A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Marjorie Cohn
As Congress and the American people protest the travesty Bush created in Iraq, our president is gunning for a confrontation with Iran. Bush is rattling the sabers and opting for gunboat diplomacy by pledging to "seek out and destroy" Iranian networks "providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies" in Iraq. But he has produced no hard evidence that Iran is supplying forces in Iraq with such weapons or manufacturing their own nuclear weapons.
January 31, 2007
Washington, DC - John McCain's inaugural get-out-the-vote meeting is taking place today in Dedham, Massachusetts according to the Boston Herald. [Boston Herald, 1/29/07] Ironically, while the meeting is supposed to be about getting people out to vote, McCain has hired a slew of political operatives who are famous for questionable tactics, some of which include voter suppression. The hires raise serious questions about how far McCain is willing to go to win the 2008 nomination.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
As one expert in the film argues, if things continue like this, we're going straight into serfdom. Instead of being a serf to the landlord, you're a serf to the bank and to your debt. ... Prices are going up across the spectrum. Interest charges are going up. Adjustable rate mortgages are going up. All of this is squeezing the American consumer and your working people in this country tremendously. And our politicians are not speaking to it. -- Danny Schechter, maker of the film, "In Debt We Trust"
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Subject: Electronic Voter Fraud
Thanks for continuing to report the electronic voting fraud in Florida's 13th district.
If Democrats don't use their new majority to stop electronic voting fraud and keep it from returning, say good-bye to democracy in the U.S. Our planet's leading democracy, its most powerful free society, has lost its ability to guarantee free, open elections. And the sheep in Congress can't even manage to bleat about it.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Perspective can get lost or refurbished, especially in government where people like Lieberman, who had a job, health care, retirement, was even given the privilege of being on the Democratic ticket with Gore ... how crazy was that, since he really didn't appreciate that, I guess. He owes the Democratic Party for all of those years and all of his perks and lifestyle, and what this party has gotten back from him in return, we couldn't sell in a thrift store. Damaged goods.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Without being a lawyer or expert on our Constitution, many of us Americans know that because our Declaration of Independence states very clearly why there was the need for a Constitution and Bill of Rights, and that alone is a strong indication that no "one person" was expected to ever be allowed to rule these United States. The settlers of this country wanted their freedom from the British Crown. The only power Bush has is what he has done on his own without anyone stopping him, but our forefathers, "Those who pledged their 'lives, fortunes and sacred honors' to achieve independence and establish a new nation wanted to get things in writing." (Ronald A. Sarasin, US Capitol Historical Society.)
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Hmm, interesting: "The United States is the first to be blamed for the rise of Iranian influence in the Middle East. There is one thing important about the ascendance of Iran here. It does not reflect a real change in Iranian capabilities, economic or political. It's more a reflection of the failures on the part of the U.S. and its Arab allies in the region. ... Iran's power is waxing. And we're supposed to rely on the approach of the White House, the guys who created the terrible situation in the first place, to solve the consequences of their latest screw up. It's like a perpetual motion machine of calamity and self-justification." To sum it up, following the leader into the abyss is the equivalent of suicide!
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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Unconfirmed allegations about "the serious illness" of Iran's supreme leader has triggered heated speculation in expat media sources on who the successor to Iran's highest political authority could be. ... Supreme leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran is considered to be the most dominant and influential position in the country's political arena. The leader has absolute power over the functioning of government, parliament and the judiciary system, and is the commander in chief of the military forces. ...