparently taken by CIA photographers in the desert in the southwest of the U.S.”
by Linda Milazzo
During previous American presidencies, less calamitous than that of George W. Bush, the most consistent visitors to local and national legislators were paid corporate lobbyists seeking favors that rarely, if ever, served the common good. Greedy K-Street "Abramoffs" exploited American capitalism and sacrificed the many to benefit the few.
The Iraq War has been lost.
The British are acknowledging this fact by pulling out their troops from Basra, Iraq's second largest city, handing over the city to the control of Shia militias. For all intents and purposes, the "Coalition of the Willing" is now dead. America is now going it alone.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
You don't have liberty if the leader of the country can lock you up without a trial. You don't have liberty if the leader of the country can ignore the ban in the Bill of Rights against cruel and unusual punishment. These are classic definitions of tyranny.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
'GOP hopefuls are staying Bush's course'
Washington, DC- As presidential campaigning heats up, yesterday's Los Angeles Times takes a closer look at the Republican contenders' failure to articulate a new vision for America and their choice to instead stand in lockstep with President Bush and the failed policies of his presidency. From supporting Bush's stay-the-course approach on Iraq, to backing his opposition to health care for low-income children, to supporting his tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, the GOP candidates are "enthusiastically embracing Bush's major policies and principles."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship
A winter of discontent, some 30 years ago. I was searching for a new job, trying to move from TV publicity work back into journalism. Rupert Murdoch had just bought the New York Post and it occurred to me that he'd probably be looking for a new television critic. The guy the paper employed prior to Murdoch's $30 million purchase had been writing about broadcasting since the days when folks tuned in radio signals with crystal diodes and a cat's whisker.
by Kevin J. Keefe
Don't be so sure that the Inspector General's investigation into Gonzales will be a whitewash. When Gonzales wanted to sweep the US Attorney firings under the rug, he assigned it to the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), rather than the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Why?