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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter, Mediachannel.org

New York, New York: Who has real power over US decision making?

If you think it is the White House, or even the Congress, think again. There has been a power shift underway for years and, believe it our not, our future and fortune rests in the hands of bureaucrats on the other side of the world. Sorry folks, but our red white and blue economy is afloat today because of help from members of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party.

Tuesday, 12 December 2006 06:43

Will Durst: Reading Isn't Fundamental

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Right about now is when it could come in real handy to have a President who reads. A book learning wonk. A guy not allergic to the printed word. George W Bush even admitted it himself. I think his exact quote was: "I don't read." And you know what, I believe him. Then this summer, something happened. I think it was part of that midterm campaign thing, when the President claimed his beach reading list included Camus' "The Stranger" and what he referred to as "3 Shakespeares." 3 Shakespeares? Sounds like a customer at Baskin-Robbins ordering up a triple scoop of smart. And very suspicious coming from a man famous for struggling through the same page of "The Pet Goat" for 10 minutes.

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION

In scaning the headlines posted at BuzzFlash on December 12, 2006, it looked like an ordinary day.

December 12th must never be an ordinary day. December 12, 2006, is the 6th anniversary of the day that democracy in America died. On December 12, 2000, five republican U.S. Supreme Court judges shredded the U.S. constitution and stopped the legal vote count occuring in Florida.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Religion and politics don't mix! In what has heretofore been considered the sanest way to govern -- the separation of church and state -- we are witnessing the insidious tentacles of a fundamentalist ideology creep into every aspect of our government! Have the people behind this movement been taking lessons from the Ayatollahs in Iran? In the not so distant future will we find ourselves captive to one specific religious philosophy, one single method of worship? Will we see a revival of "burning witches at the stake"? Will we be subject to wearing the Scarlet Letter A? Do the people in this country really want an American Taliban right here, from sea to shinning sea? This mixing of religion and politics must stop right here, right now, if indeed we want to continue, to choose exactly how we as individuals worship, when we worship and where we worship, or if we as individuals choose not to worship!!! 

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

As the foreperson of our jury stood to read our verdicts in the NYC criminal court this morning, we Pink 4, also stood holding hands awaiting the jury's decision. I looked back at the packed courtroom and many of our supporters (IVAW, VFP, Granny Peace Brigade, Code Pink, World Can't Wait, and other peace activists), flashed up peace signs, and/or thumbs up. I smiled back. Whatever happened was going to be okay, I could feel the love, respect, and encouragement emanating from everyone who was present there; (Except the prosecutor and prosecutrix who were distinctly out-numbered and looked sheepish and a little nervous).

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

The 109th Congress is dead. Adjourned for good.

Hooray. Don't let the door bump your behinds on the way out.

These guys set new milestones for financial and moral hanky-panky, including 19 members under federal investigation and Friday's release of the House ethics report on the Mark Foley page scandal.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Paul Rogat Loeb, author of "The Impossible Will Take a Little While"

I just got my Visa bill for my final election donations-all those click-and-donate appeals in my email box and on the Web. I gave more than I thought I had, more than I'd intended to spend, and more than I'd ever given before. You make enough $25 to $50 contributions, and soon you're talking real money, a tenth of my annual income.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Scandal-Ridden Democrat William Jefferson Proves D.C. Corruption Is Bipartisan!

by Tony Peyser

The teensy difference is the Dems want
To unload this crooked bottom feeder
While Republicans changed various rules
To let DeLay remain Majority Leader.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

The true horror of what President Bush -- and the Republican-led 109th Congress -- have done to all of us American citizens by authorizing torture in our names came clear during a talk I was giving on impeachment to a group organized by the New Jersey chapter of Progressive Democrats of America.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

It is accountability time.

We know that up to $10 billion of reconstruction money for Iraq has been stolen, lost or misused and now we know that virtually none of the Iraqi oil revenue, which Paul Wolfowitz promised would be used to finance the war, has been spent.

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