A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson
Public exposure to scenes of torture on TV is the psychological equivalent of smoking cigarettes or eating mercury-tainted fish. Whether it's intentional or not, TV torture serves as a method of indoctrination. It disguises an especially degenerate form of brutality as a necessary evil to protect national security. In the process, our collective mental health is undergoing shock treatment.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"Executive privilege" does not give you the right to circumvent the law and cover up criminal behavior, George! Now we all know you don't want the sun to shine on your political maneuverings at best, criminal actions at worst, but better America finds out everything, you and yours been up to since stealing the office of the presidency, now rather than later! And then, just maybe, we'll have a country left to salvage!
At his press conference, the president's
Favorite word was "reasonable"
I thought "Thank you, Jesus! on realizing
That it rhymed with "treasonable."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff
After a year of running around flogging my book The Case for Impeachment (St. Martin's Press, 2006), I've had to give a lot of thought to a question I have heard over and over from radio hosts to ordinary people concerned about the fate of the country and our Constitution: Why haven't the Democrats already impeached the president for all these crimes, abuses of power, and assaults of the Constitution?
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.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
Someone who is deeply linked to the Christian right, and to the current Administration, has turned around and started what has become the world's most powerful private mercenary army. These guys are like neo-Crusaders. To have them on the government payroll to the tune of $750 million, operating in a Muslim country, should be frightening to everyone who understands that.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Washington, DC - It's been quite a week for smooth talking Mitt Romney. First he ignites a firestorm by quoting Fidel Castro in Miami. Now one of his leading fundraisers is linked to a campaign ad featuring Adolf Hitler. According to campaign finance records, Romney backer John Rakolta was one of the primary funders of a Michigan group responsible for hate-filled ads targeting Governor Jennifer Granholm in last year's election. The ads, purchased by a group called Voice the Vote, featured images of Hitler and a swastika alongside Governor Granholm and Democratic Presidents Clinton, Carter, Johnson, and Roosevelt. Rakolta, who serves as Romney's national finance co-chair and the co-chair of his Commonwealth PAC, and his wife each gave $5,000 to Voice the Vote last year. (Detroit Free Press, 3/14/07)
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
We know the fired U.S. Attorneys were booted for political reasons, but at this point there is simply no way to know exactly what those reasons were. For example, several possible explanations are floating around surrounding the ouster of ex-San Diego prosecutor Carol Lam. Here's a few:
So what, if the Bush GOP White House replaces Gonzales with another Bush loyalist? That's the same as the difference between a gangster and a mobster or a liar and a perjurer. This government will never be cleaned up until the whole Bush GOP White House is brought to account and every GOP supporter is replaced in this Congress. Then, and only then, will the treachery, corruption and stab-in-the-back, double crossing, Judas kissers of US democracy be put out and this country just might survive. (Does Bush still talk to God, I wonder, or are the lines down?)