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VERSE-CASE SCENARIO
by Tony Peyser

Richard Roberts, President Of Oral Roberts University,
Takes Leave Due To Widening Financial Scandal

In addition to questions of home remodeling
And many private jet trips for free
God says that Roberts owes Him fifty grand
He loaned him back in '93.

Ex-Attorney General Isn't Answering Inspector
General's Questions; May Face Prosecution

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

We're not just computing brains. We're also sensory and emotional creatures. When we come to media, we're along for the ride, and the quality of the ride is not just a function of its truth value, it's also a function of its emotional and sensational value.

-- Todd Gitlin, author, Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives

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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Marjorie Cohn

Monday, 22 October 2007 09:00

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 22, 2007

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: Just A Reminder

Excerpt from g w bush's address to the nation on Sept. 20, 2001:

Americans are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what we see right here in this chamber -- a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms -- our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other ... These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us, because we stand in their way ...

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism. -- Earl Warren, speech, Madison, Wis., June 1955.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Roger Bybee and Carolyn Winter

For some time, it should have been crystal clear that the Bush-Cheney regime was utterly and proudly impervious to record-level disapproval ratings, massive outpourings of democratic public outrage, exposures of flagrant violations of both the Constitution and the Geneva Conventions, and revelations about slavishly serving the interests of huge corporations and campaign contributors.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Welcome to the “Wonderland”, created by George Bush, Dick Cheney, and mainstream corporate media in America! A “looking glass” of smoke and mirrors designed to shape opinion and bend reality as only the Bushies can do! “…the big Bush ‘withdrawal’ plan is to reduce the number of Army brigades by one and then,"[t]wo of the [Guard] units will be full combat brigades heading to Iraq." The supposed pending ‘withdrawal’ amounts to reducing the number of U.S. troops by 3,500 and INCREASING it by how many? Well, according the AP report, "All together, the Guard announcement would involve about 20,000 soldiers."

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO
by Tony Peyser

White House Wants Retroactive Immunity For Illegal Spying Done By Telecom Companies

The Bushies, who've always managed
To find innocent folks to screw over,
Are suddenly looking for new ways
To try & give themselves a do-over.

Pelosi Rebukes Stark For Criticizing Bush

WORLD MEDIA WATCH 

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. 

1//Today's Zaman, Turkey
INCURSION MAY RAVAGE SOUTHEAST'S ECONOMY
 

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cheri DelBrocco

George Bush is no lame duck. You aren't lame when you're getting your way on everything. At a press conference this week, instead of quacking like a duck, he was strutting like a peacock, and warning the world of how relevant he still is. The Decider Guy is dancing with the stars. A 24% approval rating, a (still mostly) lapdog press and Orwellian delusions continue to assure him that he can do as he damn well pleases. In other words, he has another 18 months to take this country farther down a rat hole. And the one thing he knows for sure is the gutless opposition has no serious plans to stop him.

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