by Carol Korreck
I just finished an article in the Washington Post that describes how the president is meeting with historians and philosophers in an effort to seek answers to the disaster he has created since taking office.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Mary Pitt
A mere two centuries is not long in the history of previous great nations of the world, but it does seem that Americans are eager to end their era of influence in world affairs. We are soundly in the grip of the two-party system, made up of professional politicians, the parties locked belly-to belly in a danse macabre to the music of the multinational corporatists until it is nearly impossible to discern one from the other. In this artificially elongated campaign season, the feeling that arises from the grassroots of the mountains and the prairies is a heartfelt prayer for a sensible person with no ties to any of them to arise and save our democracy.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff
In a fascinating article published in NewsMax yesterday, online journalists Mike Stark and Dave Johnson report that in a conversation they had with speaker Nancy Pelosi, the speaker told them she had decided "at least a year ago," before Democrats had even taken control of the House and Senate, "that impeachment was something that we could not be successful with, and that would take up the time we needed to do some positive things to establish a record of our priorities and [Republican] short-comings."
WORLD ENERGY WATCH
edited by Gloria Lalumia
BuzzFlash Note: Look for the next "Power Plays/World Energy Watch" on July 17.
The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship
So much for, "No man is above the law."
The chief prosecutor, jury, trial judge -- a Republican he himself appointed to the bench. The federal appeals panel. The majority of public opinion. All ignored.
It would appear he's thinking of his legacy:
Will he be seen as a loser or a fighter?
All that matters is he looks like a "C" student
Who's trying to pull an all-nighter.
To the normal world, this doesn't compute
But our corrupt president just had to commute.
This immoral outcome was always decreed
In the home of the knave & the land of the freed.
41 knew to pardon as you're heading out the door
Bush just stabbed himself but hurt his party even more.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
BuzzFlash has been accused of being extremist, but, at heart, we just think that we apply common sense to current events.
Take, for example, our ongoing belief that the Washington Post and New York Times provide "news coverage" of the White House that generally just echoes White House talking points. We personally wish that the Post and Times primarily had Bush news coverage that was insightful, hard-hitting, and accurate, but that is just not the case.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
"A Garden Carried in the Pocket" -- an Arabian Proverb
I've spent a great deal of time thinking about Churchill while working on my book "Troublesome Young Men," a history of the small group of Conservative members of Parliament who defied British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasing Adolf Hitler, forced Chamberlain to resign in May 1940 and helped make Churchill his successor. I thought my audience would be largely limited to World War II buffs, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the president has been reading my book. -- Lynne Olson