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Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:44

Glenn W. Smith: Don't Think of a Sick Child

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Glenn W. Smith
The Rockridge Institute

George Bush doesn't want you to think about sick children. He wants you thinking about the fine print of health insurance policies. He wants us to debate types of coverage, premiums, and the size of networks, and whether we can afford catastrophic, comprehensive, limited, mini-med, or scheduled health insurance. But George Bush doesn't want you thinking about all the sick children left behind in America. And insurance companies don't want you thinking about all the children who they won't help, just so they can maximize profits.

To stop a possible bombing and/or to save a soldier's life
Marks would happily stab any terrorist's thigh with a knife.

Perhaps Marks, who I bet is tough & hard just like a hammer,
Could take Jack Bauer's place when Kiefer's in the slammer.

VERSE CASE SCENARIO

Wednesday, 17 October 2007 09:21

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 17, 2007

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Subject: Turkey actually debates war

BuzzFlash,

Maybe Bush can learn something about democracy from Turkey. Turkey actually actually has to have parliament approve, before it can invade another country.

Turkey approves Iraq incursion (CNN)

The soft-on-torture liberal

Wednesday, 17 October 2007 07:47

Peter Michaelson: What Can I Do?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson

Across the country, gatherings of alarmed citizens are discussing our descent into tyranny. A frequent question is asked at these meetings, often presented in mournful desperation: What can I do?

Many of the individuals who ask this question are not really interested in a concrete here's-what-to-do answer. They are stuck emotionally in a passive spot in their psyche. Their question is a cover-up of their unconscious collusion in their painful passivity. (Each of us can find plenty to do to help our country. Start with MoveOn.org's 50 Ways to Love Your Country, and add a thousand everyday ways to that list that, while exercising our integrity and courage, we manifest our vision of America.)

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

It’s the stuff scary movies are made of: a few select men, meeting secretly, settle on a previously written plan for world domination! With the cooperation of a beholden Supreme Court, and a compliant mainstream corporate media, they make sure a puppet is in place to begin the march! They know they must negate any “checks and balances,” they know they must annihilate the Constitution, they know they will need a “modern day Pearl Harbor event” to instill fear and loathing combined with patriotic nationalism within the public politic in order to succeed. Following, almost verbatim, Hitler’s pre-WWII model, it began -- the George Bush reign of horror.

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It's hard for Fred to appear like he's
Arrived on the Republican map
Because even when he's wide awake
He looks like he needs a nap.

VERSE CASE SCENARIO

Tony Peyser provides daily poems and weekly cartoons for BuzzFlash and also writes the BuzzFlash column, "Blue State Jukebox." He was a daily cartoonist for the L.A. Times from 1994 to 1997. You can e-mail Tony at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Wednesday, 17 October 2007 02:53

Will Durst: Our Offspring Fontanelle

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Oooh. He's clever. And obviously knows exactly what he's doing. This is all a setup, people. Has to be. Yes, I'm talking about George Bush's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Who, but a total stoned horned ogre would do that? Maybe an ogre with something up his sleeve, eh? Has anyone thought of that? I'm just waiting for him to drop the other shoe. Or throw it at a crippled puppy. Either way, there's a hidden agenda in there somewhere.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.

1//The Independent, UK
BBC STAFF EXPECT NEWS OUTPUT TO BEAR BRUNT OF COSTCUTTING

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Danny Schechter

The FOX has come back to guard the henhouse. But if history is any guide, the hens and the chickens will not be too welcoming.

The arrival of the Fox Business News channel is to its backers comparable to the cavalry coming over the hill to save the business world, if not the capitalist system, from detractors if not from itself. Whereas Jesus sought to drive the moneychangers from the Temple, Fox's Roger Ailes has his sights on those subversive "liberals" who have wormed their way into posing as friends of the business world on CNBC. He has vowed to blow them away.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Congressional Progressive Caucus

Washington, DC - As public opposition to President Bush’s failed Iraq policy continues to mount, a growing bipartisan group of 89 House Members now have co-signed a letter to President Bush to inform him that they will only support appropriating additional funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during FY08 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq before the end of President Bush’s term in office.

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