by Greg Palast in New Orleans
What is the unreported cause of the majority of the 2,000 deaths that occurred after the levees broke last year on August 29? Catch Greg Palast's investigative exposé this Monday on Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! And on Tuesday, watch his one-hour Special on LinkTV. Listings at LinkTV.org.
The Year the Levees Broke
A BUZZFLASH EDITORAL
It's hard not to look back on this week and realize how divorced the mainstream media is from the reality of what's important in the news.
First of all, Bush had his most bizarre of bizarre news conferences yet. Only a Jon Stewart "instant analysis" of the event did it justice.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Independent, UK--ROBERT FISK: HIZBOLLAH'S RECONSTRUCTION OF LEBANON IS WINNING THE LOYALTY OF DISAFFECTED SHIA (Hizbollah has trumped both the UN army and the Lebanese government by pouring hundreds of millions of dollars -- most of it almost certainly from Iran -- into the wreckage of southern Lebanon and Beirut's destroyed southern suburbs. Its massive new reconstruction effort -- free of charge to all those Lebanese whose homes were destroyed or damaged in Israel's ferocious five-week assault on the country -- has won the loyalty of even the most disaffected members of the Shia community in Lebanon. ... A frightening side to this long-term promise for believers in the UN ceasefire is that Hizbollah has encouraged its Shia population to rent homes in Khalde, south of Beirut, since it intends to delay its entire city construction project for a year -- because of its conviction that the ceasefire will break down and that another Israeli-Hizbollah war will only wreck newly built homes.)
A lot of trees died in vain as newsprint this week, reporting details of President Bush wasted, desperate attempt to float a new trial balloon in his tortured six year war against logic, reason, gravity and physics. Apparently he's in need of a new sack of gas to tie his failed Iraqi war plan to. Due to the fact that his most recent verbal bag of helium, "stay the course," has been tossed onto the same discarded pile of shriveled rubber as "dead or alive," "smoking gun as a mushroom cloud," and "welcomed with flowers and candy."
This is Part 2 of the August 24, 2006 BuzzFlash Mailbag. Click here for Part 1.
Subject: Author of Bush's Brain on No Fly List (dailykos)
Sounds to me like the fascist state is becoming ever bolder in their abuses. You know none of us is safe when they put James Moore, author of Bush's Brain, and Air America Radio talk show host Randi Rhodes on the no fly list.
How long can we sit still for these flagrant abuses of our civil liberties? It's as if they don't have any worries about having to answer for this despotic behavior -- maybe because the voting machines will continue to rig the elections.
[BuzzFlash Note: This article was posted in January, 2006.]
News from the Democratic National Committee:
Will Cheney Duck and Run From Bush's Promises?
Washington, DC - As Vice President Cheney continues on the campaign trail raising special interest cash for Republicans, the question remains if the Vice President will continue to mislead the public by trying to link the 9/11 attacks to Iraq. Despite repeated efforts to do so, the American public is no longer buying it. [NY Times/CBS poll, 8/22/06] In his news conference Monday, President Bush finally admitted that there was no link between the 9/11 attacks and Iraq, and pledged to stop attacking the patriotism of people who criticize his failed policies.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
In a conference call with BuzzFlash.com this morning, Reps. Henry Waxman and Dennis Cardoza announced the creation of a "Truth Squad" to expose waste, fraud, and abuse under the watch of the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush Administration. The group additionally includes Reps. David Obey, John Tanner, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and John Tierney.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
When I first heard of this it pissed me off, mainly because all we hear from the Greens is that they don't agree with the Democrats and they certainly are not for the GOP, but then they split votes, because they aren't large enough to do anything else, and Republicans win by default if they haven't rigged the count. Today, with a criminal faction in our government, it matters. Democrats may have our problems ... we do have some "blue dogs" in this party, but they will eventually be leaving ... why? Because, we've had enough. Had it with anyone who supports this treasonous Bush fascist, out-of-control, warring regime.
by Jeff Cohen
The cover story in the new issue of TIME, the flagship publication of the Time Warner media empire, informs readers that Hillary Clinton has "virtually nonexistent opposition for her senate seat."