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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson, author of "Democracy's Little Self-Help Book"

This report is ninety-nine percent substantiated. It comes from my best source, Matt Drudge, who admits that he's wrong maybe one percent of the time. The story is such a scoop if it's true that I had to go with it.

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

"Most Americans think the United States is losing the war in Iraq and support a bipartisan commission's key proposals to change course, according to a poll released yesterday. But the Iraq Study Group's report has become a political orphan in Washington with little backing from either party (‘Americans Say U.S. Is Losing War,' Peter Baker and John Cohen, Washington Post, December 13, 2006; A01)." Backing away from the ISG Report as fast as his legs can carry him is President Bush. Why, is the question on the tongues and pens of many. The ISG says the U.S. is losing the war, the incoming SecDef says that the U.S. is losing the war. Most U.S. generals, publicly if they are retired, privately (apparently) if they are on active duty, say that the U.S. is losing the war.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dennis Loo

An edited excerpt from "The ‘Free Fire Zone' of Iraq" by Dahr Jamail in Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, edited by Dennis Loo and Peter Phillips, Seven Stories Press, NY.

Thursday, 14 December 2006 05:54

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 14, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

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Subject: Public Financing of All Political Elections

Hi Buzz,

For about the last 6 years the American people have been forced to stand by and watch the RAPE of our country and the ravishing of our Constitution. What was the driving force behind these devastating violations? Big business and their corruptive interest in maintaining and increasing their wealth and power, to influence the corrupt politicans, not only in Washington but throughout our country.

The only solution that the American people have available to them is to stop the flood of money that the big businesses and the wealthy pour into the pockets of the corrupt politicans. The only way we can do this, is the public financing of all elections. The cost of funding these elections would be borne by the governing bodies throughout the country, federal, state and, local.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Saudi Leader Summoned VP to Riyadh And Read Him The Riot Act About Iraq

by Tony Peyser

No one any longer should
Be prepared to annul a
Belief that Cheney really
Answers to King Abdullah.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"... the White House had initially suggested that Bush would deliver his speech on Iraq strategy before Christmas, he has decided to delay it until early next year." Nothing unusual here, the country is in chaos, the Middle East in crisis, and the world in turmoil, so what does our unelected appointed moron do? Why he opts out for another vacation, that's what! Gotta celebrate those holidays, after all, there's more shopping to do, more parties to attend, more naps to take, and certainly now is not the time to be bothered with such a horrible thing as the war going badly in Iraq!!! What's a "decider" to do? Maybe there's time for an unannounced midnight flyover in Iraq, a photo-op that shows some regard for our troops, there could be a banner wishing one and all on the ground a "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," yes, that's something that might soothe the savage beast in the masses, and then let the vacation begin!

A BLUE STATE JUKEBOX REVIEW
by Tony Peyser

December, 2006

Yard Sale!'s Everything's A Dollar

As I've been reading e-mails from some of my regular correspondents, we all realize this is a weird time. It's because of this strange limbo between voting in November and the new Congress taking over in January. And it's still hard to believe that the next Senate and House will be controlled by us.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

by David Michael Green

I have to tell you, I burst out laughing when I heard that Mary Cheney was pregnant.

Not that I have a whole lot against Mary, mind you. I mean, it does disgust me that she leads the life she does and yet campaigned for Bush/Cheney in 2004, even as they were shamefully exploiting American homophobia to win votes. But every time I get angry at Mary, I just remember two things: Dick Cheney is her father!! Lynne Cheney is her mother!! We probably ought to cut the gal some slack under these circumstances, don't you think? I mean, how'd you like to be sitting across the dinner table from Pol Pot, and have to say "Please pass the raspberry Jell-O ... Dad"?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by George Lakoff

As the 110th Congress prepares to take office, the post-election tug-of-war for the soul of the Democratic Party continues, with DLC folks spinning the election as a victory for centrism and others pointing to the role of economic populism.

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.

1//Inter Press Service News Agency, Italy
NATIVES OF GUAM DECRY U.S. EXPANSION PLAN

A Pentagon plan for a massive military build-up on the Pacific island of Guam is meeting with resistance by ethnic Chamorros who live there and the Chamorro diaspora in the United States. According the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, the Pentagon has already moved attack submarines and cruise missiles to Guam, where it is forming a strike force of six bombers and 48 fighters that have been deployed from bases in the continental U.S. In addition, earlier this year, the U.S. Defence Department announced plans to move 8,000 Marines and 9,000 of their dependents from Okinawa, Japan to Guam. Last week, the Air Force announced it plans to add 2,600 service members and their families to the island's Andersen Air Force Base beginning next year. ... "Guam has basically no say," said writer Michael Lujan Bevacqua, a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego. "So the U.S. has the right to bring in whatever they want and there is no framework that Guam can make demands or negotiate with the U.S. military. ... Bevacqua noted that the Pentagon's decision to redeploy to Guam comes after large-scale protests against the United States military presence in South Korea and the Japanese island of Okinawa. In both countries, the U.S. military operates under rules negotiated between governments called a "Status of Forces Agreement", or SOFA. But because Guam is a U.S. territory, no SOFA is required. Indeed, the Japanese government is so keen to have the Marines leave Okinawa -- where a number of U.S. servicemen have made headlines by raping local women -- that Tokyo is underwriting most of the estimated 10-billion-dollar cost of the redeployment.

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