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Thursday, 04 January 2007 22:07

Dave Lindorff: Feeling the Heat

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

Things are getting hotter in 2007.

I just returned from a canoe trip in the Everglades National Park, and the picture there is not pretty, even if the park is. Not only was this the last wet season the driest in memory for this unique ecological gem, but the rangers say it's only a matter of time -- and not that much time at that -- before rising seawater drowns the entire park (and much of southern Florida along with it). The rangers say these kinds of things under their breaths these days because their employer, the Bush administration, doesn't like science mixing with park business. It's not even permissible for rangers at the Grand Canyon National Park to respond if visitors ask them how old the ancient gorge is, for fear the scientific answer might offend some yahoo who thinks the park was carved by the retreating waters of Noah's flood a few thousand years ago.

Thursday, 04 January 2007 21:45

Will Durst: 2007 Resolutions

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Usually you make it to January 1, take a deep breath, look back on the old year and realize there was a fairly equal balance of what you call your good and your bad. The last couple of years (6- to be exact) have tilted a bit towards the latter. But 2006? Holy moley catfish. Subtract the single sublime 24 hour period of time that was November 7th from the other 8,736 hours we slogged through, and you got yourself a awfully grisly swamp of an annum. 2006 was to years what OJ Simpson is to manners and propriety seminars. Like Paris Hilton and advanced trigonometry texts. Michael Richards and Martin Luther King Dinner Keynote Speeches. I could go on.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Pelosi Becomes First Woman House Speaker

by Tony Peyser

In this photograph, John Boehner seemed
Reluctant to hand over the gavel
No doubt distraught over new restrictions
On earmarks, lobbying and travel.

Thursday, 04 January 2007 06:27

Bastards! Ms. Smith Goes To Washington

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

It's coming to light that last November didn't make any impression on these GOP bastards at all. We need a real meltdown in this government. They just want to control other people's lives according to their beliefs. Haven't we had enough of this so-called type of fundamentalism to last another 100 years? If people don't get damn tough with these bastards, they are going to turn this country into nothing more than another nation no better than Germany was and no better than Russia was ... nothing. Americans are going to have to do more than vote.

Thursday, 04 January 2007 06:15

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 4, 2007

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Subject: How To Defund the War and Truly Support Our Troops

Unlike many right-wingers, my family IS sacrificing for this illegal war. I have two little brothers, Matt and Steven, who are both in the Marine Corps. Matt is an officer and currently not "in country," but Steve is stationed in Iraq. Now that Democrats have some control over this Imperial President it has been said that, aside from Impeachment (which a majority of Americans DO support), the only way to put an end to the disaster Bush has created is to "defund" the war. Obviously by doing so the Democrats put themselves in a position where Rove and the Right can say they are not supporting our troops.

I have a better idea... Defund the war profiteers! Why not, as has been done in the past, put a "war profit" tax on companies like Halliburton, KBR, Carlyle, Crescent, Wackenhut, Blackwater, etc, etc? Tax their profits and use the tax revenues for Veteran's benefits and healthcare.

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Carol Davidek-Waller

Bush wants to escalate his bloody little enterprise in Iraq. Except for Harry Reid, who backed down when his office was deluged with mail protesting his support for the "surge," and veteran turncoat Joe Lieberman, the early votes are encouraging.

The man who presided over the faux hearings that put the congressional stamp of approval on Bush's Iraqi enterprise, Joe Biden, is putting his well-shod foot down.

Democratic rock star Barack Obama says no.

The tattered remnants of GOP moderation are lining up against more troops.

But Bush is determined.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo

These past few days, the touching memorial services for President Gerald R. Ford featured a cavalcade of Washington elites, including both Presidents Bush. Many members of the Bush Administrations had been nascent bureaucrats during the Nixon and Ford Administrations.

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by Brent Budowsky

As the new Democratic Congress convenes, it is a good moment to remember what the Congress can be, at its best, and what politics can be, with leaders who embody a passion for idealism and justice.

Click here for Part I

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Heather Wokusch, author of The Progressives' Handbook

Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress. -- Thomas A. Edison

The Bush administration's overall record in 2006 was one of public manipulation for the benefit of crony capitalism and imperial overreach. Can the 110th Congress stop them in 2007?

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

What's not to love about puzzles and word games, like Scrabble, but I don't like to find them in the political arena when lives are at stake. Words, whether from our own language or other languages, are often ignored if those same words are repeated over and over until people eventually turn them off. Sorta, kinda like a parent's words to a child when they hear "pick up your room, or else." If the else never happens, after a while, the words seem not to exist and are never heard. We all have these habits. We have to turn off words we hear repeated over and over. Think of all of the advertising an average day holds for every American.

Thinking along that line, people either took Bush very seriously or they didn't take him very seriously, and many Americans believed everything he said when he invaded Iraq. But, at that time, to my amazement and shame, most Americans didn't protest that invasion. It probably had a lot to do with how our Congress treated this invasion.

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