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NJ & ND are the most recent states to pass anti-escalation resolution; CO, NH, and OR set to vote on resolution next week.

As the U.S House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prepare yet again to vote on President Bush's Iraq escalation plan, the Progressive States Network announced today that over 29 state legislatures have introduced resolutions opposing the President's escalation of the war in Iraq. Most recently, resolutions have passed in the North Dakota legislature, the New Jersey general assembly, and are moving to the floor in Oregon; this in addition to the previous passage of resolutions in California, Vermont, and Iowa.

Friday, 09 March 2007 05:06

BuzzFlash Mailbag for March 9, 2007

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Subject: Bush's Promise

Friday, 09 March 2007 03:49

Bush Surges On To Bogota

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by A BuzzFlash Reader

Bush is going to Bogota on Sunday.

"Authorities have tightened security in Bogota and assigned 7,000 police to protect Bush and more than 14,000 troops and officers to patrol the capital while he is in the city."
Colombia warns of guerrilla attacks during Bush trip (Reuters/Yahoo)

Let's see, 14,000 officers (to protect the capital) plus 7,000 specifically there just to protect President Pinhead = 21,000 armed individuals to help curtail the anger that might develop against the Decider in Chief. (That's roughly the number being sent over in the new surge to battle insurgents in Baghdad, no?)

Newt didn't mention also cheating on his first wife
Whom he dumped after her cancer surgery
But Gingrich said the president's behavior was worse
Because Bill had committed perjury.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

It's about time. Treating Fox News as a legitimate news corporation is the same as helping to spread Bush's GOP propaganda. Enablers or charity work for a very wealthy collection of misfits. Besides, don't we have enough members of the GOP and their friends dependent on US government money? They will love the Democrats for it.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Since "Scooter" Libby is not Martha Stewart and definitely not a Democrat, it will be a big surprise if he actually has to serve any "time" whatsoever! Look for the Appeals process and Judge Sentelle to find some way for Libby to "get out of jail free"! A little Ken Starr background on Judge Sentelle: "PROFESSOR STEPHEN SALTZBURG - GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY: The independent counsel who was serving was Robert Fisk, a very distinguished New York lawyer, and this three judge panel unceremoniously fires Mr Fisk. And then the chair of the panel, Judge Sentelle has lunch with two very conservative North Carolina Republican senators, and the next thing we know is Kenneth Starr, who formerly was a judge in the same court as Judge Sentelle, is appointed. He's known to be a partisan Republican." Leaves one wondering if conservative judges will do favors for one conservative and another????

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff

What's going on in Baghdad?

Wasn't that "surge" and security crackdown supposed to be reducing the violence?

Perhaps in a televised speech
We'll hear the president declare
That all convicted killers should
Get the sofa instead of the chair.

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 NEWS ALERT
by Chad Rubel

A congressional subcommittee held a hearing Wednesday on a decision the previous day to hike Internet radio royalty rates well beyond what most free stations will be able to afford.

Prior to the ruling, most Internet stations paid royalties based on a percentage of their revenue. Now, outdated copyright laws are being interpreted to require stations to pay a fixed amount per song, per user. What's more, stations are being forced to pay royalties for all of 2006 retroactively.

The royalties paid by FM and satellite radio channels are far less stringent even though they typically all have commercials or subscription fees, unlike most Internet radio stations.

"This represents a body blow to many nascent Internet radio broadcasters and further exacerbates the marketplace imbalance between when different industries pay," said Rep. Edward Markey, chairman of the Commerce subcommittee.

Vice-Chairman Rep. Mike Doyle called the new royalty provisions "outrageous" and noted the many calls his office has received about the matter. Unfortunately, Doyle's press secretary Matt Dinkel tells BuzzFlash that Congress is unlikely to complete any legislative action on this issue before the appeals process expires.

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