A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
We would certainly never think to compare George W. Bush to George Washington. But this Presidents' Day, George W. Bush himself has demonstrated the ignorance (and arrogance!) of doing just that. In a speech at Mount Vernon today, Bush started off by remarking that Washington was "the first George W."
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by A BuzzFlash Reader
President Bush sends his valiant troops in retaliation for 9/11 and to vanquish Saddam's nuclear arsenal and his collaboration with Al Qaeda. As the season ends, it is discovered that the nuclear arsenal is non-existent, and the Al Qaeda link is bogus.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Washington, DC – Democratic National Committee Vice-Chairman Cong. Mike Honda (D-CA) issued the following statement today in observance of Day of Remembrance, which marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 that forced some 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II:
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Martha Rosenberg
Ever notice how quiet the NRA is after a mass shooting?
You'd think that nothing happened in Salt Lake City and Philadelphia on February 13.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter
New York, New York: Deals, Deals, Deals...
That's what the media industry is really all about, churning businesses, consolidating one day, downsizing the next. The geniuses who run the big media companies, the men once labeled "masters of the Universe" are today's real flip-floppers. They buy into one bit of the conventional wisdom or "buzz" one week and then abandon it the next. Their compensation goes up even when their revenues plummet.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Since he apparently doesn't read PDBs, would someone please tell George Bush, "Senior leaders of Al Qaeda operating from Pakistan have re-established significant control over their once-battered worldwide terror network and over the past year have set up a band of training camps in the tribal regions near the Afghan border ... Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, had been steadily building an operations hub in the mountainous Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan." Leaving Afghanistan and preemptively invading Iraq before capturing bin Laden was a stupid mistake! The terrorists have grown in number and they are gaining strength, due to a personal, tactical, dumb, "strategery" made by a "decider" who doesn't have a clue!
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
...Whistleblowers have been blacklisted at best, and completely terrorized at worst. -- Jesselyn Radack, former Justice Department ethics specialist
DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
On Tim Hardaway
Oh the irony of it all. There's Tim Hardaway, former National Basketball Association All-Star, who happens to be African-American, sounding off about gays. "I hate gay people. I'm homophobic." If he found one on his team, he allowed, he would ask to have him traded, or lacking that, ask to be traded himself. My-oh-my, shades of the appropriately named Fred "Dixie" Walker, racist and star right fielder for the 1940s Brooklyn Dodgers. When Jackie Robinson came to the Dodgers training camp in the spring of 1947, Walker reacted in much the same way. Robinson, of course, became an All-Star and opened the gates for every African-American player since. Walker, along with every other racist on the team, was shut down by the true Southern gentleman and Kentucky colonel Harold "Pee Wee" Reese.