Strap on your seat belts and nuke some popcorn because we got ourselves a Battle Royale between the two gnarliest branches of government that a tree has ever seen. In the left hand corner, back from wandering in the wilderness, the Democrats are just itching to exercise their rediscovered clout. Over in the right hand corner, after six years of unchallenged rule, the Executive branch is not taking kindly having to answer to mere mortals. It's Countdown to a Crisis! The stoppable force versus the movable object.
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
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Burt Hall
PART II - TERRORISM VS. THE WAR IN IRAQ
After 9/11, the President and his key advisors used a public relations campaign to allege that Iraq was linked to 9/11 and a threat to the U.S. because of its weapons of mass destruction. They presented selective intelligence, known to be inherently uncertain, as absolute fact. Since the President was not forthcoming with the public, our only line of defense was Congress and the media. Neither came to our rescue.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter
Another week has passed with most of the progressive community mesmerized by the political game playing in Washington. Don't we realize yet that a totally compromised political process in Washington, built around wheeling and dealing, will not have the courage or the consciousness to do what must be done to stop the Iraq War?
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Fitzgerald should wear his Bush GOP "fair-to-Midland" rating with pride, as a badge of excellence that sets him apart, when compared to the garden-variety Bush GOP loyalists who choose to do the bidding of the Bush White House rather than doing their jobs for the simplistic reasoning that it's just the right thing to do.
The poem you're about to read ran exactly four years ago today in a paper I used to work for in West Los Angeles. I was pretty pleased with how it came out and mailed it to some people I admired.
Bill Moyers was not only kind enough to write back but also said he sent it to everyone he knew. This was awfully encouraging.
I wrote this when my family was living in Studio City, California and I was convinced that Jim, the guy next door, was a big right winger. Jim's a lawyer and when I once mentioned something about the guys who ran Enron, he said he wasn't sure they'd all wind up behind bars.
I figured he thought they didn't deserve to either and concluded Jim was surely a die-hard Republican.
This inspired me to imagine what it would be like if Jim and I took a page from the White House playbook and declared war on each other.
In September of 2004 -- right around when I began here at BuzzFlash -- Jim's wife was walking to her car as I was heading towards mine. Pat casually pointed to my lawn and said, "I see that you have a Kerry-Edwards sign."
I felt a "You wanna piece of me?" moment coming on and fully expected hostilities to break out right then and there. "Yeah," I warily shot back.
Pat replied, "Can you get us one? We can't stand Bush and Cheney."
So, I have to admit that this poem is based entirely on bad intelligence. But there's been a lot of that going around lately, hasn't there?
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Washington, DC – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney brings his campaign to smooth talk primary voters into ignoring his real record to Texas today, where he will join former Swift Boat Veterans for Truth backer Bob Perry for a fundraiser in Dallas. Today's visit comes on the same day the Associated Press highlighted Romney's "checklist" approach to winning the Republican nomination by hiding his complete lack of "national and international political experience."
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Uhh, somebody, needs to tell George Bush, that "serving at the pleasure of the president" is not a license to commit crimes! While Bush may think he's the sole decision maker, the "decider"; in reality, the Constitution of the United States of America is still the law of this land, and he is, as are those who "serve at the pleasure of the president" and all the rest of us, required to obey the law! He may have escaped prosecution by bowing out of the International Courts, but he is still responsible and liable for his actions here at home! A big Thank You to Jon Stewart for pointing out the flaws in "serving George Bush's pleasure"!