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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Glenn W. Smith

Karl Rove is smart enough, but he's no genius. Rove's political depravity put moral Americans at a disadvantage in contests with him. But crediting him with innovation or genius is like crediting Jack the Ripper with the invention of the knife. So why did the political press do it? Why did they love Karl Rove?

Wednesday, 15 August 2007 05:23

Amicusbriefs: Backing Down From Cowards

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Amicusbriefs

It is part of the job description of 21st century politicians to make a lot of noise. In the case of the Bush administration, the roar consists of laughable terror scares and pejoratives aimed at Democrats. They can't shout about any benevolent legislation, as everything Bush has signed into law has been either overtly or covertly harmful to human beings. Even the ruckus about national security - supposedly Bush's strongest favorable rating - is just white noise designed to confuse. We are in much greater danger as Americans due to Bush's "Bomb first and ask questions later" policy.

Wednesday, 15 August 2007 04:13

Will Durst: Me. Me. Me. Me. Me

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You know what's wrong with America? I mean, besides a headache medicine that you apply to your forehead? Our national obsession with "me." Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Nobody ever thinks about "us" anymore. It's all about "me." "You" are on your own. "We" is a convenient umbrella for a collection of like minded "me's," of which "I" better play a feature part and "they" and "them" are simply obstacles to be steered clear of at all costs and knocked down and run over with track cleats if unavoidable.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

While Bush fiddles down on the ranch and Americans go shopping at the mall on credit -- The US government is on a ‘burning platform’ of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon, the country’s top government inspector has warned. David Walker, comptroller general of the US, issued the unusually downbeat assessment of his country’s future in a report that lays out what he called “chilling long-term simulations.”

Exactly when you want dopes like this to completely butt out
Pictures are taken as if they're at an amusement park cut-out

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. 

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 10:32

BuzzFlash Mailbag for August 15, 2007

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Subject: Rove

A provocative column by Bob Cesca about Rove out walking the streets is the scary truth.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 07:56

Cindy Sheehan: Crisis

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

Cri-sis n.
1. a situation or period in which things are very uncertain, difficult, or painful, especially a time when action must be taken to avoid complete disaster or breakdown
2. a time when something very important for the future happens or is decided.


When I retired as the "face" of the American anti-war movement in May, I had decided that my group, Camp Casey Peace Institute, would focus on changing the world one person at a time by becoming a humanitarian group: People for Humanity. After Congress gave George another blank check to continue the murder and mayhem in Iraq, we came to the conclusion that it would be better to focus on the people who have been harmed by American corporate imperialism than fight it at home. We decided that our first project would be helping the refugees who have been displaced by the violence and instability in Iraq.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 07:54

Shirley Smith: Genius?

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Criminal: " A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation." -- Howard Scott.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 07:31

George Lakoff: No Center, No Centrists

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by George Lakoff

"Centrism" is the creation of an inaccurate self-serving metaphor, and it is time to bury it.

There is no left-to-right linear spectrum in the American political life. There are two systems of values and modes of thought -- call them progressive and conservative (or nurturant and strict, as I have). There are total progressives, who use a progressive mode of thought on all issues. And total conservatives. And there are lots of folks who are what I've called "biconceptuals": progressive on certain issue areas and conservative on others. But they don't form a linear scale. They are all over the place: progressive on domestic policy, conservative on foreign policy; conservative on economic policy, progressive on foreign policy and social issues; conservative on religion, but progressive on social issues and foreign policy. No linear scale. No single set of values defining a "center." Indeed many of such folks are not moderate in their views; they can be quite passionate about both their progressive and conservative views.

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