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Monday, 23 July 2007 06:44

Jim Ridout: A Moral Obligation

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Jim Ridout

The major news networks had their conservative caps on this weekend as they engaged us in what our "moral obligation" is to Iraq. Not that this is a bad question, but the topic of moral might have been a good conversation 5 years ago as we invaded a sovereign nation that had absolutely no connection to the tragedy of September 11.

Monday, 23 July 2007 06:11

BuzzFlash Mailbag for July 23, 2007

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Subject: There Go Their Values

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

Journey for Humanity and Accountability, Day 14

Our Constitution established a tri-partite system of government, with the notion that each branch of government would act as a check on the other two. Unfortunately, for the last 6 years, the Republicans in Congress have largely viewed themselves as defenders of the Bush Administration, instead of a vital check on overreaching by the Executive Branch. By doing so, I believe they have acted to the detriment of our Constitutional form of government.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

We have the same trouble with Bush's power. One person deciding who should be punished and who should not. These Democrats are an embarrassment for democracy as much as Bush is.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter
Mediachannel.org

Last week, there was panic in the streets of New York after a steam pipe exploded in mid-Manhattan. One person died, another is in coma, but the real fear is that asbestos belched into the air could eventually have a deadly effect on many more people like it did at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 9/11. In that event, city officials such as Rudy Giuliani did not insist on protective clothing and safety rules. Thousands of rescue workers are still dying.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

“Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly got the ball rolling, lashing out at DailyKos … Today on Fox News Sunday, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol attacked the Democratic presidential candidates for their decision to attend the YearlyKos blogger convention.” The two Bills, together they don’t add up to one insignificant poor excuse for a human being!  Honestly whenever and wherever they open their mouths, nothing but hot air blows!  For God’s sake, leave them to FOX NEWS info-TAINT-ment where they are just loony-birds that flock together!

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo

For the United States of America, the only Westernized nation (other than Belarus) where the execution of humans is sanctioned by law, the quality of their mercy is decided by their peers. In this death penalty nation, the burden on those citizens who determine life or death can be a heavy weight to bear.

Time and again, capital punishment has painful consequences for the juror, as well as the condemned. For the condemned, the consequences are obvious, although the degrees of the horrors may vary. There is the anguished anticipation of the death, and the flawed methods of the execution, which in far too many cases produce painful inhumane results. Just studying the details of botched executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977, leaves a history of error too grotesque to ignore.

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.

Call me a cynic but was this overblown buffet
Of spin simply done
To conceal that Dick's been "acting president"
Since 2001?

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

Okay, let’s look at some Bushevik assaults on democracy this last week:

Bush and Cheney Make the Novel and Totalitarian Assertion that the Department of Justice is Prohibited from Investigating a Congressional Contempt Citation Over Anyone (Even if They are No Longer Working for the Government) Asserting Executive Privilege

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