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DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

"The 100 Hours" of the new Democratic House of Representatives is beginning just about now as I write this. The primary significance of "The 100 Hours" is that the legislative block of time exists. As much as the Republicans and their Privatized Ministry of Propaganda would like the public to think that the 100 hours are clock hours and the clock began ticking with the ceremonies opening the Congress took place on Jan. 4, the plan has always been that they are legislative hours, to begin when the first session of the 110th Congress is convened. The significance is that the House Democrats under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi have a plan, and it is a plan for dealing with substantive issues, six of them. The significance of "The 100 Hours" is that it is focused on substance, on enacting legislation, totally unlike Gingrich's "Contract on America." In the latter, six of its eight (not ten as is commonly thought) provisions dealt with Congressional processes, not substance.

Tuesday, 09 January 2007 08:14

Mary Shaw: Why I Oppose the Draft

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Mary Shaw

With George W. Bush possibly calling for tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops to be sent to Iraq, I have to wonder where all these troops will come from.

Tuesday, 09 January 2007 07:40

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 9, 2007

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

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Subject: Bush's Mission Accomplished

I would like to see a TV spot repeatedly showing our glorious macho-chicken leader in his "Mission Accomplished" visual, followed by a screen with the words "So what the hell are we doing in Iraq?"

There has been no accounting for the money which has been poured into the Iraq whirlpool. It should be remembered that the Bush clan has benefited from our wars for generations; it is in their genes to profit while others sacrifice.

All the billions previously voted to "support our troops" have been squandered and spent otherwise. The time has come to just say "NO"! We have tolerated the leadership of a cadre of fools long enough. If cutting off the money is the only way to stop them, then cut and let the billionaires pay their own way in Iraq if they want to stay there. Bring our kids home!

Creed Ballew
Arkansas

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

I was awakened Monday morning by the smell of gas.

My first impulse was to go to the kitchen and check whether any of the knobs on the stove accidentally had been opened, leaking gas into my Manhattan apartment. Nope. Then I opened the front door to see if the heavy smell was out in the hallway, too. It was.

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by John F. Williford
(as sent to Rep. Jay Inslee)

I've watched in stunned amazement statements by Senator Biden, saying the idea of dumping more of our troops into it isn't likely to stall the meat grinder of Iraq (Obviously, I'm paraphrasing); but, as Mr. Bush is Commander-in-Chief, there isn't anything Congress can do about it. WHAT?

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Carol Davidek-Waller

This week our president is going to make a speech in which he will try and drag the Americans deeper into his Iraqi quagmire. He wants to escalate military operations. The timing is suspicious. The strategy is simple and devilish.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

After a slightly hairy flight from Cancun, Mexico, to Havana, Cuba, Col. Ann Wright, Medea Benjamin, Adele Welty (Son, Timmy was a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty on 9/11 -- and she is a member of 9-11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows), Tiffany Burns and I arrived safely and got immediately down to business.

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION

Or, Why Sending 20,000 More Troops Is Just a Drop in a Bucket ... of Blood

Re: The President's Apparent Decision To "Pull a Johnson" and Escalate the Number of Troops in Iraq

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Whoops, another "coalition of the willing" exodus! "Blair refuses to match US troop ‘surge' in Iraq."

POWER PLAYS -- WORLD ENERGY WATCH
edited by Gloria Lalumia

The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources.

Cuba Reaches 50% Self-sufficiency in Oil Consumption (mercopress)

Cuba reached its target of 3.9 million tons of oil and gas in 2006, while foreign companies in association with the local Cubapetroleo, CUPET, corporation continue exploration in 30 other wells, reported Havana authorities. The volume represents 50% of domestic consumption and seven times oil and gas production in 1990, totaling annual savings of 260 million US dollars for the battered Cuban economy, according to vice president Carlos Lage. A spokesperson for CUPET announced that twelve new wells are scheduled to be drilled this year in western Cuba where most proven reserves are, which should help bring CUPET's production to 2.2 million tons annually. Oil exploration in Cuba took off some fifteen years ago with Canadian corporations but has intensified in the last few years with the inclusion of new foreign companies which are mostly operating in the island's Gulf of Mexico EEZ which covers 112.000 square kilometers. ... According to CUPET Cuba's daily consumption of oil is 180.000 barrels of which it produces 80.000 barrels, with high sulphur content and is mostly used for electricity generation. The other 100.000 barrels are provided by Venezuela at preferential prices and which Cuba repays by sending doctors, teachers, nurses, sports coaches and other support personnel following an agreement signed in 2002.

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